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Summary

Censured at the Council of Nikaea for his flagrant use of sorcery, Magnus the Red and his Thousand Sons Legion retreat to their homeworld of Prospero to continue their use of the arcane arts in secret.

But when the ill-fated primarch forsees the treachery of Warmaster Horus and warns the Emperor with the very powers he was forbidden to use, the Master of Mankind dispatches fellow primarch Leman Russ to attack Prospero itself. But Magnus has seen more than the betrayal of Horus and the witnessed revelations will change the fate of his fallen Legion, and its primarch, forever.

©2010 Games Workshop Limited (P)2010 Games Workshop Limited

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Good story, mumbling narration

I think this was probably one of the best Horus Heresy books, but the narrator mumble his way through it with very odd changes of timbre. He sounds like Patrick Moore much of the time. I found it unsettling.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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couldn't stand the narration

I'd heard how great this book was just felt the narrator ruined it I couldn't follow who was talking all characters sound the same and his cadence made it impossible to follow

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Get a new narrator

The narrator (Martyn Ellis) is lacking in capturing the audience unlike some of the horus heresy narrators.

he reads it to quick and doesn't act out the voices.
So I'm very disappointed with the audio book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A Faustian tale of ideals, hubris and tragedy.

I can't recommend this book enough. Outstanding! Martyn Ellis is a new and welcome addition to the Black Library narration team and delivers a performance with real aplomb.

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Excellent story, average narration except battles.

This story shouldn't be missed despite the mostly sub par narration. The battle scenes are quite epic and it's those moments that I felt the narration was pretty solid. I recommend reading the ebook if the overall narration puts you off. But whatever you do, this novel must be read/heard! May you find enlightenment within the ether!

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Favourite of the Heresy Novels

Slightly difficult to get into the first chapters, yet when it gets.going.it.is.a.fantastic.look.into.the.most.tragic.story.of.the.Heresy.
Great.performance.from.Martin.Ellis.although.his.style.is.faster.paced.than.the.other.naraters.nonetheless.the.best.book.and.it's.very.colourful.and.deep.
stupid word.limit

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something wrong with this audio, sounds very tinny

This book sounds very tinny, makes it hard to listen to, not had this issue with any other Horus Heresay books

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Terrible narration

This is the first book in the series I didn't binge listen to, the rest I finished in 2-3 days, the narrator mumbles a lot, and made it a chore to listen to.

Other than that a great story.

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Fantastic book

Enthralled from the start. A great story, which is brilliantly read. A must read for Warhammer fans.

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Minimal Issues

The story was excellent, particularly the last 4 or 5 hours and the first 3 or 4.

the performance was good, and I particularly liked Ahriman, Magnus and Lemule's voices, but it just felt the countenance was a little fast. I understand that the book is v. long but there were a few times I felt where a dramatic pause could have really made an impact.

not much criticism though, still very good.

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  • Nick
  • 16-02-18

Horrible narrator made me stop listening

What did you like best about A Thousand Sons? What did you like least?

A book about the Burning of Prospero and the Thousand Sons!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I couldn't make it to the ending because the mewling, nasally voice of the narrator made me abandon the book after 2.5 chapters. He makes every character, men and women alike, sound like simpering, whiny children after they've been scolded.

How could the performance have been better?

Get a different narrator, preferably Toby Longworth who can actually capture the spirit and mood of the 41st Millennium.

Was A Thousand Sons worth the listening time?

Considering I couldn't make it through the book, I really can't say.

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  • Brett Casey
  • 24-01-18

get a better narrator!

So out of all the 40k books ive listened to or read this one took the longest. the names of characters were too complex that they did not even seem human and this made following certain events confusing. but what reallky made it difficult to finish this Audio book was the narrator. the only change of voice he used for different characters was an increase in his volume, so it sometimes leaves you wondering as to whos talking.

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  • SAXON117
  • 27-12-17

when you want to route for the bad guys

The story of the Thousand Sons finally told from their view. Are these bad guys really the bad guys after all? Graham McNeill knocks it out of the park once more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-09-18

Magnus did...a few things wrong

poor thousand sons. great book. martyn Ellis a wonderful narrator as always. also if you read this and still like the space wolves afterward then shame on you.

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  • Monty Hudson
  • 26-08-18

good book, meh narrator

the book is fantastic. the narrator doesn't bring you in. he sounds like David Attenborough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-18

Important but flawed

This was overall a decent entry in the Horus Heresy series. It includes some very important events for the Thousand Sons and larger narrative as a whole and this elevates its importance. Several key events that are touched upon in other books both previous and subsequent are given at least some detail. Magnus and Ahriman both receive fleshing out that is helpful to fans. I would say this is not Mr. McNeill's best book but it is certainly not bad. I just felt the narration quality was lacking and perhaps this led to the story itself feeling less vibrant in some way. Mr. Ellis does a poor job marking out quite a few characters distinctly, especially Astartes and Primarchs. Other of his voices are quite nice though. At times his cadence also seemed off. I was used to some of the previous narrators and this was my first time hearing him and perhaps it was not what I expected. Over all it is an important chapter in the saga and well worth the listen.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 29-07-18

My 3rd favorit of the Horus Heresy

A great book about the hubris of man, and my favorit legion!
Now i have not given the performance full marks even though the narrator does a good job, but I personaly fund his voice grating and unplesant, this is ofcourse a subjektivet thing so it might not bother anyone else but still its worth considering

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  • Sterling Routson-Thomas
  • 25-06-18

loved It. Sound Quality Needs a Little Help

Great performance and hauntingly great story. The only major complaint that I can summon on this one is that it has a tinny effect that is an artifact of the recording. It does not substantially subtract from the story but it is noticeable. Additionally, I don't remember it being quite as hard to differentiate the characters when I read the book but overall it just took me a bit longer to make sure I had everyone straight in my head. would recommend.

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  • n
  • 23-06-18

reduce read speed

The narrator heeds not the rules of meter or grammar. I recommend that you read this book at 90% speed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-06-18

Bad narrator

The dude that reads it is useless! A damn robot! Ruins the whole book sadly.