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Vaults of Terra: The Hollow Mountain

Warhammer 40,000
Narrated by: John Banks
Series: Vaults of Terra, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
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Vaults of Terra Book 2  

Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl and his acolyte Spinoza face new dangers as the Great Rift opens and a new, bloody age dawns. Can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?  

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Discover what happens when Chaos comes to the Throneworld itself for the first time in 10 millennia and agents of the Inquisition must deal with conspiracy even as monstrous daemons are clawing at the door....

The story... 

Inquisitor Erasmus Crowl has discovered a terrible plot, its roots firmly planted in the very highest levels of Terra. Pursuing it is fraught with risk, but Crowl’s sense of duty compels him to persevere. 

He and his acolyte Spinoza run down their leads in secret, knowing that their every move invites danger, but even as they begin to reveal the truth, a greater peril is unfolding in the skies - the Great Rift is becoming manifest. During the madness that threatens to tear Terra asunder, Crowl’s Inquisitorial base of operations comes under attack and is badly ravaged. As his world begins to unravel and a new, bloody age dawns, can Crowl stay true to his course and expose the horror that lies at the heart of the Hollow Mountain?  

Written by Chris Wraight. Total running time 9 hours and 47 minutes. Narrated by John Banks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-2019

Awesome Book!

All the Vaults of Terra books are good. They all give you a deeper look into the 40k universe. Very good book I highly recommended it.

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  • Justin M
  • 03-04-2020

Neeed more Crowl

Need more Crowl and Ciaphus Cain while we're at it. Ciaphus Cain first but these where pretty great as well.

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  • Eric Brooks
  • 08-09-2019

Interesting But Specific Lore, Great Narration

It was a little hard to follow and I often found myself rewinding a number of times just to follow where or what I missed. Really interesting insight into Terran lore but overall murky story. I like the narrator and I noticed he's the only narrator for Games Workshop that doesn't occasionally drop his voice so low I can't understand him. My favorite characters weren't actually in the main cast, mostly because they weren't exactly cohesive. An overall good story for the lore and depictions of secrets and little-told depictions of things on Terra. Though you might have to rewind a few times just to understand what the last 3 minutes of explanation we're about

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  • Nicholas Jones
  • 17-09-2020

Awesome book

Great book and amazing story telling. Looking forward to the next one because I'm so attracted to these characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-2020

Feels like middle of trilogy

Best way to describe it is that it feels like the middle of a trilogy. Good action, moves the plot but no real denouement. Still very much worth a listen.

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  • Piotr Szymaszek
  • 19-02-2020

A stepping stone in a bigger story

In my opinion this books is just a stepping stone, because there is no big reveal as in the previous one and the story got moved only partially, ending on a promise of another book. While Terra is being assaulted by 13th Crusade forces, the main character conducts his own investigation which does indeed shed light on some cool things, but feels disjointed from the events going on in the broader Imperium. I cannot say that I did not enjoy it, because it is well written, but my feelings are a bit mixed.

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  • TJ
  • 19-11-2019

Hollow Indeed

Hollow Mountain feels like scrapped bits from the first book were stretched out and stuffed with filler to make a sequel. The filler is the best part, as the story hardly exists. Chris Wraight has done far better. John Banks shines as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-2019

Excellent as always

Gripping story with excellent twists - even though the overarching plot is covered in the previous book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-2019

amazing

another masterful work from Wraight. an essential novel for the modern 40k setting and a fun read.

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  • gc
  • 01-09-2019

The Astronomican

Great characters but we also learn mmuch more about the Astronomican than we have previously.

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  • Mr. Patrick Devine
  • 02-08-2019

Good sequel to a great first book

Thoroughly enjoyable story and great performance. A good sequel although slightly preferred book one in the series. John Banks is - as always - an excellent narrator, and Chris Wraight has fast become one of my favourite Black Library authors. Would highly recommend.

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  • 451
  • 03-09-2019

Average follow-up that's unsure of what it is

The story is very slight, even apart from the events of the previous two (excellent) novels. A lot of hours are spent detailing a fairly dull investigation to the point that it felt almost like reading Battlefield Earth at points. When things finally occur there's enough for a short story rather than a feature-length novel. No memorable action, no character growth or substantial conclusion to the story arc. Worth buying for £2.99, save your credit for Dark Imperium or Kurze if you need a good listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-2019

great insight to life on Terra in 40K universe

Great story looking at events kn Terra immediately before the 'cicatrix maledictum' and fall of Cadia - basically the biggest change in the 40K universe since the Horus Heresy. Not essential to understanding the lore but an interesting tale and cast of characters. Usual outstanding voice performance from Black Library.

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  • Rikki
  • 23-09-2020

another great story

I really enjoyed this dive into terra and the nightmarish 41st millennium. This adds the effects that a certain cataclysm has on terra and the aftershocks.

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  • Glen
  • 15-09-2020

Good but

Great books I've really enjoyed the two vaults of terra of books I have listed to but I don't know a lot about the warhammer universe so I do struggle to understand some bits. Great for fans who know bot not for newcomers.

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  • Robert Brown
  • 03-09-2020

what a book

second one I have listened to with these characters and it was epic. I hope it continues the narrator is awesome and puts life to all the characters with consummate ease. simply awesome

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  • Adam
  • 28-08-2020

Brilliant and in depth

Great Writing as ever from Chris W. I love his in depth look at Terra in the 41st millennium as well as brilliant character creation. I nearly cried at one point.

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  • bryan glasspool
  • 25-07-2020

Just gets better

Chris Wraight is going from strength to strength. Now unfortunately have to wait for the next part.

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  • Beef
  • 05-07-2020

great stuff

great listen. interesting to see another side of the universe from a different poinf of view

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  • Will
  • 01-04-2020

A very annoying Inquisitor

Like the first title in the series, the world building is superb, and getting to see the