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Summary

The Ghosts of the Tanith First-and-Only have been away from the front line for too long. Listless and hungry for action, they are offered a mission that perfectly suits their talents.

The objective: the mysterious Salvation's Reach, a remote and impenetrable stronghold concealing secrets that could change the course of the Sabbat Worlds campaign. But the proposed raid is so hazardous, it's regarded as a suicide mission, and the Ghosts may have been in reserve for so long they've lost their edge. Haunted by spectres from the past and stalked by the Archenemy, Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and his Ghosts embark upon what could be their finest hour...or their final mission.

©2011 Games Workshop Ltd. (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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Great story, dubious performance.

I love the Gaunt's Ghosts series and story wise, this is no exception. The usual rich tapestry of characters old and new, great plot line and extremely well written story we have come to expect from the exceptional Mr Abnett.
Unfortunately, the performance let's it down badly. James McPherson puts in a decent effort, however he falls short of the mark badly in my opinion. Although reasonably varied, the characters lack the definition they deserve. It feels as though he is not familiar with the 40k universe, or at least not with the characters he is narrating. Mad Larkin sounds like the deranged 'wise woman' from Blackadder, Gaunt like a junior lieutenant with none of the power and confidence of a commander. Space marines that sound more like a mentally challenged or illiterate voldermort than the emperors finest. Dan Abnett's writing contains a great deal of detail and description in regards to his characters. When this is ignored in the performance it ruins the whole thing for me.
The rest of the series is superb as usual. Unfortunately this instalment is found wanting.

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Epic all round !!

Awesome book. the story is great, if you've read the other Ghosts books this one you will love. The Narrator does an amazing job of bringing each character to life. really enjoyed it start to finish. 5 star

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'Doo yah wahn tah leeve fourevah?'

Great Scottish Reader. Abnett slightly too ambitious with many new characters, but still very good

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For Tanith

A great story from one of the Black Library's best writers with all the pulse pounding action you expect from an Imperial Guard novel and some added goodies for the road. Added points for the Scottish narrator to really make it feel as if you're right their with the Ghosts

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Great Story

Enjoyed and would recommend. Great addition to the continued stories of the Tabitha First and Only.

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The performance meant I couldn't finish it

I love these books but the performance just jumps me straight out of the world and the previous stories. I tried many times to continue the story each time I just couldn't keep track of the characters with all the new voices. The space marines sound bad and the stammer and accents just slow everything down in a bad way.

I'm sure him reading something else might be fine but not this If he had read the first guants ghosts book I wouldn't have listened to any of the others. I will buy the book instead.

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Solid story, sloppy narration.

Such a great story. But such a massive let down by the narrator. The voice acting is confused and sloppy, with many characters being indistinguishable, and often accents forgotten.
A major disappointment, especially after hearing Toby Longworth breathe such life into the ghosts with previous novels.

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brilliant grunts ghost novel

okay very used to Toby longworth doing the audio for the grunts novels, not sure why he wasn't doing this. - however I thought the narration was good. sorry very good not the best gaunts story but the depth of charterers and the plot is still gripping as ever. always worth the credits..

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Good story poor performance.

Not a fan of the narrator at all but the story is solid enough. Certainly an interesting choice for Space Marine voices.

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Great book, good narrator, but not that immersive

I am a biased reviewer, as I love almost every Dan Abnett book, and love the 40k universe. A cracking story, part of one of the best series I've ever had the pleasure of reading. A good narrator, who puts enthusiasm and energy into his voice. The only quibble is that some of his accents seem 'off' to me - especially the Astartes and the Vervunhivers - which broke my immersion a few times. That aside, thoroughly enjoyable, and well worth a listen.

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  • Patrick Smith II
  • 03-04-18

Record all the Gaunt books, I WILL BUY THEM!

I have waited so long for these. When I first saw this in the black library I nearly baught it...but I waited for two reasons. 1: I didn't have the time then. 2: I wanted it on Audible with the rest of my collections.
I got time and I got my wish....now I just need the rest of the collection....to whom it may concern: I WILL BUY THEM IF MADE AVAILABLE .

Oh and review: narrator is great (keep him), story good, quality solid.

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  • Dan
  • 30-11-17

record more of the Guants Ghosts series.

I would love to hear this narrator to do the entirety of the Guants Ghosts series.

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  • Berserk
  • 14-01-18

Outstanding

This is the best look into the 40k universe that you are going to find. All these books are have to feel of Saving Private Ryan in the grim dark future. I love the series and really hope they adapt ever novel on the series.

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  • octavio pena jr.
  • 02-11-17

Gaunt!!!

If you are here, you already know it. Just listen and enjoy.
Although prior to listening to this I did not realize that words like “alarm” weren’t pronounced as “alarrem”. It added so much more to an olde beloved tale. I only await for the rest of The Ghost’s tales to be available through this service.

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  • Valeri Smirnov
  • 25-12-17

fantastic

This was an amazing story, from start to finish.
This is a prime example of Dan Abnetts genius
I absolutely loved it.

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  • 04-11-21

Don't like the narrator

Have listened to the previous Gaunt's books and like the narrator in those, however I had a very hard time following the story due to narrator.

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  • brandon r ducrest
  • 27-06-18

GREAT!

excellent book i am now buying the second book as i write this ....can't wait!

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  • 25-11-21

Ruined by Narration

Narrator constantly switches between exagerrated, cringey voices. Narrator's normal accent and cadence aren't great either but that's subjective.

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  • Smitty
  • 12-10-21

Reader kinda ruined it for me

Perhaps a different title would suit him better, but I had to stop listening and purchase the paper version as his narration was just so hard for me to understand. Obviously that is not everybody’s experience and the overall story was classic Abnett, superb, that is.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-10-21

Doesn’t follow

There are too many books (5) between this and Sabbat Martyr. Too much of the story was lost. I had really enjoyed the series until now. Not sure about purchasing the others in this series.
Also, think Mr. Macpherson overdid the voices. Mr. Longworth captured the spirit of the story without the distracting voice variations.

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