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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).
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!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Really enjoyed the story and going to continue.
The acting didn't always feel consistent but overall very enjoyable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Dan Abnett is possible the best living Sci-Fi author. Toby Long is one of the best Narrators particularly of Gothic fantasy. The two of them together are fantastic.
This story makes a great kick off to the Horus Hearsay, but possibly not the best start to Warhammer 40k fiction as a whole.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Horus Rising was spectacular. I have listened to a few Black Libary audio CDs and most have disappointed me. Mainly due to their length, most are only an hour or so long. Horus Rising is over 12 hours long and they are 12 truly amazing hours of splendid back story. This story achieved to paint true depth and colour onto so many key events and characters that I was only basically aware of before. The best scene for me was the diplomatic dialogue that occurred between Horus and his counterpart. So wonderfully well written and the voice acting was splendid in its execution.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful