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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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Yawn

This book doesn't add anything to Guilliman's background, it simply concentrates on a single boring engagement with an Ork held world. Incredibly dull and doesn't add anything to the HH lore.

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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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Disappointing

Unlike the others in this series there was nothing about the characters life prior to the emperor finding him. It was essentially just one protracted battle and the subplots with decent in the ranks didn’t play out or bring much to the overall story. Main plot doesn’t play well with the overarching theme of the primarch either. He comes off far too rigid and inflexible as opposed to the measured and thinking warrior he is seen as in the other examples of him in the main line novels.

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not great

the story is just one big battle. no background on how Guilleman became the man he was during the Heresy.

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Enjoyable

Not that much about Guilliman. As long as you go into it with that in mind, it s an ok ultramarines book

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Found myself holy invested

So this was my first audio book, and honestly my first book. And oh boy was it a good one… although it wasn’t the longest book, half way in I couldn’t do anything else but listen and had found myself caring for the characters and having opinions. I get it’s a book about a battle and not really about individuals, but it gave me an amazing idea of the Warhammer world and can’t wait to read more!

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One Eye open, the Other Closed.

Gives a great view of Guilliman and his ultramarines. Took a little for me to understand how they think e.g., theoretical and practical. once I unserstood their ways it became very enjoyable.

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Insight into the primarch

Once you get used to the stuffy theoretical and practical back and forth it becomes a great insight into the future anguish the fallible primarch of the Ultramarines. Still a great legion and primarch.

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  • Michael F Tindall JR
  • 26-10-21

Not really what I expected from a primarch book.

This book doesn't cover his childhood of really talk of the emperor, it's a slow drag of battle after battle with foreboding forshowdowning of the future. It well written just not what I was looking for.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jeppe Skelmose
  • 07-10-21

tedious

A tedious story about nothing, that goes nowhere. Offers nothing new about Guilliman. I listened to this after the Alpharius book and boy does this suck in comparisson

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  • Casa
  • 08-09-21

The theoretical and the practical

If I ever hear the words 'theoretical' and 'practical' used in the same sentence again my brain will explode

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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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  • 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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  • Jack Ford
  • 10-08-22

Good story

Story was good ultramarines never were my favorite but I liked the story. Very good