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False Gods

The Horus Heresy, Book 2
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
5 out of 5 stars (154 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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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-2019

More stars needed

The writing in this book is superb, and the performance is beyond anything else I've listened to on audible.

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  • MSmith
  • 25-01-2019

One of the best sci-fi series continued!

One does not need to be a master of Warhammer knowledge to enjoy and appreciate the story told in the Horus Heresy. These are some of my favorite books of space-faring armies, diabolical treacheries, and enthralling characters from all across the cosmos. These books are further enhanced by a masterful performance by one of the best voice over artist I've ever heard. Definitely worth a buy and listen!

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  • Karl Brooks
  • 18-01-2019

amazing again

listened to this all day long. toby longworth is an astounding vocal performer, and does
the story justice.

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  • Trib
  • 04-01-2019

Toby Longworth is great

The story is really good, the characters had a lot of depth and the narrator's performance is incredible.

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  • gc
  • 29-12-2018

Heresy Unfolds

Great book! Better than Abnett's series opener. Highly Recommended as it develops Horus and Lokens characters well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2018

this was a great book. Very well done.

love the narration of this book. I was deep into the book the entire time. The Voice changes by the reader was awesome and spot-on. I can't wait to read the next book.

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  • David katz
  • 05-12-2018

great book

if you are a fan of 40k this book is a must read. excellent character devlopment and very sad near the end

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Donna Bailey
  • 26-01-2019

outstanding

new to the horus heresy books. I will continue to buy more. looking forward to the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-2019

Betrayal like no other.

The story of betrayal begins to take shape. Assassination, needless slaughter and decency very limited.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-2019

Overall, weaker than first book but still great

great for SciFi fans or war fans - or those who love an epic tale spanning years.

really great performance - best audiobook narration I've heard.

little weaker than previous book - but I look forward to pressing on

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  • Laura
  • 01-12-2018

Another great entry in The Horus Heresy series!

A very captivating and action packed book in The Horus Heresy series. I'm really enjoying the book series so far and I will most certainly read the next book.

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  • Mark M
  • 26-11-2018

Some tense chapter endings.

Audio sample not a fair reflection in my opinion of how well written book was. Compelling characters and plot line developed from first book with same excellent narrator. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-2018

This is a fantastic narration of a great book

Absolutely loved listening to this book. Just as exciting as when I first read it when it was released.