• Plague War

  • Dark Imperium: Warhammer 40,000, Book 2
  • By: Guy Haley
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,212 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Audiobook two of the Dark Imperium trilogy. 

As the Plague Wars rage on, the Emperor's will manifests in Ultramar through miracles that confound the primarch Roboute Guilliman, even as he must rely on them when he faces his traitorous brother, Mortarion.

Listen to it because

The battle between faith and science lies at the heart of Warhammer 40,000. Guy Haley explores it here as never before, through the eyes of Roboute Guilliman - the ultimate believer in rationality and the Imperial Truth.

The story

In the void and upon the worlds of Greater Ultramar, the battle for the Imperium continues.

Intent on rebuilding his home realm and using it as a base to reconstruct the ravaged stellar empire of mankind, the returned primarch, Roboute Guilliman, proceeds with his war to drive Mortarion and his Death Guard Traitor Legion from the domain of the Ultramarines.

But when Guilliman brings his brother to battle upon the diseased plains of Parmenio, the intervention of a greater power in their fraternal struggle threatens to upend the Imperial Regent’s understanding of the galaxy, and his place within it.

Primarchs and ideologies clash in this thrilling second part of the Dark Imperium trilogy.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by John Banks. 

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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  • 06-23-21

Good story but actual story is short

I have listened to the first two books in the series and both have good overall stories. The writing style for me is something I do not care for though. The actual story is buried in long descriptions of objects or locations which add some to the story, but could be shortened. This would allow for more of the actual story or even character development. Again, this is just my preference and others may enjoy the rich descriptions. The presentation/reading has been great for both books.

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Dissapointing.

do you like books that feel like nothing happens, no one is in any real danger, and nothing of real significance actually happens? this is your book.

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disconjointed

first off the narration is top notch. the story is all over the place and makes no sense. every time the story gets going the chapter ends and it jumps to something completely different. The description of the setting while nice burries any plot to be had. far too many characters to keep track and most are non essential to the plot. No central protagonist or antagonist; supposed to be about guillemam versus his brother mortarian but there's very little of that. I really don't care for the chaos perspective, there no point to it as far as I can tell.also don't care for the para religious talk. this is a book about the ultra Marines who are not religious. could not finish it.

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Should have been free

Do not buy if you own the prior version not worth the upgrade GW and Black Library dropped the ball here

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a nice expansion of the lore.

really enjoyed it. the voice acting was incredible and the writing really helped that as well. lost a lot of respect for mortarion in this one too. what a coward.

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good, but not really 40k

Good guys winning and little loss. Clearly trying to get new fans, but that's okay

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Rowboat Gorrila-man yells at priest

Guilliman yelled at a priest and called him an idiot. For that scene alone I rate it 20/10.

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great story of the last primarch's struggles

great book. the struggles of the last faithful son of the emperor is great in its twisting plots and his battle against everything corrupt and evil the emperium of the 41st millenium has turned into. 😊

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really enjoyed it!

The first half was very similar to the last book, in fact so similar I was beginning to think that I would not continue the series, but the last few chapters were so insightful about the heresy and inner workings of Roboute's mind that I will def be continuing to the next one!

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"Rejoice for I have glorious news.

God walks among us"


listen to this book now! I had the option of buying this book and reading it however the voice acting is exquisite! listen to it please

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  • 07-16-21

A cracking instalment in the series.

The humour and pathos in the descriptions of the vilest creatures of Nurgle was a genuine delight to read. Another great tale by Hayley.

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  • Jak West
  • 09-08-21

A must read!

Amazing written and performed. A good middle point in the Dark Imperium saga. A must read for anyone who cares about the current Warhammer timeline.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-21

drives the narrative forward

Glad to see the Universe finally go places! it's no Dan Abnett but solid story

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  • Carsten Andersen
  • 07-07-21

gratis book

cant wait for the next book lovning it and john Banks read it perfect.

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  • Sam Marshall
  • 08-23-22

Very poor first half

Very poor slow first half. Narrator tries his hardest to keep the flow in a dull beginning. Second half much better, full of premise and excitement

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-22

John Banks, take an absolute bow!

The highlight of this book, in amongst some great character and lore development, was the narration. John Banks does a breathtakingly good job of voicing numerous Nurgle-worshipping daemons, all in unique ways, second only to his passionate voicing of Rouboute's frustrated roar.

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  • jamie hart
  • 07-24-22

Good story kind of

the narrator was great, but this story is kind of boring and no real action

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  • tony
  • 07-22-22

Not just bolter porn. Series isn't bad.

so far in the series it's better than most of the space marine based stuff I've read.
Seems to have a lot more intricacies with Robute's relationship with the religious fanaticism within the imperium is interesting.

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  • Edwin Cross
  • 07-21-22

Moderate

Great narration but the plot was quite slow. I struggled to finish the book.

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  • cormac
  • 06-27-22

many voices

the battles were well described and I loved the multitude of voices the actor did. loved it

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  • Mavis Beaconsfield
  • 06-16-21

Fantastic Narration

John Banks' performance is outstanding. Don't make the same mistake I did and have the audio cranked to hear over the car's heater because when he starts yelling it's brown trousers time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-21

loved it

enjoyed every moment, really implants one into the story. Can't wait to start the next!!!!!