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Dark Imperium

Warhammer 40,000
Written by: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Fell times have come to the galaxy. Cadia has fallen, destroyed by the onslaught of Chaos. A Great Rift in the warp has opened, and from its depths spew daemons and the horrors of Old Night. But all hope is not lost.... A hero, long absent, has returned, and with him comes the wrath of the Ultramarines reborn.

Roboute Guilliman has arisen to lead the Imperium out of darkness on a crusade the likes of which has not been seen since the fabled days of the Emperor. But never before have the forces of Ruin amassed in such numbers, and nowhere is safe from despoliation. From the dreaded Scourge Stars come the hordes of the Plaguefather, Lord Nurgle, and their pustulent eye is fixed on Macragge. As the Indomitas Crusade draws to an end, Guilliman races to Ultramar and a confrontation with the Death Guard.

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Solid book, but somewhat heavy handed delivery.

Overall the characters and story were interesting, if not always compelling, but it was an excellent step into the new lore of 40k. Some plot points were developed well but lacked a payoff, the events on Iax specifically. This novel was obviously intended to showcase the new Primaris Marine models and it shows. The narrative was often interrupted to go into great detail about the capabilities of the Primaris, this brought the story grinding to a halt and took me out of the scene. Still the story was delivered effectively and contained numerous memorable scenes. The interactions between Guilliman and Cawl, as well as the 3 champions of Nurgle were a highlight for me.

The narrator, John Banks, did an excellent job. His delivery was steady and calm for the most part, which made listening to the book a relaxing experience. The only jarring parts were the voices of various Nurgle demons, which could be grating after a while, though that may be the point!

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Documentary on Guilliman and Ultramar

This is a good book but do not expect an engaging drama and quick-paced story. It is basically an insight into the current state of the Imperium (mainly Ultramar) post the Indomitus Crusade and Guilliman's place in it. The story is slow and there are multiple threads with different characters and places in each thread, not necessarily intertwining together but being part of the whole Ultramar theatre. I found the thread with Varans and his fellow soldiers on Iax quite pointless, I guess it was meant to show a human perspective and introduce Iax to the reader.
The book touches on the dilemmas of Primaris Marines and their place in the chapters. We get a lot of information about Guilliman's character post his revivification, his feelings and opinions regarding the current state of the Imperium, the Emperor and his divinity and his plans for Ultramar and the Imperium.
Particularly interesting are some of the interactions between Guilliman and other high-ranking Ultramarines officers (Calgar) and some lower-rank humans and how the new hierarchy affects them.
The book is the beginning of what will likely be a trilogy about the Plague War in Ultramar and we meet some of the Nurgle characters, e.g. Mortarion and Ku'gath..

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First audiobook I ever listened to and it's Great!

The insight as to how a Primarch acts, thinks and just basically lives is amazing. A demi-god among men.

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Unsatisfying

This is only my 4th Black Library audio book, maybe comparing it to Eisenhorn, Dan Abnett and Toby Longworth is unfair, but that's the comparison I have.

This book has two Primarch's to work with, and I don't feel the power of either. The battle towards the end has a Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought, a thing of ungodly power, and I don't feel it. The story seems pointless :(

It saddens me to say this, but John Banks sounds really good when narrating, but his voice work when in character isn't up to scratch. Every character sounds the shame when shouting, Felix (a Primaris Marine), Guilliman (a primarch), some guy that's about to turn into a pox walker... all the same.

In summary, it's only OK, if you're thinking about something for your first 40k book, get the 4 Eisenhorn books first, and then spend the rest of your life in disappointment as you compare stuff to that.

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very good book!,

, the writing is easy to comprehend, explain in detail the primaries marines and Guilliman

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disappointing

story seemed to go nowhere & ended without any firm resolution. unfortunate for the first book on the new lore launch.

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Shameless plug GW

First of all. Guy Haley is amazing. I highly recommend his other novels. Anything under the Horus Heresy series is amazing.

This novel in particular seems rushed and full of product placement for Games Workshops latest line of models. I hope Haley got paid a generous sum for taking this novel on.

The plot developments in this book are jarring. "Warhammer 40,000" is a very old IP. Many of the old characters this novel brings into the spotlight are fan favorites and it feels as though they have been given cheap cameo placements as 'hype' or 'approval for the new setting.

Just doesn't fit. Guy Haley has done what he could with a bad plot.

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meh

would rather trade just not my book great performance at least but just not my type

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First Audible Book

Great book to listen on the go or while relaxing. I do recommend for people new to Warhammer 40k as a door into it's sometimes confusing and convoluted but rich universe.

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great, audio book. next

narrator was great, everything about this audio was amazing. i recommend it to any1 who doesn't mind a little violence.

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  • 2018-08-28

Bruno I

It explains some stuff about 8th ed and primatis wich is nice, but it really ends out of nowhere.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-13

new 8th edition lore, 10/10

loved it. how they portray Guilliman does him justice. definitely worth reading if your just now getting into 40k

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  • Travis
  • 2019-08-14

great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

loved it!! it was awesome!!! if you like horus heresy, you will love this book!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-30

Too many cooks in the kitchen

While not bad it feels like ten books worth of ideas and story were smashed into one book. It's worth a listen if you are trying to catch up on the 40k story now that the plot is advancing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-30

Great story and narration

I loved the pacing of the book and it's separate tales covering multiple facets of the books events. From the perspective of the primarch, his primaries marines, and lowly guardsmen. All show casing their ability to deal with hardships, and resistance against the ruinous powers. As well as the cause and effect of decisions made. Which is a undertone of the chaos power of nurgle. Which I find perfectly weaved into the story.

The perspective of the ruinous power both daemon, and more was great. Giving great insight as well as teasing a bigger story. I approve though I wish more was told perhaps in another book it is covered.

The visuals described were beautiful, and grotesque. No lack of detail for environment, or emotion. I felt fully immersed.

The narrators voice, and pitch for perfectly superb. Reilly this book deserves a 5 star rating well worth the price. Will likely attempt a hard cover purchase of available!

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  • QWILLBANKS
  • 2018-08-12

Guilliman is Captain America

Hard to not love a story about the primarchs return if you are a fan and this was well done.

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  • Danny
  • 2018-07-31

one of thee best books I have listen to.

The story and narration is phenomenal and I would honestly listen to this book again!

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  • Astartes
  • 2018-07-28

Less Grimdark than your average 40k adventure.

A few story threads aren't resolved satisfactorily, but otherwise one of the best 40k novels and an excellent tale of Rowboat Girlyman.

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  • Joe H.
  • 2019-11-02

First Audio book, and I'll never go back

What an amazing narration by John Banks, I thought things would be over the top and bland... And boy was I wrong. Please give this a listen you won't regret it.

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  • Tito Concepcion
  • 2019-09-24

awesome listen

loved it, the writing really comes thru when read aloud and transports you into a realm of war.