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Spear of the Emperor

Warhammer 40,000
Lu par : Kelly Hotten
Durée : 11 h et 45 min
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A Warhammer 40,000 novel.

The Emperor's Spears are a Chapter on the edge of destruction, last watchmen over the Elara's Veil nebula. Now, the decisions of one man, Amadeus Kaias Incarius of the Mentor Legion, will determine the Chapter's fate.... 

Listen to it because:

Aaron Dembski-Bowden has turned his attention to creating (and maybe destroying) a Space Marine Chapter in detail, and this is your chance to discover their fate.  

The story: 

The scattered worlds of the Elara's Veil nebula were once protected by the oath of unity sworn by three mighty Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes. The Star Scorpions were undone by flaws in their genetic coding. The Celestial Lions were ravaged by the Inquisition for sins they did not commit. Now, after hundreds of years, only the Emperor's Spears still keep their vigil. They are barbarian watchmen against the Outer Dark, bloodied but unbroken in their long duty.  

Amadeus Kaias Incarius, a brother of the Mentor Legion, is commanded to cross the Great Rift and assess the Spears' war-readiness, only to be drawn into the chaotic plight of a depleted crusade on the Imperium's benighted frontier. The decisions he makes, far from the God-Emperor's light, will decide the fate of the war-torn Chapter.  

Written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Running time 11 hours and 46 minutes. Performed by Kelly Hotten.

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

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Great book!

As usual with ADB, the writing is awesome, the story engaging and the characters interesting. Had no problem to understand the narrator (English isn't my mother tongue) and her acting was on point. Can't wait for the next one!

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Absolutely great insight into 40k

great insight with diverse points of view and different beats to the story to keep it interesting - the intrigue was really well seeded and mysterious until the resolution at the climax of the book. ADB's best work so far, and very probably the best 40k book I've read (surpassing even Gaunt's, Eisenhorn/ravenor and co.)

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  • Dwhoot
  • 24/09/2019

Unexpected

The story wasn’t really what I expected to hear. From the description of the novel in the synopsis, I’d have selected much more of the novel to involve the space marines and their chapter rather than a chapter serf.

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  • Acerock
  • 21/06/2019

fantastic New offering from ADB

this book is rad.

I was bummed that John Keeble was not the narrator but when o realized it is told from a female perspective the female narrator not only made sense but was also fantastic in her portrayal.

ADB is one of my favorite writers. he is able to inject real humanity and pathos into what is basically a trashy space opera universe populated by ridiculous stuff.

he has great characters in all his books, this one is no exception. good use of humor. dialogue that sounds like real people are talking. a sense of scale and real stakes. and there are good twists and turns. I was genuinely surprised at several moments in this book.

get it. you'll like it. if you don't then it is because you're not a good person.

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  • Carl Brittain
  • 30/06/2019

apparently not optional, a heading is

I intensely dislike her choice of accent for the Spears of the Emperor. her voice is super jarring and the sibilant notes are even more grating than a typical Russian accent. In fact, why go with a Russian accent for a chapter supposedly using characteristics based on Roman-Greco culture.

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  • Rick157
  • 04/12/2019

Amazing Story & One Hell of a Narrator

I’m unabashedly a huge fan of ADB, so this was a no-brainer purchase, but my goodness I was not expecting Kelly Hotten.

What an incredible job with all the characters, infusing them with life, humor and care.

I hope she does more work in the Warhammer universe, and eventually, hopefully, the second tale in this sagar.

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  • Cody A Mann
  • 01/10/2019

A phenomenal and new take on the Space Marines

Told from the perspective of a mortal serving the Astartes, this book looked at the Adeptus Astartes from an angle we rarely get to see. I listened to all nearly 12 hours of this book in just a few days, simply because it was too well written and performed to stop.

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  • Nadan Hotic
  • 01/10/2019

A glimpse into Imperium nihlus

The book synopsis grabbed me. Author grabbed me.
I was expecting to read about Space Marines and their struggles in the ruven Imperium. What i got was a pow of a female thrall and so many jumps in the story that i kinda felt that this was a mashup of many short stories and not a one book. Author has given us too many jumps into the future with this book with casual noncharlance that i didnt find apealing at all.

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  • Vincent DeFosche
  • 01/08/2019

Bad narration

Absolutely love ADB’s work but this narrator was just unbearable. Really ruined a book I was looking forward to.

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  • JT
  • 06/08/2019

great story but a little odd narrator choice

when I think of hearing a space marines voice I imagine deep rumbling bass notes gruff and masculine. Kelly Hotten was good for the base human voices but it's weird hearing a womans voice for the emperors angels

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  • Upsetti Spaghetti
  • 20/06/2019

Great Story

I loved the story. Its nice to see a story all from the view of a normal human with the point still being about space marines. I also loved the narator's performance.

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  • Yerrow
  • 20/06/2019

Narration is Fine

Voice acting is clear, high quality and well paced. the accent of the cast is no more remarkable than most Black Library audio products.

Reviews calling out the casting for the main narrator are made in bad faith, story is told from the POV of a woman in a fantasy space empire, so the mode and delivery are well suited to the action and exposition of the series.

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