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Xenos: Warhammer 40,000

Eisenhorn, Book 1
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
5 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Inquisition moves amongst mankind like an avenging shadow, striking down the enemies of humanity with uncompromising ruthlessness. When he finally corners an old foe, Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn is drawn into a sinister conspiracy. As events unfold and he gathers allies - and enemies - Eisenhorn faces a vast interstellar cabal and the dark power of daemons, all racing to recover an arcane text of abominable power: an ancient tome known as the Necroteuch.

©2001 Games Workshop Ltd. (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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Inquisition at its finest

Abnett captures the grim dark setting. Bureaucratic societies where everyone has an agenda. The utter dread of chaos. And the cleansing role of an inquisitor and the uniqueness in their individual methods. A great Warhammer novel, an even better sci-fi story.

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One of 40k best stories.

Highly recommended, By far one of my favourite stories within the 40k universe.

A great representation of the inquisitive struggle with the chaos faction.

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One of the best 40k stories!

The Eisenhorn trilogy's first book is amazing. Dan Abnett is an amazing writer and Eisenhorn himself a well crafted and fleshed out character.

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Amazing

The best 40k book I have listened too thus far. A great and thrilling intro into an amazing series

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an amazing experience

I read Xenos a few ages and thought it would be a good choice to start getting into audio books and I must say it was amazing. Toby Longworth does an amazing job narrating and keeping my attention, I never wanted to stop listening.

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Great but odd quality audio

Another great book by Dan Abnett. I'll confess I was a little bored by the setting of the scene early in the book. The latter stage of the story more than makes up for it however.

The audio is less than ideal. It seems to be either too soft or too loud.

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Compelling story, told well

Xenos is a fantastic window into the world of Warhammer 40k good for both starters and fans of the franchise. Capable of crime-novel intrigue, chilling elements of thriller, and clearly described yet elabourate action scenes, tied together with a gifted narrator that gives life and clarity to dialogue.

While enriched by the knowledge, Xenos is told as such that it can be enjoyed with no prior knowledge of the universe. Conversely, franchise knowledge will not spoil all its secrets, leaving a developing mystery to grip all readers.

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great entry into the 40k world of the inquisition.

Loved the story, excellent narration. Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time and submerge you nicely into the story.

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  • Charlie M.
  • 13-11-2017

No one expects the Imperial Inquisition!

I've always been a fan of 40k books and Dan Abnett's "Gaunt's Ghosts" are some of the best out there. Naturally, I was very excited to try out anything else he's written. The Eisenhorn series is a fascinating step back from the never ending war of the 41st Millennium and into the guts of the Imperium. The book reads more as an investigation than a war story and really lets you appreciate the parts of the universe that aren't actively on fire all the time. It works incredibly well as an audiobook because it reads like Inquisitor Eisenhorn's personal account of what happened.
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  • Brian
  • 03-10-2017

Thank the Emperor!!!!

Black Library books have finally come to Audible, and this is one of the greatest. I see many, many credits being spent for the foreseeable future.

And the Eisenhorn Trilogy is a fantastic introduction for audible users with no experience in the Warhammer universe.

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  • Scott Sparkuhl
  • 02-11-2018

Not for the uninitiated.

This book was my first exposure to 40K. An enjoyable read, though I'm sure 40K enthusiasts will appreciate it more than I did. The book avoids descriptions of common vehicles, equipment, and world building which assumes a level of familiarity I did not posses. At best it made the story difficult to visualize, at worst there were segments of the story that devolved into word salad.

I would not recommend this book to 40K noobs like me.

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  • Gathgamon
  • 30-09-2017

Annette at his harrowing best!

Dan Abnett starts his Eisenhorn trilogy off with a blistering fireball! The performance was absolutely superb, with the variety of voices and dialects clear and entertaining.

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  • Kaneda
  • 05-01-2019

A great listen even for a warhammer 40K novice.

I've never read any Warhammer 40K books and have little knowledge of the universe but I ended up loving this book.

I was hesitant at the beginning thinking I wouldn't understand what was going on but the book delivers the listener just enough information to understand the universe without it being overwhelming, the story itself was far more interesting and rich than I initially thought and I got really involved with it by the end.

Great voice acting from the cast.

I would recommend this book to any who likes scf-fi.

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  • Link-13
  • 06-03-2018

An epic battle across the stars

Warhammer 40K novel with a fantastic performance. I own these books but it was great to hear it read out loud.

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  • David Share
  • 03-03-2018

Amazing Adaptation of Excellent Book

This is one of my favorite books of all time. The narrator is excellent and does the story justice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-2017

Fantastic Novel and Narrator

Well written and wonderfully performed! I enjoyed it throughout, and will be reading the rest of the series. The emperor protects!

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  • Marshal Dunsworth
  • 07-01-2019

good~

amazing for 40k fans, but a tiny bit lacking in the story department.

over all well worth the price and time

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  • Robert
  • 02-01-2019

First foray into Warhammer 40k universe...Awesome

After knowing of the WH40K universe for quite some time but never exploring it, I decided to take in a few youtube videos about the overall storyline.

After that, i decided to try one of the many books on Audible and decided based on reviews and ratings this was a good place to start.

It is. The book is an interesting and exciting listen. The narrator does an amazing job and his voice suits the characters and universe perfectly. Especially when he goes extra deep for the terrifying and commanding voices of a chaos marine, or to deliver an especially powerful psychic command.

Ill be continuing immediately onto books 2 and 3 and look forward to hear and learn more about this dark, gritty and morbidly terrifying universe.

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  • Marcus
  • 01-10-2017

Just wow!

So pleased that black library have opened access to their audio book collection to audible. Such well produced product and a skilled author to boot. A very Immersive story. Thank you.

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  • Jack
  • 03-10-2017

Exciting and well developed sf classic

Abnett demonstrates why he will always be the most respected warhammer author. All the extreme violence aside Abnett excels at painting rich and fascinatingly detailed worlds and that's exactly what you get along with engrossing characters and an exciting plot. Can't wait for number 2.

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  • Daniel Kendall
  • 22-10-2017

Great introduction to black library.

Can't wait to get my next credit for the next in the series! Meant to be as good.

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  • Gabriel Saether
  • 03-10-2017

At long last

An excellent introduction to those not to familiar with the universe. And a delight for veterans of the 41st milenium as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-2019

Stunning Narration

This was the first 40k book I've come across and it captivated me. The narrator is perfect for the text, strong and dramatic. The story has some strange beats but engaged me to the the end. I always wanted to listen to the next part.

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  • carl farrell
  • 31-12-2018

awesome

as good as the novel. just awesome. buy it now and never look back. honest.

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  • LegendaryWarrior
  • 30-12-2018

A good book

A book about a member of the 40k imperial inquisition. It reads like a sci-fi detective/cop story with lots of gun fights set in the 40k universe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-2018

Awesome narration

Narrator really brings this book to life, I can also say I've always been a fan of Orks and Necrons and less so the Imperium, but this book (and I assume the next two) has changed that

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  • Andy
  • 18-12-2018

A black library essential

A truly brilliant reading of the first in Abnett's Eisenhorn trilogy. A characterful and engaging narration, making full use of the unusual first person perspective and drawing the listener in.

Prescribed listening for all acolytes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-2018

a classic

one of the best down and dirty 40k novels out there. narrator did an amazing job.