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Celestine: The Living Saint

Warhammer 40,000
Narrated by: Emma Gregory
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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A Warhammer 40,000 novel

Saint Celestine is one of the greatest heroes of the Dark Imperium, an immortal warrior who returns time and again, even when struck down by a foe, like the Emperor's avenging angel. But what happens when she dies and comes back? Prepare to find out.

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Andy Clark lays bare one of the greatest mysteries of Warhammer 40,000: the trials Saint Celestine must undergo in order to return from death....

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With her mighty wings spread wide and Ardent Blade aflame, Saint Celestine is the living embodiment of the God-Emperor’s wrath. Her halo blazes like a star upon the smog-wreathed, blood-soaked battlefields of the 41st Millennium; its holy light leading the faithful to victory time and time again. As heretics and daemons tear at her flesh, she calls down fires of retribution from on high to smite the wicked and unrighteous. 

If she is to fall in battle, none should mourn as she is Celestine, the Living Saint, and death is her duty. Though it comes at a great cost. For each time she is slain, Saint Celestine finds herself trapped in a terrible realm of suffering and torment. There her faith in the God-Emperor will be put to the test so she may prove herself worthy of life once more. 

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

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Brilliant

At first it was a little confusing but once you start to get into the story it all starts to really make sense. This book has really furthered my for Saint Celestine as a character.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2019

It was moving.

It was a great work of literature. this was the first time a book brought me to tears, I do not know what it was but I became aware that tears started flowing down my face, after an hour listening to the audio book. Great writing and a stunning performance by Emma Gregory.

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  • Jacob
  • 09-08-2019

Great insight bad fight scenes.

loved learning what's saints go through. bad fight scenes. anyone looking to learn the lore better definitely should check this out I was happy I did.

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  • David Maple
  • 24-10-2019

Finally lore about the premiere living saint. But..

It was a treat to finally hear about the living saint and finally get the lore and implied lore through her eyes. The fight/battle scenes were okay a lot could have been better. However the climax of the story was super disappointing considering her past achievements (poor pay off). Worth your time!

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  • Matt
  • 31-05-2020

Very good

A very enjoyably 40k novel. Well done with good characters. I would recommend it even to people who aren’t normally interested in the 40k universe

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  • christian
  • 09-05-2020

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great preformance one of th best ever and a really good fit. need more content on st celestine

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  • SirGlenn
  • 05-05-2020

Story goes nowhere and has no depth

This was a struggle to finish. The story has the content of a novella but is lengthened to a full novel without adding any substance. Ended the book knowing as little about the Sisters of Battle as I did when I started. Not recommended.

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  • sergio cavazos jr
  • 06-03-2020

By the Throne!!

I do not envy the Saint Her burden!! By the God Emperor it is heavy.
Listen to this if your faith is waned
Listen to this if your faith is strong
Listen to this for the glory of the Master of mankind and the Imperium and be reaffirmed for He watches us even through the darkest times and despite the maelstrom even reaches out to aid us if we only but listen.

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  • Tito Concepcion
  • 05-03-2020

Great book

Emma does a amazing job bringing the book to life really transports you to the war

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  • Michael C Redl
  • 03-03-2020

Solid Book.

Really does a good job, showing how desperate the 40k universe is, and what a spark can do.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-01-2020

Great!


Another great audio book, Emma Gregory's petformance never fails to impress. Good cast of characters who we follow from their lowest moment to finding renewed purpose and strength.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-2019

A good insight into Saint Celestine

A decent enough story giving insight into the lives and deaths of Saint Celestine, the dogmatic fanaticism some imperial agents hold towards the Emperor and the dangers of rampant zealotry. Excellent narration... Although the accent mix for the characters was a little jarring at times.

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  • Kim-Patrick
  • 21-09-2019

two disconnected plots

there was a weird disconnect between the two main plots of the story. I thought they would tie together at some point but they never did. performance was solid and overall the story was good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-2019

Breathtaking

It isn’t often 40k brings tears. This did. Also Emma Gregory is breathtaking as always

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-2020

Lore rich. Story a little slow and meandering

I first listened to the "Our Martyred Lady" Audio Drama and was blown away by the Celestine character. So I was really keen to jump into this. I am a big fan of the 40k Audio Books and dramas. And this was a good addition.

It is rich with lore exploring some of the trials and episodes of the Living Saints rebirth. But the story line was rarely engaging, and I frequently found myself disconnected and not caring about the progression of the characters and story.

Would recommend if you are a BIG Sisters of Battle fan (Like me) but if you are a generic 40k fan, there are better offerings out there for you.

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  • Mr. Kyle Hutcheson
  • 20-04-2020

A bit slow at times but...

I didn't know what to expect from this apart from it, obviously, being about The Saint and was surprised by how interesting her backstory was. There's still a lot of questions unanswered but that just maintains the mystery. At times the story dragged but I actually blubbed at the end-yep, a little blub which shows how well the final chapter is both written and performed.

I would highly recommend this if you are interested in SoB stories, their unwavering faith, or just interested in what makes The Saint tick...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-2020

fantastic

beautifully written, Andy Clark really draws a picture in your head of what the grim dark future of the 41st millennium must look like. highly recommend

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  • JBragg1984
  • 29-11-2019

brilliant

well written, great voice acting. all around a great sister of battle story. get it.

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  • Mr. Daniel M. Ford
  • 05-11-2019

A Human story from thre 40k universe.

A very human story fron the 40k universe, showing the direction the black library are more and more leaning in these days. Featuring Hope, Faith and Duty. This is not a bad thing, making mindless beasts of men and women can be interesting horror once or twice, but confronting the demons within ourselves and making our heroes actually have a journey requires something altogether more human. I'll be eagerly watching out for more from Andy Clark.
Emma Gregory is fantastic, despite one rather interesting enemy soldier screaming, enjoyed every second of it. Her intonation, pronunciation and pacing were superlative. Again, I'll be glad to see her name on any audiobooks im interested in and will snatch them up.

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  • G Quigley
  • 14-10-2019

Really enjoyed this book.

This is something more than your usual WH40K novel. It concerns one of the more numinous character who previously had been little more than a deus ex machina . Celestine "The Living Saint" is a strange character in that she is little more than an endlessly re-birthing super heroine whose faith and Emperor gifted powers bring salvation to the faithful in the endless suffering of the Dark Imperium.

This could be just an excuse for even bigger amounts of "Bolter porn" and endless carnage and though it certainly provides on that level (Celestine vs a Bloodthirster!) it offers much more. Because it has at it's heart Celestine's metaphysical journey to find herself it actually is "Pilgrim's Progress in the far future". This is about as far from expected 40K as it realistically gets and Andy Clark deserves praise not merely for having the guts to do it, but for the skill which he handles the journey and the carnage. He evokes powerful imagery with some skill.

I must also credit the narrator, Emma Gregory. who brings everything to life in an oddly moving way. Every character is distinct and instantly recognisable from voice alone. One can ask no more.