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  • Siege of Terra: The Horus Heresy, Book 1
  • Written by: John French
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (332 ratings)

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The Solar War

Written by: John French
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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The Siege of Terra Book 1

After years of devastating war, Horus and his forces have arrived at Terra. But before they can set foot on the Throneworld, they must first break the defences of the Sol System.

Powerful fleets and cunning defences bar their path - but can anything hope to halt the advance of the Traitor armada?

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The final act of the long-running, best-selling series starts here, with a brutal and uncompromising look at the first stage of the Siege of Terra, the war to conquer the solar system. Armies will fall, heroes will rise and legends will be written....

The Story

After seven years of bitter war, the end has come at last for the conflict known infamously as the Horus Heresy. Terra now lies within the Warmaster’s sights, the Throneworld and the seat of his father’s rule. Horus’ desire is nothing less than the death of the Emperor of Mankind and the utter subjugation of the Imperium. He has become the ascendant vessel of Chaos and amassed a terrible army with which to enact his will and vengeance.

But the way to the Throne will be hard as the primarch Rogal Dorn, the Praetorian and protector of Terra, marshals the defences. First and foremost, Horus must challenge the might of the Sol System itself and the many fleets and bulwarks arrayed there.

To gain even a foothold on Terran soil, he must first contend the Solar War. Thus the first stage of the greatest conflict in the history of all mankind begins.

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

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Another great audio book! Thanks!

Wonderfully presented. This audiobook is definitely worth the “read” and as the Horus Heresy comes to a close, Johnathan continues to deliver an excellent presentation.

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Very well done

Great writing, great narration. Jonathan Keeble once again proves he's one of the best in the game. Some of the lines in this book are very quotable, excellently written. The antagonists are reasonable to the point where at times, you may actually agree with them.

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First psifi book and can't put it down!

Reminds me of the old starwars movies before they made the new ones where everyone is human and it doesn't feel like deep space anymore. I'm more of a fantasy reader instead of a psifi, but this book has me as captivated as when I read my first fantasy book, Homeland by R A Salvatore. I wish to thank Mr. French's description. With all the light pollution a bland night sky can make one feel closterphobic. But Mr french helped bring back the stars i grew up with. A sparkling dome of twinkling from horizon to horizon. Now it's aglow with a boring sea of artificial lights. And soon too many satalights will be our visible constalations. Ty Mr french for helping me visualize the old skies before all that. I look at younger people and feel sad for what they have to look up at. Amazing descriptions wow

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Fantastic first exposure to audiobooks

I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this audiobook. John French did well with writing this story, seems he understands what GW is going for. Jonathon Keeble did a great job bringing the story to life and I'm impressed.

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The War Comes Home

What would it be like to defend your solar system from a vast host of inhuman monstrosities? From greed, pestilence and barbarism? Upon the defensive rings of the Sol system, the fate of humanity will be reified!

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all tragedies are personal

this is the beginning of the end, and both writer and narrator do a fine job of stripping away hope piece by piece by piece. they captured the fall of the empire in individual stories of loss, showing even that hope is a failing

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Epic

The siege of the solar system starts with a bang! After reading the entire Horus Heresy series, this opening book of the Siege of Terra brings so much together on the final collision in such a good fashion. The stage is set well and leaves you anticipating the darkening of the skies of Terra. Freakin awesome.

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Non stop awesome.

This was probably one of the top 3 books of the Horus Heresy. So good. I’m happy they got Keeble to narrate it. It left me wanting more for sure.

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Amazing book, a little wonky audibly though

The story has amazing diction and prose that makes the action come alive in ways that truly illustrates the horror and excitement of the setting. The narrator makes every scene come alive with brilliant performances of each character. However despite the talent behind the reading unfortunately some of the sequences become mind bogglingly confusing, and while that may be the intent with some sequences it translates better as a read experience rather than a listened one. Overall though this was an excellent addition to the old library

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excellence

great action and plot. characters you love and character s you hate. great book to start the series.

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