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Dark Imperium

Warhammer 40,000
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (226 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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  • Kal
  • 05-02-2019

Thoroughly enjoyable from the first second to the last

I’m new to the Warhammer stories and amazed at the depth of the lore! This story does them great credit and expands on the concept of a missing deity well.
The narration was exceptional and I’ve listened to hundreds of audio books. His range of voices was good and his ability to maintain a character for the whole book was excellent.
I felt that the narrator captured the author’s intentions at every point and was eagerly awaiting each next chapter.

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Very well read and written.

A valuable addition to the warhammer 40k lore and universe. I could definitely listen to it again.

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More Bolter P*rn and advertisment than timeline

unfortunately doesnt expand on the timeline progression. Was more of a Primaris bolter p*rn advertisement.

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Fantastic Story

I loved this story and often found myself saying "Just one more chapter." Some of the voices *Any of the followers of Nurgle or the female characters.* Kinda lost the seriousness of the story for a moment but none the less a fantastic tale!

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A great start to a series

Loved it, looking forward to how the war will develop Gulliman as he finish his crusade and start a new in the different imperium that he left behind.

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lost in a world of Heroes

Every character, every scene, every moment I was lost in the story of this book. From the small personal moments of the Space Marines to the grand speeches of the Primarch himself. Even the grotesquely inimate details of the Plague Marines. Loved from start to finish.

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A good addition to the new lore

Dark Imperium has some issues in storytelling that many newer black library novels, however, John Banks ties it all together quite well.

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The only audiobook i have that isnt the Horus heresy and i found it to be one of my favourites.
Robutte is down to earth and is extremely likable The characters involved are all interesting in their own way and voice acting for the Nurgle daemons is exceptional and hilarious, John Banks really captures how they should sound

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Primaris Space Marines

Half the story felt like and advertisement for Primaris space marines and that definitely took away from what would have been a good story.

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New 40k lore

Great story for the commencement of the new lore for Warhammer 40k. Thoroughly enjoyed it!.

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  • Cliente de Amazon
  • 28-08-2018

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
  • 13-02-2018

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
  • 14-08-2019

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

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2019

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
  • 30-01-2019

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
  • 12-08-2018

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
  • 31-07-2018

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
  • 28-07-2018

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.
  • 02-11-2019

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
  • 24-09-2019

awesome listen

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-2018

Nice primer for newcomers, but not only that

The Dark Imperium is a continuation of the story of the epic that is Warhammer 40K, but it also serves as a good start off point for newcomers (it was undoubtedly written with this in mind).
For those that already are immersed in the grim darkness of the far future, the book offers interesting insight into the psyke of Robute Guilliman. Having been forced into stasis for 10 000 years Robute awakes to a universe where the ideals and hopes of his time has all but died out. Many of the more interesting monologues (and dialogues) deals with Guilliman trying to manage an empire which in many ways disgusts him. This is a nice break from the regular grim-dark rutine, where you only get to follow characters that have been sired by the most horrible facist society imaginable. Instead, the reader is placed inside a mind that (in greater part) shares the ethics and morals of our world, and through that appear more relatable.
There is a fair deal of fighting, with a clear focus to showcase the new models released for the Warhammer 40K wargame (which broke my immersion from time to time). Although, the type of conflict and scenery changes enough to not make the fighting become stale.
As usual, the crisp voice of John Banks brings the characters to life and is very engaging.
Overall a solid 40K novell.

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  • Craigie
  • 06-02-2018

Gripping Advancement in the Grim Dark.

Although at times a shameful advertisement for new Games Workshop product Dark Imperium still manages to captivate and entertain.
A Primarch has returned to lead the fight back against his traitorous brethren and the forces of the Dark Gods of Chaos.
Dark Imperium not only provides insight into one of the Emperors loyal sons it's allows us to glimpse into the mindset of the new stronger better equipped Primaris Marines and highlights just what the Imperium of man has become in the 10K years since the Emperor was installed on the golden throne.
Great listen and a credit well spent.
I am a happy chappy now that Black Library has come to Audible.

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 27-02-2019

A great book to ease you back into the franchise

Dark Imperium, for me, is an absolutely fantastic book for those who are looking at getting back into the Black Library books but don’t want to be massively confused. It gives you scenes from the Horus Heresy as a sort of prologue and then brings you into the present day Imperium for the rest of the book.

