Your audiobook is waiting…

Fulgrim

The Horus Heresy, Book 5
Narrated by: David Timson
Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,070 ratings)
Regular price: $31.97
$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

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

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    759
  • 4 Stars
    230
  • 3 Stars
    69
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    713
  • 4 Stars
    193
  • 3 Stars
    61
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    7

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    686
  • 4 Stars
    209
  • 3 Stars
    69
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    8
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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

narrator sucks

the narrator makes all the characters sound like pevish fops, not at all like the towering badasses they are supposed to be.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

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

Voices

To me, Fulgrim would have a more deep, rocky voice. Overall a wonderful job though, looking forward to more in the future.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

At first, I hated the performance. It gets better.

Whenever I first started listening to this book, I was legitimately about to abandon it. David Timson is a stark contrast to the other narrators for the previous 4 books. It was a shocking change and I didn't expect it would get better. His portrayal of the Astartes and Fulgrim was silly at first, but I started to think about it.

The Emperors Children are the most privy to arts, music, etc. which is why I think they went with David Timson to voice these guys. They're basically extremely high and mighty/pompous. If you're able to get through the beginning, his voice gets better and his interpretations make sense. He does a good job towards the middle of the book.

The writing for this book is done by one of my favorite Black Library authors. It is a very gripping and in-depth view into the chaotic Emperors Children. I loved it and am happy with the way the Horus Heresy is progressing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

best of the series

I really enjoyed this book more than the others I've viewed.The story telling was wonderful and fulgrim as a character was more flushed out than ever before

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

the fall in all its "glory"

This is the place where you begin to understand the true nature of chaos. It's a perfect encapsulation of the experience of falling to Slaanesh.

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

wtf with this narrator

Absolutely terrible vocalization of a Primarch. I would like my credit back. This is heresy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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 !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth Redrup
  • 11-20-17

Amazing

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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bran Cribbens
  • 03-22-19

mind gripping

Absolutely amazing story. Kept me hooked wanting more every time I pressed pause. Definitely my favourite book so far.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-19

Amazing story

What an amazing book following one of my favourite character's in the horus heresy. Joy to listen too.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Greycat
  • 01-02-19

Good Story, Frustrating Narration

This is an excellent chapter in an ongoing series, and I really did enjoy revisiting it in audio format.

Unfortunately, the narrator doesn’t seem to take cues from the text as to tone or character. So many bold leaders sound like nasal cowards, and all of the women sound like sit-com harridans, parodies of what they could be. It really is disappointing - a good narrator would have made this story come to life so much more effectively.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-22-18

Perfect.

A book as perfect as the 3rd legion would desire, thought this one of the better books in the series so far. The in depth way you can practically see in to Fulgrim's mind helps you understand a lot better why some of the things happening happen so to speak.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Samuel Grant
  • 12-09-18

Oh boy... Oh BOY!

At first I will admit I was hesitant towards David Timson's voice at first, having been used to hear the deep, gravelly tones of Jonathan Keeble and Toby Longwood. Yet, as the story progressed, I don't think I could have imagined a more... perfect voice for the book! Timson brings so much emotion to his voices, every character so unique and alive it is genuinely heart breaking in some moments thanks to Timson's performance.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ciarán Murphy
  • 10-18-18

McNeill captures the essence of a forgotten god

I have to say, at the start of this book I had my doubts. I find McNeill at this stage of his career to have quite a poor vocabulary, and who's writing from a technical perspective feels amateur.

However, I have to admit his storytelling ability is good. Fulgrim is a Primarch I knew absolutely nothing about, and Slaanesh, even as an Eldar player myself, is a Chaos god that is often ignored by Games Workshop.
I won't say too much, but if you're familiar with the Emperors Children, I expected some of the models you see on the table top to be awkward/ridiculous to describe seriously, but McNeill really captures the essence of the Dark Prince, excess, and how it effects those it comes into contact with. Honestly, I was so impressed and swept up in the story. I think he did an incredible job of bringing one of the more difficult to explain chaos gods to life.

I imagine some people will find this book slow. There is very little action at all, and it concentrated in the last couple of hours. But if you have been invested in the characters and development of the universe of these books you should enjoy this.

Overall a very unique and brilliantly executed novel.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-18

excellent

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