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Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work

Warhammer 40,000
Written by: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
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An Adeptus Mechanicus novel.

In the wake of the Great Rift, Belisarius Cawl turns his attention to the abandoned world of Sotha. Once home to the Scythes of the Emperor, it also hides a long-buried secret...and an ancient evil.

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Cawl is one of the most fascinating characters in the Dark Imperium, and Guy Haley gets right into his memory circuits as he seeks ancient secrets that will blow your mind.

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Belisarius Cawl, Archmagos Dominus of the Adeptus Mechanicus, is the most brilliant mind alive. For 10,000 years he has furthered the cause of mankind, working under the aegis of the Emperor and Lord Commander Roboute Guilliman to prevent the inexorable march of the alien and the traitor. Many call him heretic, but all must recognise the magnitude of his achievements, for who else but he was entrusted to create a new generation of Space Marines? 

Who else but the great Belisarius Cawl could even accomplish such a task? Now, in the wake of the Great Rift and the Indomitus Crusade, his ambitions bring him to the long-dead world of Sotha, once home to the Scythes of the Emperor, now a barren wasteland devoured by the vile Tyranids. Accompanied by Tetrarch Felix and his elite warriors, it is here that Cawl believes the lynchpin of his mysterious Great Work lies. But uncovering it is a near impossible task, one in which the Archmagos must overcome an ancient evil that threatens to extinguish the last hope of humanity.

Written by Guy Haley. Total running time 11 hours and 11 minutes. Performed by John Banks.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Great story, poor performance

This was a great story and exploration of Cawl and the Scythes of the Emperor. I was very disappointed with the narration as he used the same voices for many of the characters which makes it confusing. Unless I was paying very close attention often did not know which character was talking.

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Great and thrilling story.

It was a great story even if it was hard to finish at times. I would also like to say it was quite nice to get more background on the scythes of the emperor as well and the Arch Magos Dominus himself.

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A good story

It was a good story overall. However, I highly recommend that you read the "Scythes of the Emperor" short story compilation before you listen to this book. You'll be lost otherwise.

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AMAZING!!!

Both the Narration and the story are brilliant. Guy Haley succeeds in making Cawl one of my favorite characters in the setting. This is a must read book!

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I don't even like Guy Haley, but...

This is a big improvement on his previous works. he's definitely growing as a writer. Cawl is a lot more fun and interesting than I ever would have guessed.

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best book so far

cawl is bar none my new favorite character in 40k and I look forward to more books with him.

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Grandpa Cawl at his finest

A good read from start to finish. Listen to it twice to get the sense of understanding of the story as it tend to deliver flashbacks to important characters. A bit off guard, but not intrusive.

If you all want to know the origins of Belisarius Cawl then this is your pick.

But beside him, you get to listen to Tetrarch Felix relations with Cawl and the mysteries as well as conspiracies to the Old Scythes of the Emperor and the cause of the World's downfall in the first place.

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  • Rick
  • 2019-09-25

Adequate

Cawl has been a controversial figure in the lore since he appeared in Gathering Storm. There are some interesting developments to his background in this story that help to justify some of his deeds(looking at you Primaris). That said Cawl feels so powerful and knowledgeable that there isn't ever any real danger to him or those around him. As a result, most of the tension in the book focuses on Cawl's relationship with a Primaris he personally helped create, the remaining Scythes of the Emperor, and Cawl's own past. Most of the lore here is accurate if not always respected given Cawl's literally a desu ex machina.

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  • Bill
  • 2019-10-19

Masterful

Touching, genius, and insightful. A great work in of itself. It was a bit hard to follow at points due to jumps, however I am positive this was intentional and merely another layer to the masterpiece. Even if you don't follow the Adeptus Mechanicus, even if you can't stand Primaris, even if you are tired of the old Marines, please read this. I will absolutely be adding a physical copy to my collection. Well done, very well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-29

loved a book about my favorite warhammer character

cawl is my favorite. he is was got me into the game. and i just love to get in his head.

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  • snozek
  • 2019-10-15

So much Lore!

1st, the narrator performed well, there were hardly any strange pronunciations of things from the Warhammer universe.

2nd, considering this book deals with a secondary successor chapter, the most boring aliens in all of Warhammer 40K, and the fairly repetitive Tyrranids, this book does very very well.

Belisarius is really fleshed out in this novel, pardon the pun.If the book is read from the perspective of Belisarius being the axis of the story, then the reader can have a really good time.

This book accomplishes the nearly impossible by making I actually care about some random successor chapter of the Ultramarines and the most boring alien faction in Warhammer 40K, the Necrons.

The setting for the story spans from before the great crusade to the very recent moments within the sundered imperium.

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  • Patrick
  • 2019-11-14

wow

I truly loved this, this is maybe the best warhammer book ive experienced so far.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-11-13

Great

I really enjoyed it, I looked forward to listening everytime. Great lore, Great Story, Great work!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-13

hell yeah

Space Marines necrons tyranids all-in-one story hell yeah at a tech priest having a conversation with a pharaoh necron Overlord Epic

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  • Jigen
  • 2019-11-08

My favorite 40k book

My absolute favorite 40k book on audible. Only one I've actually left a comment for.

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  • TJ
  • 2019-11-04

Really got the cogitators whirring

It's a 40k family barbecue, starring everyone's favorite Heretek! The titular Cawl is dubious, mysterious, and compelling.

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  • PETER
  • 2019-11-01

enjoyable till the end. take notice, Hollywood!

here is but a small sample of creative wealth Hollywood can not seem to take notice of. instead all we have to look forward to is more garbage molded around soulless and political activism.

on second thought, maybe it's best fine books such these remain unmolested by Hollywood after all. dont wish for another game of thrones event.

writing of this caliber makes my withdrawal from going to the theater very bearable. that and the total lack of original story telling mixed with mass amounts of recycling going on while sprinkled with sjw preachings.

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