• The Devastation of Baal

  • Space Marine Conquests: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,489 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Blood Angels Chapter of Space Marines is under threat. Having obliterated all human life in the Red Scar region of space, the largest tendril of Hivefleet Leviathan ever seen in the Imperium has converged and is making relentlessly for Baal. 

To face this awesome foe, Commander Dante has called upon the Successor Chapters of the ancient Ninth Legion. The Sons of Sanguinius gather in numbers not seen since the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Thirty thousand Space Marines stand ready to thwart the Great Devourer, save the homeworld of their primarch, and prevent the consumption of billions in the Ultima Segmentum beyond. 

But the tyranid swarm numbers in the trillions, and they are not the only danger to the chapter’s future. As the galaxy slides toward a terrifying new era, events far away threaten to unleash a greater evil. A further enemy must also be overcome, that of the Black Rage that lurks in the souls of all Sanguinius’ bloodline.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Al
  • 05-22-18

Where is chapter 30????

Chapter 30 is missing which is the epilogue!! This audio book is incomplete. I have no idea if this is intentional.

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I would have rated this all 5s, but it's missing the final chapter, one that is fairly important to the overall story. Especially annoying, since it's advertised as being "Unabridged".

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Great Audiobook and includes Chapter 30

Well versed in the Warhammer 40K lore and this book added to my knowledge about the sons of Sanguinius. Great story and characters. A lot of reviews said the book was missing the last chapter, but mine included chapter 30 so I believe Audible fixed the issue. Definitely worth the listen.

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Amazing book and Narration!

The Story is amazing Chapter 30 has been added, I know some reviews were saying it was missing but the complete book is here and it is worth every minute. I would highly recommend the book Dante as well it is a great back setting or prequel to this book.

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Great story, but Audible is missing Chapter 30.

I enjoyed it, but it was a real bummer when Audible didn't include Chapter 30. WTF?

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Missing chapter 30

Well written and narrated; but sadly missing the 30th and final chapter. Despite being advertised as the unabridged version.

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missing the last chapter

i loved reading this book but i was disappointed when listening to it to find that the full ending is not there... it ends early and leaves out a huge plot point with the Flesh Tearers

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Good, but missing the last chapter.

The book was good. The narration was good. The fact that the last chapter is MIA is doubleplusungood.

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This is missing the last 2 chapters. Rating 1 star until this is fixed. I listened to the whole book just to find out the very end is missing....

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Fantastic! and includes chapter 30

It was fantastic, regarding previous reviews complaining of missing chapters. This has been seemingly fixed.

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  • Sewell247
  • 07-22-18

Great book

I’m a fan of the Blood Angels, but I think anyone who enjoys tales of Astartes, and flawed ones, will enjoy this. Dante is an intriguing character and the tension between the autonomous chapters is portrayed really well here. The Tyranids and the threat they pose are brought to shocking life and Guy Haley has done a great job with pacing and description, showing the slow, but seemingly inevitable, defeat of the Blood Angels. Great ending which, surprisingly for 40K, leaves you feeling hopeful. Worth listening to for anyone looking for some action while advancing the story into the 42nd millennium.

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  • Ryan Reynolds
  • 08-06-18

Nobility and Humanity

Guy Haley writing and performance by Gareth Armstrong brought me to the edge of my seat and to the brink of tears, this story adds so much to the advancing narrative of the 40k IP.

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  • Mrs Gail Williscroft
  • 07-18-18

Brilliantly performed and excellently paced

This book takes care to explain aspects of the astartes and the tyranids in detail without hindering your enjoyment. The set pieces feel suitably epic while more subtle aspects of the story are also captured. Highly recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-29-19

A enthralling tale

Second book in Dante trilogy and a bit different from the first but a very strong writing and performance make for an enticing book.
Perfect to discover what's happening in the modern era of 40k

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  • George Rigby-Kirkham
  • 02-04-20

You got to get this story! :-D

I enjoyed every second of this!
You will not be disappointed and I highly recommend listening!
The build up is slow but done in a good way.
The battle is just intense as it is amazing.

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  • Paul
  • 07-05-18

If your a 40K fan

If your a 40K fan you have to listen to this if you play this chapter as I do its a fantastic insight into our History and you learn our Primarks First Name if you did not know it

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  • jackgdryden
  • 05-26-18

For Sanguinius!

Amazing sequel to Dante and brilliantly connects the new Imperium to the old Imperium of the 41st millennium

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  • ralph
  • 08-09-22

what story! Dante is my hero!

really good. learned a lot. good background on the 'nids and Blood angels. details help fill out what happens in the 40k universe and why.

and Dante, what a guy!

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  • Ashley
  • 08-03-22

Amazing

One of the if not best 40k books I've ever listened to! there is not enough space in this box to describe fully but for me this story has everything! Guy Haley has completely out done himself a master piece!

