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Dark Imperium

Warhammer 40,000
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,186 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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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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Bruno I

It explains some stuff about 8th ed and primatis wich is nice, but it really ends out of nowhere.

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Guilliman is Captain America

Hard to not love a story about the primarchs return if you are a fan and this was well done.

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one of thee best books I have listen to.

The story and narration is phenomenal and I would honestly listen to this book again!

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Amazing

Very great and detailed addition to the warhammer universe. If you love warhammer, you should definitely pick this up

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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!

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Less Grimdark than your average 40k adventure.

A few story threads aren't resolved satisfactorily, but otherwise one of the best 40k novels and an excellent tale of Rowboat Girlyman.

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  • Kyle
  • Green Bay, WI, United States
  • 05-13-18

Awesome power of the Imperium.

I loved it, like the emperor loves mankind. Great pacing throughout the book. Exciting moments and some filler into the grimdark. Enjoy!

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Great story and narration

I loved the pacing of the book and it's separate tales covering multiple facets of the books events. From the perspective of the primarch, his primaries marines, and lowly guardsmen. All show casing their ability to deal with hardships, and resistance against the ruinous powers. As well as the cause and effect of decisions made. Which is a undertone of the chaos power of nurgle. Which I find perfectly weaved into the story.

The perspective of the ruinous power both daemon, and more was great. Giving great insight as well as teasing a bigger story. I approve though I wish more was told perhaps in another book it is covered.

The visuals described were beautiful, and grotesque. No lack of detail for environment, or emotion. I felt fully immersed.

The narrators voice, and pitch for perfectly superb. Reilly this book deserves a 5 star rating well worth the price. Will likely attempt a hard cover purchase of available!

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My First 5 Star

Well-performed and well-written, the only thing this production is lacking is a custom score! A must-have for any lover of w40k and/or science-fiction in general!

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  • Craigie
  • 02-06-18

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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  • HomeBirthAddict
  • 02-26-18

really enjoyable!!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-18

Nice primer for newcomers, but not only that

The Dark Imperium is a continuation of the story of the epic that is Warhammer 40K, but it also serves as a good start off point for newcomers (it was undoubtedly written with this in mind).
For those that already are immersed in the grim darkness of the far future, the book offers interesting insight into the psyke of Robute Guilliman. Having been forced into stasis for 10 000 years Robute awakes to a universe where the ideals and hopes of his time has all but died out. Many of the more interesting monologues (and dialogues) deals with Guilliman trying to manage an empire which in many ways disgusts him. This is a nice break from the regular grim-dark rutine, where you only get to follow characters that have been sired by the most horrible facist society imaginable. Instead, the reader is placed inside a mind that (in greater part) shares the ethics and morals of our world, and through that appear more relatable.
There is a fair deal of fighting, with a clear focus to showcase the new models released for the Warhammer 40K wargame (which broke my immersion from time to time). Although, the type of conflict and scenery changes enough to not make the fighting become stale.
As usual, the crisp voice of John Banks brings the characters to life and is very engaging.
Overall a solid 40K novell.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-18

Great and interesting in part

Decent story and writing, the parts on Guilliman's thoughts on the Imperium, the Emperor and what happened in the throne room are easily the most interesting and best parts. There's also some interesting information on Cawl and the primaris Marines, but the rest is pretty standard "bolter porn", featuring all the new toys. Still a worthwhile listen and I do recommend it, but not one of the better 40K or Horus Heresy books.

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  • Matt
  • 03-31-18

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?

N/a

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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  • Timothy Cossa
  • 02-06-18

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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  • Alan
  • 02-03-18

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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  • Josh
  • 02-19-19

Poop

terribly thin plot. seemed unfinished. overall very boring.

Performance was good but a crap story is a crap story, no matter who narrates it.

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  • K Sawyer
  • 02-18-19

Ok story but badly written

Reasonably good Warhammer 40000 sorry but it is badly written with very little sense of continuity. Full of silly things, such as a pair of armored boots weighing over 200 kg, that is obviously designed to be impressive but ends up dragging you out of the story with their stupidity. Unfortunately not up to the standards of the Horus Heresy series and seems to be aimed more at a younger, audience who are more easily impressed by the bombast of the grim dark setting.

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  • PreacherB0
  • 02-18-19

loved it

really enjoyed this dark and violent, now back to the heresy but I am looking forward to more of the same

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-19

Very well read and written.

A valuable addition to the warhammer 40k lore and universe. I could definitely listen to it again.

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  • Kal
  • 02-05-19

Thoroughly enjoyable from the first second to the last

I’m new to the Warhammer stories and amazed at the depth of the lore! This story does them great credit and expands on the concept of a missing deity well.
The narration was exceptional and I’ve listened to hundreds of audio books. His range of voices was good and his ability to maintain a character for the whole book was excellent.
I felt that the narrator captured the author’s intentions at every point and was eagerly awaiting each next chapter.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

lost in a world of Heroes

Every character, every scene, every moment I was lost in the story of this book. From the small personal moments of the Space Marines to the grand speeches of the Primarch himself. Even the grotesquely inimate details of the Plague Marines. Loved from start to finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-19

A good addition to the new lore

Dark Imperium has some issues in storytelling that many newer black library novels, however, John Banks ties it all together quite well.

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  • James
  • 01-02-19

This is just silly.

The instructions for putting together a Games Workshop set of Space Marines contains more drama and narrative than this "story". There are great 40k novels. This isn't one of them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-18

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The only audiobook i have that isnt the Horus heresy and i found it to be one of my favourites.
Robutte is down to earth and is extremely likable The characters involved are all interesting in their own way and voice acting for the Nurgle daemons is exceptional and hilarious, John Banks really captures how they should sound

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-18

Primaris Space Marines

Half the story felt like and advertisement for Primaris space marines and that definitely took away from what would have been a good story.

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  • Jason Errington
  • 03-10-18

New 40k lore

Great story for the commencement of the new lore for Warhammer 40k. Thoroughly enjoyed it!.

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  • Adam Gibson
  • 02-12-18

More Bolter P*rn and advertisment than timeline

unfortunately doesnt expand on the timeline progression. Was more of a Primaris bolter p*rn advertisement.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful