• The Devastation of Baal

  • Space Marine Conquests: Warhammer 40,000, Book 1
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,350 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Blood Angels Chapter of Space Marines is under threat. Having obliterated all human life in the Red Scar region of space, the largest tendril of Hivefleet Leviathan ever seen in the Imperium has converged and is making relentlessly for Baal. 

To face this awesome foe, Commander Dante has called upon the Successor Chapters of the ancient Ninth Legion. The Sons of Sanguinius gather in numbers not seen since the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Thirty thousand Space Marines stand ready to thwart the Great Devourer, save the homeworld of their primarch, and prevent the consumption of billions in the Ultima Segmentum beyond. 

But the tyranid swarm numbers in the trillions, and they are not the only danger to the chapter’s future. As the galaxy slides toward a terrifying new era, events far away threaten to unleash a greater evil. A further enemy must also be overcome, that of the Black Rage that lurks in the souls of all Sanguinius’ bloodline.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Great Audiobook and includes Chapter 30

Well versed in the Warhammer 40K lore and this book added to my knowledge about the sons of Sanguinius. Great story and characters. A lot of reviews said the book was missing the last chapter, but mine included chapter 30 so I believe Audible fixed the issue. Definitely worth the listen.

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Amazing book and Narration!

The Story is amazing Chapter 30 has been added, I know some reviews were saying it was missing but the complete book is here and it is worth every minute. I would highly recommend the book Dante as well it is a great back setting or prequel to this book.

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  • Al
  • 05-22-18

Where is chapter 30????

Chapter 30 is missing which is the epilogue!! This audio book is incomplete. I have no idea if this is intentional.

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Missing last chapter

I would have rated this all 5s, but it's missing the final chapter, one that is fairly important to the overall story. Especially annoying, since it's advertised as being "Unabridged".

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Great story, but Audible is missing Chapter 30.

I enjoyed it, but it was a real bummer when Audible didn't include Chapter 30. WTF?

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Good, but missing the last chapter.

The book was good. The narration was good. The fact that the last chapter is MIA is doubleplusungood.

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Fantastic! and includes chapter 30

It was fantastic, regarding previous reviews complaining of missing chapters. This has been seemingly fixed.

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Missing chapter 30

Well written and narrated; but sadly missing the 30th and final chapter. Despite being advertised as the unabridged version.

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missing the last chapter

i loved reading this book but i was disappointed when listening to it to find that the full ending is not there... it ends early and leaves out a huge plot point with the Flesh Tearers

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Missing chapters

This is missing the last 2 chapters. Rating 1 star until this is fixed. I listened to the whole book just to find out the very end is missing....

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  • Ryan Reynolds
  • 08-06-18

Nobility and Humanity

Guy Haley writing and performance by Gareth Armstrong brought me to the edge of my seat and to the brink of tears, this story adds so much to the advancing narrative of the 40k IP.

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  • Sewell247
  • 07-22-18

Great book

I’m a fan of the Blood Angels, but I think anyone who enjoys tales of Astartes, and flawed ones, will enjoy this. Dante is an intriguing character and the tension between the autonomous chapters is portrayed really well here. The Tyranids and the threat they pose are brought to shocking life and Guy Haley has done a great job with pacing and description, showing the slow, but seemingly inevitable, defeat of the Blood Angels. Great ending which, surprisingly for 40K, leaves you feeling hopeful. Worth listening to for anyone looking for some action while advancing the story into the 42nd millennium.

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  • Mrs Gail Williscroft
  • 07-18-18

Brilliantly performed and excellently paced

This book takes care to explain aspects of the astartes and the tyranids in detail without hindering your enjoyment. The set pieces feel suitably epic while more subtle aspects of the story are also captured. Highly recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-29-19

A enthralling tale

Second book in Dante trilogy and a bit different from the first but a very strong writing and performance make for an enticing book.
Perfect to discover what's happening in the modern era of 40k

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  • George Rigby-Kirkham
  • 02-04-20

You got to get this story! :-D

I enjoyed every second of this!
You will not be disappointed and I highly recommend listening!
The build up is slow but done in a good way.
The battle is just intense as it is amazing.

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  • Paul
  • 07-05-18

If your a 40K fan

If your a 40K fan you have to listen to this if you play this chapter as I do its a fantastic insight into our History and you learn our Primarks First Name if you did not know it

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  • jackgdryden
  • 05-26-18

For Sanguinius!

Amazing sequel to Dante and brilliantly connects the new Imperium to the old Imperium of the 41st millennium

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  • Devastator06
  • 02-24-22

bit of a let down

I was hoping for more, at times it was a summary of events than book.

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  • Adam Gillespie
  • 12-31-21

solid 40k story, but can skip if not an angels fan

Decent story set in the 40k verse, with enough battles to keep you entertained. Bit hard to follow sometimes though, as the action can all blend together, plus the narrator struggles to distinguish the voice of one character from another, save a few exceptions done fairly well. Overall, a decent listen, especially for blood angels fans, but for the casual listener or a fan of other chapters of marines, perhaps a skippable entry in the 40k verse.

