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It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man hasstretched out across the galaxy.

It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers?

©2006 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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The Heresy Begins! Great Start to A Great Series!

Thank you Black Library for coming to Audible!

Dan Abnett is really good at building this universe and character depth.
Narrated by Toby Longworth, I really like his range of voice and they fit well with all these heroes and heroines.

Great combo, the next few books are also great and even better on audio.
I suggest atleast the first 4 audio books to get started, then you can decide from there were to go next, there are a ton of good books in this universe. And the Primarchs series is also good.

Even if you do not know anything about the board games, video games and warhammer universe, these are great books and fun reads.
This is war. War against aliens, orks, demons and more. There is politics and religion, honor, deception and tragedy in space, but mostly war.

In the far distant future mankind has spread across the universe and many branches of humanity have been lost for 1000's of years.

1. The Emperor of Mankind: A immortal human, given power beyond any being in the universe, by powers beyond space and time, serves as the ruling monarch of the Imperium of Man.

2. The Primarchs, created by the Emperor, were the 20 genetically-engineered trans-human sons of the Emperor of Mankind. Made in his likeness and created for war.

They were intended to be the immortal and superhuman leaders who would command the Emperor's 20 "Astartes" Space Marine Legions and find and reunite the lost branches of humanity throughout space as well as bring all worlds and peoples into compliance, that is under one ruler, the Emperor.

Primarchs were 12 to 15 feet tall. And bigger/ bulkier than the Astartes Space Marine they lead.

Astartes Space Marines were 7-8 feet tall; about 150% bigger/ bulkier than humans. (just to give perspective).

Known Primarchs:
Horus, *warmaster*, Luna Wolves
Leman Russ, Space Wolves
Ferrus Manus, Iron Hands
Fulgrim, Emperor's Children
Vulkan , Salamanders
Rogal Dorn, Imperial Fists
Roboute Guilliman, Ultramarines
Magnus the Red, Thousand Sons
Sanguinius, Blood Angels
Lion El'Jonson, Dark Angels
Perturabo, Iron Warriors
Mortarion, Death Guard
Lorgar, Word Bearers
Jaghatai Khan, White Scars
Konrad Curze, Night Lords
Angron, World Eaters
Corvus Corax, Raven Guard
Alpharius Omegon, Alpha Legion

3. Astartes Space Marines: bio-engineered immortal warriors, to fight the foes of the universe till the end of time and reunite the lost branches of humanity throughout space.
"They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me.
Like clay I shall mold them and in the furnace of war I shall forge them.
They shall be of iron will and steely sinew.
In great armor I shall clad them and with the mightiest weapons shall they be armed.
They will be untouched by plague or disease; no sickness shall blight them.
They shall have such tactics, strategies and machines that no foe will best them in battle.
They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity.
They are my Space Marines...and they shall know no fear."
— The Emperor of Mankind

Have fun listening!

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Amazing story and good performance

Really enjoyed the story and going to continue.
The acting didn't always feel consistent but overall very enjoyable.

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must read

Great for fans of the game or so fiction in general! a breath of fresh air

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Really good but not for those who are new to 40k

A very good book it can be hard to follow if your new to warhammer 40k however.

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not all blood and guns!

pleased to say this book was great. interesting spin on humanity. it wasn't all guns and blood like I was expecting. it's kinda slow to start but picks up around chapter 7 I do believe. on to the next one!

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Stands apart from other Warhammer fiction

This was a fantastic book on it's own. Compared to the run of the mill 40k novels however, this was incredible. More than just the repetitive violence of space Marines, it explores more of the ideas and complexities that shape and drive characters who you will know from the broader 40k lore.

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Awesome!

An ethralling space saga magnificently narrated. I can't wait to get it to the next book.

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Great start to the series

It’s a great book. Highly recommended. It’s the first in the long line of books.

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Warhammer summed up

Horus did nothing wrong,loken is Bea and erubus can fook a catus for the whole heresy

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I love the warhammer universe

Really good story. Dan Abnett is one of my favorite writers. Narrator did a great job. Hi Sarah and John.

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  • Robert
  • 10-20-17

A great combination

Dan Abnett is possible the best living Sci-Fi author. Toby Long is one of the best Narrators particularly of Gothic fantasy. The two of them together are fantastic.

This story makes a great kick off to the Horus Hearsay, but possibly not the best start to Warhammer 40k fiction as a whole.

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  • Moderndaygreaser
  • 12-12-17

Engaging

Brilliant, for anyone who enjoys sci fi, not just for warhammer fans. The story is entirely engaging and is performed excellently! Would highly recommend!

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  • Darius Jonna
  • 12-07-17

Very nice until The Magic shows up

Mr. Abnett is a fantastic writer, however, fate is trite and the storytelling I enjoyed so very much is, I feel, wasted.

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  • Ritch
  • 11-28-17

Excellent Story

A very engrossing story, well told and well read. I look forward to the rest of the series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-17

great story

great story great start to a epic saga I hope to continue to listen to the horus heresy books

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  • SarcasticFont
  • 11-13-17

Mixed feelings on the narrator

Having listened to the black library abridged version I was shocked to see the full unabridged version on on audible. This is the first of 3 specific books detailing the fall of "The Warmaster Horus". Personally I feel that even peopl unaware of the Warhammer 40k world would appreciate this trilogy (Horus Rising, False Gods, Galaxy in Flames) as a hard sci-fi set of novels. Although knowledge of the premise of the 40k lore will help. I love Toby's narration, he is without doubt one of my favourite narrators, he "fixes" a few of the character narrations that Martin Ellis does in the abridged version of these books. However the Horus and Abaddon characters lack the granite scraping presence that Martin brings. That aside the book is fantastic (bias as a 40k enthusiast) at brining the heresy to light and the story is well played out. It was great to see these books finally hit audible (thank you new CEO of games workshop/Warhammer store) and I look forward to listening to the rest.

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  • Elizabeth Redrup
  • 10-29-17

The heresy is here!

Really great book, very well read. So happy that the heresy books are available on audible!

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  • llewellyn lewis
  • 10-28-17

As we reach the stars above so we learn who we are

What is out there in the stars above is it enlightenment or nothing but another cruisade.

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  • Daniel Mowday
  • 10-11-17

My first venture into The Black Library

So, I like reading but I never have any damm time. I also wanted to read the black library and Horus Heresy books. So I got this audio book free with a trial of audiable. I listened to the book whilst working, cooking and doing the house work. Soon smashed it in 2 days. Really enjoyed the book and the reader Dan Abnett. Highly recommend. Now moving swiftly onto the second book False gods !!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-17

thank you!

Amazing story and narration, really glad Black Library have branched into Audible!!! Would Highly recommend