• The Flight of The Eisenstein

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 4
  • By: James Swallow
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (6,374 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Having witnessed the terrible massacre of Imperial forces on Isstvan III, Death Guard Captain Garro seizes a ship and sets a course for Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus' treachery.

But when the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, it becomes stranded in the warp - the realm of the Dark Powers. Can Garro and his men survive the depredations of Chaos and get his warning to the Emperor before Horus' plans reach fruition?

©2007 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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The Emporer Protects

get into this series. now. the Emporer demands it. he demands that you listen with all intent

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Great continuation of the Horus Heresy

What did you love best about The Flight of The Eisenstein?

The rich language and detailed descriptions Swallow used in this book impressed me and Keebles performance kept me engaged.

What other book might you compare The Flight of The Eisenstein to and why?

Galaxy in Flames : The Horus Heresy. This book provides a deeper look into plot from other character's perspectives.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Overall Voice and characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but I often found myself listening to 1 more chapter than intended.

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Just ok.

The book is fine by itselft but as part of a series it struggles. Story wise there is tremendous overlap with the other books, making it impossible to have any excitment or sense if urgency. You already know whatas going to happen from the other books.
The performance while not bad by any stretch of the imagination was a stuggle to listen to as the voice and sytle of speech does match the same character s from the previous novels. They should have kept the same actor or dobe some research to immitate the voices from the other titles.

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Mediocre story, the narration is weird

The story was nothing special, there were some interesting bits of lore, but in my opinion, Graham McNeil does a much better work at describing the corruption a Chaos.
The narrator goes pretty much overboard with the acting; half the Death Guard (even in their uncorrupted state) sound like zombie orcs, there are some that speak like Gollum (Kaleb, most notably), and some are so posh (Voyen maybe), that such an acting could only fit an arrogant playboy like Fulgrim. Towards the end it got better, or maybe I just got used to is (hence the 3 stars for the narrator.)

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My favorite of the series so far.

Was so sad to see that Toby wasn’t narrating this book, but Jonathan did it justice. The transition from the last book to this one was so well done. Hell, I got excited just from reading the description before I started it. Top notch series and I’m so glad that there’s plenty more in store. Onto book five I go!

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Good writing, great voice acting

Narration and voice acting is AMAZING. this book felt a little slow, maybe because it overlapped story from the last book.

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The emperor protects!

At first it wasn't able to get as involved as wih previous books, but once the heresy finally unfolded, i couldnt stop listening!

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It feels like he didn't read the first three book

Terrible wouldn't recommend! Dorn forgets Garviel Loken the man he suggested to be the fourth member of the Mornival. And super Mary Sue takes up too much space in the novel when they should have Reserve some more time Mercity Alton and Sidermen.

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Good Liste

The weakest story and narator thus far into the series. Still both are very enjoyable.

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Great book, narrator could use some work

The narrator has some hard "S"es in his reading. Makes it hard to listen with headphones.

Some of the character renditions weren't particularly great either, like the primearchs and the saint.

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  • 451
  • 10-15-17

The best Heresy novel to date

For newcomers to the 40k universe, the Heresy novels are set - much like the Clone Wars - in the build-up to the most pivotal moment of the saga. The known universe is controlled by the Emperor and his sons control legions of super-soldiers that fight for survival against alien races and ultimately, each other. This last is where the Heresy novels focus.

The Flight of the Eisenstein tells of a moment where one of the soldiers is faced with a moment of choice and a matter of conscience. Ordinarily the hero would be a cypher, ultimately doomed to die and serving little purpose except to drive the arc forward. Here instead, we're given a book of fully-fleshed characters with dreams, desires and motivations, set against a backdrop of war, intrigue and a literal fight for one's soul.

The Heresy series is not easy to get into without a little understanding of background of the 40K universe but as with False Gods (Book 2) this is a fine place to start. It works almost as well as a standalone as it does in the series and I would rate it as high as Fulgrim or Legion as the best of the series. Garro is a fascinating character, bound to serve but with his own scale of morality that sets him apart from the dour, unimaginative heroes of most space operas.

