The Beast Arises

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342 ratings

I Am Slaughter: Warhammer 40,000 Publisher's Summary

It is the 32nd millennium, and the Imperium is at peace. The Traitor Legions of Chaos are but a distant memory, and the many alien races that have long plagued mankind are held in check by the Space Marines.

When a mission to exterminate one such xenos breed on the world of Ardamantua draws in more of their forces, the Imperial Fists abandon the walls of Terra for the first time in more than a thousand years. And when another greater foe strikes, even the heroic sons of Rogal Dorn may be powerless against it. The Beast arises...and it is mighty.

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  • Book 1

    • I Am Slaughter: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 1
    • By: Dan Abnett
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 324
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 296

    It is the 32nd millennium, and the Imperium is at peace. The Traitor Legions of Chaos are but a distant memory, and the many alien races that have long plagued mankind are held in check by the Space Marines. When a mission to exterminate one such xenos breed on the world of Ardamantua draws in more of their forces, the Imperial Fists abandon the walls of Terra for the first time in more than a thousand years.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great intro to the universe.

    • By J. Harris on 12-12-17

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  • Book 2

    • Predator Prey: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 2
    • By: Rob Sanders
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149

    After centuries of peace, the Imperium is thrown into panic as human worlds everywhere are menaced by orks. In a relentless tide of slaughter, ork attack moons destroy planet after planet with gravity weapons of unstoppable power. On Terra, the High Lords are paralysed by the scale of the threat and fail to take any effective action. With entire Space Marine Chapters missing or known to have been wiped out, does anyone have the will and the power to rise to the Imperium's defence?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good listen

    • By Travis K. on 10-15-18

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  • Book 3

    • The Emperor Expects: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 3
    • By: Gav Thorpe
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    As ork ships lay waste to world after world, heading inexorably towards Terra, Imperial citizens despair. The High Lords become desperate to prove that victory is possible, no matter the cost. A massive navy fleet is assembled - their mission to make a definitive strike against the orks at Port Sanctus, an area of enemy-held space. But when the Imperial armada arrives, they find themselves outclassed and outmanoeuvred. Can human courage and faith possibly prevail against such terrible odds?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kick off point for the series.

    • By Casey V. Roberts on 11-14-17

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  • Book 4

    • The Last Wall: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 4
    • By: David Annandale
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    Despite the Imperium's best attempts to forestall the ork plague that is wreaking havoc in human space, an ork attack moon now hangs over Terra. As its malevolent presence gazes down at the Imperial Palace, terrified citizens run riot in the streets. In a last-ditch attempt to destroy the attack moon, a proletarian crusade is launched. Thousands of ships large and small head to the moon carrying billions of citizens, all eager to take the fight to the enemy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • . WAAAAAGH

    • By Anonymous User on 08-20-18

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  • Book 5

    • Throneworld: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 5
    • By: Guy Haley
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    The Imperium's situation has never been more grim - an ork attack moon hangs over Terra, and ork armadas ravage human space. To make matters even worse, eldar strike at the heart of the Imperial Palace, forcing humanity's defenders to fight on two fronts at once. Though it seems nothing can stop the orks - neither brute force, science, nor faith - an unlikely alliance in the furthest reaches of space uncovers the first clue how to defeat the greenskins. The Adeptus Astartes now face an almost impossible task....

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  • Book 6

    • Echoes of the Long War: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 6
    • By: David Guymer
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    Paralysed by the continued ork invasion of Imperial space, the rulers of Terra continue to fight among themselves. Finally losing patience with the High Council, Koorland - the last surviving Imperial Fist - ousts the Lord Commander and seizes control. Elsewhere, the Fists Exemplar are forced by circumstance to fight alongside the Iron Warriors. Where will such an alliance lead - can a Traitor Legion ever be trusted?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The series low point

    • By Casey V. Roberts on 02-17-18

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  • Book 7

    • The Hunt For Vulkan: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 7
    • By: David Annandale
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    Tearing itself apart from within, the Imperium is still virtually powerless to resist the ork advance. When the Adeptus Mechanicus reveal they have discovered the orks' point of origin, the Adeptus Astartes start to gather their forces for a massive assault on their enemy's home world. But what the Imperial forces need is a figurehead, a hero from legend to lead them - a primarch.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An improvement for the series.

    • By Casey V. Roberts on 02-26-18

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  • Book 8

    • The Beast Must Die: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 8
    • By: Gav Thorpe
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    The Imperium has been brought to the edge of extinction by an ork invasion of unprecedented scale and depth. Piecemeal strikes against the invaders prove ineffective - for every ork fleet destroyed, five more appear. The only solution is to find and kill the orks' warlord - the Great Beast. Surely if its leader is killed, the greenskins' empire will fall apart in agony of infighting and confusion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Grwat addition to the series

    • By Curtis F. Stephenson on 04-14-18

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  • Book 9

    • Watchers In Death: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 9
    • By: David Annandale
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    The attempt to hunt down and kill the orks' leader has ended in catastrophe. The Imperium is reeling from the loss of so many beloved heroes, and the military forces of mankind have been reduced to tatters. Koorland now knows that brute force is not the answer - but how else can the orks be fought? In a radical move, he creates small, mixed Chapter units of Adeptus Astartes - compact teams that will hit the enemy hard and fast and with deadly accuracy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rise of the Death Watch

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-18

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  • Book 10

    • The Last Son of Dorn: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 10
    • By: David Guymer
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    As the ork menace ravages the galaxy, the Imperium faces its darkest hour. Its fleets are in ruins, its armies devastated - amongst them the noble Imperial Fists - and even a primarch of myth has fallen against the Beast. As brute force fails, Koorland resorts to increasingly desperate tactics against the greenskins. A final hope lies in deploying the controversial Deathwatch and the Sisters of Silence in a deft strike at the heart of the ork empire.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The other half of the story...

    • By Casey V. Roberts on 04-09-18

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  • Book 11

    • Shadow of Ullanor: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 11
    • By: Rob Sanders
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    The Imperium's attempts to defeat the ork menace seem doomed to failure; it is only a matter of time before the greenskins triumph, and mankind is wiped from the galaxy. Yet there is some cause for hope - the psychic weakness of the orks has been found, and a few Sisters of Silence survive. Supported by the full might and technology of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the Space Marines head to the orks' home world one final time. This time there will be no retreat, no surrender. They must succeed...or die in the attempt.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 11th verse, same as the first (but slightly worse)

    • By Casey V. Roberts on 04-15-18

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  • Book 12

    • The Beheading: Warhammer 40,000

    • The Beast Arises, Book 12
    • By: Guy Haley
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    Across the length and breadth of the galaxy, humankind celebrates its salvation and relishes the prospect of a return to peace. But the war against the orks has driven the political bedrock of the Imperium, exposing its rotten core. One man, one powerful man, decides he has the solution and launches a campaign of destruction so terrible that thousands of years later his actions will still be viewed with horror.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • an epilogue spread into an entire book.

    • By Jonathan M Trdan-Schmidt on 09-13-18

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