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False Gods

The Horus Heresy, Book 2
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,986 ratings)

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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?

©2006 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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Fans of Warhammer won't be disappointed

Toby Longworth does an excellent job of taking you into the action as the Warmaster Horus begins his ascent.

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Great Series Decent Book

This book moves a little slow in the beginning but man does it pick up. I am reading this series for a second time AMAZING even still knowing what happens. The detail these authors put into their work is just top notch.

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Superb performace!!!

I read "Horus Rising" and loved every bit of it. Unfortunately, life has been busy and I haven't had much time to read. I purchased "False Gods" on Audible, so I could continue with the series. Toby Longworth has given an amazing performance. His narration is one of the best I have ever listened to. I was glad to see that Longworth is the narrator throughout the series. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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good listen

good story, I would like to know a lot more and I wish it was longer as there are a lot of questions left open for more or less the reader to choose.

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Fantastic performance. Great story.

I'm hooked for the series! 2nd book of my endeavor into the 40k's and horus. Its been awesome so far! Book 3 coming up...

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Awesome book

Great book for a great storyline in the Warhammer universe. All the books in this story are great and the narrator makes it that much more interesting.

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Phenomenal audiobook!

Great listening material while I paint my Warhammer 40k Models. #wh40k #paintbrushanddice #wargaming #horusheresy #adeptusastartes

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The story continues strong.

Listening how the Luna Wolves sealed the fate of Billions to eternal damnation was so riveting. They did not do it out of Greed or Malice but of desperation to save their Warmaster and father. The table is set and pieces are starting to move.

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f***ing amazing

one of the most intense and satisfying books I've ever read. the narration is spectacular, and almost every facet of the writing is engaging and delivers on its reputation as part of the Horus Heresy series.

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Great story

I did not like how from Horus Rising, to this book Horus changes from being so humble to headstrong over a matter of days. I think this is mostly just this author's view of Horus, as it is present from chapter 1.

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  • Ronald RayGun
  • 01-08-18

Entertaining but fell short of what I hoped for

A great performance but unfortunately the story was lacking and clumsy. Horus Uprising did an amazing job at setting the scene of the Horus Heresy with amazing character development that really emersed you into the world however while the story of False God's is a good one, it's a little ham-fisted in its delivery with actions and story lines being dropped in just to fulfil the ultimate arc rather than seeming logical and consistent with the characters developed in the first book

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  • Rob Merry
  • 01-24-18

Excellent

Toby Longworth brings this story to life! This a really enjoyable series, even for for those like me who have only a passing acquaintance with the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

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  • Jamie Mckenzie
  • 12-23-18

A must read for space marine fans

a great listen, a tragic story of manipulation and betrayal. 2 down, 48 to go!

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  • Jake
  • 01-13-18

All souls cry out for salvation, even a Primarch's

40K is a franchise so beloved by its authors and praised for its depth, breadth, and richness of texture. It's very disappointing then that its lynchpin and dramatic high-water-mark seems rushed, forced, and ultimately unrealistic, especially when this trilogy prides itself on melding modern and classical styles: an interest in ethics within a plot framework evoking epic poetry.

I am of course referring to the turning of Horus. Such care was taken in the first book to build his character into that of a benign despot; conscientious enough to control his psychopathic instincts yet fallibly Human enough, like all of us, to question the impositions of the super-ego, symbolised in the Emperor, 'father' of Horus. It's a stark and painful thing, then, when Horus is suddenly inverted into a villain, albeit within the established paradigm of his character. People do bad things because there is something inside them that is flawed, and though this is signified throughout, we still fall short in believing Horus's reasons for forsaking everything he stood for. It's too much, too soon.

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  • Shades of Blue
  • 04-10-19

Wow!!

It just gets better and better. Horus with strength and guile works with cunning that he even beguiles the honoured Mornival. They work and fight and conquer not realising the real goals they're fighting for. The unique and highly respected Mornival following the Warmaster Horus and all the while in the background from unexpected ............well you'll have to read this, the storyline is First class and the narration exceptional. Now for book III 'Galaxy In Flames '.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-19

as good as the first book

good naration, good story, looking forward to the next book, Nice to see a lot of the Characters from the first book make it into the next.

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  • JR Angell
  • 03-20-19

Voices all wrong

The story is great, no disputing that. For me it isn't as good as horus rising but it's still a great novel.

Unfortunately the narration on this is bad enough to make me wince at times.

Some characters are fine such as Garviel, Horus and Karkasy but others are done so badly that I have to laugh.

For example Abaddon, the hulking, grumpy giant, baddest astartes around, born and raised in the roughest slums of Cthonia... sounds like a posh, nasally nerd. It's really, really bad and enough to snap me out of the story at times.

The narration itself is fine, some characters are fine, others... Not so much.

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  • Mr. T. E. Oreilly
  • 03-17-19

downhill from the first one

I loved book 1. having Horus as a hero was really fascinating and I was looking forward to how he started to fall. this book tells that part and I was disappointed.

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  • majinwillie
  • 03-12-19

fantastic listen

great book. amazing narrator. so griping and makes u feel alot . loved this book

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  • Alec Stratton
  • 03-09-19

Just a good book. ☺️

Love it, like always listens though it twice. Would highly recommend to anyone into scifi.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-19

Great follow up

Listened to the book 1 in two days and had to get straight into this one and it doesn’t disappoint!

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  • Battis
  • 02-25-19

Excellent

Loved it, couldn’t listen to it fast enough. Recommend to anyone who enjoys Warhammer or sci-fi in general.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-19

Damn you Erebus

To broadly review this, it felt like a bit of a downgrade, coming from Horus Rising to False Gods. It might be the storyline that the author had to deal with, or it might even just be the difference in authors itself- that’s not to say that this isn’t a great story.
There are moments that made me feel joy, tension, sadness, and anger (most of which had to do with a particular Word Bearer), but the overall shift in Horus as a character after the events of Davin felt a bit rushed, and there were so many moments where his insecurities and decision to betray the Imperium seemed to stem from a real place, before suddenly swapping to “Muh Ambition” which, more often than not, was a bit jarring.
The best scenes in Horus Rising were those of conflict that the characters suffered within themselves. False Gods, while having some really good ones within Horus, does really well in its action scenes, which are visceral and violent, which is to be expected of the setting, and does not disappoint.

Great performance as usual, though I found Torgadden’s new voice a bit... eh. But I got used to it after a while.

TL;DR
Not as good as Book 1, still pretty good, eagerly downloading Book 3, I hate Erebus.

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  • Alistair L.
  • 05-08-18

GOD DAMN YOU WORD BEARERS

need I say any more than the title of my review? Bloody Word Bearers. hah

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