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Summary

Audiobook 1 of the Dark Imperium trilogy. 

The first phase of the Indomitus Crusade is over, and the conquering primarch, Roboute Guilliman, sets his sights on home. The hordes of his traitorous brother, Mortarion, march on Ultramar, and only Guilliman can hope to thwart their schemes with his Primaris Space Marine armies.

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Experience the beginning of the Plague Wars, as the Imperium's lord regent fights to reclaim his home from the Death Guard and their daemonic allies. 

The Story

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 Indomitus Crusade rages on, Guilliman races to Ultramar and a confrontation with the Death Guard.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by John Banks.

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

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Second time around

I already have the original version of this book and was hoping BL might show some loyalty to their fan base by giving the updated version on a 1 for 1 basis as they did when they changed narrator with Avenging Son, sadly they didn’t and me being a completist I have bought the updated books and to be honest there is very little change except the retcon of the time frame and unnumbered sons, JB does is usual superb narration which almost makes it worth buying twice

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Epic start

Wasn’t sure what to expect here but was keen to see where the current plot was heading for 40K and being a avid fan of the death guard this book kept giving. Great plot and insight into to the primarch having been resurrected into a very different imperium. Great book a must listen for 40K true fans

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All aroung great

A great beginning to a trilogy
Were it a standandalone work it would not be a must read. But as a beginning to a well thought out series it is worth its price.

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Great narration hindered by drudgery

Boring bolter-porn elevated by John Banks' enthusiastic narration. The few interesting chapters are drowned out by the repetitive descriptions of combat and monotonous conversations that go on for far too long. Avoid and just read the wiki page for the Lore developments.

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Great listen!!!

The storey is great always live when the imperium kicks butt against chaos, as too long we have been on the back foot, aswell as John bank's narration this listen is well worth the money 💰 this is my 3rd listen to this series and it still is amazing to my ears. John Banks should definitely narrate more wh40k novels!!!!

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Less Bellicose

This audiobook is basically a redo of the first edition with about 6 minor changes to wording here and there. If this was all that was done I would pass this off as a reissuing like Avenging Son except you had to pay for this one, however this is not the only change. A glaring and blasphemous change was wrought on this audiobook.

The bellicosity of the reading was stripped. There simply is less enthusiasm in the reading as their was in first edition's audiobook, There is no trilling of the voice or enthesis on words. It's all read flat and monotone. You can feel that John doesn't like having to read the same book again. Thankfully I still have first edition in my library the retconning is so minor that it can still be enjoyed, Bellicosity and all.

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10/10

Guy haley never dissapoints. A good look into the character of Guilliman and the state of the modern imperium. The first of hopefully 3 great books.

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Why can't Guy Haley decide how loud he wants to be

I listen to audiobooks to ease me to sleep, space stuff usually works best. Warhammer works well especially depending on the voice actor.

I was enjoying the start of this audiobook, but now the volume of the voice acting is wildly changing from loud to quiet in a desperate attempt to deliver decent narration.

You don't need to yell 'TELEPORT SUCCESSFUL' x2 to get across a robotic and monotone mechanicus x. You don't need to yell half the things you're yelling.

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Absolutely phenomenal

I absolutely loved listening to this book. I cannot complain about anything. This is fantastic.

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Barely made it through a fraction of the book

The narration was so dull and repetitive I gave up halfway between the Guilliman Fulgrim fight.

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  • Brian Z.
  • 10-06-21

Not 40k.

The Ultramarines are flawless and humble and perfect in every way. Boring, boring, boring.

"We must return to battle for we are Ultramarines!"
"Do not be too eager, battle brother. The primarch teaches caution."
"You are right, battle brother. I am humbled by my error."
"You show wisdom in admitting that error, brother."
"Thank you, battle brother."

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  • Beau
  • 02-06-21

super expensive reprint

Great work, money siphon. It's a money siphon. Rouboute Guilliman says some things. Nothing actually changed in this reprint, except maybe three or four paragraphs of absolutely soulless writing were included to reskin this cash grab.

