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Crusade + Other Stories

Warhammer 40,000
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Within this book you will find Crusade, a fantastic new novella from Andy Clark.... 

Sons of the primarch Roboute Guilliman, the Primaris Ultramarines are peerless warriors whose sworn duty is to protect mankind from the predations of the xenos and the foul traitors of the Heretic Astartes. In a galaxy riven by eternal war, they and the other armies of the Imperium are all that stand between mankind and damnation. Their ship damaged by warp storms, the Ultramarines of strike force Cassian make for Kalides Prime. They hope to find safe harbour to repair their craft before rejoining the Indomitus Crusade. Instead, the Primaris Space Marines discover a world reduced to rot and ruin by the plague-ridden warriors of the Death Guard.  

Also within this book is a host of awesome short stories to give you a flavour of the many warring armies that exist within the worlds of Warhammer 40,000.  

Contents

'The Lightning Tower' by Dan Abnett 

'Sarcophagus' by David Annandale 

'Crusade' by Andy Clark 

'Extinction' by Aaron Dembski Bowden 

'A Sanctuary of Wyrms' by Peter Fehervari 

'The Purity of Ignorance' by John French 

'The Word of the Silent' King by L J Goulding 

'The Lost King' by Robbie MacNiven 

'Culling the Horde' by Steve Parker 

'The Zheng Cipher' by Josh Reynolds 

'Red & Black' by James Swallow 

'Honour of the Third' and 'Howl of the Banshee' by Gav Thorpe

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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good collection

Overall, a good mix of short stories. If you can get it on sale, it's worth a listen.

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  • CPE
  • 2018-08-06

For the Emperor!

It seems that Black Library not only has a great pool of competent writers, they have a wonderful array of narrators. This collection is indicative of the vast quality 40k audiobooks from Black Library. I may not play the game anymore but the stories are so entertaining....

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  • Josiah McFeeters
  • 2019-03-06

grim and dark

A good intro to the universe. My only problem is that it jumps around in the timeline from 30k to 40k.

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  • Chazz Huggins
  • 2019-01-24

It gets better after the first story

Crusade, the first and longest story of this entry feels like an uninspired commercial for Games Workshop's new product line. The way the author name drops primaris space marines so often is kind of cringe worthy. All the characters have virtually zero personality even by space marine standards. The space marine characters are difficult to distinguish from one and other as the narrator uses the exact same voice for all of them.

However everything that comes after that first story is really good. Red & Black, Culling the Horde, Extinction, and The Lightning Tower are some of my personal favorites. Penny Rawlins delivers a particularly great performance in Red and Black.

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  • David
  • 2019-06-13

Surprisingly Bad

The title story is surprisingly bad, and reads like a collaboration between a fan fiction writer who isn’t well versed in the existing lore and the GW marketing department trying to promote new models. The Primaris Marines (you’ll hear that trademarked name every sentence!) constantly talk like religious zealots, even though existing books make clear they (especially the Ultramarines!) are in no way religious. The random Cadian Guard unit is present so we can hear campy heroic speeches punctuated with “Cadia Stands!”. One Cadian officer, call him Captain Mary Sue, single-handedly one-shots (seriously) an Obliterator and later nearly kills the Death Guard leader. The main character, call him Primaris Lieutenant Mary Sue, gets a personal vision of the Emperor and a visit from the Primarch purely to shower him with praise and, oh yes, this is all after the Eldar show up halfway through the story to help him out and tell him how special he’ll be in the future.

The awful narration doesn’t help. When voicing characters John Banks over-enunciates EVERY syllable and puts a dramatic pause after EVERY OTHER WORD, making them all sound like pompous caricatures of Captain Kirk.

This story is a dumpster fire start to finish, and you won’t miss anything by skipping it. The rest of the book is a mishmash of completely random, sometimes incomplete, short stories, and only one other story is from the Dark Imperium timeframe, Anyone not already familiar with WH40K lore will be confused. I’m not sure why it is being promoted as an introductory book.

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  • Vaustaul
  • 2019-02-04

Great compilation

These stories are a wonderful compliment to most other 40k audio books out there, particularly Dark Imperium. Overall a bit of this and that in the last stretch of 11 millenia

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-10

a very good selection

the stories cover most of the major factions and are an excellent for newbies and old hands to 40k lore alike.
I particularly really liked the Dark Angels, blood Angels and Tau stories.
that Inquisitor OWNS grand master Azreal.

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  • Ross Conn
  • 2019-09-10

decent stories didn't care for the narration

I've been a Warhammer fan for decades and I enjoy the stories in the lore these weren't anything new or profound couple had some interesting insight into stories are characters. However the narration and performance not that it was bad but something about his voice in the way he use the dialog in the book just didn't Capture Me.

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  • Shane
  • 2019-04-30

Good performances, overstays welcome

The narrator's all did a stellar job but, after 'Cusade', it really started to grind. Where it not for the sake of seeing "completed" on the icon, I would I have stopped listening awhile ago. 'The Lightening Tower' was good, providing a quick glimpse into the mind of Rogal Dorn before the Siege of Terra. All of the others were largely just bland.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-15

a title

lightning tower, the last entry was one of the best primarch novel I've ever seen! most of the other stories are very entertaining aswell.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-29

Love the worlds, but not every story is worth it

Let me start with, I have read many stories now from the 40k universe. Many of these authors I know are able to pen fantastic stories, giving the best description of this universe and the things that happen throughout it. Honestly, this was a hard struggle to get through. I have never struggled this hard through something that I enjoy so much. Now, let me say, this is not me complaining just to do so. A handful of these stories had me wishing for more the entire time, while others left me wishing they were over the second that they began. Is this a great place to start for those needing a good intro into the world? Yes! Is it something that a long time fan of the world/lore would enjoy? Yes, I think so as well.

Honestly, this is just a struggle at times due to the need to present an almost shallow telling of the lore, longing for real depth.