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Xenos

Eisenhorn: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: Eisenhorn, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Book 1 in the Eisenhorn series

Inquisitor 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.

Listen to It Because:

The classic novel returns in a brand new edition. Inquisitor Eisenhorn gathers allies to unravel a conspiracy and hunt an alien threat. Relive the adventures of some of Warhammer 40,000's most beloved characters, or experience the beginning of Eisenhorn's remarkable adventures for the first time.

The Story:

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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How I learned to stop worrying & love the Emperor

If you're new to 40k or just want a nice snapshot of the setting, get this book. It presents the overall theme of humanity in 40k from the (totally not biased and completely sane) perspective of an Inquisitor, and it does so excellently. Intriguing plot and interesting characters with an excellent narrator.
I give it 10 dead heretics out of 10.

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absolute pleasurable experience

amazingly written and preformed, this audio book keeps you interested and involved the whole way through. highly recommend.

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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.
AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • mild otaku
  • 04-10-2018

Great Warhammer Starter

This is a great story to listen to if you’re a fan of science fiction or the Warhammer universe. I just started Warhammer 40k and this book really gave me a good intro into the lore.

The imperium, space marines, chaos cabals, chaos marines, and a sliver of xenos (it’s in the name of the book so you think there would be more, but the xenos race only comes into play in the last few chapters of the book). The story is great, Eisenhorn following bread crumbs it seems like and investigating where/how he can (often getting himself into a bind) to uncover a greater threat.

Great read, worth your time. Finished in a week and a half (to and from my work commutes).

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr R Jennison
  • 05-08-2019

Sci-Fi at its best

Having read and re-read the trilogy over the years I was apprehensive about hearing it. After one chapter I was hooked and sucked in to the exploits of Gregor Eisenhorn once again. If you like the grim dark 40k universe this is a must have addition. But if you’re only into sci-fi or even just something a little different then take a punt with this. The storyline mixes crime noir with action and intrigue. It sucks you in and transports you to the 41st millennium in its gritty, realistic darkness. Pure excellence

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  • Rafael Sebastian Barrows
  • 23-10-2019

Masterfully written

This book is the first book I have listened to here on Audible and I am blown away by the quality and outstanding performance that Toby Longworth gave. The sheer awe I experienced at some moments was so palpable that I felt myself completely engrossed in the moment, imagining the scenes and unable to stop listening. This is a brilliant book, performance and series and I eagerly go into the second book with high hopes.

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  • Craigie
  • 14-10-2019

If This Story Doesn't Draw You Into Warhammer 40K

... then I doubt anything will.
Eisenhorn Xenos is the ultimate 40K gateway.
Forget for the time being Alien races and power armoured post humans and step into the boots of an Inquisitor, a human from the Imperium of man, one of countless billions spread across the stars.
See the Imperium through his eyes as he fights the enemies of mankind.
For me the Eisenhorn novels are set apart from other 40K novels as they let you experience the far future, the grim dark from a human perspective.
I find this book un put downable every time I pick it up and join Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn and his retinue on their adventures. Awesome!!

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  • Jacob
  • 11-09-2019

Oh. My. God!

This book is phenomenal, I honestly cannot believe I waited so long to get it. The characters are memorable, the story does a incredible job of drawing you in and it really does make you want to listen until the end.

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  • MrsMartin2913
  • 13-08-2019

First Warhammer Book.

This is the first time I've ever had something to do with Warhammer, and I am completely in love. The story was fun, deep and wildly interesting. Scenes were described brilliantly, and it left me wanting more. The main characters were lovable and you soon felt a bond between them all. 10/10

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  • Jaymz Dunne
  • 13-08-2019

Grim dark at its best.

Widely regarded as one of the best series from the warhammer universe. All fans should read or listen to Eisenhorn.

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  • adam
  • 12-08-2019

Fantastic book and narrator!

Listening to the characters come to life with Toby longworth was better than reading!

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  • BrokenSaint
  • 09-08-2019

The Best combo

Abnett and Longworth go together like 2 things I really enjoy...but together! I jest but Abnett is great to read but also perfectly transfers through Longworth's vocals to the Audiobooks format. It made driving to work a rollercoaster instead of the usual grind. Thanks to everyone involved!

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