Brothers of the Snake

Warhammer 40,000
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (694 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Sabbat Worlds audiobook.

The war-torn far future is laid bare as Brothers of the Snake follows the exploits of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as they battle against the enemies of mankind. 

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Dan Abnett brings his unique sense of the Warhammer 40,000 universe to Space Marines, crafting a series of encounters between the mythic heroes of the Iron Snakes and their foes that will leave you breathless and begging for more. 

The story:

Best-selling author Dan Abnett turns his hand to the mighty Space Marines! The war-torn far future is laid bare as Brothers of the Snake follows the exploits of the Iron Snakes Space Marines as they battle against the enemies of mankind. 

First appearing in the pages of Inferno! magazine, the Iron Snakes Space Marines quickly gathered a loyal following, and now they wage war in a full-blown adventure, battling aliens and heretics as they defend the Imperium. 

Written by Dan Abnett. Narrated by Toby Longworth.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Masterful

Dan Abnett strikes gold yet again - introducing us to some of the most believable, endearing, and HUMAN space marines in the Warhammer World. Hard to believe this is his first time writing Space Marines! Perfect for fans who prefer smaller squad-focused space marine novels. An excellent choice for Abnett fans. I love the Eisenhorn novels, but I think I actually like the Snakes even more!

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new to the 40k universe and this book was amazing

I am new to the 40k universe and this book was amazing. about to search for another

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Dan Abnett does it again

A unique space marines chapter gets a unique book written about them as we follow the leader of an elite squad of space marines through several deployments. Normally we only see a single mission in most 40k novels, while in this we get to see more of a "day in the life" take. And as a result, it makes for a very fast read/listen. And an entertaining one at that. It has a "stylised" feel to it I can't fully explain. There came a point while listening to this where everything being described seemed like something out of a kick-@$$ Genndy Tartakovsky animation, which I then started to imagine, and that made it even more awesome. But the fact that Dan Abnett wrote this should be enough of a reason to check this book out. My only complaint is that we don't get more of a feel for the entire squad, instead focusing more on their leader and their apothecary. This leads to the rest of the squad feeling somewhat samey, which is a little bit of a let down after Gaunt's Ghosts gave us such distinct characters, but it's not as egregious as other 40k books.

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Better than Eisenhorn?

Great story! It was nice to have a linear story that didn't bounce from subplot or memory scapes from past to present. I am hoping for more like this and perhaps a BotS2... again... GREAT STORY.

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Disappointing

SJW insert Dan needs to stick with nonmarines. Too Many little things that didn’t fit into the grand 40k timeline.

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fantastic

Another gem from Dan Abnett. Always wonderful stories and the most vivid, visceral combat. A masterpiece.

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40k gold

a very unique space marine story showing a more human side to them a must listen

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Superb!

One of the best WH40k novels I’ve listened to recently. Different excerpts from history of the Iron Snakes, following life of a particular Space Marine. Truly very well written - highly recommend!

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Fantastic. 🐍

Fantastic. Iron Snake Space Marines are my new favorites. from start to finish it really digs in deep like an Ethacain Sea Lance and never lets you go.

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fantastic

So there is a new snake fan in this hobby right here! Book is a little dry in certain spots but after listening to this id have to say the iron snakes are a very relatable chapter and that's part of what make this such a good listen. narration is good with a small hiccup here or there.

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  • 09-20-19

Brilliant change but still authentic

As a modern day addict of 40k audiobooks. I can find some stories droll and shallow. but this story is incredibly authentic. and is beautifully written. the character development is exceptional, the story is perfectly balanced with action and plot. its refreshing to listen to how the battle plays out in enough detail that you understand how they fight and what they do rather than a general recounting of "they came, they smash, the conqueror" Toby Longworth lives up to what we now expect of him. that is excellent and authentic performances that a perfect for the 40k universe. Bravo! more please Dan!!

