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  • Battle for the Abyss

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 8
  • By: Ben Counter
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Now that news of Horus' treachery is in the open, a time of testing has come. Some Legions have already declared their allegiance to the Warmaster while the loyalty of others lies firmly with the Emperor. As Horus deploys his forces, loyalist Astartes learn that a massive Wordbearers fleet is heading to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines. Unless they can intercept the fleet, and destroy the mighty battleship that has been sent to reinforce it, the Ultramarines may suffer a blow from which they will never recover.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overall

  • By Robert Lindner on 11-14-17

Critical Analysis

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Overall, the story was good, voice acting excellent, character building was thought out very carefully.
I am very new to the Warhammer universe, having only heard of it for the first time about mid 2018. Yes, I know, I'm desperately behind, but I am doing my best to catch up with the lore.

Considering the info GW has given us this far, It would almost seem impossible for this whole plot to destroy the Abyss with a single cruiser ( I believe that is what the loyalist had) and a couple of boarding craft and with what the info the book provided no more than 4-5 squads of Marines. Now, they say several times in the book that "this is the biggest ship that they've ever seen". Hear are some things we do know the. The Fist of Macragge is a 26k long battleship.... that's freaking huge, twice the length of the Super Star Destroyer in Star Wars. so let's say the Abyss was 30k long, I think that's fare.
Now look at the story now now the ships rough size, compared to the loyalist fleet, which only consisted of a few cruisers and light cruisers. And you are BOARDING IT! what! you need a armada to even think about getting close. any Ships getting with boarding range would be blown out of the void within seconds, with no hope surviving. We know that with a ship that size has a butt ton of fire power, heck they were going to use it destroy the UltraMarines homeworld.
I may be missing something from the book, but, it doesn't seem feasible for the Marines to board it and then take on an entire chapters worth or more of Word Bearers.

That is the only part "thing" that annoyed me. Everything else was great, story, characters, plot ect.

I would recommend this book to any Warhammer fan.

  • Legion

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 7
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

A Great War is coming, and it will engulf the Imperium of Man. The Space Marines of the Alpha Legion, the last and most secretive of all the Astartes brotherhoods, arrive on a heathen world to support the Imperial Army in a pacification campaign against strange and uncanny forces. But what drives the Alpha Legion?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts up to be slow, but ended with a bang.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-12-18

Story Very Slow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Not only is the story very slow, but the voice acting is pretty high pitched. Almost all the Male characters are given womanly voices which throws off conversations when men and woman are conversing. Being that this is about the Imperial Army I would think that the men would be gritty and low voiced not speaking with a voice that sounds like my wife. and

Story is hard to follow for the first 5 chapters, not sure who is who and what the heck is going on. I felt like a very long intro into a setting.

  • Descent of Angels

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 6
  • By: Mitchel Scanlon
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

The planet of Caliban exists much as it has for thousands of years - the knightly orders protect the common people, fighting back the beasts that lurk in the depths of the seemingly endless forests. Young Zahariel and Nemiel aspire to join the greatest of the orders, led by the example of mighty Lion El'Jonson and his vision of a peaceful and unified world. But the coming of the Imperium brings new concerns and a new destiny for the Lion as part of the Great Crusade, and the sons of Caliban must decide if they will follow him to glory among the stars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great if you like Dark Angels

  • By Michael S. Labrow on 01-01-18

great book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-18

slow but good. compared to other horus heresy books it's more story driven. less fighting scenes and more story telling.

  • Fulgrim

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 5
  • By: Graham McNeill
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

Under the command of the newly appointed Warmaster Horus, the Great Crusade continues. Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor's Children, leads his warriors into battle against a vile alien foe, unaware of the darker forces that have already set their sights upon the Imperium of Man. Loyalties are tested and every murderous whim indulged as the Emperor's Children take their first steps down the road to true corruption - a road that will ultimately lead them to the killing fields of Isstvan V....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite, but maybe the best of the Horus Heresy.

  • By Erik Rose on 01-07-18

character battles

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

love the book! Although all Warhammer fans know the outcome of all the Fallen primark's, you almost hope that full girl fights off the demons within him and fights for the emperor instead of Horus. there's almost a flint of Hope for him and his Legion. The book presents is very well, as if there's an alternate history about to be made. not much of a fan of the gruesome satanic parts of the book. But that's just me. But the book is amazing! I'd recommend this to anyone who Love's battles and a character's mind and fights his inner demons.

  • The Flight of The Eisenstein

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 4
  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,021

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the Horus Heresy

  • By Daniel Clifford on 04-15-18

A roller coaster of a emotion and plot.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-18

The book takes you into the deep thoughts of the protagonist, deep thoughts of confusion and pain the brave and loyal Space Marine feels every time he tries to unravel the whys and hows of the deepest darkest secrets of the universes, that were hidden from him and other s until now.

  • Galaxy in Flames

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 3
  • By: Ben Counter
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,093

Having recovered from his grievous injuries, Warmaster Horus leads the triumphant Imperial forces against the rebel world of Isstvan III. Though the rebels are swiftly crushed, Horus' treachery is finally revealed when the planet is razed by virus bombs and Space Marines turn on their battle brothers in the most bitter struggle imaginable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Nicholas Stenkamp on 11-10-17

amazing book, the ending brought tears to my eyes.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

loved it! the story line was so good. I don't know why there are not movies. would blow the box office!

  • False Gods

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 2
  • By: Graham McNeill
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327

The Great Crusade that has taken humanity into the stars continues. The Emperor of Mankind has handed the reins of command to his favoured son, the Warmaster Horus. Yet all is not well in the armies of the Imperium. Horus is still battling against the jealousy and resentment of his brother primarchs, and when he is injured in combat on the planet Davin, he must also battle his inner daemon. With all the temptations that Chaos has to offer, can the weakened Horus resist?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fans of Warhammer won't be disappointed

  • By Chris on 05-23-18

Great Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-18

This book has a way of luring you into every scene that is described. from every second of detailed glorious battle to the sympathetic emotions that the bravest warriors of the galaxy can feel.