• Krieg

  • Warhammer 40,000
  • By: Steve Lyons
  • Narrated by: Timothy Watson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,281 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An Astra Militarum novel.

The Death Korps of Krieg are deployed to a soul-crushing siege in the Octarius War Zone. They’re the right regiment for the job, though victory might come at a price that some might balk to pay.

Listen to it because: Steve Lyons lifts the mask on the enigmatic Death Korps of Krieg, to show us the true horror that lies at the heart of this storied regiment. If you’re looking for a meat-grinder war, you’ve found it.

The story: Krieg is a dead world.

Fifteen hundred years ago, it declared its independence from the Imperium of Man and paid the price. One loyal soul defied its treacherous rulers and laid the world to waste. From these ashes emerged a unique fighting force, forged and tempered in nuclear fire....

Today, the Death Korps of Krieg lay siege to a captured hive city on the outskirts of the system-spanning Octarius War, in a desperate attempt to secure the cordon that stops untold masses of Orks and Tyranids from spilling out into the Imperium at large. The Korpsmen are relentless, ruthless, implacable and unstoppable, even in the face of a war that seems unwinnable. How far will they go to achieve victory, and is history doomed to repeat itself?

Written by Steve Lyons. Narrated by Timothy Watson. Runtime nine hours 34 minutes.

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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So far my favorite Warhammer 40,000 book

it's guttural and grim with few glances of hope. The Emperors Tithe comes for them all in this amazing book. I'm astounded to see the progress of a once peaceful world into the grim darkness we know now. I'm salivating for more Krieg content by Steve Lyons or any other content he wants to put out it genuinely was a great listen all around.

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its good but there is a few mistakes

its a pretty solid book to say the least but to highlight its problems in one example, they mistakenly call Gretchens squigs ...so take that as you will

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Ode to my Shovel

Everything a Death Korps fan hopes it to be. You'll listen to it multiple times. Great story, great acting. Loved it. (This is a review of the audiobook)

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Summary is mildly misleading

Decent, bland political plot, not enough Korpsmen action, not quite what I was expecting.

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Grimdark Blah

The Death Korps turn out to be uninteresting subjects for a novel. Instead of humanizing them, Lyons has kept with the bad-ass faceless depiction that is interesting in a one paragraph caption in a codex, but makes for pretty boring characters. Even the non-Krieg characters have little to differentiate them, with little characterization beyond "soldier" or "inquisitor". The chapters set in the past are more interesting, but feel like a missed opportunity to make a statement on the Imperium, with the monstrous and unlikeable Col Jurten still being praised in some propagandistic passages. Still, Watson's reading is quite good and Krieg had a few fun passages, so I can't completely flunk it, but I wouldn't recommend it either.

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In life war. In death, peace. In life, shame. In death, atonement.

I’ve always been fascinated by Krieg and the Death Corps. This book is a superb exposition of their past and present. Highly recommend!

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Everything you’d want from a DKoK novel!

Excellent audiobook that gives an interesting perspective of the DKoK from a 1st and 3rd party perspective. The two story lines were both done quite well and it was awesome to hear about Colonel Jurten is a freakin boss. Definitely recommend

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Great Listen

I wish their was a little more from the kreigs peoples point of view. Other than that it was a great listen.

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A star title for any 40k fan.

As with so many 40k titles on Audible, Krieg is fantastically written, masterfully performed, and well worth the time it takes to listen. Any imperial guard fan can enjoy this title, though it lacks the named heroes performing memorable deeds other titles would have you enjoy.
Still, it is the tale of one of the most unique regiments in the Astra Militarum and it will leave you hopeful you’ll hear of them again in future stories.

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FINALLY

Finally a book on the Krieg. Amazing author, amazing narration. Cannot recommend this book anymore.

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  • Ashley Sandford
  • 02-07-22

Amazing listen!

Amazing story, draws you in within a minute listening, I couldn't turn it off! Would recommend without a moments thought, planning on listening again already

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  • Kelv1n
  • 02-05-22

One of the best 40K audio books in a while

I've listened to nearly every 40k audiobook, this sits up there in the 20 for me. It's well written, the narrator is superb, and it's a story you just won't want to put down.

I was initially reluctant to buy new 40k Audiobooks, it seems they've been experimenting with some new narrators, and the last 2 books (including Priests of Mars) I had to return, they were just aweful .. but Krieg gets a huge thumbs up from me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-22

Not a fan

This is the first book I've listened to from black library that seemed dry. The battles went on too long, I didn't care for the krieg or any other character and the main plot seemed bland. A real shame.

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  • Mike A
  • 03-24-22

Good if you are more interested in the history of Kreig

Overall the performance was good.
I’m new to 40k and love the Kreig so I decided to give it a go.

