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Summary

A Primarchs Audiobook

Who better to relate the tale of Alpharius than the primarch himself? As he tells of his deeds, bear one thing in mind: nothing can be trusted when it comes from serpent's mouth.

Listen to it because:

I am Alpharius...and so are you.

The story:

Legends abound of the glorious - or infamous - deeds of the emperor's sons. Yet almost nothing is known of Alpharius, the most mysterious of them all, for the lord of the Alpha Legion is unparalleled in the art of obfuscation. Such are his gifts of secrecy and deceit that even his rediscovery has remained an enigma - until now. But when the tale comes from the serpent’s mouth, where do the lies end and the truth begin?

Written by Mike Brooks. Narrated by Jonathan Keeble. 

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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This is a lie.

A bad story voiced even worse. Doesn't go in depths of the character and the XX'th legion. Wouldn't recommend to anyone interested on the subject. This is a lie.

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One of the best in the series!

This is definitely one of the best among the Primarchs series, up there with the books of Lorgar, Perturabo, Fulgrim and maybe Angron. This one also ties in very well with the book 'Valdor: Birth of the Imperium" as many of it's events are directly tied to the events in that book, just told from a different perspective. I would advise listening to that one before this to get the most out of this book. As that suggests, this book also contains information from the beginning of the Imperium, but the focus is still squarely on the primarch of the 20th legion and his origins, it's not like some of the others in this series that just tell a story about the primarch or even mostly just about their legion, this does shed a lot of light on the character and history of the primarch and it's all very intriguing as you would expect from the Alpha legion.
Narration was very good as well.
My only criticism is the unnecessary and forced addition of a lesbian couple, which seems to have been just done to appease the culture of today, but it's a very minor part of the book. Im addition the whole scenario of the people turning to attack the refugees felt very contrived, sure it's somewhat plausible, but it wasn't fleshed out at all and thus felt like another politically influenced appeasement insertion.

Even with those annoying additions, this is a great book and definitely a must listen to for anyone deep into the Horus Heresy lore.

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The greatest liar...

A brilliant listen, with great narration. There are a few surprises that add a new element to the 40K setting. But most enjoyable.

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Wow...

This is a phenomenally good listen, as you always expect from Jonathan Keeble, and a well crafted, subtle and intriguing story. Excellent addition to the Alpha Legion cannon.

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OK, but not great

I wanted to find out a bit more about the origins of the 20th Legion and their shadowy Primach(s). Unfortunately the story is quite thin, but does has some points of interest.

On a positive, JK’s narrators a superb as ever.

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A very very cool back story

An awesome insight to the Alpha Legions beginning hands down my most eagerly awaited primarch book.
Jonathan Keeble as always makes this a stellar listen 10/10

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Excellent.

Best Primarch story to date in my opinion. An absolute must. My only gripe is that it's not twice as long.

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A deep dive into the early life of the XX Primarch

For anyone interested in the alpha legion this is a must listen. Outstanding lore dump!

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Great listen

Makes Alpha Legion interesting, quite impressive. Great pacing and therefore easy to listen 5/5.

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I am Alpharius and so is my wife.

loved it. Must have listen, so much background and lore.
this Is a lie.

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  • 19-04-21

Very Good Listen

This book is dreadful. Didn't hold my interest at all...


I am Alpharius. This is a lie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-21

Amazing

Slow and boring story nothing new was shared waste of a credit.




















I am Alparius, this is a lie.

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  • Richard
  • 19-04-21

Alpharius starring Alpharius as Alpharius

What if Jonathan Keeble is Alpharius?

Did you dig Legion and Praetorian of Dorn?
if yes, you will dig it.

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  • David J. Todorov
  • 22-04-21

Best Primarch book so far

Alpharius is so well written. you get to see his point of view from the very beginning, and even explore the "lies" of how he was found, the origin of his weapon choice, and so much more. an absolute must read for all Horus Heresy fans

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  • James gGllagher
  • 18-04-21

That’s a lot of revelations

I know with the alpha legion everything is supposed to be a lie but when it comes to the writers putting something to paper, I figure it’s about as truth as it gets. A lot of info in this one. I think this book is informative about Alpharious as one will get for the next long while.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-04-21

I am Alpharius. That is a lie.

Hydra Dominatus!
Excellent read for any 40K fan, an absolute must read for Chaos fans. Every word of it is true. That is a lie.

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  • Rwoinlgceonxe15
  • 21-04-21

I was Right

I always knew that Alpharius or Omegon where the first one found. I figured they where the ones behind the scenes looking for the other 19 brothers. How else did they find Russ or Angron.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-21

I am Alpharius

Head of the Hydra follows the truly enigmatic Alpharius and it shows the art of his lies and deceptions to his enemies, mankind and even his own brothers. It does a great job showing a general idea on how the Alpha Legion his Astartes legion fights wars. The performance is quieter than some other 40k books. But that makes sense regarding who it’s covering. The quietest of the primarchs.

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  • Sam Breitenbauch
  • 28-04-21

I absolutely an disappointed beyond belief

Sucks so bad. Ruined my childhood and in fact this book ruined the lore and broke the continuity beyond salvaging.


I am Alpharius. That was a lie..
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-21

Definitely worth the time.

This was definitely one of the more entertaining and enlightening Primarch books in terms of lore.

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