Fulgrim

The Horus Heresy, Book 5
Narrated by: David Timson
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 5
Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
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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....

©2007 Games Workshop Limited (P)2013 Games Workshop Limited
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Great Narration, okay story

What did you love best about Fulgrim?

The dropsite massacre, being so iconic in the heresy, is portrayed for the first time and is really quite incredible.

Would you be willing to try another book from Graham McNeill? Why or why not?

Absolutely, while Fulgrim wasn't my favourite book of his, I have read others and consider Graham McNeill to be amongst the best Black Library authors there are

Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

I quite liked the portrayal of Eldrad Ulthran. I was curious as to how he would pull off the voice of the Eldar and I believe he did it justice

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Istvaan V dropsite Massacre and the beheading of Ferrus Mannus

Any additional comments?

I liked the character of Fulgrim before reading this book, and now he is one of my least favourite traitor primarchs. I'm not sure what that says about the book, though.

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Not my favorite, but maybe the best of the Horus Heresy.

I don't like the emperor's children or many of their characters to begin with, and this book made me dislike them more. They were prancing dandies shouting perfection perfection etc.

But! This book embraced all those annoying, offsetting, decadent, and offensive traits to make the reader hate then more and more as the book goes on. The imagery is truly top tier and while I don't like the focus of the book, it rivals Eisenhorn and Gaunt in quality. A must read if you are going through the Horus Heresy. It ties the last two books together neatly while telling its own descent into madness. And much less Lucius than the last three books. I hate that guy lol.
And David Timson did a great job too, characters were easy to tell apart.

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Erebus did nothing wrong.

This book was an in depth look at Fulgrim's decent into demonic excess. I really enjoyed the entire HH series so far.

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The best Horus Heresy novel, narrated perfectly

After listening to this audiobook in full for the third time, I still get chills as to how well-done it is. The gradual descent of Fulgrim and his legion from honorable to deplorable is perfectly paced, and remarkably well-illustrated through the eyes of the Astartes as well as a handful of humans; whose skills in the arts begin to reflect the shocking, horrifying realities their so-called protectors become. The infamous Maraviglia chapter, one of the most inspiring segments in all of the WH40K lore, is written with a staggeringly sinister tone that conveys just how far the mighty can fall. All along, the narrator's voice leads you unflinchingly into the depths, and despite the terror and disgust he makes you feel, from the first cries of victory to the final, guttering death of hope, you will beg for more.

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Not the best.

didn't really hold my attention. Wasn't horrible, just a bit of a let down after some of the previous books in the series.

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Great connective insight from previous books

This book had several connective moments, developed a wider vision of the story, and gave voice and personalities to many Primarchs. However the narrator didn't have the gravitas nor bass to allow those magnanimous and galacial characters to live up to their import.

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Iconic Book in the Heresy

I found this book in the sci-fi aisle back in 2008 looking for a cool book that I would have to do a book report on(I was in middle school). The tantalizing black and gold cover caught my eye and even more so that incredibly hulking Space Marines on the cover art. Before that point I had never heard of the Warhammer universe let alone the Horus Heresy series. I purchased the book and read the entire thing from cover to cover in a few days. From then on I was absolutely fascinated with the 40k universe to include the video games and table top figures. The Heresy has continued with a boarderline overwhelming number of books to listen too but I have renewed my pursuit to finish the series through audible starting from book 1 as I do not have the patience for reading anymore. For the most part one could just read what is on the 40k Wiki website and know what happened in a general sense as I have done already. With that said although many of us know how everything plays out it does not take away any enjoyment from listening to or reading the books yourself at least not in my opinion. Fulgrim is an iconic book in the series and provides back story to all the future books and events. It is a must read for an Heresy fans. The voice acting is amazing minus the females parts which obviously males actors won't ever get right. Depending on which side you favor loyalist or traitor in the Heresy determines the emotions you will feel throughout the book and your connections with certain characters. I am a loyalist fanboy through and through so the events that take place towards the end of this book were dramatic and depressing a bit but nevertheless awesome to read! Since I read the book many years ago I forgot many minor events and interactions between characters and listening to it through audible made it even better then reading it myself. Being the first book I read in the 40k lore the Emperors Children will always be one of my favorite legions(prior to falling to choas) a long with the Iron Hands. Many fellow readers I have talked to find this book rather boring and long compared to other installments before and after but I deeply enjoyed every piece of it. I find it refreshing when the book isn't always being narrated about or from Astartes. Cannot reccomend this read enough, onto the next book!

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Rough beginning for narrator

For the first 5 or so hours I was zoning out or lost. No matter the situation the narrator sounded like he was narrating a water buffalo wandering around in some national geographic show with no emotion. The voices all sounded the same I couldn't tell who was talking. I ended up stopping for the day and when I started it again he seemed to get a better rythem although I did find myself zoning out occasionally.

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Patients Required Ahead......

Starts slow, but gets crazy about half way through..Stick it out and it will be worth it.

