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The First Heretic

The Horus Heresy, Book 14
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
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Amidst the galaxy-wide war of the Great Crusade, the Emperor castigates the Word Bearers for their worship.

Distraught at this judgement, Lorgar and his Legion seek another path while devastating world after world, venting their fury and fervour on the battlefield. Their search for a new purpose leads them to the edge of the material universe, where they meet ancient forces far more powerful than they could have imagined.

Having set out to illuminate the Imperium, the corruption of Chaos takes hold, and their path to damnation begins. Unbeknownst to the Word Bearers, their quest for truth contains the very roots of heresy.

©2010 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Chase
  • 03-11-2018

The Word Bearers are actually likeable!

I've read about 10 books and the Word Bearers are always painted in a fanatical chaos light. However, I was surprised that the characters in this book were the funniest and most likable of all the legions thus far. That's what makes their fall all that much sadder. Like the Thousand Sons their fall to chaos is a tragedy.

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  • Sean M
  • 02-12-2018

Critical piece of lore

Great story, great narration. One tiny gripe is the narrators portrayal of the femal voice. It's kind of... Silly. Still, a very good story overall

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  • Allanson
  • 28-09-2018

An Excellent Intro to the Word Bearers

This is one arc of the Horus Heresy that I knew very little about. Now, I am hooked and can't wait to start Know No Fear. I personally didn't like how it jumps around at times, but once is I finished I see now that it needed to complete the story. Overall, this is a great book, and another awesome reading by Gareth Armstrong.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 18-09-2018

Oh Lorgar....

Loved the book, a very cool look into a legions fall and their gene loyalty

But oh Lorgar you loathsome piece of piss, you who think of yourself as compassionet, yet sacrifice your own Sons in your desperat quest, you who betray your Sons, just as you feel betrayed by the Emperor (although he, as always, does seems like a grade A arse)... And worst of all, You a Primarch let yourself be manipulated by your own Son and a Mortal... Oh Lorgar you weakest of Primarchs... I Body , Mind and Soul....

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  • MichaeL
  • 07-04-2019

Mind blowing for 40k fans.

Tons of revelations and so many key moments that defined and even redefined 40k forever.

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  • Kerri Andress
  • 06-04-2019

A must read.

one of the best books in the HH series, penned by its bes author of traitors.

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  • Count Elmdor
  • 30-03-2019

Among the best in an amazing series

I’ve read the entire series and The First Heretic is top tier Horus Heresy. Simply amazing. By turns epic and tragic. Essential sci-fi.

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  • Nate
  • 03-02-2019

Man....I hate Lorgar

Great book if you love WB. I personally hate them and still found the book to be good. The ending is awesome

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-2019

WOW!

No joke this was an intense one to go through! The outcome may be known, but you really do start to feel for the characters after some time. Happy to finally have some more info on the Drop Site Massacre as well! Overall, this was one of the best on this series so far!

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  • tony
  • 09-01-2019

One of the best of the horus heresy.

one of the best since the first four books. I couldn't put down my headphones as I listened to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-2019

Slow starting but not a bad story.

While this book can be a little slow to get going it isnt that bad. it is very interesting to have a book from thw other side to start with.

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  • Adam
  • 01-03-2019

lorgar you weakling

finally answers some of the questions I've had for ages sets the groundwork for all the conflicts. to come

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-2019

You know what they say about assumptions.

I put this book off for ages because I had "no interest in that word bearers stuff" wow was I wrong. Its brilliant, so much falls into place with just this one book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-2019

One of the best

Literally one of the best HH books there is, and the narrator is brilliant. Lorgar is perhaps portrayed as a bit pathetic but I mean... #BlameLorgar

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2019

lorgar is portrayed like a bitch.

narrator does not capture the badassery of a primaris. lorgar sounds like a whiney bitch

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-2019

excellent.

likely the best book in the series, and definitely one of the best audiobooks. Definitely check this out folks, only the fear to tread, vengeful spirit and the opening trilogy come close!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-11-2018

Great story, was surprised by how good it was.

After losing a considerable amount of enjoyment for this series after fulgrim and mechanicum, this book really saved it for me. I thought the Word Bearers were a very "meh" legion. This book completely changed that. Yes the time jump halfway through was confusing, but the characters were rich and well fleshed out. The story wasn't so formuleic, and the demon ingethel was genuinely a little disconcerting.
Performance was perfect all the way through. This book is a must read for any fans of the series.

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  • Mr Matthew A. Partridge
  • 20-09-2018

Performance was good but a little quiet.

Overall a good book. However the narration is very quiet which means that headphones have to be turned up to hear at a normal level. This wouldn't be a problem if the book didn't have terribly loud, low quality, tiny music during interludes. The first time I almost perforated an eardrum.

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  • Mitchellious
  • 08-09-2018

brilliant

One of the best booked in the horus heresy
ADB at his best
narrated very well

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  • JC Denton
  • 26-08-2018

Must read for every heretic!

A must read (or listen:) for any Horus heresy fan. It puts the heresy in perspective. After read/listening the mandatory books until Fulgrim, I highly recommend listening to this before progressing any further. The Emperor must fall!