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Battle for the Abyss

The Horus Heresy, Book 8
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 8
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Engaging from start to finish

Every character felt unique and each their own real individual, gripping tightly as each intense moment could have been anyone's last.
The reading was outstanding, bringing each character to life, not one moment did I think the tone was off.

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • Peter M.
  • 17-07-2019

Least Favorite so far

I felt something lacking in this book. I can't put my finger on it but so far this is my least favorite book.

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  • Oskar Lorentzi Wall
  • 22-06-2019

Unfitting voice acting

Love the story. It is read with much engagement and with a voice that is quite pleasant to listen to. But the thousand sons and word beaters are given voices that makes it hard to imagine them being anything else than stuck-up bird people in silly suits plotting a big heist at Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin.

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  • TJ
  • 21-06-2019

bug

6h47m lines are said twice. his eye sockets man. good reading otherwise tho this book could not hold my attention as others did.

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  • Kiera Medved
  • 20-06-2019

a return to great writing

dont get me wrong i didnt dislike any of the other previous novels but this one is fantastic.

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  • Kyle
  • 17-05-2019

it furthers the story

it furthers the story, but this particular story is not a good one. The writing is lacking and relies on heavy cliches. compared to others in the series, it doesn't stand up.

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  • Erik Gravem
  • 28-04-2019

An exciting story

Lovely story, great preformence. really well read with decent voices and all that jass

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  • Quintin M. Watanabe
  • 25-04-2019

Okay

The overall performance was good however there where some words that the reader got interchanged such as immaterium and imperium which was annoying. One small section of the recording which repeats itself it’s just one sentence so it’s not that big of deal

Overall it’s okay: story is good, performance and execution is some what lacking

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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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  • 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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  • James
  • 17-07-2019

Took a while to get going

It was a slow start and not my favourite chapters of Marines however i thoroughly enjoyed it by the end. Motip and the thousand sons are the most persecuted chapter out there.

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  • 匿名
  • 23-06-2019

Utterly Awesome

Another fantastic episode in the Horus Heresy, as you follow a small group of Astarties who are in pursuit of the Word Bearers new weapon you're lead on an epic journey full with gory deaths, exhilarating fire fights, awesome space battles and gripping story telling, Gareth Armstrong delivers Battle for the Abyss with brilliant voices each different for every character, making it as if you were there in all of the glorious action.

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  • Victoria Eacott
  • 17-05-2019

Weak HH story

A rather weak story, unnecessarily protracted and rather dull. After introducing all the various characters, the conclusion ends with little if any closure for the main characters. This was chore to listen to.

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  • Philip Millar
  • 15-05-2019

Better than it’s thought

Often pointed to as a weak link in the series, I remember not being too fussed in the novel, there are some obvious things that aren’t quite right for the series but the actually story is cool, has a nice bit of tension and some great action and the sequences involving the warp are masterfully written.

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  • david crane
  • 25-04-2019

good

this is a solid title for the series and is as far as I've gotten so far. I also enjoyed the narration

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  • 匿名
  • 17-04-2019

Kind of meh

People suggest avoiding this one. Having just gone through it I can kinda see why. Previous volumes manage to keep you invested but it's hard to care about anything that happens in this particular story. Its far less grandiose. The space combat aspect of it is ok but limiting. If this was a movie it would mainly shift between the bridge of ship A vs the bridge of ship B. I felt like there were a lot of opportunities to mix it up but the most traditional road was taken to tell a classic story of good, evil and personal sacrifice . Great performance from the narrator though. Pick it up if you want some more insight on ultramarines and word bearers chapters.

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  • Alec Stratton
  • 06-04-2019

So it is writen

Great book, well writen and read.
Nice to see the over legions coming into the story

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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