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The Outcast Dead

The Horus Heresy, Book 17
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 17
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (265 ratings)

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Summary

The galaxy is burning. The Emperor's loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan.

Such dark times herald new and yet more terrible things still to come, and when Astropath Kai Zulane unwittingly learns a secret that threatens to tip the balance of the war, he is forced to flee for his life. Alongside a mysterious band of renegades, he plunges into the deadly underworld of Terra itself, hunted like a criminal by those he once trusted. In the face of betrayal, Kai must decide where his own loyalties lie and whether some truths should be buried forever.

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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Cringey Asian accents...

Excellent narrator...except when trying to do Asian accents, and then it descends into cringe. Absolutely everything else though was amazing.

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Neil Gaiman at his best

As always natation perfect and Neil Gaiman work is good his name is this enjoy.

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Easily the worst Horus Heresy book so far

Greatly struggled to finish this book. The marration was fine but the story itself was boring.

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The performance shines brightly

A good story with fantastic narration. Keeble really brings it to life.

As a stand alone it would probably be rated even higher, but there is a glaring plot inconsistency with the rest of the Horus Heresy that stands out like a sore thumb to readers of the series. It would be okay if it was just a one off mention, but it is repeatedly brought up and is a major underlying background piece for the plot and brought me out of the immersion every time.

That being said the parts of the story unrelated to it are exceptional, the characters are rich and diverse, the setting is clear and immersive and the links and mysteries of the past and future are dealt with tactly. With it all coming together neatly into a very satisfying conclusion.

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A decent story taken to exceptionalism by the performance

The story is mediocre and as far as I can tell doesn’t have too much to add to the main storyline however it goes into an unprecedented amount of detail about the astropathica and gives that mysterious part of the Imperium’s infrastructure some character.

This book also gives a great look at life on Terra right at the peak of the Imperium’s might which is as you’d imagine, sufficiently Grimdark.

All in all, a good story with some interesting characters with dimension and people you really want to succeed even if the “big reveal” that is built up is something that we already know.

The real quality of this story is the Narration of Jonathan Keeble. From the off his voice brings this book to life in a way no one else has quite managed in the Heresy Books so far. I’d recommend the listen just for him.

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Great Book

Doesn’t have the usual enormous battles or crazy fights but a really solid book. Fantastic performance as usual and a great story. Not my favourite book of the series but certainly well worth listening to.

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Jonathan Keeble is perfection

Any book read by his Perfect voice is a treat. The story is interesting but one if the more bland.

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Timeline!?

The narrator is exceptional. That’s the only redeeming feature of this book. It doesn’t fit in the timeline and jarringly so which takes you out of the experience trying to figure it out. The details that are given such as background of the astrotelepathicus etc could have been delivered in a short story or novella. That way it wouldn’t feel like a chore just to pick up these few details that are only important for fleshing out the universe rather than being pertinent to the continuing story. If it wasn’t for the narrators stellar performance I would have given Just one star.

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took me by surprise

I really enjoyed the story, I didn't expect it to be that good. Fits well into the rest of the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-18

hard to get into.

the book turned out to be really good, but i found it hard to get into because of the story and how long it took to build up, it did however get very interesting and enjoyable. narration is very good.

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  • Alpharius77
  • 20-03-18

Wow!

Easily one of the best in the Horus Heresy series. The author does a great job of making the listener (reader) develop an attachment to the tragic characters. You won't be disappointed in this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-19

twists and turns

I will admit I started getting lost in the connection between the different characters in this book, and for a while I was lost to where it was going, but it all came together very well and as a whole this book is solid.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-19

better than i was expecting

it starts slow but gets awesome as you go, great story! well told and read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-19

Unique group

It’s a good read overall. There are a few underlining storylines and they make it worth it and very unique.

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  • tony
  • 25-02-19

Eh

one of the longest and slowest books in the series. was really a grind that I was happy when finished. I didnt take away much from this one. still the performance was great.

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  • Chris
  • 11-02-19

One of the great reads of the series.

Fascinating story of the Empire on the brink and the terrible future that awaits. Full of complex characters sent spinning by the momentous tides of fate. One of the great reads of the series.

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  • Corey C.
  • 04-01-19

Painful

McNeil again displays that, while he is prolific, he certainly is not the strongest author working for Black Library.

This story suffers from bland descriptions, awkward shifts between present and past tenses, weak characters destined only to die without serving any real meaning and one of the most sleepy and dull segments of “bolter porn” ever put to pen.

And that’s too bad because the exchanges between the the main character and his regicide opponent are fantastic and so painfully heart breaking that they deserved a far better vehicle than this story.

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  • JT
  • 25-12-18

not my favorite story but reading was fantastic

Graham McNeil has written better in this series but the subject matter is a tough one too really get behind if you are a big horus heresy fan they are tertiary characters but do come along again later in the series. I guess this is just a bit deeper into the back story to make everything seem even more machiavellian.

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  • Hedrick
  • 14-12-18

a great story

great reading, awesome story with a worthy mystery that keeps me locked in at all times.