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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?

©2010 Games Workshop Limited (P)2013 Games Workshop Limited

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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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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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"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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  • Mike
  • San Jose
  • 04-28-18

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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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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  • James
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  • 09-13-18

Awesome story!

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

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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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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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Hero of Helsreach

I loved the book immensely. I felt Grimaldus and his brothers love for each other, even though they are not entirety human at least thats what they say. I felt they were human in the end, especially when they start to pass.

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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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  • Adam M
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-18

brilliant, excellent, well written

fantastic read, a well written story where the characters cone to life, not simply a gorefest of war in the 40th millennium. a true story of friendship, loyalty, lost love, and death, of how an uncompromising knight of the eternal crusade learns about humility and the strength of the human spirit.

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  • c-marx
  • 08-16-18

Good but Disjointed

The audio book is good, however, it starts so many mini stories then ignores them never to be resolved, and skips too many epic battles to just summerise

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-18

Brilliant!

One of the best novels to come out of the Black Library, Aaron Dembski Bowden is a master of story telling and world building. Very good and on the whole generally likeable characters; an excellent portrayal of Grimaldus. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the 40k universe.

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  • Andy B
  • 06-22-18

Very enjoyable

I was impressed with this audible book. It had an enjoyable pace and the reading was excellent. I would have liked to hear a little more on the past behind some of the characters but that in no way detracted from a very good story

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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