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Eisenhorn: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
Written by: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Book 1 in the Eisenhorn series

Inquisitor Eisenhorn faces a vast interstellar cabal and the dark power of daemons, all racing to recover an arcane text of abominable power - an ancient tome known as the Necroteuch.

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The classic novel returns in a brand new edition. Inquisitor Eisenhorn gathers allies to unravel a conspiracy and hunt an alien threat. Relive the adventures of some of Warhammer 40,000's most beloved characters, or experience the beginning of Eisenhorn's remarkable adventures for the first time.

The Story:

The Inquisition moves amongst mankind like an avenging shadow, striking down the enemies of humanity with uncompromising ruthlessness. When he finally corners an old foe, Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn is drawn into a sinister conspiracy. As events unfold and he gathers allies - and enemies - Eisenhorn faces a vast interstellar cabal and the dark power of daemons, all racing to recover an arcane text of abominable power: an ancient tome known as the Necroteuch.

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fantastic!

great book, great story. fantastic insight into the 40k universe that doesn't deal with just space marines.

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Start here if you want to dive into WH40K lore.

Doesn’t overwhelm but covers many aspects of the WH40K Universe. Excellent starting point with an amazing story. Once you fall in love with Xenos (not in the heretical way!) you’ll be greeted to 3 more amazing books in Malleus, Hereticus, and The Magos.

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Strong story, good characters

This book would make an excellent movie to introduce people to the universe of Warhammer. Action, adventure, intrigue.

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Great starting point

my first step into the warhammer 40k universe. could not wait until i could listen more. very engaging story and fantastic performance.

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Great story, amazingly read.

Loved the story, I drive for work and it was great to listen to it as I drove.

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gritty, harrowing and fantastic

excellent performance, even greater writing. grimdark at it's best. a story that sticks with you.

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loved it

first 40k book i've read/listened to. watched/listened to a few lore videos while painting minis but im very impressed with the quality of writting and the story. its great sci-fi, left me wanting more.

its fairly violent for normal standards (if that bugs you) as the story seems to leave a wake of destruction but I love how the story and the style of the struggle changes as it moves between settings and the violence isnt repetitive.

narrator seems perfect for yhe story. a few changes in pace and tone are noticable with corrections but they are easy to overlook.

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  • Charlie M.
  • 2017-11-13

No one expects the Imperial Inquisition!

I've always been a fan of 40k books and Dan Abnett's "Gaunt's Ghosts" are some of the best out there. Naturally, I was very excited to try out anything else he's written. The Eisenhorn series is a fascinating step back from the never ending war of the 41st Millennium and into the guts of the Imperium. The book reads more as an investigation than a war story and really lets you appreciate the parts of the universe that aren't actively on fire all the time. It works incredibly well as an audiobook because it reads like Inquisitor Eisenhorn's personal account of what happened.
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  • Brian
  • 2017-10-03

Thank the Emperor!!!!

Black Library books have finally come to Audible, and this is one of the greatest. I see many, many credits being spent for the foreseeable future.

And the Eisenhorn Trilogy is a fantastic introduction for audible users with no experience in the Warhammer universe.

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  • Kaneda
  • 2019-01-05

A great listen even for a warhammer 40K novice.

I've never read any Warhammer 40K books and have little knowledge of the universe but I ended up loving this book.

I was hesitant at the beginning thinking I wouldn't understand what was going on but the book delivers the listener just enough information to understand the universe without it being overwhelming, the story itself was far more interesting and rich than I initially thought and I got really involved with it by the end.

Great voice acting from the cast.

I would recommend this book to any who likes scf-fi.

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  • Gathgamon
  • 2017-09-30

Annette at his harrowing best!

Dan Abnett starts his Eisenhorn trilogy off with a blistering fireball! The performance was absolutely superb, with the variety of voices and dialects clear and entertaining.

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  • Robert
  • 2019-01-02

First foray into Warhammer 40k universe...Awesome

After knowing of the WH40K universe for quite some time but never exploring it, I decided to take in a few youtube videos about the overall storyline.

After that, i decided to try one of the many books on Audible and decided based on reviews and ratings this was a good place to start.

It is. The book is an interesting and exciting listen. The narrator does an amazing job and his voice suits the characters and universe perfectly. Especially when he goes extra deep for the terrifying and commanding voices of a chaos marine, or to deliver an especially powerful psychic command.

Ill be continuing immediately onto books 2 and 3 and look forward to hear and learn more about this dark, gritty and morbidly terrifying universe.

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  • Link-13
  • 2018-03-06

An epic battle across the stars

Warhammer 40K novel with a fantastic performance. I own these books but it was great to hear it read out loud.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-10-04

Fantastic Novel and Narrator

Well written and wonderfully performed! I enjoyed it throughout, and will be reading the rest of the series. The emperor protects!

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  • mild otaku
  • 2018-10-04

Great Warhammer Starter

This is a great story to listen to if you’re a fan of science fiction or the Warhammer universe. I just started Warhammer 40k and this book really gave me a good intro into the lore.

The imperium, space marines, chaos cabals, chaos marines, and a sliver of xenos (it’s in the name of the book so you think there would be more, but the xenos race only comes into play in the last few chapters of the book). The story is great, Eisenhorn following bread crumbs it seems like and investigating where/how he can (often getting himself into a bind) to uncover a greater threat.

Great read, worth your time. Finished in a week and a half (to and from my work commutes).

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  • David Share
  • 2018-03-03

Amazing Adaptation of Excellent Book

This is one of my favorite books of all time. The narrator is excellent and does the story justice.

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  • Scott Sparkuhl
  • 2018-11-02

Not for the uninitiated.

This book was my first exposure to 40K. An enjoyable read, though I'm sure 40K enthusiasts will appreciate it more than I did. The book avoids descriptions of common vehicles, equipment, and world building which assumes a level of familiarity I did not posses. At best it made the story difficult to visualize, at worst there were segments of the story that devolved into word salad.

I would not recommend this book to 40K noobs like me.

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  • Yannick Salziger-Chatain
  • 2018-11-20

Magnificent Voice beautifully narrated

I was impressed by the different characters one can incorporate. The sci fi fantasy story is complex, structured and creative.

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