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Battle for the Abyss

The Horus Heresy, Book 8
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)
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Now that news of Horus' treachery is in the open, a time of testing has come. Some Legions have already declared their allegiance to the Warmaster while the loyalty of others lies firmly with the Emperor. As Horus deploys his forces, loyalist Astartes learn that a massive Wordbearers fleet is heading to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines.

Unless they can intercept the fleet and destroy the mighty battleship that has been sent to reinforce it, the Ultramarines may suffer a blow from which they will never recover.

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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Not bad at all

It's not as bad as some reviewers say it is :)

I enjoyed it but its definitely not one of the greatest.

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meh.

it was kinda boring tbh. there were just no good characters. it's not like previous books in the series that had at least 1 or 2 interesting characters.

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  • Robert Lindner
  • 14-11-2017

Overall

The accents were nice. But often times there was no inflection change from narrative next to character spoken text. So I wasn’t sure when it was that a character was speaking compared to narration.

I felt the second half of the books writing and voice acting were different than the first half. It would have been a greater experience if the whole book was written like the second half and voice acted in a similar fashion.

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  • Christopher Laginja
  • 25-06-2018

the consensus is true

I charged into this book thinking that most of the reviews were overly critical, not really warranted.

I was wrong. I found it to be boring. there was never a strong sense of tension, most of the characters were unlikable, apparently Ultramarines mostly speak in one liners. there was a lot present that could have made for an interesting story but being unable to connect with any of the characters kept me from appreciating the book.

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  • Sidney A. Drye
  • 27-02-2019

bad

just bad badly written, badly read, bad all around. Don't waste your time with this book ever

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  • Nathaneal MacDonald
  • 30-01-2019

Favorite so far

The readers for this series are top notch and the books are great. Each book you invest yourself in these characters and their stories and this was my favorite so far.

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  • sam breitenbauch
  • 22-01-2019

Better than I'd figured it would be. <br />

I enjoyed the book right up until the end. with out spoilage. it just seemed to rush the last chapter and a half or so. and end abruptly. As a warhammer fan. I understood why. But for mainstrwam readers I fear it might be outputting for this. Narrator however was top-notch and had a great range and voice. The word Beares leader was a huge douche imo. A really fun to hate villian.

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  • Wanderer
  • 10-01-2019

Amazing

This book is non-stop action with only small moments of development to break it up. The characters are distinct and interesting. This book will make you a 40k fan.

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  • Frater tn
  • 20-12-2018

frustrating and tedious

brilliant performance with excellent voices can't save this plodding military procedural from being entirely forgotten

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  • Nick
  • 13-12-2018

Meh

The narrator was pretty good. The story wasn't the best so I think that took away from the narrators performance a bit. The story jumped around to much which prevented any real connection to any characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-12-2018

Critical Analysis

Overall, the story was good, voice acting excellent, character building was thought out very carefully.
I am very new to the Warhammer universe, having only heard of it for the first time about mid 2018. Yes, I know, I'm desperately behind, but I am doing my best to catch up with the lore.

Considering the info GW has given us this far, It would almost seem impossible for this whole plot to destroy the Abyss with a single cruiser ( I believe that is what the loyalist had) and a couple of boarding craft and with what the info the book provided no more than 4-5 squads of Marines. Now, they say several times in the book that "this is the biggest ship that they've ever seen". Hear are some things we do know the. The Fist of Macragge is a 26k long battleship.... that's freaking huge, twice the length of the Super Star Destroyer in Star Wars. so let's say the Abyss was 30k long, I think that's fare.
Now look at the story now now the ships rough size, compared to the loyalist fleet, which only consisted of a few cruisers and light cruisers. And you are BOARDING IT! what! you need a armada to even think about getting close. any Ships getting with boarding range would be blown out of the void within seconds, with no hope surviving. We know that with a ship that size has a butt ton of fire power, heck they were going to use it destroy the UltraMarines homeworld.
I may be missing something from the book, but, it doesn't seem feasible for the Marines to board it and then take on an entire chapters worth or more of Word Bearers.

