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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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Just buy it

By The Emperor! One of the best 40K audio books on here. Jonathan Keeble brings it to life wonderfully!

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In-f'ing-credible

Hands down one of the best 40k books I've ever read( or listened too). Great characters, great story. Loved the look at some of the politics and motivations, and personal doubts Grimaldus was dealing with. Also another absolutley stellar reading by Johnathan Keeble.

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diz isa gud buk

diz isa gud buk, it talks about how we boyz stomped da widdle humans in dier city. we stomped and stabbed and shoota dem gud!

ok, i can't do cockney nor orkish. this is probably one of the most enjoyable warhammer books out side of the Ciaphas Cain series. it is well read, well performed, and I'm glad the overseers of games workshop allowed it to appear on Amazon.

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Great story!

Loved it! listened to it while painting my minis. I can't recommend this book enough.

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Feels will be had

You know there’s no hope for any the poor souls of Helsreach. However, Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s amazing writing and Jonathan Keeble’s stellar performance will slip past whatever emotional barriers you’ve constructed and rip your heart out regardless. It’s one hell of a wild ride.

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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
  • 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
  • 06-21-18

amazing

narrator does a great job keeping your interest throughout the whole story, definitely recommend this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-18

Performance blew me away!

The voice acting of the male characters was excellent but could do with female voices for the others. But in all a great reading. Would recommend it!