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The Path of Heaven

The Horus Heresy, Book 36
Narrated by: John Banks
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 36
Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For too long had the Vth Legion ranged out beyond the sight of the wider Imperium, remaining ignorant of the Warmaster's rebellion and the war that inevitably followed.

Only once their primarch, Jaghatai Khan, had satisfied himself that the path before them was just and true did the White Scars choose a side, taking the fight to the traitors on every front. But, four years later, the Legion's unfettered spirit has been broken by relentless attritional warfare against the Death Guard and the Emperor's Children - the Khan's Stormseers must find a clear route to Terra if they are to take part in the final, apocalyptic battle.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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The Story was betrayed by a poor choice of voices

The story itself is great, it portrays the sense of weariness the Scars feel after 4 years in the heresy. It shows just how far the emperors children have fallen. It even has a few good Death Guard moments, although Wraight’s Mortarion is inconsistent. But all this is smothered by the jarring change in voice actors. The voices that fit the cast of the lords of silence so well feels out of place coming from a white scar. Of course since even the White Scars have they voices of plague marines, Mortarion himself, despite being yet uncorrupted (if you ignore Wraight attempting to screw up the timing of the fall) he sounds like a desecrated plague zombie with his vocal cords knitted around a vibrator

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Great insight on the white scars

it's was a great insight on the white scars and emperors children all the legionary battles were very well writtrn

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Great story for sure. Narration okay.

Well then... For sure a great story. Follows on from Scars. Must read. Though unfortunately I was let down by the narration compared to previous narrators.

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Best in the Heresy I've heard so far.

The final confrontation between the fifth legion and the enemy in this story is fantastic. The narrator does an excellent job.

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  • Acerock
  • 05-04-2018

Great Story, Distracting Narrator

I loved Scars. Path to Heaven follows up very well. The tale is a great addition to the overall arc of the HH series and I love how distinct the 5th Legion is compared to their peers. My only real criticism is the use of accents by the narrator. The accents for the Chogoran Scars is something of a stereotypical Asian accent which is silly and annoying and makes each of the characters sound the same so their individual voices and characters get muted. the narrator also pronounces Yesugei laughably incorrectly. In an audiobook you need distinct voices for each character so you can organize who is who and who is speaking and the narrator's reliance on a silly accent makes each of the Scars sound the same, except for the one Terran born Scar, which is dissapointing.

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  • Jonathan McGraw
  • 26-09-2020

only 1 issue

The only problem was the narrator struggling to separate space wolf and white scar accents while speaking. Not a huge problem though.

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  • Ted
  • 23-06-2020

great read.

I liked this one, even though I'm not much for the heresy story line.

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  • Devin
  • 19-05-2020

great addition

the performance in the novel is incredibly well done, and the ending is very rewarding.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-2020

White Scars continuation

Another solid book that does a great job at filling in the storyline of the white scars. Informs you on how they end up where they need to be.

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  • Randal Whitsitt II
  • 18-03-2020

Good, but not great..

The last half was great, but I struggled to get though the 1st half and kept finding myself losing interest and coming back to it

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 31-07-2019

A very good book, but narrator didn't make it easy

The story was gripping, and was a great continuation of the White Scars story, but the book has a lot of shifting perspectives and while John Banks generally is a good narrator, he gave zero sign when the perspectives changed, not so much as an extra breath between lines, which made some part hard to follow

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  • Omar
  • 21-02-2019

for the Kagan!

many characters. many locations. sometimes it is hard to track where the action is taking place. the performance was excellent. voices are distinguishable considering its one voice actor.

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  • Lawson
  • 07-12-2018

Great Addition to the Series

If you are a fan of the White Scars legion, this is the book for you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-02-2018

An excellent story!

The White Scars and their Primarch have quickly become one of my favorite Legions since 'Scars' and this book continues the trend.

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  • D13
  • 20-08-2020

unmissable entry in the series

wow I enjoyed listening to this so much. There are some vague spoilers below!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is one of the first horus heresy books that hasn't left me feeling depressed in a long time and we are treated to an awesome example of how a primarch fares against a greater daemon. Epic fleet battles and astartes warfare. Dont skip this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-2020

Great story, even better voice acting

Love the story. Another excellent chapter in the 30k story. John Banks is superb and really gives the performance 100%.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-2020

John Banks smashes it!

Great story, made greater by the the narration! Any time Emperors Children die is fine by me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-2020

Best One Yet!

Considering the First Heretic and Fear to Tread are my top favs out of the horus heresy, the Path of Heaven is immense, it describes beautifully what happens to the White Scars and leads you on a constant battle for survival, wonderful narration as per and an outstanding story, definitely worth your time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-2019

Great story.

Fantastic book about a legion I didn't care for before Scars came out and now I love. Only problem with this audio book is the editing let's it down. Many mistakes with passages repeating themselves and so on. A proof listen could drastically have improved the quality of this audio book. Very much still listenable however.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-2019

Great novel, overall but many plotholes

It was a joy to go through but there were some inconsistences, easily visibile even to an unfocused listener that took away quite a bit of the fun of it all but all in all this is a really great audiobook

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  • james
  • 13-05-2019

FOR THE KHAGAN!!!

Great! like all the books of the white scars, well worth a listen/read! easily one of the most underrated legions, but that is their strength after all, looking forward to more of the Khan and the Scars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-2018

A perfect bolt of perfection!

I loved it from beginning to end, it highlights the emperor's plans and the end rivalry's, and is full to the brim with jaghatai and other scars. it's the perfect book for white scar and non white scar fans, and is only riveted by the books "Fulgrim" "Angel Exterimatus" and it's first white scar book "scars".

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  • Matthew Stimpson
  • 23-09-2018

Bit of a sleeper hit!

much better than I expected, well written and well performed. A little slow in places but generally not for long and appropriate when it is. The final third is a real treat and has some heroic and tragic conclusions for very strong, well developed characters.

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  • mr m a french
  • 05-08-2018

fantastic book.

Another winner from Chris. with this, Scars and the Jaghatai book, the scars are getting some great 30k action.