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Battle for the Abyss

The Horus Heresy, Book 8
Written by: Ben Counter
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Now that news of Horus' treachery is in the open, a time of testing has come. Some Legions have already declared their allegiance to the Warmaster while the loyalty of others lies firmly with the Emperor. As Horus deploys his forces, loyalist Astartes learn that a massive Wordbearers fleet is heading to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines.

Unless they can intercept the fleet and destroy the mighty battleship that has been sent to reinforce it, the Ultramarines may suffer a blow from which they will never recover.

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Robert Lindner
  • 2017-11-14

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The accents were nice. But often times there was no inflection change from narrative next to character spoken text. So I wasn’t sure when it was that a character was speaking compared to narration.

I felt the second half of the books writing and voice acting were different than the first half. It would have been a greater experience if the whole book was written like the second half and voice acted in a similar fashion.

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  • Frater tn
  • 2018-12-20

frustrating and tedious

brilliant performance with excellent voices can't save this plodding military procedural from being entirely forgotten

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  • Christopher Laginja
  • 2018-06-25

the consensus is true

I charged into this book thinking that most of the reviews were overly critical, not really warranted.

I was wrong. I found it to be boring. there was never a strong sense of tension, most of the characters were unlikable, apparently Ultramarines mostly speak in one liners. there was a lot present that could have made for an interesting story but being unable to connect with any of the characters kept me from appreciating the book.

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  • Oskar Lorentzi Wall
  • 2019-06-22

Unfitting voice acting

Love the story. It is read with much engagement and with a voice that is quite pleasant to listen to. But the thousand sons and word beaters are given voices that makes it hard to imagine them being anything else than stuck-up bird people in silly suits plotting a big heist at Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin.

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  • TJ
  • 2019-06-21

bug

6h47m lines are said twice. his eye sockets man. good reading otherwise tho this book could not hold my attention as others did.

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  • Kiera Medved
  • 2019-06-20

a return to great writing

dont get me wrong i didnt dislike any of the other previous novels but this one is fantastic.

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  • Kyle
  • 2019-05-17

it furthers the story

it furthers the story, but this particular story is not a good one. The writing is lacking and relies on heavy cliches. compared to others in the series, it doesn't stand up.

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  • Erik Gravem
  • 2019-04-28

An exciting story

Lovely story, great preformence. really well read with decent voices and all that jass

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  • Quintin M. Watanabe
  • 2019-04-25

Okay

The overall performance was good however there where some words that the reader got interchanged such as immaterium and imperium which was annoying. One small section of the recording which repeats itself it’s just one sentence so it’s not that big of deal

Overall it’s okay: story is good, performance and execution is some what lacking

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  • sam breitenbauch
  • 2019-01-22

Better than I'd figured it would be. <br />

I enjoyed the book right up until the end. with out spoilage. it just seemed to rush the last chapter and a half or so. and end abruptly. As a warhammer fan. I understood why. But for mainstrwam readers I fear it might be outputting for this. Narrator however was top-notch and had a great range and voice. The word Beares leader was a huge douche imo. A really fun to hate villian.