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False Gods

The Horus Heresy, Book 2
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
5 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Great Crusade that has taken humanity into the stars continues. The Emperor of Mankind has handed the reins of command to his favoured son, the Warmaster Horus. Yet all is not well in the armies of the Imperium.

Horus is still battling against the jealousy and resentment of his brother primarchs, and when he is injured in combat on the planet Davin, he must also battle his inner daemon. With all the temptations that Chaos has to offer, can the weakened Horus resist?

©2006 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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delicious

once again, stellar performance by the narrator. epic story writing. thrilling cliff hanger to leave you hungry.

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Great follow up

Listened to the book 1 in two days and had to get straight into this one and it doesn’t disappoint!

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Excellent

Loved it, couldn’t listen to it fast enough. Recommend to anyone who enjoys Warhammer or sci-fi in general.

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Damn you Erebus

To broadly review this, it felt like a bit of a downgrade, coming from Horus Rising to False Gods. It might be the storyline that the author had to deal with, or it might even just be the difference in authors itself- that’s not to say that this isn’t a great story.
There are moments that made me feel joy, tension, sadness, and anger (most of which had to do with a particular Word Bearer), but the overall shift in Horus as a character after the events of Davin felt a bit rushed, and there were so many moments where his insecurities and decision to betray the Imperium seemed to stem from a real place, before suddenly swapping to “Muh Ambition” which, more often than not, was a bit jarring.
The best scenes in Horus Rising were those of conflict that the characters suffered within themselves. False Gods, while having some really good ones within Horus, does really well in its action scenes, which are visceral and violent, which is to be expected of the setting, and does not disappoint.

Great performance as usual, though I found Torgadden’s new voice a bit... eh. But I got used to it after a while.

TL;DR
Not as good as Book 1, still pretty good, eagerly downloading Book 3, I hate Erebus.

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GOD DAMN YOU WORD BEARERS

need I say any more than the title of my review? Bloody Word Bearers. hah

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  • Chris
  • 23-05-2018

Fans of Warhammer won't be disappointed

Toby Longworth does an excellent job of taking you into the action as the Warmaster Horus begins his ascent.

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  • Psuedo Giest
  • 14-06-2019

intrigue adventure and war

great continuation on the story from the first book. great variety of characters in the expansive Warhammer universe.

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  • Kinomed_Knyght
  • 24-04-2018

Great Series Decent Book

This book moves a little slow in the beginning but man does it pick up. I am reading this series for a second time AMAZING even still knowing what happens. The detail these authors put into their work is just top notch.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-2018

Superb performace!!!

I read "Horus Rising" and loved every bit of it. Unfortunately, life has been busy and I haven't had much time to read. I purchased "False Gods" on Audible, so I could continue with the series. Toby Longworth has given an amazing performance. His narration is one of the best I have ever listened to. I was glad to see that Longworth is the narrator throughout the series. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Luis A.
  • 10-07-2019

I was there... When the Warmaster fell.

Toby Longworths narrating is magistral on this one.. the arrau of voices he can make really breathes life unto Grahams Mcneill's story.

I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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  • Samuel Kuntz
  • 08-07-2019

Must read if you like Sci Fi

Absolutely awesome plot twists! The story telling makes you feel there, the action scenes give you chills and the banter between the characters seems so real!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-2019

Decent Story, Great Narration

A decent story with some insight into the mind of Horus Lupercal and his Mournival. Graham McNeil as an author does not hold a candle to Dan Abnett or ADB. Also, there are some very low points with the remembrancers in this book... Excellent narration again by Toby Longworth.

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  • Bill Rush
  • 20-06-2019

Loved this book!!!

Graham McNeil does a great job with this one. I loved the first three Uriel Ventris novels and was excited to see that he wrote this follow up to Dan Abnett's Horus Rises. Now, one to False Gods. Lupercal!

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  • Peter M.
  • 19-06-2019

Erebus

Erebus is without a doubt the most hated character I will ever have in the Legiones Astartes

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  • Adam J Hoffman
  • 07-06-2019

Audio Issues

Audio levels for the reader need to be adjusted. Multiple instances when narrator will drop to a whisper and his words will be inaudible for lengthy periods of time.

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  • Rob Merry
  • 24-01-2018

Excellent

Toby Longworth brings this story to life! This a really enjoyable series, even for for those like me who have only a passing acquaintance with the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

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  • Ronald RayGun
  • 08-01-2018

Entertaining but fell short of what I hoped for

A great performance but unfortunately the story was lacking and clumsy. Horus Uprising did an amazing job at setting the scene of the Horus Heresy with amazing character development that really emersed you into the world however while the story of False God's is a good one, it's a little ham-fisted in its delivery with actions and story lines being dropped in just to fulfil the ultimate arc rather than seeming logical and consistent with the characters developed in the first book

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  • Jake
  • 13-01-2018

All souls cry out for salvation, even a Primarch's

40K is a franchise so beloved by its authors and praised for its depth, breadth, and richness of texture. It's very disappointing then that its lynchpin and dramatic high-water-mark seems rushed, forced, and ultimately unrealistic, especially when this trilogy prides itself on melding modern and classical styles: an interest in ethics within a plot framework evoking epic poetry.

I am of course referring to the turning of Horus. Such care was taken in the first book to build his character into that of a benign despot; conscientious enough to control his psychopathic instincts yet fallibly Human enough, like all of us, to question the impositions of the super-ego, symbolised in the Emperor, 'father' of Horus. It's a stark and painful thing, then, when Horus is suddenly inverted into a villain, albeit within the established paradigm of his character. People do bad things because there is something inside them that is flawed, and though this is signified throughout, we still fall short in believing Horus's reasons for forsaking everything he stood for. It's too much, too soon.

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  • Jamie Mckenzie
  • 23-12-2018

A must read for space marine fans

a great listen, a tragic story of manipulation and betrayal. 2 down, 48 to go!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-2019

Not as strong

Still good in its own right but compared to Horus Rising not as good, felt the performance echoed that as well, not as serious, no gravitas to what was happening.

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  • Gavin
  • 12-07-2019

great story. brilliantly written, great voices

this is excellent. the story is engaging, the writing makes the story come to life and the voice acting is just spot on. cannot recommend enough.

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  • Rik Curtis
  • 03-07-2019

Great experience.

I was totally on board with the characters and story. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Steven
  • 28-05-2019

Awesome

It’s a very important part of the Horus Heresy as this book tells the story of the fall of the warmaster and his siding with the chaos

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  • postage
  • 25-05-2019

great intorduction to the horus heresy.

loved it, made me chuckle to hear Aruman they way he was voices worth it

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  • Paul D
  • 01-05-2019

Wonderful narration

Not too sure about the book but loved the narration. Lost track of the story few times but really not a problem as it is a pleasure to listen to.