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Horus Rising

The Horus Heresy, Book 1
Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man hasstretched out across the galaxy.

It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers?

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Top to bottom amazing

Great story and performance gives a good background and gets more intense as you listen.

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As grandeur as could be

As a fan of the 40k table top miniature game, this book delivers a wonderful insite to the events that lead the universe as it is. Loken is an amazing main character with great support characters as well. The narration is expertly done and a ads the the grandizing the book so expertly employees.

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Amazing

The begining of an epic saga! Don't waste another moment buy it now. For the Emperor!!! Loopercal!!

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Insanely epic

It's a lot more compelling than you might assume. There is over the top sci-fi action but also gripping characters, ideas, and story.
The narration is some of the best I've heard and adds a ton of gravitas to the book. The narrator's voice suits the book quite well and has come to define this series for me.

The main characters are a bunch of fascistic conquering space imperials so it's a bunch of anti-heroes taking centre stage, yet the cracks and doubts that appear in their crusade and worldview make it interesting. There is much heavy handed emphasis on honour and glory, but you see how that leads them astray as the book progresses and how it could become their undoing.
It's one of those books that is actually kind of depressing the more you think about it but I couldn't stop listening. The world-building sets up the tragedy and ultra violence of this universe really well. I somehow ended up really liking it and would recommend to anyone who likes this genre, especially if you appreciate a grimdark tone. To my knowledge these books and this story universe is where the term "grimdark" originally came from, so that basically sums up the kind of book it is. For that type of book, it is excellent.

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a sensational story of brotherhood in space,

It really captures the impossibility of an astartes to turn on another. It sets the political landsacpe of the imperium pre horus heresy. It lets you delve into more lore on races and human factions that could show what humanity could have been instead of the imperium.

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Great book

Toby long worth has a voice of gold that is I so soothing I fell asleep halfway through and had to restart the book

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The Grim Dark Future begins

#Audible1 The book that started it all. Dan Abnett is a master storyteller and once again he proves it. What is the Price of Loyalty? What is the Price of Betrayal? This is the story of Horus, the Warmaster of the fledgling Imperium of Man and favored son of the Emperor of Mankind. A Genetic superhuman warrior known as a Primarch, Horus leads his Legions of genetically engineered Legio Astartes (Space Marines) on the final conquests of the Great Crusade to reunite the lost colony worlds of Humanity. Despite the lessons of the past, the utopian future dreamed of and promised by the Emperor never seemed so close. That is until the forces of Chaos begin the slow, insidious infection of once loyal troops and their Primarch Warmaster.

Dan Abnett captures the feel of hope and Promise, the spirit of brotherhood and martial prowess that the Imperial Forces are famous for and that the Primarches and their original Legions were renowned for. In the face of the of tragedy, You can almost feel the dramatic pause in as the combined might of the Imperial forces wait in suspense for the outcome of the tragedy that started the then unknown rebellion. Worth the listen if you are a Warhammer 40k fan or even if you are just a sci-fi fan.

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40k is amazing

For me this was my second audio book on the 40k universe. I've just gotten into everything really, including the table top and man I am loving all of it.

If you're new to the 40k universe give the first 4 books a listen on the horus heresy, will really get you into the universe and understanding of it all.

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Fascinating and action packed!

My first warhammer book and wad pleasantly surprised! Great story, awesome characters, and the narrator was fabulous, giving each character a different 'voice'.

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A must read (or listen) for any fan of 40k

The narrator was fantastic, the story is great, and the writing kept me from wanting to put it down. It was interesting to learn about other human an alien factions separate from the imperium or the known races of 40k, and how the imperium may not be the most advanced human civilization.

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  • 2017-10-20

The Heresy Begins! Great Start to A Great Series!

Thank you Black Library for coming to Audible!

Dan Abnett is really good at building this universe and character depth.
Narrated by Toby Longworth, I really like his range of voice and they fit well with all these heroes and heroines.

Great combo, the next few books are also great and even better on audio.
I suggest atleast the first 4 audio books to get started, then you can decide from there were to go next, there are a ton of good books in this universe. And the Primarchs series is also good.

Even if you do not know anything about the board games, video games and warhammer universe, these are great books and fun reads.
This is war. War against aliens, orks, demons and more. There is politics and religion, honor, deception and tragedy in space, but mostly war.

In the far distant future mankind has spread across the universe and many branches of humanity have been lost for 1000's of years.

1. The Emperor of Mankind: A immortal human, given power beyond any being in the universe, by powers beyond space and time, serves as the ruling monarch of the Imperium of Man.

2. The Primarchs, created by the Emperor, were the 20 genetically-engineered trans-human sons of the Emperor of Mankind. Made in his likeness and created for war.

They were intended to be the immortal and superhuman leaders who would command the Emperor's 20 "Astartes" Space Marine Legions and find and reunite the lost branches of humanity throughout space as well as bring all worlds and peoples into compliance, that is under one ruler, the Emperor.