Sadly for me I was expecting to hear and see more of the Kreig now which the story didn’t cover as much. It created an almost distant feel of the modern Kreig with little snippets here despite the plot being in modern times. And the story would jump between their past war on their home planet and current events. Even in the past war it focused more on the people making decisions and reported incidents about the war but again very limited direct accounts of the actual fighting.
Overall it was an “ok” story but I personally didn’t get as much Kreig as I was hoping to see through this story and didn’t gain any new insight or appreciation of the Kreig compared to what I’ve already learnt from YouTube.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-22-22

Best listen in a long time

I dabbled a lot with Warhammer and 40k in my pre-teens, and recently found the joy of once again immersing myself into the lore rich universe where there is only war.
I've listened to maybe 150 or so horus heresy and other 40k novels, but this book stands out from them. It is truly a gripping tale and I can heartily recommend it!

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  • Simon Eaton
  • 02-03-22

fantastic story

A fantastic story that kept me gripped from start to finish, with excellent narration. I've read other stories about the death korp of Krieg but this is by far the most gripping.

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  • AudioCrook
  • 01-30-22

col.Jurten is not a nice guy ( no spoilers)

One timeline fleshes out the background story to the death world and the death korps of Kreig.

This is very much a prophetic story, about the dangers of dogmatic and zealous fanatics and religious fanaticism.

Jurten, an absolute nailed on emperor worshipper, takes it upon himself to stop The break away rebellion that took traction upon his home world. He will do anything to stop this. However, if circumstances where different, would his actions could easily make him heretic?


The Krieg very much draw influence from 1940s waffen SS fanatical devotion and 'style'. This story irons out one of the most popular and most 'hated' Imperial guard units in 40k.

The second part of this story runs in a modern timeline in the 40k universe, from the view point of A Cadian unit who are in close proximity to their Kreig counterparts. They very quickly understand the Krieg are faceless, fanatical, regimented, killers, who will charge a defensive position outnumbered and out gunned. Sometimes for no other reason than to buy time or to hit the enemy for the sake of it. In Kreig life's cheap but mistakes are expensive.
No wonder other guard regiments find this utterly unnerving.
Kreig don't fear death, they welcome it. so Do the Cadians learn something ?

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  • Mr. D. B. Smethurst
  • 05-17-22

Great background story

enjoyed the story as it provides a background to what are a unique people. Worth buying.

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  • David Smith
  • 05-07-22

amazing

Great story, very well read. flowed seamlessly and didn't loose pace. Great job Timothy, will be looking out for more of your work

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-22

warhammer is about immense scale

isn't warhammer alot about the immense scale of the Imperiums army- how billions of guardsmen are thrown into the meatgrinder as soldiers are one of the only commodities the imperium has an abundance of. In this book 5000 Death korp guardsmen constitue a beaching. 5000 is less than a wave in ww1.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-22

The ultimate Krieg novel

The book is a giant love letter to the Death Korps of Krieg. It finally tells the origin story of the Krieg Civil war with all its tragedy and horror as well as shows us what the rest of the Imperium thinks of Krieg after the Great Rift.
Any fan of the Guard, and anyone who finds the Death Korps even remotely interesting should read it.
P.S. One bonus star for a kriegsmen shoveling an ork :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-22

a great story

was great to see Krieg getting a decent novel, even if it seems almost like two seperate light novels, having a full length audiobook showing the past and present was really great to finally hear

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-22

snooze fest

boring as hell struggled to get through this one had to come back to it a couple times. Wouldn't bother

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  • Amir
  • 05-23-22

Interesting and well written

The story is well written and the performance is amazing. However, I had difficulties engaging the characters. In truth the character was the planet Krieg and the Death Korps. But I prefer a living, or Astartes or even xenos, character to root for.
That’s why although the story is great and everything, I didn’t enjoy it as much as enjoyed similar Astra Militarum stories.

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  • s1n1573r
  • 04-16-22

Krieg! Yes please!

Really great listen the performance was superb and story is top notch.
please can we get more narrated Death Korps of Krieg books this one was fantastic!

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  • Iris Clayton
  • 04-06-22

An instant classic

A great addition to the Black Library containing a great spotlight on the Death Korps of Krieg and their history contrasted with their current state as soldiers of the Imperium. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-22

imperial guard goodness

loved it ! proper imperial guard feeling book with krieg back story and got me pretty close to start collecting them

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-22

Disappointing, but has its moments.

Krieg tries to tell an origins story, as well as a story set during a currently occurring Ork invasion of a hive city, and from a plot perspective fails to provide compelling examples of either.
The narrator does a great job with the material, and there are occasional flashes of brilliance that will leave Death Korps fans in particular satisfied,
But I feel the origin story should have been omitted entirely as it destroys the mystique that surrounds what actually happened on Krieg and makes it mostly political bickering.
The Ork invasion itself feels undercooked, has boring characters and with the exception of a few scenes, mediocre action.
Its a shame, as Steve Lyons knows how to write the Death Korps and make them compelling, with his previous work Dead Men Walking, being superior in every way. Find a copy of that instead.
Overall I was disappointed and would give it 2.5 stars if I could.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-16-22

sin of the father

best telling of the death korp back story shows the who what why the way they are

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-22

Gas mask ASMR

was waiting a long time for a Krieg book.
was not disappointed.
hope to hear more death korps books in future.