That is the only part "thing" that annoyed me. Everything else was great, story, characters, plot ect.

I would recommend this book to any Warhammer fan.

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  • Stephen Schreader
  • 22-11-2018

Epic space battle over one ship, Loved it!!

loved it, narration is great, kept me enthralled the entire time!!! an epic space battle over a single ship, betrayal, conflict, all the attributes of a great book.

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  • K F brown
  • 02-03-2018

not for me

brilliant performance but just a bit too much loyalist super men for me. a handful loyalist vs a whole word bearer chapter.... but if you love is ultramarines then this is the book for you

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  • R Fletcher
  • 10-07-2018

One only for die-hard Ultramarine fans

This story is a peculiar entry into the Horus Heresy series dealing with a bit of a non-event in the epic storyline which means it must work harder than the main timeline plots to become something distinct, which as I outline below it didn't for me.

This is the novel's first problem and the second is that the cast of characters are entirely contained within the tale, and disposable (I draw a parallel with the Star Wars film Rogue One).

The third is that unlike the proceeding books the protagonists and antagonists seem some what cardboard cut out good guys and villains, with the possible exception of Skral of the World Eaters.

These factors combined for a lack emotional investment in the characters which conspired to sap my enjoyment as I listened to the linear, predictable story. The other detraction here was the ponderous narrative style which continually over-explained details and went into gratuitous detail where not required... making action scenes slow and distracting from the plot and character engagement elsewhere.

The one strong positive in this story was the audio performance of the narrator which was well delivered and of excellent quality. I would normally of rated it 5 stars but necessity to make the Word Bearers overly villainous as written took away from my enjoyment.

In conclusion I can't recommend this book and don't see any reason to invest time and money in it - as a stand alone adventure it can be left without missing anything relevant to the main plot threads. Only a die-hard Ultramarine fan might find any enjoyment in this book and fans of the Word Bearers will be disappointed by the cartoonish portrayal of the legion.

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  • A. Johnston
  • 28-01-2019

Bad story - mediocre performance

The story is possibly one of the worst in the series with overly dramatic bad guys and one dimensional hero’s (possible exception being the thousand son).
This combined with the timeline inaccuracies (mk5 plate before outbreak of Heresy and ultramarines in Corvus armour?) really made me dislike the story - and I generally like Bens work
The dramatisation only added to this with for example the over arching rolling R’s in the bad guys pronunciations really detracted from an already pretty weak story

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  • 匿名
  • 22-01-2019

It takes some time to get started but the payoff

Good not the best one. Narrator was brilliant he does a very good wolf of them fenris.

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  • 匿名
  • 11-01-2019

gripping

awesome characters through out the story, all though the voice of the space wolf is almost comedic

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  • Ciarán Murphy
  • 24-12-2018

Conflict of Legion Ideals and Void Warfare

An enjoyable book. We get to see some conflict between members of different chapters (not just traitor loyalist) as their ideals clash. What happens when an Ultramarine, a Space Wolf and a World Eater confront a Thousand Son? Read to find out!

This book also has more naval warfare than any other book up to this point. So I enjoyed that as something different.
The first half of the book is stronger than the second, but overall an enjoyable read

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  • Nathan
  • 10-12-2018

For the Emperor!

Another amazing chapter in the Herasy, a really interesting variety of Legions! For the Emperor!

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  • andrew
  • 09-11-2018

solid story but offers little to the series

A good solid book that has the first real introductions to several chapters of astarties but ultimately offers little to the series as a whole. if you do skip this book you won't be missing anything but a good book.

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  • David Walker
  • 07-11-2018

Just skip this one - massive disappointment

Really isn't worth the cost of the credit. Badly written villians, flat characters and generally just one to avoid.

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  • 匿名
  • 09-07-2018

one to miss

performed well, but not one of Ben counters best. a grind to get through. not very gripping

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