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acquired taste

Not fan of Emperor's Children, got lost in a lot of it. Not really my forte. Narrator I think is appropriate for this type of story.

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  • 451
  • 10-26-17

Descent into madness

Fulgrim is a little different from most Heresy books in that its as much a horror story as it is a tragedy. Sometimes psychological, sometimes downright uncomfortable it's a far cry from the relatively straightforward morality of 40k novels. Mostly Fulgrim is the slow-burning tale of a cultured, urbane man of great learning whose love of perfection proves to be not only his own undoing but that of his Legion.

The book is quite a long one, allowing the reader to savour the full measure of the tragedy. McNeill has given the stories the full depth and context needed to follow the corruption of the Legion as a whole rather than relying on clumsy shortcuts. There's a few nods to King's Needful Things and some parts of False Gods find their way into the canvas but as a whole Fulgrim is as vast, decadent and ultimately disturbing as the artworks of the Primarch himself.

David Timson as narrator is an excellent choice. Here his tones work perfectly, capturing the honeyed, menacing tones of the Primarch and the arrogance of his Astartes. Fulgrim sounds like Edward Fox and Vespasian - Jack Hawkins. Nobody else could have pulled that off

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  • brian proctor
  • 08-13-18

good story ,bad narrator

I found the story to be good but the ending seemed abit rushed , the narrator wasn't great ,he would be better narrating the wind and the willows or something along those lines ,not a story set in the grim dark 41st millennium

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  • Miss L Jones
  • 11-15-19

A tragic story of perfectionism

Gripping story and superbly written. Fully represents Fulgrim, his legion (Emperors Children) and Slaanesh corruption with immense detail. The story is a tragedy with shocking scenes of love and betrayal.

The author explores real world philosophical ideas, of the positives and dangers of perfectionism, but in the crazy and messed up setting of 30k.
I Really enjoyed this book and I cant wait to start the next one.

Something other reviews write about is the narrator. Personally, it didnt bother me 99% of the time and I regret not buying this book earlier because I was put off by those reviews.
If you are dead set on the voices and narration being "correct" then it may put you off.
If you, like me, value the story arch of 30k and plot of the characters over the way the narrator "does the voices" then this is a must buy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-19

Struggling with the narrator

Compared to the previous books I have definitely struggled with this one, the narrator Uses the same upbeat and jolly tone for everyone. Some guy loses all his limbs but it’s okay...*jolly tone* we can blame it all on perfection and art. Author Uses nearly a whole chapter about some guy talking about a lump of marble. Not sure if they were trying to hit a word count.

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  • JGS
  • 11-14-18

Ties in nicely

Parts of the book were a bit slow, others fantastic. Importantly, it ties in nicely with prior books and the ending is great.

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  • John
  • 10-30-18

Over before I knew it !

Probably my favourite of the series so far, cracking listen and narrator was top notch as always. Now onto Fulgrim !

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  • Elizabeth Redrup
  • 11-20-17

Amazing

fantastic instalment in an incredible series. Excellent performance. A must read for any emperor's children fans

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  • owain riseborough
  • 07-04-20

Narration not great.

Good story, crap narrator don't pay lots of money for this. Don't make it your first read of the series... Its been great up till now...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-20

Simply exceptional

This is not only one of the best books in the entire series but one of the best books I have had the pleasure of listening to / reading ever.

A fantastic tale of pride and corruption is coupled with a narrator that is absolutely perfect for the story and its cast of characters.

Gripping from cover to cover. A must listen!

Forget the tragedy of Darth Plagueis; Fulgrim's descent into madness is where it's at.

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  • Luke T.
  • 06-07-20

Brilliant, twisted, horrific and pleasurable!

I knew very little of the Emperor's Children legion before listening to this book and oh my, what an absolute rollercoaster of emotions I felt whilst learning of their legion's part in the early days of the Heresy. The narrator did an outstanding job at portraying Fulgrim's elegance and self superiority, as well as many other characters that were brought to live so vividly in my minds eye as I listened.

The story features a lot of new characters and many familiar ones from previous entries in the series and each hold pivotal rolls within the book, nothing ever seemed like it was 'filler'.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-17-18

Disappointing voicing for the Primarchs

I think that the narrators don't do much honor to the emotions or tones of the Primarchs speeches.

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  • William Woods
  • 03-15-20

great book but voice actor a tad confusing.

great book but I found the voice actor a little hard to follow at times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-20

Fulgrim got what he deserved!

Awesome book. Gives a deep insight into the creation and mindset of the Emperor's Children we know today.

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  • Mickey
  • 04-17-19

getting stale in HH

just the next book in the series, nothing new and exciting, well read, I don't have any other connection to Warhammer than this set of books so Fulgrim doesn't mean much to me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-19

great read

fantastic book, got me hooked on the whole universe and I now worship Slaanesh 😂
Some plot lines seemed a bit of a stretch but all in all a good read.
i was definitely not sold on the narrator, some of his voices just seemed to miss the mark completely

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-18

excellent

really enjoyed it, bit slow to start but towards thd end I couldn't put it down