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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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    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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good read

I liked it. The story dragged on a little far to long at the beginning.

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Left something to be desired

Speaker: He had somewhat of a uniform and annoying voice. It was hard to tell the characters apart. He wasnt that bad though i suppose...and was probably tainted by the story.

Disclaimer: possible spoilers.
Story: It was meh. The plot was dull. The dialog was cliche and boring. You'll hear the word "perfection" so many times itll drive you insane. I get why they fell to chaos. Thier mind was gone from all the dumb diatribes thier primarch spat out. Everything is touted as being so epic....yet i had trouble feeling it. The characters seem naively incompetent. I dont identify with them at all. Ok ....so they are evil and im not supposed to. Well the author seems to be wanting the readers to see fulgrim as a tragic hero. Instead hes just a panzy that was like "Oh....chaos? Sure why not?" And at least could the good guys of the book not stand around sucking thier thumbs???? I mean....they are all like "hey things dont seem right here" right before they die horrible deaths.

Ok...the book isnt all bad... there are some good parts. Actually the elements of a good story are there. Its just like a soup with good ingredients but some are cooked all wrong.

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Magnificent

Fulgrim in itself is a magnificent story, incredibly captivating, thrilling and exciting. This is only furthered by the incredible performance of David Timson, who by himself, brings each and every character, scene or description to life.

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Perfection!

My favorite Horus Heresy book by far. Great writing, top-notch narration, and a story unlike any other. A visceral spectacle of madness and glory!

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Hard start

Stick through the first parts of this book...it gets really good later. The narrator is hard to listen to at first but once it starts picking up, it gets real dark. Great story

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  • Devin
  • North Carolina
  • 06-20-18

Great Story! Amazing performance!

Seamlessly fits into the storyline. Very much enjoyed the voice performance making each character feel unique.

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A good addition

First off, the story for Fulgrim is very well done. It wraps up everything from the last 4 books quite well. I thought I was going to hate it based off the fact that I dislike the Emperor's Children greatly, but the author does a great job keeping the story interesting while also adding in some side plots with the Iron Hands. It truly is fascinating to see the Emperor's Children slowly descend further into vice and then madness. McNeil has some great descriptive scenes and after sitting through one vivid moment I felt like I needed to take a shower. Overall, Fulgrim is a great book.

Now to the narration. Timson is not as good as the narrator for Flight of the Eisenstein, but he still pulls through. The beginning of the book is a bit rough since Timson seems to struggle with the different voices to use (not completely his fault since there are several new characters that seem to meld together at first), but he soon gets a hold of the story and his narration becomes quite superb. He definitely brought the second half of the story to life for me and the ending was amazingly narrated.

If you are a fan of the Horus Heresy series, then you cannot go wrong with this one. I highly recommend it.

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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

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-18

Great story, mediocre reading.

An amazing book that gives great insight into the character of Fulgrim and the lead up to gis fall. Sadly let down significantly by what in my opinion was poor voice acting. Would recommend the book extremely highly to any 40/30k fan but maybe not the audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-18

Great narrator!

I read the first books in paperback, but thought I'd give an audio version a try.
Really enjoyable, brought completely alive by the narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-18

Stunning

What a story. Admittedly slow to start in the first few chapters but once it gets going I could not stop listening. My favourite so far! Must 'read' for any Warhammer fan.

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  • Chris M
  • 05-19-18

good but perhaps not quite the right narrator?

As title but you get used to the narrator and his style quickly. The book itself is good I just wish the producers stuck with narrators more like the two that read the first 4 books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-18

A slow, sinister burn of increasing depravity!

The performance was great and the story gripping! Excellent writing portraying a fall to damnation...

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  • Tinypaws
  • 04-30-18

perfection

Fulgrim was brilliantly narrated. It has a great story, I was gripped. I can't wait to listen to the next one

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  • Richard D.
  • 03-12-18

Great book to any sci fi fan amazing for a 40k fan

Never got board or old even the parts you thought would. Like any thing not involving fulgrim. ( there are not many)
Have just got 3 more books from the black library.

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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

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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.