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Galaxy in Flames

The Horus Heresy, Book 3
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Having recovered from his grievous injuries, Warmaster Horus leads the triumphant Imperial forces against the rebel world of Isstvan III.

Though the rebels are swiftly crushed, Horus' treachery is finally revealed when the planet is razed by virus bombs and Space Marines turn on their battle brothers in the most bitter struggle imaginable.

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

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Narration is first class

This book is a great example of Gritty SciFi set in the Warhammer universe. A “conclusion” to the arc started in Horus Rising.

Tony Longworth’s narration is brilliant and helps lift the text into audio art.

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Great read,

Pretty fun listen! Of the trilogy, this was definitely the weakest but it still hooked me in.

also the narration is great, solid work by him!

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Lucky Number Three

Of the three first novels in the series, this one is the most fluently written and paced. Considering everyone likely knows what’s going to happen, the ‘how’ of it happening is well constructed and the characterisation is much stronger and more consistent than the previous novels.

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Another great book

This is an other great book in the series. the narration is spot on. the story keeps you engaged the whole way through. it builds up a familiarity with the characters and you start to care about what happens to them. the only down side I would saves the huge volume increase with the music at the start of chapters when wearing head phones.

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Carnage of Betrayal

Saddening downwards spiral of brothers betraying one another, and the realization of everything the characters know being turned against them. Beautiful proformance by Toby Longworth from start to finish, realizing the true emotion of each of the characters.

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Shorter then the others, but still good.

My only real criticism is that it's several chapters shorter then the previous books, but despite that it was awesome.

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  • Nicholas Stenkamp
  • 10-11-2017

Fantastic

Great Book, narrated masterfully. As a science fiction lover I have high standards, this has met them in most areas and surpassed them in a few others.

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  • eric emerson
  • 09-11-2018

only a bazillion more horus heresy books to read.

i am loving the story. been a 40k junky since the beginning but never took time to read the novels.

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  • CombatMuffin
  • 01-08-2019

The Music in-between parts of the book is way too

The Music in-between parts of the book is way too loud, had to take off head phones at parts of the audio book because of this.

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  • Derrek H.
  • 28-07-2019

the emperor protects

Heretics, loyalists, planetary bombardments, collosal warriors wielding chain axes. what more do you need to know?

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  • J & E Tichy
  • 13-09-2020

The End Of The Beginning

You will like this if you enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy. The narration by Toby Longworth is, as always, very well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-2020

Great book would recommend

In the middle of the book I got a bit bored but in the beginning and the end

Oof it got me sitting on the edge of my seat

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-2020

very good!

great narration once again!

epic space drama and betrayal with lots of action.

must listen

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  • Juan and Only
  • 01-09-2020

Much better than False Gods, still short of Horus Rising

I can’t fault this book because it’s par for what I expected going into this series. It serves its job, hits the right notes for 40K fans, but doesn’t have quite the wonder of “Horus Rising.” Horus and Abaddon take a decent step away from cackling villains like they were in “False Gods,” but the political intrigue of Horus is gone. It’s just loyalties and force, whereas in Horus Rising there were depictions of subtle political maneuvering, genius even, but it’s been given up at this point for vague secrecy and blind anger. You can justify this as a post-Davin affair, but it began immediately in False Gods and never returned.

This novel does its job best focusing on the ground forces of space marines fighting treachery, and that’s what a lot of us are showing up for. I wanted a little more color to Tarvitz and Vipus fate should be death, but I think they deserved an on-page death. Tarvitz especially.

We knew most of the treachery before Istvaan and it’s a shame. I would have liked more of Horus’ political scheming and more clear character deaths. Some of the drama is handled well where it matters, but isn’t grimdark enough for a post Game of Thrones audience. I look passed most of its lesser qualities and say it was a good course correction in what I feared was going to be a train wreck of a series after False Gods. Missed Dan’s quality in Horus Rising, but it’s a good read for those into the series or minis.

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  • Kelli Haslam
  • 24-08-2020

The Begining of an Era

A story of betrayal and heartbreak, that is not for the fainthearted, with outstanding narration.

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  • acespartan88
  • 08-08-2020

Gripping!

Well written and voiced, this series has done a great job at entertaining and informing me on the lore of the 40k universe. I'd say it's required reading for anyone who likes 40k

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  • The naj man
  • 15-11-2017

great story. great performance

what can I say? epic part 3 of the most epic story of all time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-2019

great book but it's going to cost me a fortune

great book but It made me start a Horus Heresy army for Warhammer so it's going to cost me a small fortune

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  • Mark M
  • 01-12-2018

Slow start but solid drama at end

After listening to an excellent book 1 and a very decent book 2, I initially struggled with the third book as the author's power of description was less compelling for me, little dialogue or drama. This was a shame as I had gotten to like the central characters and the dilemmas they had been facing but the book significantly improves after the first half dozen chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-01-2020

immersive, captivating, excellent delivery

The delivery of these books blow me away time after time.thank you black library

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  • Jamie Mckenzie
  • 13-01-2019

Such an awesome story. Loved every minute of it

Such an awesome story. Loved every minute of it. Bring on the next one! !

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  • Jake
  • 25-01-2018

Another month to find out more, really?

Lacks for some meaningful dialogue; perhaps some "where did it all go wrong?" philosophising between the loyalists, something that would make the protagonists - into whom we have invested over twenty-four hours - more human, and thus their murders more tragic.

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  • m. berry
  • 03-09-2020

Fun Space War Opera

Easy listening, the over arching storyline is finally getting momentum. Narrator is excellent as always.

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  • Theodor Adorno
  • 13-08-2020

Great narration - battle heavy plot

The 40K universe is fascinating but sometimes the balance between action scenes and the political machinations is skewed too far to the former. The constant battles get a bit repetitive whilst the underlying motivations for various actions are often under-developed - which is a shame.

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  • Ceeb
  • 04-08-2020

It all goes Pete Tong

Brother against Brother. This book made me look up the traitor legions. The good the bad and the ugly side of M31

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-2020

Good follow up to the series

interesting conclusion to the events of istavan 3. following all the characters from the 1st 2 books