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It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man hasstretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor’s grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers? Horus Rising is the first chapter in the epic tale of the Horus Heresy, a galactic civil war that threatened to bring about the extinction of humanity.
Abridged from the best selling novel by Dan Abnett and read by award winning star of stage and screen Martyn Eliis, Horus Rising comes to life in this almost 6 hour reading.
After years of success in print, the Horus Heresy Series starts off as an abdridged Audiobook series.
The abridged versions of False Gods and Galaxy in Flames will follow in 6-month-gaps, which is quite some time, but there's always the possibility to pick up the printed versions.
Other than A Thousand Sons and Prospero Burns, which fill about 16 hours each, these versions have been shortened to fit onto five audio cds, which is kinda sad, for it cuts their greatness by a significant factor.
The Remembrancers, for example - a plot-driving bunch of characters throughout the opening trilogy - have completely been removed from Horus Rising.
These characters, like Eufrati Keeler and Ignace Karkasy, brought a more human and civil factor to the plot (even though Garviel Loken is quite human for an Astartes already).
Some more comedic scenes involving Loken and Torgaddon have been shortened as well, which I don't like, cause these few scenes brought some balance into the war-ridden galaxy. They made me feel like the Astartes were more than superhuman warriors, but individuals.
Martyn Ellis's reading really grew on me, which is a plus. Unlike a lot of english audiobook readers, Ellis doesn't tire me and makes me feel like the plot really is moving and living instead of just progressing on and on.
Counting this Audio version and the printed book I already owned, the Anniversary Edition coming in April will be the third time I'll gladly pay for this amazing work of fiction.