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The Flight of The Eisenstein

The Horus Heresy, Book 4
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

Having witnessed the terrible massacre of Imperial forces on Isstvan III, Death Guard Captain Garro seizes a ship and sets a course for Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus' treachery.

But when the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, it becomes stranded in the warp - the realm of the Dark Powers. Can Garro and his men survive the depredations of Chaos and get his warning to the Emperor before Horus' plans reach fruition?

©2007 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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The best Heresy novel to date

For newcomers to the 40k universe, the Heresy novels are set - much like the Clone Wars - in the build-up to the most pivotal moment of the saga. The known universe is controlled by the Emperor and his sons control legions of super-soldiers that fight for survival against alien races and ultimately, each other. This last is where the Heresy novels focus.

The Flight of the Eisenstein tells of a moment where one of the soldiers is faced with a moment of choice and a matter of conscience. Ordinarily the hero would be a cypher, ultimately doomed to die and serving little purpose except to drive the arc forward. Here instead, we're given a book of fully-fleshed characters with dreams, desires and motivations, set against a backdrop of war, intrigue and a literal fight for one's soul.

The Heresy series is not easy to get into without a little understanding of background of the 40K universe but as with False Gods (Book 2) this is a fine place to start. It works almost as well as a standalone as it does in the series and I would rate it as high as Fulgrim or Legion as the best of the series. Garro is a fascinating character, bound to serve but with his own scale of morality that sets him apart from the dour, unimaginative heroes of most space operas.

As the book goes on, we're treated to glimpses inside a fascinating society, great battles and a tense chase before things really start to get nasty. Flight of the Eisenstein is one I often come back to. Jonathan Keeble does an outstanding job given the sheer number of imposing voices he has to conjure and never lets interest falter for a moment. Buy and savour with confidence

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Epic

This is an awesome book, the heresy really starts to take off. The performance is spot on ad always

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Probably the best one of the series so far.

Especially enjoyed the narrator on this one. I felt almost like watching a movie. Would recommend to anyone interested in 40k.

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Sssssssssss

Fucking cannot listen to it so many S pronounced with a sharp lisp unenjoyable furiating.

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Great book, but.... sssSSssSSSssss

Don't normally write reviews. But it has to be mentioned, that the every time the narrator encounters an 's' - your headphones are going to explode. This somewhat distracts from the otherwise great story. I've had to listen to this at 50% volume, compared to the previous books in the series.

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Is ok

Story was written quite differently I felt than the previous three. They seemed to talk like the nights of old rather than other Astartes in previous books. Not too sure about the narrator either.. his bad guys all sounded like a season one Blackadder. Talented chap for sure, but perhaps just not my cup of tea.

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Stunning

Absolutely loved it. the story continues to grip my attention, can't wait for book 5.

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better than expected

thought it would just be filler. I had got so used to Toby Longworth I was reticent about a new narrator but I found him to be excellent. the telling of the virus bombing from another angle was interesting.

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Narrator ruins the experience

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Best book of the series so far!

This is the best book of the series for me. I didn't get the negative comments regarding the narrator. The integration between Saul Tavitz and Nathaniel Garro on the same moment over two books was very well done.

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  • Daniel Clifford
  • 15-04-18

Great continuation of the Horus Heresy

What did you love best about The Flight of The Eisenstein?

The rich language and detailed descriptions Swallow used in this book impressed me and Keebles performance kept me engaged.

What other book might you compare The Flight of The Eisenstein to and why?

Galaxy in Flames : The Horus Heresy. This book provides a deeper look into plot from other character's perspectives.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Overall Voice and characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I often found myself listening to 1 more chapter than intended.

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  • Aaron
  • 19-09-19

Just ok.

The book is fine by itselft but as part of a series it struggles. Story wise there is tremendous overlap with the other books, making it impossible to have any excitment or sense if urgency. You already know whatas going to happen from the other books. The performance while not bad by any stretch of the imagination was a stuggle to listen to as the voice and sytle of speech does match the same character s from the previous novels. They should have kept the same actor or dobe some research to immitate the voices from the other titles.

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  • Matt
  • 11-04-19

My favorite of the series so far.

Was so sad to see that Toby wasn’t narrating this book, but Jonathan did it justice. The transition from the last book to this one was so well done. Hell, I got excited just from reading the description before I started it. Top notch series and I’m so glad that there’s plenty more in store. Onto book five I go!

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  • Travis
  • 26-09-19

Good writing, great voice acting

Narration and voice acting is AMAZING. this book felt a little slow, maybe because it overlapped story from the last book.

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  • Luis A.
  • 02-09-19

The emperor protects!

At first it wasn't able to get as involved as wih previous books, but once the heresy finally unfolded, i couldnt stop listening!

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  • Christopher Youngblood
  • 07-03-19

Great book, narrator could use some work

The narrator has some hard "S"es in his reading. Makes it hard to listen with headphones. Some of the character renditions weren't particularly great either, like the primearchs and the saint.

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  • Crunkal
  • 01-10-19

Great book.

I love the book, and almost all the narration. Although it must be said, I really disliked the way he voiced Rogal Dorn. Perhaps its just a personal preference though.

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  • András Lantos
  • 09-06-19

Mediocre story, the narration is weird

The story was nothing special, there were some interesting bits of lore, but in my opinion, Graham McNeil does a much better work at describing the corruption a Chaos. The narrator goes pretty much overboard with the acting; half the Death Guard (even in their uncorrupted state) sound like zombie orcs, there are some that speak like Gollum (Kaleb, most notably), and some are so posh (Voyen maybe), that such an acting could only fit an arrogant playboy like Fulgrim. Towards the end it got better, or maybe I just got used to is (hence the 3 stars for the narrator.)

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  • Robert
  • 24-04-19

Good Liste

The weakest story and narator thus far into the series. Still both are very enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-19

5 Stars.

Exceptional story. Must read for anyone interested in the Death Guard. James Swallow's descriptions are impeccable. Keeble's reading is both engaging and hypnotic.

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