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Summary

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.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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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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really enjoyable!!

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

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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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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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Awesome book

I left the last chapter for days as I didn't want the book to end

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Great book.

This is a really good book with some amazing voice acting. My only complaint is that there appears to be a little too much filler compared to similar books from the series.
Other than that i thoroughly recommend this audio book.

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OK

Same old same old, if you like 30k/40k books this is right up your alley. If you get tired of the severity and seriousness that the setting can layer on, skip this.

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Good But a struggle to finish

Would you listen to Dark Imperium again? Why?

I would listen again to pick out some of the details of the reordering of the imperium during the time after Guilliman returns but only for research.

What other book might you compare Dark Imperium to, and why?

Comparable to some of the heresy books that layout history and focus less on the conflict

Have you listened to any of John Banks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There is only war!

Any additional comments?

A good listen overall but I struggled to keep invested in the story. Really good for those who wish to know what happened after the events of Guillimans Return

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A good look at the changes to the Imperium

I enjoyed this book, it was good to hear about the changes wrought on the Imperium since the return of Guilleman, how his outlook has changed and the inclusion of the new Primaries Marines.

I felt the characters were well rounded and interesting enough.

My only real criticism would be some of the dialogue during fights as its very repetitive with the bad guys saying "All is Ash! All is Ash! All is Ash! All is Ash!" and the good guys saying "Forward! Forward! Forward! Forward! Forward! FORWARD!". There were some others as well. I thought it felt like lazy writing, I understand the reasoning for it but it could have been put across in a much better, subtle or imaginative way instead of having the narrator shouting in my ear.

Otherwise is well worth a listen!

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A good look at a primarch<br />

The best thing about this book and the only real reason that I got it was because of primarch roboute guilliman and how you get to watch him fit in to the 41st millenia we're he is all alone and the only brothers he has left want him dead.

This book gave me a hollow new love for roboute and he is the best part of the book there are some side characters that get some chapters that are nice but I always felt as if I was waiting for the next bit with roboute.

John Banks is the reader of the book and I think he did a great job with all the characters.
Over all 8/10 book for me cause I got what I wanted out of it and that was a good look at a primarch. Lord commander Roboute Guilliman

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-18

If you're a fan of any space opera

Ive heard about 40k for sometime now, but ignored it for whatever reason. After stumbling upon a political podcast where the host based his ideology on the lore of 40k I had to give it a chance. If you're a fan of enders game, star trek, star wars and haven't looked into 40k you have been missing out. This is my first 40k book. I'm not sure where in the time line it sits, but the depth and detail to the 40k universe is unique and complex unlike any space opera. Typically Im not a fan of supernatural or mystical content seen in whatever story includes elves. 40k has its own take on the dark other world seen in the likes of hell raiser and event horizon while blending the nightmare future of a brave new world, gatica and iron heart. I enjoyed every moment of this book. I'm a 40k nerd now.

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  • Dustin Higgins
  • 15-04-18

Awesome!

I loved this book. It is a decent story to help set up the new edition of the game. It’s great to see a more human side to these inhuman characters.

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  • oscar valenzuela
  • 14-04-18

Future space battles galore!

A great starting place for someone like myself just starting out with Warhammer 40k and interested in the lore.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-18

good read

the performance and writing were superb! very interesting plot, and provides in sight to Roubute'mind

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  • Peter
  • 13-04-18

Great story

Great story, well read, good entertainment. The sci-fi universe of 40K is so grim and over the top, yet so Deep and nuanced

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  • John
  • 10-04-18

Slow strat but captivating story

I have been collecing the warhammer 40k miniatures for some time and recently picled up the Dark Imperium miniature set. It is rrally nice to get some context to the miniatures although I would have hoped for a little bit more from the Death Guard side :)
Once I got into it it was hard to stop listening!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-18

Amazing

Loved it. Another grate narration of the 40k un iverse.
I enjoyed the internal struggle of the Primark

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  • Thomas C L
  • 27-03-18

Great book

Loved the story and the narrator did a good job on the voices, can't wait till the sequel.

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  • The Kindly One
  • 26-03-18

excellent, but few minor... mehs.

a great 40k story that helps setup the new way of things, but suffers from inconsistencies of old fluff in place. also tries to do diplomatic scenes and action, but both sort of drag away from each other making them brief and giving them little time to truely shine and stand out. still a good solid read and totally suggest it if your a fan of warhammer 40000!