The Top 10 Best Warhammer 40k Audiobooks for Building and Painting

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The Top 10 Best Warhammer 40k Audiobooks for Building and Painting

If you’re a Warhammer 40k fan, you know building and painting miniatures takes time. What better way to make the most of that time than by immersing yourself in the Warhammer 40k universe with an audiobook? Our team at Warhammer Universe compiled this list of our favorite audiobooks to enjoy while building and painting.

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The Eisenhorn Trilogy Brings the Warhammer 40k Universe to Life

The Eisenhorn trilogy by Dan Abnett is a must-listen for any Warhammer 40k fan. The trilogy follows Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn, a member of the Ordo Xenos branch of the Imperial Inquisition, as he investigates threats to humanity.

Xenos Offers an Intriguing Start to the Trilogy

In Xenos, the first book in the trilogy, Eisenhorn and his team uncover a dangerous alien conspiracy that will push them to their limits. The rich world-building and tense plot make it hard to put down.

Malleus Explores Dangerous Heresy

In Malleus, Eisenhorn deals with accusations of heresy while investigating Word Bearers chaos cults. The complex plot and implications for Eisenhorn’s future make this book hard to put down.

Hereticus Brings Eisenhorn’s Story to a Dramatic Close

In Hereticus, Eisenhorn comes to loggerheads with some of his closest allies as he continues to walk the fine line between righteousness and radicalism. The trilogy ends on a dramatic and fitting note.

Toby Longworth’s masterful narration makes the Eisenhorn trilogy come alive. His range of character voices transports you directly into the 41st millennium. This is one of Black Library’s most popular audiobook series for good reason.

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The Horus Heresy Sets the Stage for the Grim Darkness of the Far Future

What Warhammer 40k fan hasn’t wondered how the Imperium of Man fell into such darkness and constant war? The epic Horus Heresy series answers that question.

Horus Rising Launches the Heresy

Horus Rising, the opening book of the series, shows the seeds of heresy taking root within Warmaster Horus and the Sons of Horus Legion. The bonds of brotherhood between the primarchs begin to crack, leading to tragic consequences.

False Gods Details Horus’ Corruption

In False Gods, the corruption of Horus comes to fruition as the strands of Chaos draw tight around him. His turn to darkness drives the galaxy into fiery civil war.

Galaxy in Flames Shows the Heresy Unleashed

Galaxy in Flames details the Dropsite Massacre where loyalist Space Marines are betrayed by their former brothers. Horus shows the true depths of his betrayal, and there’s no going back for the Imperium.

The opening Horus Heresy trilogy sets the stage for the greatest conflict in Warhammer history. The rich drama and emotions in the audiobooks make this pivotal story come alive.

Flight of the Eisenstein Adds Another Piece of the Heresy Puzzle

Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow is the fourth book in the epic Horus Heresy series. It follows the crew of the Eisenstein as they race to warn the Emperor about Horus’ betrayal. Capturing the urgency and danger of their mission, it’s an essential part of the Heresy story.

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Gaunt’s Ghosts Offers a Gripping Look at the Imperial Guard

Gaunt’s Ghosts, by Dan Abnett, gives an intimate look at life in the Imperial Guard. The series focuses on the Tanith First and Only regiment as they battle the enemies of mankind.

First and Only Introduces the Ghosts

In First and Only, we’re introduced to Commissar Ibram Gaunt and the Tanith First as they’re thrown into battle on Blackshard. The bonds of brotherhood between these Guardsmen come through clearly.

Necropolis Shows the Ghosts’ Skill in Battle

In Necropolis, the Ghosts must defend the city of Vervunhive from Chaos besiegers. Vastly outnumbered, their skill and leadership shine through in battle scenes that leap off the page.

Honour Guard Sees the Ghosts Tested to Their Limits

In Honour Guard, Gaunt and his Ghosts face rivals from within the Imperium itself. Questionable orders from high command test their loyalty and honor to the breaking point.

For fans of military sci-fi, Gaunt’s Ghosts delivers relatable characters and thrilling combat. The audiobooks make these brave Guardsmen leap off the page.


At Warhammer Universe, we also have a YouTube channel with other helpful informational guides or interesting videos to enjoy while you build and paint. Let us know your favorite audiobooks to listen to – we’re always looking for new recommendations!

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