As the book goes on, we're treated to glimpses inside a fascinating society, great battles and a tense chase before things really start to get nasty. Flight of the Eisenstein is one I often come back to. Jonathan Keeble does an outstanding job given the sheer number of imposing voices he has to conjure and never lets interest falter for a moment. Buy and savour with confidence

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  • Elizabeth Redrup
  • 11-13-17

Epic

This is an awesome book, the heresy really starts to take off. The performance is spot on ad always

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  • Hans Christian Færgemann
  • 04-13-20

Great book, but.... sssSSssSSSssss

Don't normally write reviews. But it has to be mentioned, that the every time the narrator encounters an 's' - your headphones are going to explode. This somewhat distracts from the otherwise great story.

I've had to listen to this at 50% volume, compared to the previous books in the series.

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  • Thomas
  • 11-26-19

Is ok

Story was written quite differently I felt than the previous three. They seemed to talk like the nights of old rather than other Astartes in previous books. Not too sure about the narrator either.. his bad guys all sounded like a season one Blackadder. Talented chap for sure, but perhaps just not my cup of tea.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-20

Probably the best one of the series so far.

Especially enjoyed the narrator on this one. I felt almost like watching a movie. Would recommend to anyone interested in 40k.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-20

Sssssssssss

Fucking cannot listen to it so many S pronounced with a sharp lisp unenjoyable furiating.

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  • James Cooper
  • 04-10-18

Best book of the series so far

Easily the most entertaining of the series, impossible to switch off, Garro is the man.

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  • M. L. Higgins
  • 01-16-18

absolutely amazing.

such a great story and an excellently executed by the narrator. highly recommended, worth every penny.

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  • Jay Swift
  • 09-01-22

Thank god they changed the narrator

Much better overall since the last two books seemed mostly padding and English a level graduate over description and repetition of resplendent and armour loathsome.
Enjoyed the more understated performance and obviously the story is starting to ramp up so good all round.
Thank you games workshop. Great that from the inception of this incredible story in a vibrant universe this part of the saga is being told.

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  • S Lambe
  • 08-23-22

Amazing Series

Enjoying every book of this series so far. Well written, well performed and gripping storyline. On to Fulgrim now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-20

An ultramarines book dressed up as death guard

The death guard in this book straight up aren’t the death guard, they’re just a painfully generic band of marines. Everything people know about the death guard is completely disregarded, turning them into essentially repainted ultramarines.

And Garro is essentially void of any personality beyond “emperor loving hero man, but oh no he don’t like them dumb barbarans because they don’t love the emperor as much as him”. An utterly bland and painfully generic character. Much like the entire book, an insult to death guard fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-19

A must

this is a amazing story, a must read / listen for anyone interested in the 30k universe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-19

needs a better mic

everything was great, except for anytime there was a word with an s or a c. my ears can only take so much ear peircing pronunciation. please get this man a mic filter

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  • OwO Pty Ltd
  • 05-22-18

Great story but baffling choice of voice actor

It's an epic story and I am happy with how it is written. It gives great insight into the time period and completes the missing parts of the previous books.

The main issue I had is the voice actor, but not due to his skills but rather the discrepancy of the voices of past characters that were voiced in the previous audiobooks. It would have been much appreciated if they had kept the same voice actor for the iconic characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

great story

jonathan keeble was born to narrate 40k. i hang on his every word while his narrating this story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-22

Not as Good as the First 3

I was warned. It's not as good as the first three. The story is good, the narrator is a little over dramatic but it's ok. The characters for the most part are really good. It's the adjectives... there's just so damn many of them. But hey, why stop at two when you can force six or eight of them in at gun point. There are a number of plot points in here that are really important though, so knuckle down and get through it.

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  • Anthony H
  • 03-21-22

Another title done

been listening since book one and loving it so far been kept wanting to know what happens next

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  • daniel
  • 02-03-22

very güd

enjoyable like so many hours heresy books, definitely a guilty pleasure. The emperor protects

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-21

hungry for the next book

Amazing story, cant wait to continue the series and see where it goes from here

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  • Typhus.
  • 05-04-21

Glorious.

This story has always been one if my favourite it was glorious when I first read it but the audio story is even better and it will not be the last time I listen to it. Highly recommend.