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Fulgrim

The Horus Heresy, Book 5
Written by: Graham McNeill
Narrated by: David Timson
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 5
Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Under the command of the newly appointed Warmaster Horus, the Great Crusade continues. Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor's Children, leads his warriors into battle against a vile alien foe, unaware of the darker forces that have already set their sights upon the Imperium of Man.

Loyalties are tested and every murderous whim indulged as the Emperor's Children take their first steps down the road to true corruption - a road that will ultimately lead them to the killing fields of Isstvan V....

©2007 Games Workshop Limited (P)2013 Games Workshop Limited

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Well that escalated quickly.

Gave it 4 stars. The book itself is 5 stars, but I find Fulgrim a whiney b**tch of a primarch so couldn't follow through with the full 5.

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Amazing!

This was the best book in the Heresy so far! Performance and story was enthralling. If you are looking for a dark story, with very well drawn characters this is highly recommended!

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slow start, but the ending makes up for it.

narrator is incredible. slow build up throughout the story, but an incredibly visceral experience and an unforgettable climax of the story

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A good listen

I have to agree with others Fulgrim is a bit annoying but there are many twist and turns. I enjoyed how this novel connected with previous novels in the Heresy.

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Fulgrim's fall from grace.

How he winds up in his own doom is quite the downward spiral, and all the while so very close to standing against the great treachery! Augh! I want to hate him so much but all you can do is pity him in the end... Fantastically written and kept me coming back from start to finish. I don't think i took a break except to work and sleep.

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Story was too wide and not deep

Orc
Eldar
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Horus

Everyone is in the book but everyone is thrown too fast too quickly sent away. Even the fight at itsvan V was pale in comparison to the betrayal of istvan 3.

I wouldn’t recommend much of this book

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Very good, but may need a break

Very good audio book that is quite important in the series. The only caveat is it can be very uncomfortable to listen to at times. I had to take a weeks break when I was 3/4 of the way through. The Slanesh-ness of it can get you down, or that's what I found anyway.

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Great read and marvelous storytelling

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the narrator is great and the story goes seamlessly from one act to the next. I strongly recommend this book for all those reading the Horus Heresy.

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Somewhat over the top

Good book but it does become somewhat too over the top when an orchestral performance begins turning the listeners to chaos beasts. The ending at Istvan V shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that’s read the books up to here, but the level of depravity the Emperors Children are already fighting with is somewhat shocking.

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Invokes sensations of delight

Seriously that one part where things go (spoiler) and then (spoiler) happens made me feel like (spoiler) was getting into me.

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  • Lambert2191
  • 2018-04-06

Great Narration, okay story

What did you love best about Fulgrim?

The dropsite massacre, being so iconic in the heresy, is portrayed for the first time and is really quite incredible.

Would you be willing to try another book from Graham McNeill? Why or why not?

Absolutely, while Fulgrim wasn't my favourite book of his, I have read others and consider Graham McNeill to be amongst the best Black Library authors there are

Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

I quite liked the portrayal of Eldrad Ulthran. I was curious as to how he would pull off the voice of the Eldar and I believe he did it justice

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Istvaan V dropsite Massacre and the beheading of Ferrus Mannus

Any additional comments?

I liked the character of Fulgrim before reading this book, and now he is one of my least favourite traitor primarchs. I'm not sure what that says about the book, though.

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  • Erik Rose
  • 2018-01-07

Not my favorite, but maybe the best of the Horus Heresy.

I don't like the emperor's children or many of their characters to begin with, and this book made me dislike them more. They were prancing dandies shouting perfection perfection etc.

But! This book embraced all those annoying, offsetting, decadent, and offensive traits to make the reader hate then more and more as the book goes on. The imagery is truly top tier and while I don't like the focus of the book, it rivals Eisenhorn and Gaunt in quality. A must read if you are going through the Horus Heresy. It ties the last two books together neatly while telling its own descent into madness. And much less Lucius than the last three books. I hate that guy lol.
And David Timson did a great job too, characters were easy to tell apart.

