Helsreach: Warhammer 40,000

Space Marine Battles, Book 2
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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When the world of Armageddon is attacked by orks, the Black Templars Space Marine Chapter are amongst those sent to liberate it. Chaplain Grimaldus and a band of Black Templars are charged with the defence of Hive Helsreach from the xenos invaders in one of the many battle zones.

But as the orks' numbers grow and the Space Marines' numbers dwindle, Grimaldus faces a desperate last stand in an Imperial temple. Determined to sell their lives dearly, will the Black Templars hold on long enough to be reinforced, or will their sacrifice ultimately be in vain?

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First Foray into Warhammer 40k

This book was suggested to me by a friend when I asked which Audible Warhammer book I should begin with.
It did not disappoint. I was vaguely familiar with Warhammer 40k before beginning this story (I had primarily seen pictures of Space Marines etc.) and I was quickly drawn into the Universe with little trouble imagining the different characters, species, and machinery. The backdrop of this Universe is one of War on such an immense scale that it is difficult to understand, however this story takes the big picture and slowly focuses in from a planetary system scale to a single planet, to a continent on said planet and finally focusing on the defense of a single city. In doing that, the reader receives the feeling of both the grand scale of a star systems at war all the way down to individuals in hand to hand combat trying to survive and claim victory over seemingly insurmountable odds. While listening, I as the reader was unsure as to which characters were going to survive and indeed if ANY would survive. The character development was nuanced but well done and with enough humor to release the tension when needed.
The voice acting was well done and added to the war type atmosphere that was ever present throughout the story.
All being said this was a great introduction to Warhammer 40k and I plan on listening to more in the future.

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"Until the End"

Bowden's writing brought to life in only the way Keeble can. Road by bloody road the forces of Hellsreach are beaten back. Yet they stand. Until the end.

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Dang Orks Making a Big Ole Mess

We OrkZ Like Smashing dem Puny HOomiez . . .. . been bang smashing dah big onez into bigha onz gon smash em

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Amazing Book!

This book is one of the greatest 40k books in the series, I highly recommend this book to any fan of Warhammer 40k.

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Black Templars at their finest.

A story of sacrifice and courage in a universe where there is only war.

Black Templar Space Marine fans will enjoy this read - well worth the time and coin.

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a 40k must!

I highly recommend this audiobook. the narration is great and the struggle throughout the book makes for a great story

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Fantastic!

If you could sum up Helsreach: Warhammer 40,000 in three words, what would they be?

It is great!

What other book might you compare Helsreach: Warhammer 40,000 to and why?

Betrayer. Because it's the same author and also a great story.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to a lot of Jonathan Keeble stories and this is one of his best.

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

"Grimaldus. Die well."

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend.

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Excellent Book

This book has so much to talk about. Great action, compelling subplots, relatable characters... Awesome read. I won't spoil anything but I think you'll find Jonathan Keeble's rendition of Trooper Andre to be hilarious.

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Awesome story!

Really loved this. Was my first Audiobook and I have to say I am VERY happy with this one.

The story is epic, and I was VERY engaged from beginning to end. The trials faced by not only Humanity, but the Templar themselves was very interesting to listen to. The Narrator for this book is FANTASTIC! Really nails it.

A true 40k! I recommend it to all 40k fans.

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instant favorite

probably one of the best 40k stories out there, unlike many others in the wh40k lore there is actual character development, it keeps the very real feeling of war prominent throughout the book, and the ending is actually worth something. worth the read.

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  • Carl Hall
  • 10-25-17

New to Warhammer books, but I enjoyed it a lot.

I bought this Audible title when it was the Daily Deal, and I'm glad I did. I was apprehensive buying it as I've not read any Warhammer books before had know knowledge of the universe and themes across the series. There were a lot of terms and references used that I didn't know, but they didn't make the book any less enjoyable.

I enjoyed the story a lot more than I was expecting, and it certainly doesn't follow a typical or predictable plot line you'd expect with a small outnumbered army defending a city against a huge invading army.

The performance from Jonathan Keeble is superb- I would probably say one of the best I've heard so far. He is perfectly suited to the story that he reads and does a fantastic job of it.

I would recommend this book.

