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Xenos: Warhammer 40,000

Eisenhorn, Book 1
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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The Inquisition moves amongst mankind like an avenging shadow, striking down the enemies of humanity with uncompromising ruthlessness. When he finally corners an old foe, Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn is drawn into a sinister conspiracy. As events unfold and he gathers allies - and enemies - Eisenhorn faces a vast interstellar cabal and the dark power of daemons, all racing to recover an arcane text of abominable power: an ancient tome known as the Necroteuch.

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No one expects the Imperial Inquisition!

I've always been a fan of 40k books and Dan Abnett's "Gaunt's Ghosts" are some of the best out there. Naturally, I was very excited to try out anything else he's written. The Eisenhorn series is a fascinating step back from the never ending war of the 41st Millennium and into the guts of the Imperium. The book reads more as an investigation than a war story and really lets you appreciate the parts of the universe that aren't actively on fire all the time. It works incredibly well as an audiobook because it reads like Inquisitor Eisenhorn's personal account of what happened.
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  • Brian
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • 10-03-17

Thank the Emperor!!!!

Black Library books have finally come to Audible, and this is one of the greatest. I see many, many credits being spent for the foreseeable future.

And the Eisenhorn Trilogy is a fantastic introduction for audible users with no experience in the Warhammer universe.

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A great listen even for a warhammer 40K novice.

I've never read any Warhammer 40K books and have little knowledge of the universe but I ended up loving this book.

I was hesitant at the beginning thinking I wouldn't understand what was going on but the book delivers the listener just enough information to understand the universe without it being overwhelming, the story itself was far more interesting and rich than I initially thought and I got really involved with it by the end.

Great voice acting from the cast.

I would recommend this book to any who likes scf-fi.

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Annette at his harrowing best!

Dan Abnett starts his Eisenhorn trilogy off with a blistering fireball! The performance was absolutely superb, with the variety of voices and dialects clear and entertaining.

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Fantastic Novel and Narrator

Well written and wonderfully performed! I enjoyed it throughout, and will be reading the rest of the series. The emperor protects!

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buy this now

this is the best and most defined work of fiction Games Workshop or black library has put out today. in a rare Twist of events Dan abnett has put narrative above the bolter porn.

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An epic battle across the stars

Warhammer 40K novel with a fantastic performance. I own these books but it was great to hear it read out loud.

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Amazing Adaptation of Excellent Book

This is one of my favorite books of all time. The narrator is excellent and does the story justice.

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Not for the uninitiated.

This book was my first exposure to 40K. An enjoyable read, though I'm sure 40K enthusiasts will appreciate it more than I did. The book avoids descriptions of common vehicles, equipment, and world building which assumes a level of familiarity I did not posses. At best it made the story difficult to visualize, at worst there were segments of the story that devolved into word salad.

I would not recommend this book to 40K noobs like me.

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just everything I wanted and more

This proved an unexpectedly good listen. There are distinct and compelling characters both badass and mundane, well developed interesting worlds, intense action sequences, a tone of grimdark moral greyness that adds depth to characters and story instead of just being there for shock value, and a satisfying conclusion.

Eisenhorn is awesome. I love the underdog trope and the unique ways he embodies it. I like how there is a cast of characters in his support team and the dynamics that come with that. The TV show Firefly is often a touchstone comparison for that type of thing. There are very superficial similarities but this book has content and vibe entirely it`s own.

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  • Marcus
  • 10-01-17

Just wow!

So pleased that black library have opened access to their audio book collection to audible. Such well produced product and a skilled author to boot. A very Immersive story. Thank you.

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  • Jack
  • 10-03-17

Exciting and well developed sf classic

Abnett demonstrates why he will always be the most respected warhammer author. All the extreme violence aside Abnett excels at painting rich and fascinatingly detailed worlds and that's exactly what you get along with engrossing characters and an exciting plot. Can't wait for number 2.

