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First and Only

Gaunt's Ghost, Book 1
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: Gaunt's Ghosts, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs
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A Warhammer 40,000 audiobook.   

In the Chaos-infested Sabbat Worlds, Imperial Commissar Gaunt must lead his men through as much in-fighting amongst rival regiments as against the forces of Chaos.   

Listen to it because: First and Only was one of the first books published by Black Library and is the most read Warhammer 40,000 novel ever, an absolute classic. This story begins the saga of Colonel Commissar Gaunt and the Tanith First and Only that has since grown into a multi-novel epic. It all starts here.  

The story: For a thousand years, the Sabbat Worlds have been lost to the Imperium, claimed by the dread powers of Chaos. Now, a mighty crusade seeks to return the sector to Imperial rule. And at the forefront of that crusade are Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt and the Tanith First and Only - better known as Gaunt’s Ghosts. Trapped in the grinding trench warfare of Fortis Binary, the Ghosts find themselves drawn into a conspiracy to assassinate the crusade’s leader, Warmaster Macaroth. 

With enemies all around them and no one to trust, Gaunt and his men must find a way to save the warmaster and prevent the Sabbat Worlds Crusade from falling into anarchy - even if it means waging war on their supposed allies.

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

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About Fething Time!

As an avid fan of 40k fiction and tabletop, Gaunt's Ghosts has always be a favorite. The opening book of the series is an excellent story filled with intrigue, action and most importantly, character development. If you are looking for the first book in a masterpiece of a series(And the first ever Black Library book ever), you should take a listen. Toby does a fantastic job portraying what Abnett has written on the pages. What are you waiting for you Feth stains!?! Get this book!

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Great Listen

Disclaimer: I love the Gaunt’s Ghosts books. I have bought them all at least 3 separate times at this point. Hardcover, paperback, and ebook for all and I’m looking forward to getting more.
I won’t bore you with a review of the story as there are countless others out there. This is a faithful and exacting recreation in audio form. The performance is also great. The only bad part is that of the 4 GG audiobooks available as of this review, there are 3 different narrators. This can make it slightly confusing book to book as they pronounce names differently and give some main characters different voices. It’s still a great listen and I really hope they decide to do the others books as well.

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Loved It

I read this series years ago and have been waiting for an audiobook for quite some time. I'll be impatiently waiting for the next one in the series.

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Shut up and take my money!

But seriously, Abnett's writing is on point as always. A lot of credit needs to go to Toby Longworth, the narrator. He has an amazing range as a voice actor, able to bring dozens of characters to life simultaneously. I highly recommend this and his rendition of Abnett's other work Brothers of the Snake.

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  • 11-14-19

I've been begging for this for years

This is the first book in a truly epic series. This transcends the 40k universe and makes 40k amazing.

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great book

loved the book and the performance although I prefer the narrator of salvation's reach. hope they make the rest of the series.

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Glad that I chose this one to try.

Perfection of both story and narration in one great literary work of dark military science fiction fantasy

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Finally!

So pleased that this series is being added. Excellent narration! Eagerly awaiting the second one that is already on the horizon!

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spectacular

It was so good that I did not want to finish it because then there would not be anymore of i5

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Thank you so much!

I have been searching forever to get the older books from the gaunts ghosts series, thank you so much!

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  • Sigurvin Helgi Reynisson
  • 11-05-19

Finally

Just finally I get to listen to the book I read these many years ago

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  • david crane
  • 11-17-19

Start of an epic saga

Loved this book when I first read it and was delighted to find it here. I do so hope that the rest of the series find their way to Audible.

this is the start of the series that really defined a universe for me and made the great catalogue of books from the 40K universe what they are. An epic saga in it's own right without Annette's work I don't think you'd get the amazing stuff Black library has gone on to create since. so pleased he's still one of their star players!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-19

Abnett Strikes again.

Band of Brothers but in 40k. One of the best from Black Library. Truly epic. Longworth shines as well.

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  • mike
  • 12-09-19

awesomeness

loved this book, read it a while ago. it's just a shame they go from book 1 then to book 14. I'd rebuy and listen to every one.

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  • paul sparks
  • 12-06-19

Brilliant book

My first time reading a warhammer book and at first I find it hard to immerse myself in the narration but that changes after the first couple of hours and then I was loving it

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  • Mech
  • 11-26-19

another fantastic book by Dan

Dan really knows how to write a epic 40k story. it really puts many other 40k writers to shame. he continues to expand on the 40k worlds and characters he has created to great success. if you enjoyed eisenhorn you will enjoy this. read by Tony Longworth as always, may the Emperor bless him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-19

Just brilliant

Dan Abnett has once again written a 40k masterpiece and Toby Longworth captures the mood of the book perfectly