• The Path of Heaven

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 36
  • By: Chris Wraight
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (933 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For too long had the Vth Legion ranged out beyond the sight of the wider Imperium, remaining ignorant of the Warmaster's rebellion and the war that inevitably followed.

Only once their primarch, Jaghatai Khan, had satisfied himself that the path before them was just and true did the White Scars choose a side, taking the fight to the traitors on every front. But, four years later, the Legion's unfettered spirit has been broken by relentless attritional warfare against the Death Guard and the Emperor's Children - the Khan's Stormseers must find a clear route to Terra if they are to take part in the final, apocalyptic battle.

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

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Great Story, Distracting Narrator

I loved Scars. Path to Heaven follows up very well. The tale is a great addition to the overall arc of the HH series and I love how distinct the 5th Legion is compared to their peers.

My only real criticism is the use of accents by the narrator. The accents for the Chogoran Scars is something of a stereotypical Asian accent which is silly and annoying and makes each of the characters sound the same so their individual voices and characters get muted. the narrator also pronounces Yesugei laughably incorrectly. In an audiobook you need distinct voices for each character so you can organize who is who and who is speaking and the narrator's reliance on a silly accent makes each of the Scars sound the same, except for the one Terran born Scar, which is dissapointing.

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A very good book, but narrator didn't make it easy

The story was gripping, and was a great continuation of the White Scars story, but the book has a lot of shifting perspectives and while John Banks generally is a good narrator, he gave zero sign when the perspectives changed, not so much as an extra breath between lines, which made some part hard to follow

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The Art of Laughing Lightning

Chris Wraight has made me a full convert to the White Scars. This book is also a great example of scale creep done right. The battles are bigger, the plot is more complex, the story threads more numerous and spread apart, and the characters introduced in the previous book "Scars" are placed into the pressure cooker to see what deeper characterization comes of it. This is standard operating procedure, but not everyone can stick the landing. Wraight does so skillfully with a tidy bow unifying everything at the end without grasping for a 40k deus ex machina like "it was a C'tan Shard the whole time!". There are also few examples of sucessfully fleshing-out the character of a primarch. Jaghatai is handled expertly.

Bonus Points: The story was so good I only fell asleep one time due to John Bank's narration. Seriously, though. The man has no sense of dramatic gravitas. A dramatic climax, decrescendo, an expository description of setting - it's all read in the same voice, cadence, volume, etc.

Please give more books to some of these new narrators like Joe Jameson. I love the Forge of Mars series, and a large part of that is his performance. John Banks suuuuuucks.

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Path of heaven paved in corpses

If you liked scars than you’ll love this. If not you still might like path of heaven. It’s more action heavy. There’s lots of emperors children, and death guard. Lots of Jaghatai, Yesuegei, and Revuel who joined them on prospero. Ilya is a great human character who gets more of a focus. It has so much action this has so far been one of the most action packed books of the heresy so far maybe only rivaled by know no fear and betrayer.

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excellent

only reason it got a 4 star was because of how good the performance in scars was compared to this

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One of the best

Good space battles, the white scars books are some of the best. Hope to see them in the coming books, cause the void battles in this we're just as good previous books.

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boring

hard to finish. it felt like a chore trying to get to the end .

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Still very good, despite contraversy

I definitely agree that JB's White Scar performance was not as good as I'd hoped. I definitely prefer him to voice nightlords and the like. But it wasn't enough to get me to stop listening. He's still a great narrator and the story is very important!

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Amazing

A must read in the series, deeper look into the white scars. Also very well read by John Banks. He really portrays the feelings of the characters well.

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fantastic

This book answers many questions. If you are a fan of the white scars you need to hear it.

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  • Kwok T.
  • 04-08-22

Superb

Chris Wraight smashed this out of the park. I'm so glad he is also writing a Siege of Terra novel for the rematch 😉. John Banks has done another stellar narration and the voice acting is top notch.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-21

not enough

Good story just not enough death guard for my liking

can't wait to listen to the next story though

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  • D13
  • 08-20-20

unmissable entry in the series

wow I enjoyed listening to this so much.
There are some vague spoilers below!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is one of the first horus heresy books that hasn't left me feeling depressed in a long time
and we are treated to an awesome example of how a primarch fares against a greater daemon.
Epic fleet battles and astartes warfare. Dont skip this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-20

Great story, even better voice acting

Love the story. Another excellent chapter in the 30k story. John Banks is superb and really gives the performance 100%.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-22

Poor

honestly the worst bl story I've ever tried. the story was shaped and confused and the voice acting was grating. tried so many times to finish but just couldn't.

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  • Christopher Wright
  • 03-14-22

I have yo give the narrator FULL CREDIT!!!

If you listen to this book for one reason, do it for the greatest narration I have heard outside of the bigger 40k productions!!!

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  • Az
  • 01-15-22

For the Great Khan!

the white scars at war. amazing well written and a good listen. the writing style keeps the legions roots at the forefront

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-22

Much too complicated

Sadly, i cannot remember more than 10 min out of this book. The description is as if you would watch a movie, but verbally performed as poetry.

The few moments one does remember is good, but sadly this part did not do all that much for me.

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  • Dennis Garrido
  • 11-14-21

Great book with great voice over!

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Great book. The buildup to the climax was great and we also got to know a just a tiny little more on the background of the Throne. Voice-over was great to.
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This is a great followup on the earlier Scars book and the way how the Scars eventually get back to Terra is super suspenseful.
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After listening to a lot of books narrated by either Jonathan Keeble or Toby Longworth in the 30k/40k universe I was unpleasantly surprised in the first few minutes of this book. John has a different way of narrating which I needed to get used to. I must say however that his performance quickly grew on my and was outstanding. I especially liked his Mortarion!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-21

sad but good

very good this one, top 5 of the books I've read, very sad this one though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

awesome

another fantastic book in a fantastic series. I could not love it anymore. intense and inspiring

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  • daniel
  • 06-17-21

outstanding

great book, I found listening to scars before hand made it even better. Narrator occasionally gets his accents mixed up

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-21

Awesome

Another unmissable story in the saga of the Horus Heresy! A brilliant story and narration!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-20

The Story was betrayed by a poor choice of voices

The story itself is great, it portrays the sense of weariness the Scars feel after 4 years in the heresy. It shows just how far the emperors children have fallen. It even has a few good Death Guard moments, although Wraight’s Mortarion is inconsistent.

But all this is smothered by the jarring change in voice actors. The voices that fit the cast of the lords of silence so well feels out of place coming from a white scar.
Of course since even the White Scars have they voices of plague marines, Mortarion himself, despite being yet uncorrupted (if you ignore Wraight attempting to screw up the timing of the fall) he sounds like a desecrated plague zombie with his vocal cords knitted around a vibrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-20

Great insight on the white scars

it's was a great insight on the white scars and emperors children all the legionary battles were very well writtrn

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-19

Great story for sure. Narration okay.

Well then... For sure a great story. Follows on from Scars. Must read. Though unfortunately I was let down by the narration compared to previous narrators.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-18

Best in the Heresy I've heard so far.

The final confrontation between the fifth legion and the enemy in this story is fantastic. The narrator does an excellent job.