• Angels of Caliban

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 38
  • By: Gav Thorpe
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (910 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

With the Dark Angels spread across a hundred systems, primarch Lion El'Jonson stands as Lord Protector of Ultramar - though his true motives are known to few indeed, and old rivalries on the home world threaten to tear the Legion in half.

But when word comes of the Night Lords' attack on Sotha, the Lion's brutal actions bring Imperium Secundus once again to the brink of civil war. Not even the most fearsome warriors of the Dreadwing, nor any arcane secret of the Order, can guarantee victory if he sets himself against his loyal brothers.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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very enjoyable

builds upon previous books nicely. interesting look at the dark angel cypher. Kurze as always steals the show!

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Great Dark Angels story

Just what was needed. A great dark angels story with some other good experiences and stories added throughout.

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Great interactions between the 3 primarchs!

There are great interactions between Gulliman, Jonson, and Sanguinius! It's nice seeing the human side of them. not to mention the great fights in the book as well!

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For the Lion!....maybe

As a dark angels army player I found this book very informative and intriguing and very much enjoyed hearing the back story from the 30th millennium

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Good building of the Luther treachery

Not as much battle scenes as I would have liked to have listened too that in a lot of the horus heresy books prior. But there was a lot of character building. And lots parts that include the Primarchs Sanguinius, The Lion, Guilliman and the Night Lord Kurze himself. A bit more talking, I would definitely say this book is a major lead up to the next titles that would certainly have to be the Lions return to Caliban and seeing what Luther has waiting for him. But probably before that has to be the continuing of the war against Horus.

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Simply an amazing story!

I never really cared for the story of the Dark Angels, but this story simply made me see them in a new light. I've always read that the Lion was a master leader, a brother that commanded much respect by his other brothers, but this story shows us of what an idiot he really is. Both Luther and Curze made this story simply amazing!

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good listen

third in the dark angel/Zahariel arc. enjoyed the story and learning what caused the split.

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Great story for the 1st legion

All I can say is that this is a must read for any Dark Angel fans. The interactions between the Lion, Sanguinius, Guilliman, and Curze are amazing. Overall solid story.

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  • 04-05-22

Grimdark Politics

A little long-winded, but a must read for Dark Angels brothers and plot enjoyers, who are greatly rewarded towards the end.

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Fine story, let down by narration

John Banks simply doesn't have the range to deal with multiple "normal" characters. Most of the time Guilliman's voice is inconsistent and the same goes for everyone that isn't sanguinius. The lion and Curze sound too similar which makes it hard to tell who's talking when they chat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-21

Decent Heresy book

The biggest strength of this book is that it paints the picture of a legion divided both physically and ideologically, and it does this through two unrelated stories happening at the same time. One one hand we have the 1st legion originating from Terra that still follows the old ways since before there were any legions. And on the other hand we have the Caliban part of the legion that longs to ressurect The Order. From that point of view the book is good but the two separate stories are unfortunately, only decent.
John Banks does a good job narrating overall, however at times, when multiple characters are talking, the voices get mixed but nothing too distracting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-21

Good continuation of key plots

As above so below, Sanguinius, Curve, Lion and Guilliman with the B plot revolving around Caliban

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-20

Several arcs reaching their apex in unison.

The series installment I was most looking forward to - it did not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-19

Medium

Mixed story that picks up at the end. However it never really moves on before the very last charters.

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  • Andrew Chapman
  • 01-27-18

Wasn't my favourite

After Pharos and Master of Mankind this was not as engaging and took some effort to finish. A combination of monotonous voice acting and nothing to really make me interested in the First Legion who come across as confusing with too many secret motivations to make them relatable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-22

Not the best of the Imperium Secundus, but still enjoyable

While this book isn’t the best of the Imperium Secundus series of books, it was still incredibly enjoyable and definitely has me tempted to read/listen to the other Dark Angels books. Looking forward to the next one, and finding out how Sanguinius gets to Terra.

There are some really great moments between the 4 Primarchs, the flaws of the Lion made bare for all to see including the Lion himself. Guilliman still morns the possible death of the Emperor and by extension the Imperium itself, with Imperium Secundus being his way of distracting himself and Sanguinius continues to struggle with his new authority as Imperator Regent. The answer to the question of what to do with Konrad Curze, may be the breaking of Imperium Secundus.

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  • WG
  • 04-16-22

Better than expected

I picked this up in a 2 for 1 sale and my expectations were modest given the mixed reviews from others. Upon listening, this book was a pleasant surprise.

There are two main stories: one set on Ultramar and another on Caliban.

Ultramar plot: This hooked me from the get go and kept my interest throughout the book. The complicated dynamics of Imperium Secundus are laid bare and an excellent duel between Primarchs. 5/5

Caliban: Less impressive and can be regarded as the B-plot. Luther is the bright spark that carries an otherwise sluggish narrative. While not required, pre-reading of previous books that weren’t that well received (Descent of Angels, Fallen Angels) is recommended to fully appreciate this. It serves it’s purpose and nothing more. 3/5.

Overall, a 4/5. Excellent main story, B-plot is okay but nothing special.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-22

Politics

I will be fair and not say much about this book. It's politics mostly, and myself...well let's say i am more of a battlefield wolf than a political being. If you are one well versed in names and locations, you may really enjoy this, but be aware it is mostly talks and debates..and somewhat hard to keep up.

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  • Robert Townsend
  • 11-30-21

A must read for any Dark Angels fan.

Enjoyed it very insightful into the splits between the Dark Angels. A very good listen

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  • Rowena fisher
  • 11-08-21

it was very nice

the story bussing the performance bussing overall bussing I really like John Banked voice for the lion

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-18

For the Lion!

great story, great characters and well narrated. Can't wait to get the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-21

yeah nah not bad

yeah a necessary book to the series...if if wasn't for the conrad-lion altercation i would have lost interest

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-21

A must listen!

Definitely the next unmissable story in the Horus Heresy series. This is Audiobook continues the saga with not only the Dark Angels and Caliban but also Imperium Secundus and hints at what is yet to come. Great listen. Great story. Great narration.

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  • OwO Pty Ltd
  • 12-04-18

Decent book

This was a decent book covers a lot of Imperium Secundus and the happenings at Caliban. Also covers the Lion and gives us an insight to the way he thinks