Primarchs were 12 to 15 feet tall. And bigger/ bulkier than the Astartes Space Marine they lead.

Astartes Space Marines were 7-8 feet tall; about 150% bigger/ bulkier than humans. (just to give perspective).

Known Primarchs:
Horus, *warmaster*, Luna Wolves
Leman Russ, Space Wolves
Ferrus Manus, Iron Hands
Fulgrim, Emperor's Children
Vulkan , Salamanders
Rogal Dorn, Imperial Fists
Roboute Guilliman, Ultramarines
Magnus the Red, Thousand Sons
Sanguinius, Blood Angels
Lion El'Jonson, Dark Angels
Perturabo, Iron Warriors
Mortarion, Death Guard
Lorgar, Word Bearers
Jaghatai Khan, White Scars
Konrad Curze, Night Lords
Angron, World Eaters
Corvus Corax, Raven Guard
Alpharius Omegon, Alpha Legion

3. Astartes Space Marines: bio-engineered immortal warriors, to fight the foes of the universe till the end of time and reunite the lost branches of humanity throughout space.
"They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me.
Like clay I shall mold them and in the furnace of war I shall forge them.
They shall be of iron will and steely sinew.
In great armor I shall clad them and with the mightiest weapons shall they be armed.
They will be untouched by plague or disease; no sickness shall blight them.
They shall have such tactics, strategies and machines that no foe will best them in battle.
They are my bulwark against the Terror. They are the Defenders of Humanity.
They are my Space Marines...and they shall know no fear."
— The Emperor of Mankind

Have fun listening!

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  • Saxon
  • 2018-04-16

Truly epic and highly entertaining

Would you listen to Horus Rising again? Why?

No because I would rather listen to the next books in the series and there are many of them, although I could certainly enjoy listening to this again and again.

What other book might you compare Horus Rising to and why?

I've read a lot of sci-fi and my favorite genre is what is called "military science fiction". This is by far the best of this genre I have ever read, and it only gets better in books 2 and 3. Currently I am on book 4.

What about Toby Longworth’s performance did you like?

Longworth's voice is rich, powerful and dynamic enough to make you believe the different characters. This is a top-notch reader.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No because I wanted to relish it and look forward to a chapter or so per day and the chapters are quiet long. However, if I was on a long drive cross country this book would make an excellent companion.

Any additional comments?

If you love military sci-fi, then this series is a must read. It's gritty satisfying stuff with great characters and interesting plot twists. It doesn't matter if you played the Warhammer games or even know anything about it, because you will enjoy these books regardless. Although I should warn you much of it is very dark and disturbing. I am currently on book 4 and completely addicted to this series.

It's no exaggeration to say that this is the most entertaining thing I've read in years. I highly recommend it.

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  • Lindsey
  • 2018-05-12

excellent sci fi pulp

In the future there is only war, and it makes for a great story. Well written by Abnett, and narrated wonderfully, this is a must for 40k fans and sci fi afficienados.

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  • Jesse Jacquet
  • 2018-06-15

So it begins!

I was really looking forward to this book, and I was not disappointed. Dan Abnett is one of my favorite Warhammer writers and Toby Longworth is without a doubt my favorite narrator for the books. Story itself was epic and grand and a great prelude of things to come. It is also sad in a way knowing the fate that is to befall many of the great heroes in the story. I can’t wait to listen to the rest. One down, only about 40 more to go. Oh boy.

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  • italoromano
  • 2018-05-28

This Novel grew on me

Started slow and was almost going to give it up. Then it gave me reasons to care and continue

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  • joeskram
  • 2018-05-29

very good and unexpectedly well performed.

very well performed and cannot aist to hear more. superb job on the reading and voice acting

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  • Janne Leskinen
  • 2018-05-20

great book :)

A great book to a very very long series. Pulls you in and keeps you going till the end.

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  • Christopher Prichard
  • 2019-08-01

Impossible to multitask to.

The story is good, but the audio is so quiet and filled with grumbling voices that it's practically impossible to do anything else while listening.

Descriptions in the story seem to differ from normal Warhammer lore. They paint a much brighter, more beautiful, universe, although one that's still extremely brutal and violent. I found this to be a good place to begin learning Warhammer lore.

So again: good story, but an annoying choir to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-28

good start

a good start to the series if you know of 40K then you would enjoy it but I feel like there was too much needless conversation 40K is supposedly one of the most violent stories you could read yet this one seemed to have more conversation than action somewhat disappointing but overall interesting read I'm going to stay hopeful and while I purchased part 2

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  • zachs
  • 2018-05-24

Can Slow Down, But Great Lore and Characters

solid read. Great start to the series. Could slow as it jumped from characters. Loved seeing the interactions of characters though.

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