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  • Jimbo
  • 11-07-21

Monks squish roaches and cry

Leave this one, it’s only for the super fans. Didn’t enjoy anything about it. Why?
Poor characters, disjointed storytelling , poor ending, deus ex machina.
It’s a lot of hero worship and reliant on you having pre existing relationships with the characters. Which you may not, so the effect is a lot of ‘so who is this d’bag they are all so in awe/ass kissing/scared of’ none of the characters actually deserve all the hyperbolic excesses they shoot at eachother.
It’s like listening to Masonic lodge meetings in space.. or listening to the Catholic Church trying to get rid of giant ants in the Vatican- now that’s probably a much better and fun story.
So even with all of that stuff that I totally f ing hate it ends up being a sales pitch for GW. And ultimately it’s trying to get primaris sales up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-19

Loved it

After reading reviews and seeing the prologue was missing. I kept scrolling and found it had been added. Great listening, loved the book.

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  • Brendon Purgar
  • 06-23-20

Worst narrator choice for this book

Gareth has all the emotion of a robot, which perfect for mechanicum stories. But he is by far the worst choice for a blood angels story. I BARELY got through this book it was so painful. He makes Seth sound like a damn TTS program, not the passionate commander of rage he is. During Dante's final speech, I fucking lost it as every single word Gareth spoke utterly failed to convey ANY gravitas or sense of urgency of Dante's speech, at the fucking pinnacle of the fight, there is ZERO excuses as to why the most important part of the book was rendered into a steaming pile of shit because of the most lack lastere, "I'm just here for the pay check" p e performance I've ever witnessed. This book will forever be marred by this sorry excuse of a performance and a grievous sin to the story of the most impassioned and conflicted forces within the 40k universe. GW, FIX THIS!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-18

missing chapter

book is incomplete and had tobuy physical book to finish. cannot give a good rating.

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  • bother beast
  • 06-12-20

A true hero must project himself my lord...

I feel terrible writing this, but if you like your space marines sounding like elderly Shakespearean actors then this is for you. How they manage pick up a sword let alone swing it is beyond me. I just heard one of them smack his lips like my grandfather. Takes me straight back to the black-adder episode where the actors teach the prince regent public speaking. Mephiston sounds like that bloke who did the original vampire movies. Story is great and it’s worth a listen... just be prepared (and visual the tyrannids as using Zimmer frames - makes the battles plausible)

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  • Ivan
  • 02-23-19

loved this audible

amazing, incredible, the narrator and story and ending was magnificent. and all throughout

listen to it, by the Emperor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-21

Outstanding book

Outstanding book for any blood angles fan, best to combine with Dante novel then this one back to back

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  • Lewis
  • 12-02-21

Almost perfect.

This is a fantastic story and a great performance. I only wish that GW would implement some sort of pronunciation standard/guide. The unusual pronunciation of DANte is distracting throughout. Regardless of that, it is an excellent story and I particularly enjoyed the final chapters, as I was not initially aware of the interesting time that this story takes place in and the reveals at the end gave me goosebumps!

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  • HL
  • 09-12-21

Amazing story, but lacking in emotion

It is such an amazing written story that can truly stir your blood, fitting for a book on the blood angels.

The only issue is that the narrator is so lacking in emotion, their monotone speech, although fine for most of it, and it’s bearable, but for moments of real passion like Dante’s final speech, it dramatically disappoints. The calm that the narrator reads with doesn’t suit the grim dark atmosphere of warhammer. Don’t get me wrong the rest of the audiobook is fine, and it’s certainly ok to listen to, but the narrator just lacks the passion and the emotion to truly bring to life a reading of some of the most intense events of the 40th Millenium

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  • Bart Primrose
  • 08-16-21

Poor writing, weak performance, deus ex machina

really poor writing in setting the scene. when you finally give up waiting for the story to be set up so much has seemingly happened in so little words. the chaos and doom this event should have wrought just went unwritten?

of the story generally, extremely pathetic attempt to describe a hopeless situation. the Tyranids seem to be dumb mindless space whales, and the space Marines even dumber and selfish. luckily, big deus ex machina solves the writer's problems and he doesn't need to figure out a solution.

easily the worst novel in the entire 40k universe I have read so far, and I've read over 100.

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  • James
  • 07-01-21

Poor voice actor choice

The story is absolutely incredible.
The settings, explanations and descriptions of everything is also incredible.
The voices though, ughhh... Mephiston is literally nicknamed "The Lord of Death" yet sounds like a pompus, nasally old man who just fell out of the 1930's.
Some of the commanders and Librarians sounded so masculine and violent, with incredible surges of Gravitas in their voices. But Mephiston, ughh...
It's hard to listen to if you're a Blood Angels fan like I am. It's even harder if you're a Mephiston fan like I am.
If you can look past the pompus sounding old man and try to visualise someone who sounds the way he does because of the torture and recovery he's been through, then you might just stand a chance. Be warned though, the voice actor for this book obviously isn't a warhammer fan. If he was then he'd be volunteering to re-read the book and put some more balls into the voices of the founding chapter of the space marines and their gruesome, bloody battle on Baal.