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False Gods

The Horus Heresy, Book 2
Written by: Graham McNeill
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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The Great Crusade that has taken humanity into the stars continues. The Emperor of Mankind has handed the reins of command to his favoured son, the Warmaster Horus. Yet all is not well in the armies of the Imperium.

Horus is still battling against the jealousy and resentment of his brother primarchs, and when he is injured in combat on the planet Davin, he must also battle his inner daemon. With all the temptations that Chaos has to offer, can the weakened Horus resist?

©2006 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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RISE OF THE RENEGADE WARMASTER

#Audible1 This is the second book in the Horus Heresy saga and is the story of the Warmaster's ascent to treasons leadership of the rebellion against his father, the Emperor of Mankind. Picking up from where Dan Abnett left off, Graham McNeill does a good job of continuing the story, adding to it his own particular flavor of wording and storytelling. His ability to portray the now corrupted side of the legion is excellent however I found the jump between the once fanatically loyal marines in book 1 to the openly hostile and treasonous forces tainted by chaos to be somewhat jarring in the suddenness. This may simply be my own personal feelings for the change in author between the two books but do not let it dissuade you from listening. Toby Longworth is one of my favorite narrators for the Horus Heresy Series and does an excellent job giving each pertinent moment the dramatic flair it deserves.

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nice

reader does an amazing job. good follow up tothe first book as well. will continue reading.

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Excellent!

Even though I knew the story would take this turn. I held out genuine hope that all could be made well. The twists and turns were powerful. A great follow up to a previous and equally great book in this long running series!

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Excellent introduction to the series

If you’re planning on reading any books in the series the first five books are essential reading. Luckily they are all quite good, though this introduction does stand above the others. Really gives a good sense of the difference between the humans and Astartes. Does a great job developing Loken as a character and builds suspense for what is to come. If you have any interest in the deeper 40k mythology you could do worse than starting here.

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Narrator quite good. story so-so.

Compared to the first novel this one fell flat. would recommend if you really liked the first.

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Absolutely fantastic!

This is the second 40K audiobook I’ve purchased, and I’ve been listening to them almost non-stop. The stories are fantastic, the writing quality is compelling and brilliant, and the narrator is among the best I’ve ever heard! I can’t recommend these books strongly enough.

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easy to like

It's a grim good time and solid continuation to the first book.
I was just hoping for a little more from the corruption and downfall of a certain important character. The pacing of that felt off and it seemed to happen a little abruptly. I wanted to see more of the nobility and good side of Horus to highlight the contrast to what he starts to become.

Besides that though the writing and narration do a good job capturing atmosphere and the intensity of the growing darkness for the direction things are going.
The action and cosmic horror are strong points again.
Toby Longworth is excellent at his job of narration. His voice suits this series very well.

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I was there the day horus fell.

I was there the day horus fell.

I
Was
There
The day
Horus
Fell!


Epic story and reader

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  • Adam J Hoffman
  • 2019-06-07

Audio Issues

Audio levels for the reader need to be adjusted. Multiple instances when narrator will drop to a whisper and his words will be inaudible for lengthy periods of time.

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  • Chris
  • 2018-05-23

Fans of Warhammer won't be disappointed

Toby Longworth does an excellent job of taking you into the action as the Warmaster Horus begins his ascent.

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  • Kinomed_Knyght
  • 2018-04-24

Great Series Decent Book

This book moves a little slow in the beginning but man does it pick up. I am reading this series for a second time AMAZING even still knowing what happens. The detail these authors put into their work is just top notch.

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  • Aaron b.
  • 2019-10-19

epic gamer moment

now this is a certified hood classic. pop ya homies up and strap in, this will blow your mind.

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  • Psuedo Giest
  • 2019-06-14

intrigue adventure and war

great continuation on the story from the first book. great variety of characters in the expansive Warhammer universe.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-05-14

My opinion so far

amazing story, perfectly renditioned. overall a very enjoyable story to listen to when you want to relax.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-23

Superb performace!!!

I read "Horus Rising" and loved every bit of it. Unfortunately, life has been busy and I haven't had much time to read. I purchased "False Gods" on Audible, so I could continue with the series. Toby Longworth has given an amazing performance. His narration is one of the best I have ever listened to. I was glad to see that Longworth is the narrator throughout the series. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Cody Smith
  • 2020-05-02

Almost as good as Horus Rising

i thought the story was very well written. the style was similar to that of Horus Rising and I think with the same narrator, I may have been convince they were written by the same person.

I wasn't a huge fan of the Narrator compared to Horus Rising based mainly on the fact that he really over exageratted accents and made some of the characters feel completely different. Torgaddon may be a jokster, for example, but I wouldn't make him sound like the class clown loud mouth. Other characters became nasally nerds despite their deep insights. The voices he chose were just off imo. He did absolutely nail the description of Horus' voice though!

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  • Philip Peckson
  • 2020-04-24

Not literature but certainly entertaining

Horus’ movement from charismatic hero to arch-villain is not convincingly motivated by his personality. There is no Greek tragedy here. Instead, the novel makes use of a deus ex machina to fulfill the transformation. Still, the work is very entertaining.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-04-13

amazing

This book is absolutely enthralling, almost every scene has you gripped to your seat, even the build ups have you gasping for what's about to come next.
absolutely amazing