• Celestine: The Living Saint

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Andy Clark
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (780 ratings)

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Celestine: The Living Saint

By: Andy Clark
Narrated by: Emma Gregory
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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer 40,000 novel

Saint Celestine is one of the greatest heroes of the Dark Imperium, an immortal warrior who returns time and again, even when struck down by a foe, like the Emperor's avenging angel. But what happens when she dies and comes back? Prepare to find out.

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Andy Clark lays bare one of the greatest mysteries of Warhammer 40,000: the trials Saint Celestine must undergo in order to return from death....

The story
With her mighty wings spread wide and Ardent Blade aflame, Saint Celestine is the living embodiment of the God-Emperor’s wrath. Her halo blazes like a star upon the smog-wreathed, blood-soaked battlefields of the 41st Millennium; its holy light leading the faithful to victory time and time again. As heretics and daemons tear at her flesh, she calls down fires of retribution from on high to smite the wicked and unrighteous. 

If she is to fall in battle, none should mourn as she is Celestine, the Living Saint, and death is her duty. Though it comes at a great cost. For each time she is slain, Saint Celestine finds herself trapped in a terrible realm of suffering and torment. There her faith in the God-Emperor will be put to the test so she may prove herself worthy of life once more. 

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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It was moving.

It was a great work of literature. this was the first time a book brought me to tears, I do not know what it was but I became aware that tears started flowing down my face, after an hour listening to the audio book. Great writing and a stunning performance by Emma Gregory.

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Great Story and Narration

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, it even brought tears to my eyes at some points. This is the first audio book I've heard Emma narrate and I'm very impressed by it. Each character had their own voice and wasn't monotone like some books I've heard in the past.

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Story goes nowhere and has no depth

This was a struggle to finish. The story has the content of a novella but is lengthened to a full novel without adding any substance. Ended the book knowing as little about the Sisters of Battle as I did when I started. Not recommended.

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The Internal Experience of the Despairing Believer

The book does well to explain the resurrection experience of the living saint. This is the main lore revelation. The main focus of the narrative is on how the individuals within the Imperium reconcile their horrible reality with their belief in the Emperor. If you enjoy the contemplation of faith and belief then you will be riveted. This would also be a great opportunity for a philosophical conversation among fellow 40k enthusiasts. The book was bland for me as I enjoy 40k mainly for lore and the larger themes. A nuanced struggle with faith and belief isn’t what I try to draw from the universe. This has been why I avoided books regarding the living saints for so long.

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It’s a good book but not for me. That’s why I gave 3 stars.

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Great insight bad fight scenes.

loved learning what's saints go through. bad fight scenes. anyone looking to learn the lore better definitely should check this out I was happy I did.

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A fascinating and powerful story

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was clear and well-spoken, with an appreciable range of voices to distinguish most characters. The story was a fascinating look into one of the most prominent characters in the setting, with plenty of attention given to other characters to show how the Living Saint impacted them. I would highly recommend giving this one a listen.

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Finally lore about the premiere living saint. But..

It was a treat to finally hear about the living saint and finally get the lore and implied lore through her eyes. The fight/battle scenes were okay a lot could have been better. However the climax of the story was super disappointing considering her past achievements (poor pay off). Worth your time!

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  • 11-29-22

Decent Short Listen

Good performance and an overall entertaining story, but the book is lacking in a lot of details for most of the characters. Most of them come off flat. The twist towards the end is also well worn territory for 40k,

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Delightful

Great story, fantastic narrator, 5 stars all around.
Emma Gregory absolutely stole the show as much as the story itself.

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Epic novel

I first knew of St. Celestine on YT Bruva Alpha Fanfic 40K, The Emperor's TTS. This story is amazing, answers so many questions I had about her. The struggles she goes through to become the Saint each and every time is heart wrenching. This is truly one of the better narrated books. The Ordo Hereticus needs purging. Faith, Duty, Hope. The Emperor protects.

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  • Mr. Daniel M. Ford
  • 11-05-19

A Human story from thre 40k universe.

A very human story fron the 40k universe, showing the direction the black library are more and more leaning in these days. Featuring Hope, Faith and Duty. This is not a bad thing, making mindless beasts of men and women can be interesting horror once or twice, but confronting the demons within ourselves and making our heroes actually have a journey requires something altogether more human. I'll be eagerly watching out for more from Andy Clark.
Emma Gregory is fantastic, despite one rather interesting enemy soldier screaming, enjoyed every second of it. Her intonation, pronunciation and pacing were superlative. Again, I'll be glad to see her name on any audiobooks im interested in and will snatch them up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-19

Breathtaking

It isn’t often 40k brings tears. This did. Also Emma Gregory is breathtaking as always

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-23-19

A good insight into Saint Celestine

A decent enough story giving insight into the lives and deaths of Saint Celestine, the dogmatic fanaticism some imperial agents hold towards the Emperor and the dangers of rampant zealotry. Excellent narration... Although the accent mix for the characters was a little jarring at times.

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  • J Carder
  • 01-18-21

Found this one difficult to get into

Performance was great, but found the story difficult to get into. Thought a few times about returning it but glad I persevered

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  • Liam Synnott
  • 10-16-21

Very good story and performance

A very entertaining story and exciting retelling of one of the most dramatic 40K characters.

The warp stuff is broken up by a very fun Astra Militarum battle and there's a genuinely good twist towards the end. Excellent Book.

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  • Kim-Patrick
  • 09-21-19

two disconnected plots

there was a weird disconnect between the two main plots of the story. I thought they would tie together at some point but they never did. performance was solid and overall the story was good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-22

brilliant book.

really did enjoy this book. it shows the human side of 40k, the struggles for normal humans. Emma Gregory done a brilliant job bringing the characters to life. I've only listened to around 20ish 40k books so far and this is up there with helsreach.

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  • Michelle Gregory
  • 09-05-22

Good story and performance

Good story and performance. was definitely worth the. listening to and Emma Gregory reads it well

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  • Adam
  • 07-11-22

Emma Gregory tingles

Great story. Narration is just so good Emma Gregory never disappoints! Really enjoyed this look at Celestine and her life as the living saint. Recommend!

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  • D. FitzPatrick
  • 03-03-22

Great story, but ...

Great story, but the narration is painfully boring. The narrator makes the SoB to sound weak, when they clearly are not. Be better off to read the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-21

Lack of Emotional Depth

Unfortunately it has a lack of emotional depth...
the beyond chapters are brilliant, but the war story let's the story down.
Narrator is however brilliant

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  • Optimist P.
  • 09-26-20

Good core idea but poorly executed

I wanted to love this but the story wavered too often for me. I usually love these books for their ability to capture your imagination but this one just couldn't do it for me. I fear that the main reason for this was the main voice actor. I can appreciate that she was given a lot of roles to play and that can be difficult but most were so poor that it took me completely out of the story. Unfortunately, if I see the same voice actor I'll likely give the audio book versions a miss.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-19

Brilliant

At first it was a little confusing but once you start to get into the story it all starts to really make sense. This book has really furthered my for Saint Celestine as a character.