Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia

Primarchs: The Horus Heresy, Book 4
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Primarchs: The Horus Heresy, Book 4
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (335 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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....

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

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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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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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A glimpse into Peturabo’s youth

As with the other primarch books we get a look to the youth of a primarch with a later tale of the primarch during the crusade that is interwoven between the story of his youth. His arrogance and stubbornness lead to an impactful if not expected outcome. This book helps paint Peturabos actions in the heresy which I felt was somewhat missing. It’s kind of annoying that it takes a separate book to open up the eyes of the reader to the true underlying thoughts and issues that guide his decisions but as a book on its own it’s well written. Voice acting is great and the story is very much self contained with no heresy spoilers. I’d give the overall a 4.5 but that’s not an option.

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great story

the flaws are what make the character. this book understands this well. perturabos flaws are what make him great. someone who is so perfect that failed his people so badly. very compelling character.

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How I expected the Primarch series to be

I had expected the Primarch series to all be like this one. A great balanced tale of Perturabo's life before and leading up to being found and a campaign during the Great Crusade. Insight into his nature and feelings towards it all...

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In the case of great tragedic literature

I absolutely enjoyed this book about the lord of iron which added depth to the tragedy that is Perturabo. As always excellent execution in the use of voice acting that brings his story and this universe to light. Another excellent audio experience.

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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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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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  • 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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  • Theo
  • 09-05-20

Great story

Fantastic story, slow to start but the really fleshes put the character of Perturabo and makes him so interesting and deep!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-20

I see his point

Ok, I kinda see how he started down that road to choas now. Don't get me wrong, I'm a salamander through and through but Perturabo is almost Human in his flaws which is interesting. Most of the primarchs (that I have read about) are either almost flawless or so flaws it's laughable. Perturabo had honest desires to be shown the love that he was denied on Olimpia and is then given the worst jobs going, I'd be miffed aswell. This book sheds a new and interesting light on a character that I had thought dill and iron.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-20

Now my fave Primarch

Brilliant book that really fleshes out Perturabos character. He has now replaced Fulgrim as my fave of the Emperors sons.

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  • MrDave
  • 05-25-20

Perts comes across unlikable but also redeemable.

Makes you love/hate Perturabo. Also makes you wonder why he is portrayed as less conflicted in the later books.

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  • Tom
  • 03-30-20

Best in the Series by far!!

I've listened to this now on multiple occasions. It gets better with every listen. The troubled character of Perturabo is so beautifully written and performed. It really brings him to life and shows why he is the way he is. I'd give it 10 stars if possible!!!

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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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  • simon s.
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-20

Probably one of the most arrogant primarchs

interesting insight into the mind of the iron warriors primarch. Story mainly focuses on his upbringing and a thankless task - defeating the Hrud. To be fair he is an average character at best but Jonathan Keeble always makes the story interesting.

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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