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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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Summary

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?

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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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falsely advertised

this offers no original information on the primarchs , 4 badly written and boring short stories, story 1. fulgrim gets tortured by his sons for being possessed till he brings up making a city of mirrors and then instantly forget about the possession that's the whole story. second story is about the iron hands and you go from thinking they are a cool legion that never got a chance to shine (book 5 fulgrim) to thinking their primarch was incompetent to say the least and that trait seems to pass on to his sons. They fall into a elder trap that turns their cybernetics against them and leads to at least 50% casualties, so one of them chops off his cybernetics and is treated like a utter retard by his brothers who just watched half of them die to their own cybernetics. Story 3 is slow but actually turned out to be a good one however ends too quickly ones it picks up. Story 4 is classic alpha legion cloak and dagger stuff and is pretty boring, basically they had a traitor and had to clean house a bit and its underlying message is trust, incredibly boring. I honestly would not waste time or money on this, this advances the story in no way whatsoever and is just 3 terrible stories and one mediocre one .

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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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Great Listen!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Per
  • 25-06-18

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
  • 03-05-19

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
  • 26-03-18

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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  • Nolimt
  • 08-08-20

good

loved it. great stories, and quality performances
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  • Michael C Redl
  • 16-04-20

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
  • 09-02-20

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.
  • 13-01-20

Great!

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-19

Many stories

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

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  • DJ
  • 28-12-18

Great Book

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

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  • Omar
  • 16-12-18

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