The Devastation of Baal

Warhammer 40,000
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,637 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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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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  • 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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Missing last chapter

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 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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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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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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Fantastic! and includes chapter 30

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

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Missing chapters

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • philip bell
  • 08-01-20

a must listen

great listen from start to finish. its harrowing. the title isn't lying but I was gripped from start to finish.

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  • Will
  • 07-21-20

Awful, awful narration.

The story is great, but the narration is so annoying you cannot ever get past it. like some one putting on a bad medieval English accent. But really badly. for 13 hours. it's an important story, so I'd say buy the physical copy, not this.

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  • 07-21-20

Surprisingly good!

Haven't followed Blood Angels stories for years but this always stood a chance of being good with Guy Haley writing it. You never know which way its going to go, a must read!!!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-20

A space marine especially blood angels must

The best of the conquest series. A great look at blood angels and their successor chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-20

Devastatingly well written

A really easy listening with an author who captures the nuances of the scenes. A riveting shoot em up tale with heart and a real sense of gravity.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-20

srs no lie. A Captain said 'KhaBanda Fight me 1v1"

a random blood angel successor captain walked up to a khorne prince and said "yo KhaBanda! KhaBanda! Fight me!.1v1! KhaBanda Fight me!" and got sliced before he even turned on his chainsword to swing at the giant khorne demon prince.
And for some reason a feather stops them from tripping out n turning into space vampires.
Mephistone n other librarians decided to sit out on the bench n meditate while some of them fell asleep while their planet n brothers n getting rekt.
All True...

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  • Stuart Voss
  • 04-13-20

Excellent Audio!

Extremely well narrated, with top notch voice acting.
Very easy to listen to!
Highly Recommended listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-20

AMAZING!!

Finished it in 2 days. Great book! really show devastating the tyranids are and shows how the imperium struggles to defeat all the enemies of the golden throne.