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  • Eisenhorn: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4,483 ratings)

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Xenos

By: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Fantastic story, imagination stretched to 11

I would have given this book a 5 star, if I had read it first. I struggled with forming an image in my mind of what was being described, there are a lot of abstract descriptions of abstract locations and settings that require time to form in your head, a sharper mind wouldn't have any problems I'm sure, but I believe this is a book to read first. To combat my own inadequate imagination I listened to it twice and managed to get through it enjoying the story and amazing performance of Toby Longworth (My personal favourite voice actor of the black library)

This is my first dip Into The inquisition of 40K and I find it a shame that our protagonist wasn't a little darker, but this is only the first of the eisenhorns, I will comment on his development after book 2

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Fine.

You don't need to be familiar with the warhammer universe to follow along with this book, but the story and characters are also fairly bland so I wouldn't recommend this unless you are particular keen on the franchise. I lost the plot a bit toward the end, but it was more apathy than confusion.

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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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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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Opens up the world of 40k

This book offers an insight into the 40k galaxy, it isn't just about self righteous Space Marines, down trodden Imperial Guardsmen, evil fanatics, and nasty aliens having a big punch up(all these things are in it) which to be fair gets tedious after a while. It takes place away from the battlefields allowing you an insight into the goings on of the broader 40k galaxy. Also having a hero who isn't afraid of being afraid is quite refreshing too.

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Fantastic book and narrator!

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

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