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  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: George Mann
  • Narrated by: Helen Keeley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Awakenings

By: George Mann
Narrated by: Helen Keeley
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Summary

An Astor Sabbathiel Novel.

After being thought dead for nearly a hundred years, Sabbathiel returns. Now, facing mistrust wherever she turns, she must prove her worth once more.

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A powerful Inquisitor returns from the brink of death to a world that she barely recognises, full of people that do not trust her—and facing a terrifying future that only she can prevent.

The story:

Inquisitor Astor Sabbathiel has a problem: she’s been dead for nearly a hundred years...or so everyone believes.

The last thing she remembers is being shot at point-blank range just as a roiling warp storm engulfed the Calaphrax Cluster. Now, she finds herself awakening on a distant Ecclesiarchy stronghold and indebted to a magos called Metik, who has brought her back from the brink of death.

Shortly after her resurrection, Sabbathiel is called to an audience on the planet Hulth by a high-ranking inquisitor of the Ordo Hereticus, Heldren, who informs her that after being lost for so long, the members of her former conclave no longer trust her. Forced to undertake a mission to prove herself worthy and true, Sabbathiel soon discovers a secret agenda beginning to unfold—one that contains a burgeoning threat to the Imperium that only she can avert. Trying to assemble the fragments of the past to make sense of the mysteries of the present, Sabbathiel will need to act fast and decide who to trust quickly, or else risk the fate of the future.

Written by George Mann. Narrated by Helen Keeley. Running time 10 hours 15 minutes (approx).

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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not much story acting very same to Pariah

not much story
acting very some to Pariah and other books with same narrator (I loved Pariah) but it's getting a bit "samey"
story just wasn't good
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check my other reviews and see if you'd like the same stuff before you just never sale but it's just not for me.

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Won't be your favourite audio book this year.

This doesn't add anything new to the 40k setting. If you like 40k and have credits to burn go for it, however They are better novels. Unfortunately nothing got a hold on me in this audio book... I didn't feel a connection with the characters. Really good 40k novels capture the grim dark but you also get a thread of humour that runs though the novels. This novel does capture the grim dark. But no humour. This won't be your favourite audio book this year.... With 6 hours to go, I must admit I stopped listening.

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Great inquisitor storyline

Awakenings blends a good inquisitor storyline with original characters - I am waiting for the sequel!

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reboot of the character

the build up to the main event didn't have the impact as others event even if it had all the components.

also chewed through the support cast so not much payoff in the build

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  • Jonathan
  • 13-10-22

the okay-est 40k novel

Decent story but things like acrobatic Terminator armor hold it back. The combat was so unengaging that I kept spacing out and having to relisten to those parts multiple times to absorb them. The motley crew of acolytes are a sore spot as they are all so heavily plot armored and showboaty that the main challenge they faced in the fights was whether there would be any enemies left for the rest to kill after each of them "killed lots in cool ways."

Some things were over described but others were under described, like how the xenoarchaeologist (who is the sort of inexplicable badass you see in cheesy made for TV action movies) has a Necron Gauss Flayer as her weapon, that is when she isn't killing people by throwing knives through carapace armor. That's just one of several bizarre choices that run against established lore which break immersion.

It's a shame too because the actual story is cool.

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  • Fernando
  • 12-11-22

Save your credits

Might be the most boring black library book out there, dull characters, atrocious pacing. Saying this is comparable to the Eisenhorn books is like saying my 3 year old doodles are comparable to picasso paintings.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-22

Great Inquisition Story

Great Inquisitor story full of the characters and mysteries you would expect from an Dan Abnett
Eisenhorn novel. My only issue with it is the ending was a little flat and rushed. The first two acts are great. Helen Keely is spectacular as always.