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  • Chris Dann
  • 10-31-17

Wow. Just wow.

Aaron Dembski-Bowden is an amazing author. His writing carries the perfect balance of action, suspense, character building and humour. The characters feel real, and are brought to life brilliantly by Jonathan Keeble, who performs each of them as the unique individuals they are. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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  • Shades of Blue Q
  • 03-27-19

Gritty from start to Finish.

Jonathan Keeble brought this to life with every character he portrayed, I fully and totally enjoyed the storyline from start to finish. You get to understand what it means to keep your Main Supply Route open and the consequences of it being closed off, completely. You can't help feel for the military and the Templars and what they try to achieve and for the populace for what they must all endure. A cracking good read, audio book I've enjoyed every bolt fired chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-23-19

waow.... waow....

waow... my first warhammer book. amazing. i am dumbstruck, dumbfounded, amazed and... yes. just... i don't know what to say. it was amazing. the narrator is beyond my words good, and the writing is amazing, and i FELT sadness, horror, happyness, hope, amazement, throughout the story! i am left with a mind filled with amazement, and i struggle to make this comment coherent. this must be heard by everybody who is interested in action/fantasy/sci-fi/grimdark stuff. in my opinion this is worth AT LEAST 100$, as it has changed my life and myself. i CANNOT PRAISE this highly enough! this is a masterpiece, rivaled by few! ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ stars!! :D

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  • AM
  • 10-30-17

Excellent Listen

loved it! Narrator was excellent showing a diverse range of characters. looking forward to the next space marine battles!

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  • T. H.
  • 10-25-17

Mirabile!

Truely an epic listening experience.

The narration brings to life what is an incredible story.

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  • Ben
  • 10-21-17

superb

first warhammer book and I knew very little about the series before buying. easy to follow and very engaging story. listened to this everyday until finished

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  • Mark
  • 10-20-17

Excellent narration brings the book to life

The narrator really couldn't have been better. Made the book very enjoyable. Highly recommended and I'll be looking to see what else he has narrated.

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  • Mr Edward Marshall
  • 03-14-20

Brilliant

Brilliant story and amazing narrator, definitely worth a listen. "The hero of Helsreach. As if there was only one."

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  • Rich
  • 03-11-20

Still my favourite.

I've only been into the 40K universe for about 6 months now, and after listening to a lot of Audiobooks, this is by far the best out of all of them. The performance is second to none. If you are into 40k or even just know what it is and dont roll your eyes, you really can't go wrong with this Audiobook. 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-19

Now I want a Black Templars army..

This author can do no wrong. He portrays space marines so grimly but with excellence.

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  • Thomas Stubbings
  • 02-20-20

Dark and reeking of despair, a 4OK masterpiece,

Hands down, the best Warhammer 40K book I have ever come across. Grimaldus is an incredible character who invokes fear and awe from those around him with an underlying streak of genuine concern and care of the citizens he is sworn to protect. Arron Dembski-Bowden has managed to capture and portray the Orks in a way that is not done in other books which truly manages to capture their terrifying appearance and blinding obsession with death, destruction and violence. An absolute epic of a book that will throw you right into the heart of the desperate plight of a planet facing it's demise against the approaching hoard of Greenskins.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-19

Amazing story!!!

Gritty story all the way till the end, it makes me want to get a space marine army now.

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  • Andrew
  • 09-07-19

A high standard for WH40k in popular fiction

If this is the standard of other WH40k books, I will be reading more of them. This is a phenomenal book!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-19

Fantastic

I started this book hopeful and excited for a story of a single soldier during the downfall of a city and left with that, and so much more.
It is the best 40K book I have ever "read" and I'm still thinking on its final words.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-19

Perfect tale of the Black Templars and Armaggedon

Brilliantly narrated and a thrilling if depressing saga if war, triumph, nihilism and tragedy n the 41st Millenium.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-18

Great

Exceptional book with great narration. Easily one of my top 10 . . .. .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-18

just thrilling

i listen to audio books while i paint my models and god this was a good book to do it to. sadly its made me want to make a small nlack templars army

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-18

was good to read a tail of my chapter

loved the book first from the black library I have heard. was an amazing tail of the Black Templar