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The Devastation of Baal

Warhammer 40,000
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Blood Angels Chapter of Space Marines is under threat. Having obliterated all human life in the Red Scar region of space, the largest tendril of Hivefleet Leviathan ever seen in the Imperium has converged and is making relentlessly for Baal. 

To face this awesome foe, Commander Dante has called upon the Successor Chapters of the ancient Ninth Legion. The Sons of Sanguinius gather in numbers not seen since the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Thirty thousand Space Marines stand ready to thwart the Great Devourer, save the homeworld of their primarch, and prevent the consumption of billions in the Ultima Segmentum beyond. 

But the tyranid swarm numbers in the trillions, and they are not the only danger to the chapter’s future. As the galaxy slides toward a terrifying new era, events far away threaten to unleash a greater evil. A further enemy must also be overcome, that of the Black Rage that lurks in the souls of all Sanguinius’ bloodline.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Loved it

After reading reviews and seeing the prologue was missing. I kept scrolling and found it had been added. Great listening, loved the book.

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missing chapter

book is incomplete and had tobuy physical book to finish. cannot give a good rating.

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loved this audible

amazing, incredible, the narrator and story and ending was magnificent. and all throughout

listen to it, by the Emperor

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Epic scale, truly emotive sadness and black rage

probably one of the best Warhammer audio books I've heard. epic scale, excellent heartbreaking tragedy and lots of violence.

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  • Al
  • 22-05-2018

Where is chapter 30????

Chapter 30 is missing which is the epilogue!! This audio book is incomplete. I have no idea if this is intentional.

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  • Ivan
  • 23-05-2018

Missing last chapter

I would have rated this all 5s, but it's missing the final chapter, one that is fairly important to the overall story. Especially annoying, since it's advertised as being "Unabridged".

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  • Christopher
  • 16-11-2018

Amazing book and Narration!

The Story is amazing Chapter 30 has been added, I know some reviews were saying it was missing but the complete book is here and it is worth every minute. I would highly recommend the book Dante as well it is a great back setting or prequel to this book.

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  • Bean Counter
  • 05-11-2018

Great Audiobook and includes Chapter 30

Well versed in the Warhammer 40K lore and this book added to my knowledge about the sons of Sanguinius. Great story and characters. A lot of reviews said the book was missing the last chapter, but mine included chapter 30 so I believe Audible fixed the issue. Definitely worth the listen.

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  • Al Valentyn
  • 04-06-2018

Missing chapter 30

Well written and narrated; but sadly missing the 30th and final chapter. Despite being advertised as the unabridged version.

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  • Jorrahn
  • 02-06-2018

missing the last chapter

i loved reading this book but i was disappointed when listening to it to find that the full ending is not there... it ends early and leaves out a huge plot point with the Flesh Tearers

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  • Chris C.
  • 26-05-2018

Great story, but Audible is missing Chapter 30.

I enjoyed it, but it was a real bummer when Audible didn't include Chapter 30. WTF?

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  • David Kaplan
  • 18-05-2018

Good, but missing the last chapter.

The book was good. The narration was good. The fact that the last chapter is MIA is doubleplusungood.

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  • Joshua Calhoun
  • 14-06-2018

Missing chapters

This is missing the last 2 chapters. Rating 1 star until this is fixed. I listened to the whole book just to find out the very end is missing....

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  • Shawn Murray
  • 01-08-2018

Fantastic! and includes chapter 30

It was fantastic, regarding previous reviews complaining of missing chapters. This has been seemingly fixed.

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  • Sewell247
  • 22-07-2018

Great book

I’m a fan of the Blood Angels, but I think anyone who enjoys tales of Astartes, and flawed ones, will enjoy this. Dante is an intriguing character and the tension between the autonomous chapters is portrayed really well here. The Tyranids and the threat they pose are brought to shocking life and Guy Haley has done a great job with pacing and description, showing the slow, but seemingly inevitable, defeat of the Blood Angels. Great ending which, surprisingly for 40K, leaves you feeling hopeful. Worth listening to for anyone looking for some action while advancing the story into the 42nd millennium.

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  • Ryan Reynolds
  • 06-08-2018

Nobility and Humanity

Guy Haley writing and performance by Gareth Armstrong brought me to the edge of my seat and to the brink of tears, this story adds so much to the advancing narrative of the 40k IP.

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  • Mrs Gail Williscroft
  • 18-07-2018

Brilliantly performed and excellently paced

This book takes care to explain aspects of the astartes and the tyranids in detail without hindering your enjoyment. The set pieces feel suitably epic while more subtle aspects of the story are also captured. Highly recommended

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-07-2018

If your a 40K fan

If your a 40K fan you have to listen to this if you play this chapter as I do its a fantastic insight into our History and you learn our Primarks First Name if you did not know it

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  • jackgdryden
  • 26-05-2018

For Sanguinius!

Amazing sequel to Dante and brilliantly connects the new Imperium to the old Imperium of the 41st millennium

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  • Craigie
  • 23-04-2019

One of the Best 40K Stories Ever Told!

As a loose follow up of Guy Haley's Dark Imperium this takes the unfolding story of the 42nd Millennium further.
The Great Devouror has set its sights on the Baal system. The Hive Mind hungers for the red prey there. A swarm never before seen in such quantity descends, and it hungers!
Chapter Master Dante of The Blood Angels chapter has called upon all successors of the sons of Sanguinius to aid in defence of their Father Primarch's birthplace and they have answered the call. A gathering mever seen in such numbers since the dark times of The Horus Heresy.
Taking place at the same time as Abaddon's 13th Black Crusade there is little hope of aid from the Imperial Armies as their focus is set on Cadia and the malignant Eye of Terror.
Mephiston Lord of Death and head of the Blood Angels Librarius sees another threat to the Sons of Baal, A Daemon Prince of Khorne seeks his revenge intent on the destruction of all Sons of Sanguinius!
Excellent novel from start to finish.
With the exception of Dan Abnett's Eisenhorn books and the Ravenor spin offs, this is my favourite 40K story. As ever excellent reading by Gareth Armstrong.

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  • Murray
  • 21-04-2019

A great look at what happened elsewhere just before the Cicatrix Maledictum split the Imperium asunder.

Really interesting and engrossing. A great look at the more human side of the Space Marines and Sanguinius’ line in particular.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-2019

Worth a listen!

Definitely one of the best 40k stories that I've listened to. Good performance by the narrator too.

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  • Ciarán Murphy
  • 14-03-2019

Essential for recent Blood Angel Lore

A loose continuation from Dante, Devastation of Baal gives a very up to date account of the Blood Angels as of Gathering Storm. This is an essential book for fans of the Blood Angels who are interested in the recent plot developments of the setting as a whole.

It portrays the feeling of the Sons of Sanguinius facing an impossible task incredibly well. Once again Guy Haley does a great job at showing Dante's humanity in the form of his doubts and hopelessness. But his Astartes traits in his determination regardless. It was cool to see some sections dedicated to Mephiston also.

From an action perspective, this book has a bit of diversity, with some void combat as well as aerial and ground combat. The combat scenes are not as well written as some of those in the HH books however. The meat of the book is the impending destruction of the Blood Angels and their reactions to it. There are many successor chapters mentioned and a few (such as Gabriel Seth and the Flesh Tearers) are given a decent amount of prose.

Narration wise, while I enjoyed Gareth Armstrongs narration in Descent of Angels and Dante, it feels a bit weaker here. Its harder to tell the characters apart. So the range of voices used isn't great. But it gets the job done and doesn't create any issues

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-2019

excellent.

for anyone how like 40k this is a must!, book is fantastic, gave my chills.