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The Primarchs

The Horus Heresy, Book 20
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 20
Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
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Created in the Emperor's own image, the primarchs had long thought themselves to be princes of the universe and masters of their own destiny - they led the Space Marine Legions in glorious conquest of the galaxy, and no enemy of the Imperium could stand against them. However, even amongst this legendary brotherhood, the seeds of dissent had been sown long before the treacherous Warmaster Horus declared his grand heresy.

Find out the deepest mysteries of the primarchs. Who is in control of Fulgrim's body - him, or a daemon? What happens when the Alpha Legion fights against itself? Just what secrets is the Lion keeping? And what could the tragic Ferrus Manus have done to prevent himself from becoming a head shorter?

©2012 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited
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Some amazing writing. Some average writing.

Some fantastic stories. Some not so. Some fantastic narration.. Some ok. Its a good mix up to progress the stories of some of the primarchs and their legions. Definitely worth it.

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Good second half

As the other reviews say the first 2 stories leave a lot to be desired, but the second half definitely make up for the slow start.

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  • Per
  • 25-06-2018

Mixed bag

Four novellas centered around different primarchs. The first two are trash, the third average and the fourth excellent. Only recommended for dedicated fans of the series. Otherwise, borrow from a friend if possible.

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  • Devin
  • 03-05-2019

solid read

very good book, worth reading, doesn't move the story along very much, so you can skip if you're trying to power read the series

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  • Shecky
  • 26-03-2018

Last Story Was Good

I found the first two stories disappointing. The last story was an Alpha Legion story and it was well done. As always, the narrators were exceptional.

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  • Michael C Redl
  • 16-04-2020

Great listen!

Great onsite into the minds of the primarchs. Learned a lot about how they all were, and what made them different.

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  • Harper Micko
  • 09-02-2020

Hit and miss shorts, as usual.

The worst parts of the HH series so far are these short story compilations. Not because they're *ALL* bad short stories, but because there are only a handful of good ones. In this issue, there are two good ones. The others are boring and inconsequential.

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  • Peter M.
  • 13-01-2020

Great!

Another fantastic compilation of short stories from the Horus Heresy, the Alpha Legion one is the best.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-2019

Many stories

There are a few good stories and a few bad ones. It just depends which you like.

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  • DJ
  • 28-12-2018

Great Book

This was a great book. i really enjoyed the multiple narration. Most definitely top notch!

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  • Omar
  • 16-12-2018

four primarchs

interesting sub plots that have major implications later. I personally hated the first one though if you can bear it after the phoenician everything else is top notch story and writing

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  • Donta1979
  • 21-07-2018

Was hoping there would be more

Issues with this is it feels kind of all over the place, Its an ok story do not get me wrong, but was expecting a lot more from a book that talks about the Pirmarchs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-2020

3 great books

3 excellent short stories (no spoilers), first follow up from 'Fulgrim' about the emperor's children.
Second on Iron Hands (first time listening on anything on those) and last on Alpha Legion, you can listen to the HH book 'Legion' but it's not a must think, good performance on them all

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  • paul sparks
  • 10-05-2020

The Lion is the best story

I have to say I found the fulgrim, ferrus and alpha legion stories quite tiresome and this book was saved only by the Lion, the narration in all 4 is very good but the stories leave left me wanting sadly

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-2020

Great Listen!

Really good insight into the Primarchs and the story about the Lion is worth the admission alone!

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  • Sean Blicher Marschall
  • 18-02-2020

A mixed pleasure.

I liked the first novel about Fulgrim and his sons but the other two were, at least to me, long and tedious with no real backbone.

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  • Alex
  • 03-02-2020

Great book one of the best in the series.

Great book one of the best in the series. First heretic is really good and nemesis.

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  • James
  • 30-01-2020

Brilliant

Brilliant. But David Timson’s role lacked performance. There were times I couldn’t tell if he was acting a legionary, or just talking about casual descriptions. However his interpretation of a mechanicum adapt was defiantly more inviting and interesting than what I have heard before

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-2018

Perfection

very enjoyable, great use of the characters, fantastic voice acting too!
Always love hearing about Fulgrim but being given good chunks about other Primarchs was brilliant too.

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  • Scott watson
  • 11-01-2018

Outstanding

An excellent collaboration of Primarch stories that have excellent narration and good depth to each depiction. well worth the purchase.

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  • Scott
  • 16-11-2017

strange order of books

it seems strange that the first two books aren't the other way around as events in the second are mentioned in the first. good storey overall and well performed too. well worth a credit with such a long run tine and several stories to enjoy in one purchase.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-2017

A surprisingly enjoyable book

I liked it. Its not the best crafted, but its certainly well worth the listen.