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Summary

Long before the coming of the Imperium, the realm of Ultramar was ruled by Roboute Guilliman, the last Battle King of Macragge. Even after learning of his true heritage as a primarch son of the Emperor of Mankind, he strove to expand his domain as efficiently and benevolently as possible, with the XIII Legion Ultramarines as his alone to command.

Now, facing a rival empire on the ork-held world of Thoas, Guilliman must choose his weapons carefully - otherwise his dream of a brighter future could be lost forever.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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5 hours of relentless battle description

Having read a few 40K novels ( The Night Lords omnibus and The Iron Snakes omnibus), I was impressed by the writing. The Primarchs are very interesting characters and so I wanted to find out more about each one.

The quality of the voice actor and the audio itself is excellent, well paced and expertly delivered. However, this really is not a science fiction book. It is essentially a military encounter. The story focuses on an Ultramrines battle with Orks on the planet Thoas. I found this incredibly tedious and there is very little exploration of Guilliman himself. We learn very little about him. I won't be exploring any more Primarch books after this and will start on The Sisters of Battle or some of the Horus Heresy. If you like descriptions of battles, you'll love it but not my taste.

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interesting listening

Good story and string narrative throughout, I would recommend and listen again, although a long and independent listening is required.

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Cool, nicely read but short.

Toby Longworth should read allblack library's collection. awesome voicing for characters in the story. talking of which, I would have loved that to be alot longer. But what there was, entertained me immensely.

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Roboute Guilliman screwing up as usual.

Toby Longworth does an impeccable job. His characters are unique, his emphasis perfect. No better voice actor for the story.
I appreciate that David Annandale is trying to show us the true Roboute.The flawed Roboute. The Roboute that cannot admit fault. That cannot admit his ineptitude. His failure. He consistently makes the wrong call; appointment of an inexperienced Chapter Master because he is from Ultramar. The failure to deploy the Destroyer squads until it's too late. The failure to admit he himself is a flawed Commander. Roboute fails, as he always fails. He failed at Calth, he failed at Terra and he fails now in the 40k timeline. At least the author admitted this; Roboute Guilliman is a failure as a Primarch.

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If you can not sleep at night, put this on.

Flat narration, boring information bombardment....I am off back to Fenris thank you very much

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Can't belive i paid for this shit

Like the ultramarines as a whole, this novel i boring, bland and quite unnecessary. Total one dimensional snoozefest.

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Amazing!

It's short but it's enough to give you an idea of what kind of Primarch Guilliman is! Great place to start if you want to know more about the Primarchs. Narration is brilliant too!

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If you like action and gory, you'll love this.

Gory moments are the best moments. It was recommended to me and I really enjoyed it.

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boring

most boring wh40k story ever written. Boring space marine adventure with Guilliman bringing mild flavor

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Lacking Something....

Something about this novel just fails to capture the grandeur, the magnificence of a primary, the story is simply...lacking. Toby Longworth does a reasonable job with the material, but I felt he was much better in narrating the recent Eisenhorn novel.

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  • sergio cavazos jr
  • 02-05-20

Good but ...

I love the ultramarines... chaos players hate them. Even some loyalists don’t like them. Black Library does a magnificent job as is expected. But I must admit with all due respect, my Lord Guilliman is just one big computer.
If you need to learn theoretical vs practical ... this is the book.

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  • Joshua Stevens
  • 08-05-18

Good

A interesting look at the beginnings of the Codex Astartes and Roboute Guilliam. I wish it covered more than one battle.

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  • Alpharius77
  • 15-02-18

Good book

It is a short audio book but the fighting starts early and stops at the very end of the book. Enjoyed this one a lot.

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  • Alexandru
  • 09-01-18

perfect for warhammer fans

The book presents a glimpse look into the mind if Primarch Guiliman during an ork operation.

Excellent written and acted 5/5

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  • Tyler Huffman
  • 23-07-21

misleading title

how do you wrote a book called roboute guilliman and it's not even really about guilliman?

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 07-07-21

Like having a dictionary read aloud

horrible slow story, I love G-man, but that backstory was a waste of my time

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  • Scott
  • 02-06-21

It's fine

It's just a story about Ultramarines killing Orks. It doesn't really give any insight into Guilliman, he honestly didn't even have to be in this story.

Otherwise, if you can get passed the characters saying "Theoretical" and "Practical" 72 times, it's ok.

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  • Damon Barley
  • 26-05-21

Came here for Toby, almost left because Roboute

Toby has to be one of my favorite narrators I have ever listened to, capable of bringing life to many a book that seemed lifeless. That being said, if you do not like the Ultramarines before coming to this book, you are still going to hate them after. It's a good look at Guilliman and his legion, from the practical vs theoretical (hint hint, get used to those words...) to the motives of the legion and their primarch. I would not say a good first read in Warhammer, but worth a shot.

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  • jason
  • 16-05-21

Fantastic start.

Great introduction for anyone starting the lore. Start here and then the horus heresy series.

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  • dante
  • 05-04-21

big fan of Roboute

I play ultra marines with Adeptus Custodes and this story sums up the greatness of Guilliman