The goal is to separate the client from their money and you have done that.

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  • Amazon-O
  • 02-06-21

Money Grab

It was different, but not in a good way. I'd recommend the original one more, if its still available. (I also personally hate retcons)

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  • terry
  • 03-06-21

good but should of been free...

ok so I love guys haley and john bank always doing an amazing job but my biggest thing is I own the first version of these book and people that do should have to buy the rewrite especially when there not a lot of change don't get me wrong the change are big but they're far and few

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  • Richard Burgener
  • 29-06-21

Be patient with this one.

Dark Imperium is an interesting book. However, its appeal is definitely in the realm of character psychology. For a 40k book, it isn't exactly action-packed. There are battle scenes, but I'd say it's main focus is the in the duty Roboute Guilliman has to the Imperium. It talks a lot about how he feels as a fish out of water in the 41st Millennium. You get some great details about the Primarchs and The Emperor.

The thing that I got hung up on is this: 40k can be a bit schizophrenic when it comes to its tone, and nothing is more varying than the way the various writers treat the forces of Chaos. Mortarion features fairly heavily in this book. We got some great lore about The Death Lord in The Buried Dagger and The Lords of Silence. In these books, the fantasy was treated as gritty realism, almost like Game of Thrones or some other gray-morality fantasy tale. But other writers tend to depict the setting almost like an episode of Thundercats. The forces of Nurgle feel very cartoonish in this book, especially with the way the narrator delivers the lines. They feel more like a scene with Skeletor and his henchmen inside Snake Mountain, with their stilted dialog and absurd behavior. This is a real letdown after how well Mortarion was depicted in The Buried Dagger. This writer sees him more as a comic book character, more like the older 40k than the way the characters have matured the past few years. I wish Abnet had continued this depiction of Mortarion and not the cartoon version.

And it doesn't matter that I've read two dozen 40k books at this point. The religious zealotry these fools show the Emperor continues to be nauseating. It's not poignant, it's not profound, it's just flat out obnoxious. All this bowing and scraping and praying is ludicrous. It's a chore getting through this crap in these books! I know that's a bit of the point, but it doesn't make it any easier to listen to.

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  • Dustin
  • 04-06-21

Just as good as the first time!

Love the set up and execution of the battles and story.. Especially nurgle’s entrance onto the garden planet!!

My second time listening, this was my first 40K book and I’m now re-reading this to prepare for godblight!

This trilogy really has everything you’d want as a reader, this is a must read!

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  • dimitri spencer
  • 02-06-21

Updated version, very good.

I don't feel like typing out paragraphs, but if you want a look into Guilliman's mind while he comes to terms with what the IOM has become, this is a solid novel.

I'm a bit biased, as I have pretty much exclusively read Guy Haley 40k novels, but my goodness is he a great author. I listened to the Dante Trilogy before starting this Trilogy, and while different, this series seems to be equivalent in quality and lore.

There's a lot of setting up in this novel, but it leaves you wanting more, it doesn't feel like a cheap cliffhanger. I'm exited to continue the trilogy.

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  • Frank
  • 21-10-21

Waste of $ if you had the 1st copy.

$23 for 1 extra page of dialogue in the very beginning explaining the change to the time it occurs. Save your money if you have the 1st iteration.

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  • Malik
  • 08-11-21

Uninspired, all tell and no show, annoying.

By chapter 19 I realized it wasn't going to get better. I gave it a chance.

no fun battles. cheesy dialogue. incongruous "theory vs practice."

guilliman is a weak leader in this depiction. as told by the book, guilliman is a genius; there was no evidence of genius--all "tell and no show."

I absolutely loathe this book. I was thinking about getting back into 40k, now I've changed my mind; I'm done. This book is seriously so bad.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-21

I love it!!!

I left me hanging on the edge.
I can wait to find out what next