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Salvation's Reach

Gaunt's Ghosts, Book 13
Narrated by: James McPherson
Series: Gaunt's Ghosts, Book 13
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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The Ghosts of the Tanith First-and-Only have been away from the front line for too long. Listless and hungry for action, they are offered a mission that perfectly suits their talents.

The objective: the mysterious Salvation's Reach, a remote and impenetrable stronghold concealing secrets that could change the course of the Sabbat Worlds campaign. But the proposed raid is so hazardous, it's regarded as a suicide mission, and the Ghosts may have been in reserve for so long they've lost their edge. Haunted by spectres from the past and stalked by the Archenemy, Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and his Ghosts embark upon what could be their finest hour...or their final mission.

©2011 Games Workshop Ltd. (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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massively dissatisfied <br />

the narrator was quite good but the story felt very convenient lost of moments where things happen as the plot needs them to not as the characters would actually react. All in all very disappointing

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  • Patrick Smith II
  • 03-04-2018

Record all the Gaunt books, I WILL BUY THEM!

I have waited so long for these. When I first saw this in the black library I nearly baught it...but I waited for two reasons. 1: I didn't have the time then. 2: I wanted it on Audible with the rest of my collections.
I got time and I got my wish....now I just need the rest of the collection....to whom it may concern: I WILL BUY THEM IF MADE AVAILABLE .

Oh and review: narrator is great (keep him), story good, quality solid.

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  • Dan
  • 30-11-2017

record more of the Guants Ghosts series.

I would love to hear this narrator to do the entirety of the Guants Ghosts series.

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  • Berserk
  • 14-01-2018

Outstanding

This is the best look into the 40k universe that you are going to find. All these books are have to feel of Saving Private Ryan in the grim dark future. I love the series and really hope they adapt ever novel on the series.

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  • octavio pena jr.
  • 02-11-2017

Gaunt!!!

If you are here, you already know it. Just listen and enjoy.
Although prior to listening to this I did not realize that words like “alarm” weren’t pronounced as “alarrem”. It added so much more to an olde beloved tale. I only await for the rest of The Ghost’s tales to be available through this service.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-12-2017

fantastic

This was an amazing story, from start to finish.
This is a prime example of Dan Abnetts genius
I absolutely loved it.

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  • brandon r ducrest
  • 27-06-2018

GREAT!

excellent book i am now buying the second book as i write this ....can't wait!

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  • catman
  • 12-02-2020

A long look at death

This book was much more of a psychological evaluation rather then any form of adventure such as the first two Gaunt's Ghosts novels. This may be because I am reading them out of order, but I found myself bored with the regiment lacking solid characterization

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  • Call4BlackUp
  • 05-04-2019

I was fully transported

It's been years since I picked up a Ghost book and I grabbed this one on a whim. I usually don't buy anything under 20 hours, but I made an exception here and I'm glad I did. It was slow to start, but Dan Abnett does it again, and the new action is a refreshing review of what it means to live as a mere Imperial Guardsman in the universe of Warhammer 40k.

That being said, the true gem of this release is James MacPherson, whose accent is a perfect match for the characters, in my opinion. This guy has incredible range and once I settled into his style, I immediately checked to see if he'd done any other Ghost books because now I just can't hear Gaunt's, or Throne save us, Blenner's voices without him. He was excellent and made the entire experience riveting for me.

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  • Mikey
  • 22-03-2019

Masterful descriptions

I often am intrigued about life in the future and how the military changes in the context of Warhammer 40k. I always enjoy Gaunt's Ghosts alignment with the modern context.
The descriptions provided are so clear I can smell the environments, walk through the celebrations, stand at attention during inspections, as well as witness firsthand the dramas amongst the unit being authentic and sometimes as draining as they are exciting.

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  • Kimberly
  • 06-03-2019

love it

i really enjoyed the accents given to characters. superb book, excellent narration, burned thru it too quickly

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  • Richard Mount
  • 02-11-2017

Epic all round !!

Awesome book. the story is great, if you've read the other Ghosts books this one you will love. The Narrator does an amazing job of bringing each character to life. really enjoyed it start to finish. 5 star

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  • Edward Newman
  • 25-03-2019

'Doo yah wahn tah leeve fourevah?'

Great Scottish Reader. Abnett slightly too ambitious with many new characters, but still very good

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  • Alex Thompson
  • 21-09-2019

For Tanith

A great story from one of the Black Library's best writers with all the pulse pounding action you expect from an Imperial Guard novel and some added goodies for the road. Added points for the Scottish narrator to really make it feel as if you're right their with the Ghosts

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  • alan
  • 30-10-2017

Great Story

Enjoyed and would recommend. Great addition to the continued stories of the Tabitha First and Only.

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  • Owen Fussell
  • 24-05-2020

Great story, dubious performance.

I love the Gaunt's Ghosts series and story wise, this is no exception. The usual rich tapestry of characters old and new, great plot line and extremely well written story we have come to expect from the exceptional Mr Abnett.
Unfortunately, the performance let's it down badly. James McPherson puts in a decent effort, however he falls short of the mark badly in my opinion. Although reasonably varied, the characters lack the definition they deserve. It feels as though he is not familiar with the 40k universe, or at least not with the characters he is narrating. Mad Larkin sounds like the deranged 'wise woman' from Blackadder, Gaunt like a junior lieutenant with none of the power and confidence of a commander. Space marines that sound more like a mentally challenged or illiterate voldermort than the emperors finest. Dan Abnett's writing contains a great deal of detail and description in regards to his characters. When this is ignored in the performance it ruins the whole thing for me.
The rest of the series is superb as usual. Unfortunately this instalment is found wanting.

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  • Angela Hynd
  • 12-07-2019

Excellent reading

So much emotion from McPherson in each line of dialogue. Loves listening to this on my commutes. Read Salvation's Reach a few years back and wanted a refresher on it before I listen to the next book on the series

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  • Mark Barton
  • 08-07-2019

Great story really brought to life by the narrator

James McPherson really brings the characters to life and his handle of different accents adds a extra flavour to the different worlds of people brought together under the banner of the ghosts. His handling of the female voices isn't overdone either, something that I've noticed a lot of male narrators get really badly wrong.

The book itself didnt feel as high stakes as Abnetts previous ghost stories but it tells a satisfying story with lots of interesting character arcs. The action as always felt well grounded and brought a human element to the W40k imperial guard that you really cant get from what W40k tabletop offers even through codices. A minor spoiler:

The inclusion of space marines again is great, the juxtaposition between the mortal lasman and the marines is enjoyable especially with the interactions between known characters and the odd marines.

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  • thomas
  • 23-01-2019

great book

great book by a fantastic author. the narration was very good also. ten out of ten

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  • johnmaxwell
  • 05-01-2019

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Some sections were difficult to get through.. A hell of alot of setup for the mission. I don't mind hearing about ship life etc but so many missed oppurtunities for something interesting and a few unanswered questions.

I did enjoy this book on the whole, and the end justified the build up. Gaunt is a good main character

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  • HomeBirthAddict
  • 10-11-2018

AWESOME!!!!!!!

a bit of a slow start but once you get hooked and invested into the story it holds you until the end. fantastic story amazing action really enjoyable all round- I really hope they do more audio books from this series.