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  • I Am Slaughter: Warhammer 40,000

  • The Beast Arises, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

It is the 32nd millennium, and the Imperium is at peace. The Traitor Legions of Chaos are but a distant memory, and the many alien races that have long plagued mankind are held in check by the Space Marines. When a mission to exterminate one such xenos breed on the world of Ardamantua draws in more of their forces, the Imperial Fists abandon the walls of Terra for the first time in more than a thousand years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great intro to the universe.

  • By J. Harris on 12-12-17

Warhammer at its most political

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Warhammer is a notoriously awkward universe to break into and get invested in, but Dan Abnett and Gareth Armstrong do a wonderful job of giving you an easy way to slide into the convoluted mess that is the grim darkness of the 41st millennium. For long time fans like myself this is a great in universe read to get some pre 41st millennium politics going, and some really great Ork on Marine combat. For newcomers to the series (like my mother who had to sit through at least two hours of this on a car ride) Gareth makes the strange pseudo-Latin and harsh guttural pronunciations of names fun and engaging to listen to. Thoroughly recommend for both the book and narrator alike.