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  • Devastator06
  • 02-24-22

bit of a let down

I was hoping for more, at times it was a summary of events than book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-18

missing chapter

book is incomplete and had tobuy physical book to finish. cannot give a good rating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-19

Loved it

After reading reviews and seeing the prologue was missing. I kept scrolling and found it had been added. Great listening, loved the book.

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  • Brendon Purgar
  • 06-23-20

Worst narrator choice for this book

Gareth has all the emotion of a robot, which perfect for mechanicum stories. But he is by far the worst choice for a blood angels story. I BARELY got through this book it was so painful. He makes Seth sound like a damn TTS program, not the passionate commander of rage he is. During Dante's final speech, I fucking lost it as every single word Gareth spoke utterly failed to convey ANY gravitas or sense of urgency of Dante's speech, at the fucking pinnacle of the fight, there is ZERO excuses as to why the most important part of the book was rendered into a steaming pile of shit because of the most lack lastere, "I'm just here for the pay check" p e performance I've ever witnessed. This book will forever be marred by this sorry excuse of a performance and a grievous sin to the story of the most impassioned and conflicted forces within the 40k universe. GW, FIX THIS!

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  • bother beast
  • 06-12-20

A true hero must project himself my lord...

I feel terrible writing this, but if you like your space marines sounding like elderly Shakespearean actors then this is for you. How they manage pick up a sword let alone swing it is beyond me. I just heard one of them smack his lips like my grandfather. Takes me straight back to the black-adder episode where the actors teach the prince regent public speaking. Mephiston sounds like that bloke who did the original vampire movies. Story is great and it’s worth a listen... just be prepared (and visual the tyrannids as using Zimmer frames - makes the battles plausible)

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  • Ivan
  • 02-23-19

loved this audible

amazing, incredible, the narrator and story and ending was magnificent. and all throughout

listen to it, by the Emperor

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  • Russell Mcdonald
  • 09-19-22

What a Glorious Battle

The Devastation of Baal by Guy Haley is a book from the Black Library that continues the new narrative that has occurred in Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 series. The Imperium has been split in half, the forces of Chaos have spilled forth from the Eye of Terror and Primachs (genetically created men who are close to being demi gods) walk among us again, for both the Imperium and Chaos.

In this, the first book of a new series we focus on the Blood Angels and their many successor chapters, marshaling to defeat the Tyranids (alien creatures who in essence are part of a hive mind, a collective consciousness whose sole purpose is to consume all matter to feet themselves and to bring new abilities to the hive mind) of hive fleet Leviathan, Leviathan is made up of billions of Tyranids and looks to be unstoppable, yet not since the war of the Beast (see Black Library's excellent 12 novel series The Beast Arises for this story) have so many Space Marines been under the control of one man, Commander Dante, who has a plan to stop them.

I will not spoil the story, for this is truly one of the best works that Black Library have put out there. We have two very strongly written characters, Gabriel Seth, Chapter master of the Flesh Tearers, a chapter that is looked on as dangerously close to being heretical as they have embraced the rage that is the genetic curse of the Blood angels successor chapters. The other strongly written character is Commander Dante, the leader of the Blood Angels and a man who is over 1500 years old, old by even Space Marine standards.

As expected from a Warhammer/Guy Haley book, the action is well written and fast paced. What makes this book stand out though is the two well written characters, the unpredictable ending and the fact that we have a moment of genuine emotion between two minor human characters who recurred during the story.

I can't recommend this novel highly enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-21

Outstanding book

Outstanding book for any blood angles fan, best to combine with Dante novel then this one back to back

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  • Lewis
  • 12-02-21

Almost perfect.

This is a fantastic story and a great performance. I only wish that GW would implement some sort of pronunciation standard/guide. The unusual pronunciation of DANte is distracting throughout. Regardless of that, it is an excellent story and I particularly enjoyed the final chapters, as I was not initially aware of the interesting time that this story takes place in and the reveals at the end gave me goosebumps!

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  • HL
  • 09-12-21

Amazing story, but lacking in emotion

It is such an amazing written story that can truly stir your blood, fitting for a book on the blood angels.

The only issue is that the narrator is so lacking in emotion, their monotone speech, although fine for most of it, and it’s bearable, but for moments of real passion like Dante’s final speech, it dramatically disappoints. The calm that the narrator reads with doesn’t suit the grim dark atmosphere of warhammer. Don’t get me wrong the rest of the audiobook is fine, and it’s certainly ok to listen to, but the narrator just lacks the passion and the emotion to truly bring to life a reading of some of the most intense events of the 40th Millenium

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  • Bart Primrose
  • 08-16-21

Poor writing, weak performance, deus ex machina

really poor writing in setting the scene. when you finally give up waiting for the story to be set up so much has seemingly happened in so little words. the chaos and doom this event should have wrought just went unwritten?

of the story generally, extremely pathetic attempt to describe a hopeless situation. the Tyranids seem to be dumb mindless space whales, and the space Marines even dumber and selfish. luckily, big deus ex machina solves the writer's problems and he doesn't need to figure out a solution.

easily the worst novel in the entire 40k universe I have read so far, and I've read over 100.