The underlying plot is Roboute Guilliman trying to take the Imperium by the scruff of the neck and turn it into a body that the Emperor, himself and his fallen brothers would have recognised and been proud of. The main plotline sees him trying to thwart the nefarious plans of his chaotic brother Mortarion, Primarch of the Death Guard and favoured champion of the Lord of Decay (Nurgle).

Dark Imperium also sees the introduction of a new form of Space Marine (The Primaris Space Marine). I have read several reviews where the main negative is that Dark Imperium feels like they are ‘advertising the Primaris Space Marines’. My main negative of the book is that people with the narrow-minded view that only people who are clued up on the current ins and outs of the franchise actually read the book. What’s worse, these same people are allowed to comment on the book. I have been away from the Warhammer 40k universe for a long time and have no clue what a Primaris Space Marine is. Thankfully there’s this book called Dark Imperium that tells me what they are and why they were created. Sadly there is a horde of people that assume everyone knows everything about the 40k universe.

I had never read anything by Guy Haley before and am glad to have had the chance now. He is a talented writer who seems to have a firm grasp on his subject and excels at telling a good story. It translated beautifully into audio and I’m almost a little sad that I have an advanced copy of the next book instead of waiting for the next audio to be released.

My main negative to the book is that it seemed to end right where I thought a lot more was going to happen. Obviously, this is to set up for the second book (which it has done well as I am looking forward to getting stuck into it).

As I mentioned earlier, Dark Imperium has a bit of everything as far as past and present are concerned. It also has numerous viewpoints (Space Marines, humans, Chaos, daemons) all of that adds to a wonderful overview of a very dark universe. One might almost be tempted to say a grim and dark far future … It is those varied viewpoints and time periods that really made Dark Imperium a success for me. That and it was a good book to ease me back in to a universe I don’t remember all too well.

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  • Timothy Cossa
  • 06-02-2018

Brilliant.

I am not a reader so thought it best to try an audio book. and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the experience. The book itself kept me captivated. it's my first 40k book and it is a good starting point for newer 40k players interested in the state of the new 8th edition universe. the narrator was very good. Well worth the listen.

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  • HomeBirthAddict
  • 26-02-2018

really enjoyable!!

fantastically performed audiobook and enjoyable story. please make more of the same black Library !!!!

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  • Alan
  • 03-02-2018

Good but a lot of pointless unfinished arcs.

Good but a lot of pointless unfinished arcs.

Several elements spun that seem made to be in the book ultimately lead to nothing. Disappointing from an otherwise good book.

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  • Flyingscotsman
  • 16-04-2019

A reasonable story let down by poor narration.

I have few complaints about the story, it’s the standard Guy Haley meta-narrative story that sets the scene for the updated setting while being a solid character study of Guilliman.

However the narration grates after a while. John Banks likes to intone even the most banal scene like Churchill and it makes every character feel pompous. Even Haley’s tightly written battle scenes lumber under the weight of his diction.

He makes this mistake in all his readings and I feel he’d be much better if he’d lighten up a bit like John Keeble does.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-2018

Great and interesting in part

Decent story and writing, the parts on Guilliman's thoughts on the Imperium, the Emperor and what happened in the throne room are easily the most interesting and best parts. There's also some interesting information on Cawl and the primaris Marines, but the rest is pretty standard "bolter porn", featuring all the new toys. Still a worthwhile listen and I do recommend it, but not one of the better 40K or Horus Heresy books.

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  • Mark McCabe
  • 17-11-2019

excellent listen

let me start by saying, I still don't like roboute. he's hypocrisy incarnate, but I certainly like him more than before I listened to this book.

that's a testament to Guy Haley's writing.

Guy Haley does a great job of playing up how much a "man out of time" Roboute is. everything has changed and it's rarely been for the better. he now has to correct the 10 millennia worth of errors and false steps mankind has taken without pure leadership.
there are logical and lore missteps (either intentional or otherwise) and philosophical musings (of which there are many) which seem subjective and personally determined or enslaved to the narrative rather than logically thought thru, but the story doesn't suffer too much overall from this.

the section from the daemons perspective was absolutely brilliant. truly one of the best things I've read/listened to in regards to 40k lore ever. John Banks does a wonderful job of bringing this superb exchange to life.

overall, for casual or hardcore 40k fans alike, this is essential listening and up there with the best produced from the Black Library

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  • jake w
  • 07-11-2019

it was ok

good narrator, not a great story but good enough to get you through a days work