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Avenging Son

Dawn of Fire, Book 1: Warhammer 40,000
Written by: Guy Haley
Narrated by: Mark Elstob
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
3.9 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dawn of Fire Book 1

As the Indomitus Crusade spreads out across the galaxy, one battlefleet must face a dread Slaughter Host of Chaos. Their success or failure may define the very future of the crusade – and the Imperium. 

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The brand-new Warhammer 40,000 saga begins here. Experience the Indomitus Crusade and a battle that will be a tipping point for the future in an all-action tale by Guy Haley. 

The story

A great darkness has befallen the galaxy, and the armies of Chaos are rampant. To survive, humanity must retaliate and take back what they have lost. By the will of the reborn primarch, Roboute Guilliman, is the Indomitus Crusade launched – a military undertaking that eclipses all others in known history. From the Throneworld of Terra does the Avenging Son hurl his fleets, their mission the very salvation of mankind. 

As vessels in their thousands burn through the cold void, the attention of Fleetmistress VanLeskus turns to the Machorta Sound – a region under attack by a dreaded Slaughter Host of the Dark Gods. The success of the Indomitus Crusade will be determined by this conflict and the desperate mission of Battlegroup Saint Aster, led by Space Marine Lieutenant Messinius. Even then it is but a prelude to the forthcoming bloodshed.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by Mark Elstob.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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  • 2020-08-20

Great Story, Poor Narrator

The story of Avenging Son is a good starting point for a multi book series but the narration ruins it.The narrator made Guilliman sound like a sad, fat Roman senator instead of the mighty Primarch he is. The space matines also have weird accents that make them sound perpetually depressed like Eeyore don't match anything I have ever heard narrated. There were one or two good such as the Inquisiyor Rostov but overall I would rather have had a different narrator or bought the book to read.

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Do not buy - Worst narrator ever used by GW.

I must’ve listened to well over 50 novels and novellas published by GW over the years. I’ve enjoyed most and even though one comes to appreciate some narrators over others - Mark Elstob should’ve chosen another career altogether. His voice is a exceedingly annoying and the characters he portrays make you cringe. Save your money and time - Read the book - don’t buy the narrated version - it’s pure torture for the ears.

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Great story telling rough voice acting.

Really enjoyed the world building and multiple story lines but the voice acting was lacking.

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Great story. Not great narrating

the story itself is great but I wasn't a fan of narration. Gulliman's voice just carried no weight behind it.

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Slow and not much happening

Struggled to finish it, and the narrator uses different tones of voice for each character which is cool but unfortunately some are not very good or are just not fitting for the character/universe these characters reside in.

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Mediocre 40k Novel.

The story wasn't the best. The title Avenging Son is misleading as the book focus on Primarch is only on 30% of the Book and his voice impersonation was very bad sound more like Santa Clous than a Primarch. Also the story was disconnected from the previous books like Dark Imperium, feel like they try to rewrite things. The battle description was plain.

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Tzeentch Inspired Narration

Good story, but imagine a Primarch sounding like an Ogryn. Mechanicus servitor and Magos speaking in jarring nasal voices which remind you of that annoying kid in class with the flu, and many female characters speaking in what you think Skaven might sound like. I wish there was a machine voice option available because that's surely an improvement over this.

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  • J. Scott
  • 2020-08-18

Narrator kills this audio book

The Author wrote a great story, the narrator told it horribly. His non character voice is great and I can understand why they picked him, but his character voices are not only not 40k but extremely poor. I had to relisten to dialogue multiple times because I was too busy thinking about how bad the voices are. The primarch is the worst, he sounds like Handsome Squidward looks but has cadence of the sloth from Zootopia. Why was John Banks not used to for this novel? He does the best voice for him, with The gentleman who did Devastation of Baal a close second. There is so much source material on how he should sound that it appears the narrator did zero work. The Space Marines don't sound like Space Marines, nor did the naval crew. This should be taken down and redone, buy the book and actual read it. In it's current form this is a flop. Edit: I exchanged this book for the Ahriman Exile book not realizing it was narrated by the same guy and I decided to give this guy a second chance and holy **** in the context of voicing chaos marines this guy does a great job. The same voices I complained about above are absolutely amazing when coming out of chaos marines. The voice he used for Bobby G is awful but when it comes out of a chaos lord its great. So much so I felt horrible about writing this review and felt the need to add this.

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  • Thomas
  • 2020-08-16

Mark Elstob should stay away from 40K

I cant listen to this book anymore, Mark Elstob does not have the voice for the 40K. I love Guy Haley books so ill buy the book instead.

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  • Aaron
  • 2020-08-17

Terrible narration

I just couldnt get around the terrible narration of the book enough to really enjoy the story. feels like I wasted my money on this one.

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  • Rick
  • 2020-08-18

It was fine until Gulliman spoke

There are several reviews here that call out the narrator as preforming poorly. I take these reviews with a grain of salt because I find that sometimes people chaff at odd things. I listened to the preview for the book and though “Oh, he’s a bit green but it’s fine.” I couldn’t have been more wrong. The first chapter has some less than ideal voice work for Astartes, the second chapter has some very gimmicky Ad Mech voices, and then chapter three we get to Gulliman. The moment Mark Elstob pitched his Gulliman voice he should have been fired. The Black Library production staff that decided this was ok need to be fired. I’m not sure I can finish this book. I’ve gotten to chapter five but every passage of dialogue is harder and harder to tolerate. It’s as if Spongebob was stuck doing a Squidward impersonation but they were raised by an old timey British Aristocrat and they can only speak through their noses nose.

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  • Wulfy
  • 2020-08-18

I don’t feel good listening to this

This is one book that will be better read not listened to. The voices this actor uses to portray the primach is unsettling and stopped me listening to it immediately. He makes every captain and leader sound like the oldest most pompous 1930 officer. It doesn’t sound right and you will often get thrown off. DO NOT BUY IF NOT SAMPLED.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-08-15

Good Start

As usual, Guy Haley tells a great story and this one is no different in that regard. Loved it. What I'm I did not enjoy was the reader. Where did black library find this guy? He can't do character voices to save his life.

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  • Zionmuffin
  • 2020-08-22

Mark Elstob lol

Mark's voice acting will paint a mental image of Roboute Guilliman as a dandy chap sporting a top hat, monocle, and a waxed mustache. Mark doesn't limit his vocal dissonance to Roboute, the women are voiced like the goblins from Lord of the Rings movies. Overall, Mark did read the book, and has a good grasp of the English language.

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  • Zach Reeves
  • 2020-08-18

I usually love the narrator of Books from the Black Library.

Narration was awful and not at all what I’ve come to expect. Overall definitely worth a listen, just very disappointed in the choice of narrator.

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  • Marcus DeFreitas
  • 2020-08-16

Roboute Guilliman

The voice of Roboute Guilliman just doesn't match what you'd expect from a Primarch it doesn't seem to fit the Primarchs personality at all it's quoted that his voice is so intense an yet soft an could speak in a manner that made even his commands an demands seem like suggestions.

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  • Patrick Prager
  • 2020-08-18

Great story, cheesy narration

I love seeing the Indomitus crusade and the author does a great job with it. The narrator does so many cheesy nasally voices though that are distracting.

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