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  • Joe Gingerich
  • 2019-10-28

Erebus did nothing wrong.

This book was an in depth look at Fulgrim's decent into demonic excess. I really enjoyed the entire HH series so far.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-07

The best Horus Heresy novel, narrated perfectly

After listening to this audiobook in full for the third time, I still get chills as to how well-done it is. The gradual descent of Fulgrim and his legion from honorable to deplorable is perfectly paced, and remarkably well-illustrated through the eyes of the Astartes as well as a handful of humans; whose skills in the arts begin to reflect the shocking, horrifying realities their so-called protectors become. The infamous Maraviglia chapter, one of the most inspiring segments in all of the WH40K lore, is written with a staggeringly sinister tone that conveys just how far the mighty can fall. All along, the narrator's voice leads you unflinchingly into the depths, and despite the terror and disgust he makes you feel, from the first cries of victory to the final, guttering death of hope, you will beg for more.

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  • Garrett Newton
  • 2019-05-20

Not the best.

didn't really hold my attention. Wasn't horrible, just a bit of a let down after some of the previous books in the series.

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  • Jared Saunders
  • 2019-03-09

Great connective insight from previous books

This book had several connective moments, developed a wider vision of the story, and gave voice and personalities to many Primarchs. However the narrator didn't have the gravitas nor bass to allow those magnanimous and galacial characters to live up to their import.

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  • Dave W.
  • 2018-11-07

Iconic Book in the Heresy

I found this book in the sci-fi aisle back in 2008 looking for a cool book that I would have to do a book report on(I was in middle school). The tantalizing black and gold cover caught my eye and even more so that incredibly hulking Space Marines on the cover art. Before that point I had never heard of the Warhammer universe let alone the Horus Heresy series. I purchased the book and read the entire thing from cover to cover in a few days. From then on I was absolutely fascinated with the 40k universe to include the video games and table top figures. The Heresy has continued with a boarderline overwhelming number of books to listen too but I have renewed my pursuit to finish the series through audible starting from book 1 as I do not have the patience for reading anymore. For the most part one could just read what is on the 40k Wiki website and know what happened in a general sense as I have done already. With that said although many of us know how everything plays out it does not take away any enjoyment from listening to or reading the books yourself at least not in my opinion. Fulgrim is an iconic book in the series and provides back story to all the future books and events. It is a must read for an Heresy fans. The voice acting is amazing minus the females parts which obviously males actors won't ever get right. Depending on which side you favor loyalist or traitor in the Heresy determines the emotions you will feel throughout the book and your connections with certain characters. I am a loyalist fanboy through and through so the events that take place towards the end of this book were dramatic and depressing a bit but nevertheless awesome to read! Since I read the book many years ago I forgot many minor events and interactions between characters and listening to it through audible made it even better then reading it myself. Being the first book I read in the 40k lore the Emperors Children will always be one of my favorite legions(prior to falling to choas) a long with the Iron Hands. Many fellow readers I have talked to find this book rather boring and long compared to other installments before and after but I deeply enjoyed every piece of it. I find it refreshing when the book isn't always being narrated about or from Astartes. Cannot reccomend this read enough, onto the next book!

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  • Aaron Dobmeier
  • 2018-02-09

Rough beginning for narrator

For the first 5 or so hours I was zoning out or lost. No matter the situation the narrator sounded like he was narrating a water buffalo wandering around in some national geographic show with no emotion. The voices all sounded the same I couldn't tell who was talking. I ended up stopping for the day and when I started it again he seemed to get a better rythem although I did find myself zoning out occasionally.

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  • Brendan Carrion
  • 2020-07-30

THE BEST ONE YET!

Man! This one was great! Almost a horror novel it’s part Clive Barker part David Cronenberg ALL WARHAMMER! YES!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-19

The last Phoenix

Incredibly well written and narrated. This work made me sympathise with the traitor legions, and especially Fulgrim