• I Am Slaughter: Warhammer 40,000

  • The Beast Arises, Book 1
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (961 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is the 32nd millennium, and the Imperium is at peace. The Traitor Legions of Chaos are but a distant memory, and the many alien races that have long plagued mankind are held in check by the Space Marines.

When a mission to exterminate one such xenos breed on the world of Ardamantua draws in more of their forces, the Imperial Fists abandon the walls of Terra for the first time in more than a thousand years. And when another greater foe strikes, even the heroic sons of Rogal Dorn may be powerless against it. The Beast arises...and it is mighty.

©2015 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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Great intro to the universe.

Great introduction to the Warhammer series, and the narration is full of passion and character.

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Definitely worthwhile

Abbot at his finest. Certainly a worth while listen if you are a fan of the series. Really liking this narrarator as well.

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Narrator made me switch to the book

I love Dan Abnett's work, but this narrator absolutely ruins it. He has two voices, masculine robot and nervous pansy. Too bad they couldn't get Toby Longworth for this read. One positive is that I now appreciate just how important a quality narrator is for a story.

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Warhammer at its most political

Warhammer is a notoriously awkward universe to break into and get invested in, but Dan Abnett and Gareth Armstrong do a wonderful job of giving you an easy way to slide into the convoluted mess that is the grim darkness of the 41st millennium. For long time fans like myself this is a great in universe read to get some pre 41st millennium politics going, and some really great Ork on Marine combat. For newcomers to the series (like my mother who had to sit through at least two hours of this on a car ride) Gareth makes the strange pseudo-Latin and harsh guttural pronunciations of names fun and engaging to listen to. Thoroughly recommend for both the book and narrator alike.

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A rare look into the Core Worlds and the Threat of Exotic Xenos

This book will teach you about the Imperial Fists Astartes, the High Lords of Terra and the Senatorum which determines imperial policy and government, the struggle men and super men face fighting on hostile alien worlds, and the unfightable, unconfrontable hazards and apocalyptic terrors of alien technology, biology, and motivation. All in all, a very good read. Only criticism is how abrupt the ending turned out to be. If any of of the above topics interest you, then I cannot recommend this book enough.

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it was ok.

there were too many characters being introduced at once. the story did not hook me until the final chapters..

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Not my cup of tea

I really did not like this book. I thought there was going to be much more fighting. turns out its about 90 percent politics. seems like the book was rushed.

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perfect work build up.

awesome book great if you love Orks. lit of explanations and build up. also some great lore on imperial guard.

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Was great!

Very interesting events I didnt think was possible and it was surpising. Looking forward to the rest of the lore.

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great book for a first timer in 40k universe

I personally never have time to read Warhammer books, but this book was a great starting position to understand ing the Warhammer 40k universe. I also love the orks, so that's another plus

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  • Leo
  • 06-21-20

Interesting story but irritating narration

Good to hear something a little different, set in the 30/40K universe. I just found Gareth Armstrong's dialogue voice acting very irritating unfortunately. The voices he puts on for the Astartes and the main Ad Mech character really put me off. The story telling is okay and I did finish the audiobook, as I enjoyed the story, but the narrator ruined it in my opinion. John Banks, David Timson, Jonathan Keeble or Toby Longworth would have been much better options.

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  • Andy B
  • 10-28-20

Improved as the story unfolded

It took a while to get into the story, and I felt there was a heavy reliance on similes, when a lot of this could have been stripped out. However, the take improved and I will listen to the next in the series to see how that goes.
Overall, enjoyable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-21

WAAAAAAAAAGH

absolutely fantastic i love when the good guys get completely crushed. i cant wait for lieten to the rest or the series.

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  • paul sparks
  • 06-18-20

Good start to the series

interesting to see the Imperial Fists use nicknames such as slaughter and daylight, I am not sure Rogal Dorn or Sigismund would approve, also intriguing to see Orks with a warp conduit battle moon!

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  • bungotapp
  • 06-14-20

Excellent and very engaging.

Very enjoyable and engaging. Brilliant narration. Left me wanting more, the story itself draws you in and makes you feel part of narrative.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-20

Not even an Imperial Fist fan but loving this!

Now on to book 2! This going to be expensive reading how many are left to read lol ..........

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  • Chewbacca
  • 03-27-20

not abnetts best

while the action and description is up to his usual standard, the scale of destruction of the imperial fists, never seemingly mentioned in their background anywhere was too jarring to accept and pulled me from the story. very odd choice of naming for the space marines too.

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  • The Bearded Bookworm
  • 01-28-20

I expected more.

Sadly not Dan Abnett's best. it seemed to take far too long to get going and then ended. If it wasnt for the fact i got books 1 and 2 as a buy one get one free thing i think id leave this series.

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  • John
  • 03-05-19

enjoyed

Good start to the books. look forward to reading the rest of the books. .

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  • Gildor
  • 08-06-22

The start

It's the start of something big. At the point that you think it is starting to roll, it's done.

Maybe you have to look at it as a hole.

So let's start book 2

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-20

Do not do it

i tried to get into it, i listened to it once and i have read the book.... dont do it and stay away

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  • David
  • 02-11-20

Good but short

This is not a bad 40k story but it's short. it feels like the first part of a normal 40k novel rather than a stand alone story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-19

what the hell man 😡

the fuck
nothing happened
c'mon Dan you can do better than this, actually dissapointed for once.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-19

Harrowing and well written/read a great begining

well read, well written, am buying the rest of the series to continue listening right now.

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  • H
  • 01-07-19

Let the slaughter begin.

This opening act does a fine job of feeding my need for new content and sets the stage for the typically EPIC situations that only 40k can deliver. Let the slaughter commence.