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  • 04-12-20

Very Good for 40k but below par for Abnett

Abnett is the best 40k author by some distance but the dry perfectionist world of the space marine is not where he flourishes. Ultimately still very listenable it doesn't reach the heights of his other work.

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  • Mr. D. B. Smethurst
  • 09-04-19

Probably the best 40k I've read

This was the first 40k book I bought and read, and it got me into the Warhammer 40k Universe. Still an amazing read and I highly recommend it.

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  • Marsin
  • 08-28-19

The Snakes of Ithica

I did enjoy the story as a whole, not what I expected. No spoilers. Enjoy...

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  • Daniel M Reeves
  • 10-19-20

A well crafted tale in a very busy universe

Having a chapter with no background story helps keep this space marine tale refreshing. Dan has done a great job keeping the story from turning into a ‘gore-fest’ and genuinely makes you feel as though the characters are individuals. It started slow but then you come to realise how each section has been crafted to weave the whole plot together cleverly so pacing is never an issue.

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  • Matt
  • 10-14-20

Great story well read

great characters some great story's that join together in an interesting and intriguing way. Brilliant

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  • Mark cowan
  • 09-30-20

Impressive as always

Dan Abnett is an amazing story teller as always. A Great story and well performed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-20

Excellent read

One of the most enjoyable 40k books I’ve read. Great characters and gives a real feel for the nature of the chapter.

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  • miss s.l.m.r. hackman
  • 08-22-20

Great story

Thoroughly enjoyable story, brought to life by great reading. If I was picky I would say it was not one of Dan Abnett's best, but still a great read. Toby Longworth is a great reader for these stories though. Editing issues did crop up occasionally which is rare - some lines were repeated, whilst not hugely impacting on the experience, it was a shame that more care had not been taken to avoid this.

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  • anotherNick
  • 08-18-20

Holds up well

Some oddly ham-fisted gender politics aside, this is a solid offering from Abnett. Well worth a listen.

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  • Shannon
  • 09-19-19

Will make you want to paint a chapter of them...

Hands down the best Spacemarine story I’ve heard so far. Great characters, a story that comes full circle and room for it to go further. The narration is superbly performed my Toby Longworth (loved him in Eisonhorn series). I’m gonna build and paint me some Brothers of the Snake! 👍🏻

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  • Thomas Stubbings
  • 09-08-19

Best Space Marine book yet.

Abnett is a truly talented author who has a fantastic ability of being able to write and create stories in the 40k world which could be appreciated by many readers and listeners who are not fans of the lore. Brothers of the Snake offered the most genuine insight into the mindset and trials of a Space Marine I’ve read thus far without falling into the stereotypical cheesey “FOR THE EMPERORRRRRRR!” Yelling, Bolter wielding heretic gore affair we are used to. I can only hope Abnett continues to write something further on the journeys of the Iron Snakes. A book any fantasy or sci fan fan will really enjoy. Can not recommend highly enough.

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  • AT CT
  • 08-26-19

Bloody brilliant!

Adventure and humour. Well worth the listen. Hopefully we will hear more from the Iron Snakes!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-20

Dan Annett knocks it for six again

As with anything his pen touches Dan Annett knocked this out of the park and Toby Longworth was a fantastic narrator for his words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-20

Just get it.

Absolutely loved this booked. Only wish it went longer is there was another book. Toby Longworth just brings it to life and Dan Abnett just writes amazing books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-20

way better than I expected

I was not expecting much but this turned out to be a good story. it progressed well and was not stymied by predictable one dimensional space marines. it was a good read

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  • Stephen McLeod
  • 03-15-20

iron snakes are now my favorite

inspiring. make you want to do and be a better person. a great story for any one not just fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-19

one of thebbest

I have read the hours heresy. 8th edition till date and this book is one of the best. your emotions fly and the ending is perfect where you want more but know that any more would worsen the story. highly recommend for any 40k lover

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-19

was good

bit of bolter porn but hey easy listen. gives space marines character which is good