I Am Slaughter: Warhammer 40,000

The Beast Arises, Book 1
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Beast Arises, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
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It is the 32nd millennium, and the Imperium is at peace. The Traitor Legions of Chaos are but a distant memory, and the many alien races that have long plagued mankind are held in check by the Space Marines.

When a mission to exterminate one such xenos breed on the world of Ardamantua draws in more of their forces, the Imperial Fists abandon the walls of Terra for the first time in more than a thousand years. And when another greater foe strikes, even the heroic sons of Rogal Dorn may be powerless against it. The Beast arises...and it is mighty.

©2015 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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Great intro to the universe.

Great introduction to the Warhammer series, and the narration is full of passion and character.

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Definitely worthwhile

Abbot at his finest. Certainly a worth while listen if you are a fan of the series. Really liking this narrarator as well.

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Narrator made me switch to the book

I love Dan Abnett's work, but this narrator absolutely ruins it. He has two voices, masculine robot and nervous pansy. Too bad they couldn't get Toby Longworth for this read. One positive is that I now appreciate just how important a quality narrator is for a story.

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Love it

I think Gareth Armstrong did a great job at making Slaughter come alive. love it, keep it up, great book too.... :)

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Good 40K introduction

The story was overall pretty good and Armstrong does a good job bringing the characters to life. I think some of the chapters about Terra were a little lack luster, but I think necessary for plot set up. 4/5

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As my first audio book not much to compare it to

I love the story. wish the narrator was less dry but overall it was dope.

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Almost OK

Dan had an off day. Gareth Armstrong (narrator) should stop making every character sound old or like a simpleton. I want to continue with the series but because of that I might not.

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The best new Warhammer in a while :)

awesome listen. I'm a big Dan Abnett fan and I was not disappointed. For the Emperor!

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A rare look into the Core Worlds and the Threat of Exotic Xenos

This book will teach you about the Imperial Fists Astartes, the High Lords of Terra and the Senatorum which determines imperial policy and government, the struggle men and super men face fighting on hostile alien worlds, and the unfightable, unconfrontable hazards and apocalyptic terrors of alien technology, biology, and motivation. All in all, a very good read. Only criticism is how abrupt the ending turned out to be. If any of of the above topics interest you, then I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Too short. But glad there is so much more

I loved it. and it was imo better even than the HH series so far Bear in.mind there are 10 more for me to still listen too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-20

Not even an Imperial Fist fan but loving this!

Now on to book 2! This going to be expensive reading how many are left to read lol ..........

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  • Chewbacca
  • 03-27-20

not abnetts best

while the action and description is up to his usual standard, the scale of destruction of the imperial fists, never seemingly mentioned in their background anywhere was too jarring to accept and pulled me from the story. very odd choice of naming for the space marines too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-20

Underperforming

Somewhere in the middle. Story is okay but the book is very chaotic and hard to understand sometimes. The voice acting is harder to follow as many voices are not distinct enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-20

Grimdark, tragic, encapsulating

The scale of the imperium is shown here along with the many threats both external and internal. All I want to do now is listen to the next 11 books!

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  • The Bearded Bookworm
  • 01-28-20

I expected more.

Sadly not Dan Abnett's best. it seemed to take far too long to get going and then ended. If it wasnt for the fact i got books 1 and 2 as a buy one get one free thing i think id leave this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-19

Slow Burn - Great Ending

A slow start to the story but my oh my does it get you hooked at the end.
Fantastic work as usual by Dan Abnett and I'm already itching to listen to the next book!

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  • John
  • 03-05-19

enjoyed

Good start to the books. look forward to reading the rest of the books. .

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  • Matt
  • 02-06-19

Great 40k story

I'm up and down on warhammer 40,000 books. Some are fantastic, others are dull in universe lingo babble. This book gets the balance perfect. I'll be sure to get the rest in the series.

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  • Blaorfi
  • 04-23-18

Great book

Great story, and feel that I am going to really enjoy this series of books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-18

Great start

Really enjoyed this first installment in the series. Great characters and I'm looking forward to more about the orks in the next book

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  • David
  • 02-11-20

Good but short

This is not a bad 40k story but it's short. it feels like the first part of a normal 40k novel rather than a stand alone story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-19

what the hell man 😡

the fuck
nothing happened
c'mon Dan you can do better than this, actually dissapointed for once.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-19

Harrowing and well written/read a great begining

well read, well written, am buying the rest of the series to continue listening right now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-19

Let the slaughter begin.

This opening act does a fine job of feeding my need for new content and sets the stage for the typically EPIC situations that only 40k can deliver. Let the slaughter commence.