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Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia

Primarchs, Book 4
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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Born to a life of political conflict, Perturabo was always considered a child prodigy among the people of Olympia - indeed, his philosophical and scientific works were beyond compare. But then, after his rediscovery by the Emperor and decades of thankless military campaigning on the Great Crusade, the primarch begins to resent his Legion's place in the Imperium.

When word reaches him of turmoil on his adoptive home world, he orders the Iron Warriors to abandon their campaign against the alien hrud and crush this emerging rebellion by any means necessary....

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Tedious and Uninspired

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who enjoys listening to the same boring description of unimportant events and little character development or prefers to hit themselves repeatedly with a hammer...

What do you think your next listen will be?

Already listening to Master of Mankind and relishing it!!!!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

Yep, he's a brilliant narrator, but he can only do so much with what this author has given him. There's only so many ways you can play a spoiled teen who throws his toys out of the pram every time he's disappointed.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia?

Pretty much the first four hours of the book... The author tries to impart the difficulties the Iron Warriors had to over come but it just became repetitive and I had no connection with the characters. The description leads one to believe that the novel will be about Perterabo sorting out Olympia but that only consumes an hour of listening. Shame really because it could be so much more.

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Unlike the two previous Primarch novels - Russ and Magnus the Red - which are wonderful additions to the the story line and fit seamlessly with the 'Horus Heresey' novels, Hammer doesn't quite measure up to its kin Angel Exterminatus. If you must really listen because you're a fan of the Iron Warriors or the P-man himself, be prepared for a long slogging listen that truly requires a like determination, iron within, iron without.

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Behind the eyes.

This is a great story and the iron warriors leader Perturabo that shows him in a new light. It’s a must read!

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Insight Into Perturabo Revealed

Excellent story, great narration. Revealing insight into a misunderstood Primarch in the Warhammer 40k universe.

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to Jonathan keeble

I wanted to review mostly to give 5 stars to Jonathan keeble! superb narrator epic yet emotional.

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Angel Exterminatus's Perturabo was better

In voice and in character, although when consrasted with Fulgrim, almost anyone would be morally superior.

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Iron Within.

From iron cometh strength. From strength cometh will. From will Cometh faith. From faith cometh honor. From honor cometh Iron!

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The Indomitable, the Unrelenting, the Lord of Iron

Great, short 30k piece to better understand the Primarch of the 4th Legiones Astartes. The author gives you a great idea of the life and conquest of Olympia through Perturabos eyes while at the same time telling of the 4th's efforts against a gigantic invasion of Hrud. The climatic last third of the novel depicts the news of and punishment against the rebellion of Olympia. The greatest enjoyment is the ebb and flow of Perturabo's behavior and character as he grows and lear s what it means to be a Primarch, both as an Olympian youth and leader of Astartes. As with all traitor Primarchs, this story gives insight of the flaws of such wonderous, perfect leaders and this novel leaves you with a brilliant ending to close the story of the tragedy of Perturabo.

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great reading

the narrator brought the iron feeling to the story. games workshop once again makes for awesome fiction even through a realistic view.

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the story stops just as it was getting good

I almost wish the whole book had been Perterabo and his early conquests of Olympia... But its a 40k book so they have to shove bolters and power armor in somewhere. the books pacing is perfect. only flaw is I wanted more and it ends very abruptly.

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Emotion in a Warhammer book

It constantly amazes me that a story about a universe of war can envoys such a deep level of emotion. The characters feelings and the timing in this book are phenomenal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-18

Thoroughly enjoyable dive in to Perturabo

I enjoyed this Primarch book thoroughly, I only wish it would have been a few hours longer. Around a third of the book is on Perturabo's background on Olympia, before he was found by the Emperor. Another third is of he's slide to darkness and the last is on the legion and Antioch. The background part was the most enjoyable and unlike some of the other books in the series, this one describes how the primarch meets the Emperor. If you're at all interested in Perturabo and the Iron Warriors, I would recommend this book. Overall I think the story was decent, even though somewhat predictable and the writing was good.

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  • 451
  • 04-07-18

Needs more Dantioch

Perturabo runs exactly as you'd expect. A promising enough beginning gives way to the standard tale of a disillusioned Primarch and sets up the premise for his eventual role in the wider Heresy.

Part of the problem is the format - the Primarchs books are substantially shorter than the full length novels and in the case of Perturabo it's entirely for the worse. The early years on Olympia and his own campaign of Unification are fascinating so it's all the more disappointing that our time with the Primarch is cut short to address the (entirely unnecessary) motivation for his betrayal. The final speech by his adopted sister crystallises what took Haley a third of the book and again, it's to the detriment of the novel.

That said, Perturabo marks a very welcome return for Barabas Dantioch. The Warsmith's story is woven in with the Primarch's and its the latter who suffers. Dantioch is fascinating and his brief appearance here makes me long for more of the crafty ancient. Compared to his gene-son Perturabo comes off as little more than a cypher and while not as useless a creation as Angron, he's certainly no Lorgar. Perfectly read by Jonathan Keeble, Perturabo is by no means a must but worth it very much for Dantioch alone.

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  • jack cf
  • 06-26-19

Gripping and a pleasure

I loved this book and finished it quickly. I'm sort of sad to have finished it but happy that there is plenty of material including Perturabo and his legion and works by Guy Haley. Perturabo in this book is an amazing tragicly flawed but brilliant character. For the Emperor's scene, my heretical heart is now at dilemma and threatens to go loyalist.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-19

my thoughts

I liked the story but the voice for some of the characters especially perturabo's "angry" voice was awful. made me cringe quite a few times

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  • Evan
  • 05-09-19

Very good

Interesting book if you are an iron warriors fan, or just collecting the primarchs series.

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  • Curtis J. Finnigan
  • 01-30-18

Absolutely fantastic.

This book was an absolute pleasure to listen to, I just wish it was longer.

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  • Peter Conley
  • 01-25-18

Love it!

By far my favourite Primarchs book so far. It’s all about Perturabo finding his place as a boy in the court of his adoptive father, but never feeling like he was truly appreciated, despite the fact he was highly valued and loved by all. A great book for learning the mind of probably the most bitter Primarch.

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  • ,Daniel Harris
  • 12-15-17

Perturabo. Love him, Pity him, Hate him.

This book will make you do all 3. Loved it. A very well paced and insightful look into one of the history and pschology of one of the lesser known characters from The Horus Heresy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-19

Gangsta book

A great book the primarchs is perfectly written as well as his legion iron within