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  • Daniel Kendall
  • 10-22-17

Great introduction to black library.

Can't wait to get my next credit for the next in the series! Meant to be as good.

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  • Gabriel Saether
  • 10-03-17

At long last

An excellent introduction to those not to familiar with the universe. And a delight for veterans of the 41st milenium as well

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  • James C.
  • 04-15-19

What a book!!

Loved the book, Loved the audiobook. An amazing listen will be getting the next book for sure!!!

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  • Kim-Patrick
  • 04-13-19

would recommend sticking with it

i really liked the story but style of narrator just wasn't really my cup of tea.

i had trouble really being caught by the first person narrator with all his "i said" or "i did", but the story is really interesting

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-19

Opens up the world of 40k

This book offers an insight into the 40k galaxy, it isn't just about self righteous Space Marines, down trodden Imperial Guardsmen, evil fanatics, and nasty aliens having a big punch up(all these things are in it) which to be fair gets tedious after a while. It takes place away from the battlefields allowing you an insight into the goings on of the broader 40k galaxy. Also having a hero who isn't afraid of being afraid is quite refreshing too.

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  • Chris Pearson
  • 03-05-19

Superb

Excellent concept and the narrator is top quality. It's an old book so I can rely on others who have read it to do it justice. Well worth it if you spend long hours commuting and want something good to listen to.

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  • damien mace
  • 03-01-19

First audiobook ever

I already read the book years ago, and wanted to see how it would compare.... well I was in for a surprise. I absolutely loved every minutes of it. Abnett is such an amazing writer and the audio format was so well produced. Loved it!

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  • Matt D
  • 02-22-19

screenplay please.

absolutely loved this book, its pace & its depth of description of the recesses of the 40k universe, away from the carnage & confusion of massed battles. The narrator Toby Longworth does a sterling job of putting flesh onto the bones of Eisenhorn & all the characters contained therein. If there was to be a big budget movie set in the 40k universe then the Eisenhorn series of books would be a perfect start.

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  • Daniel Schiffer
  • 01-12-18

Inquisition at its finest

Abnett captures the grim dark setting. Bureaucratic societies where everyone has an agenda. The utter dread of chaos. And the cleansing role of an inquisitor and the uniqueness in their individual methods. A great Warhammer novel, an even better sci-fi story.

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  • dylan powell
  • 01-07-18

One of 40k best stories.

Highly recommended, By far one of my favourite stories within the 40k universe.

A great representation of the inquisitive struggle with the chaos faction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

One of the best 40k stories!

The Eisenhorn trilogy's first book is amazing. Dan Abnett is an amazing writer and Eisenhorn himself a well crafted and fleshed out character.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-18

Amazing

The best 40k book I have listened too thus far. A great and thrilling intro into an amazing series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-18

an amazing experience

I read Xenos a few ages and thought it would be a good choice to start getting into audio books and I must say it was amazing. Toby Longworth does an amazing job narrating and keeping my attention, I never wanted to stop listening.

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  • Scott
  • 11-23-18

Great but odd quality audio

Another great book by Dan Abnett. I'll confess I was a little bored by the setting of the scene early in the book. The latter stage of the story more than makes up for it however.

The audio is less than ideal. It seems to be either too soft or too loud.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-18

Compelling story, told well

Xenos is a fantastic window into the world of Warhammer 40k good for both starters and fans of the franchise. Capable of crime-novel intrigue, chilling elements of thriller, and clearly described yet elabourate action scenes, tied together with a gifted narrator that gives life and clarity to dialogue.

While enriched by the knowledge, Xenos is told as such that it can be enjoyed with no prior knowledge of the universe. Conversely, franchise knowledge will not spoil all its secrets, leaving a developing mystery to grip all readers.

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  • Bartosz
  • 03-09-18

great entry into the 40k world of the inquisition.

Loved the story, excellent narration. Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time and submerge you nicely into the story.