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Mechanicum

The Horus Heresy, Book 9
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (503 ratings)
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Summary

As the flames of treachery spread throughout the Imperium, Horus plots to subvert or destroy all those who would stand against him.

On Mars, home world of the Mechanicum priesthood, the great manufactory-cities have long produced much of the weaponry required for the expeditionary fleets across the galaxy - making the world invaluable to whoever controls it in the coming war.

Now, the Warmaster's agents begin to stoke the fires of rebellion, turning the loyalist forges and the mighty Titan Legions against one another. And, with whispers spreading of an ancient terror lurking beneath the Red Planet's surface, the Dark Mechanicum rises....

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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Favourite heresy book so far

Probably due to my love of Titans, this was my favourite book thus far in the series

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The best self-contained novel in the HH series.

It takes an especially talented writer to take a 30K/40K novel away from the genre's pulp roots, but McNeill is such a writer. The plot is water-tight, the pacing akin to a screenplay, the description appropriately verbose, and the characters humane and relatable. Don't expect a grand exploration of themes, instead adjust your expectation for a story that is perfect in its concision, simplicity, and humanity. This audiobook wouldn't nearly be so strong if not for the multiple voices of Toby Longworth. It is astounding how he can make every character unique, how he can immerse and excite you with a wide range of tempo and volume. The perfect narrator, in my opinion.

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A must for any fan of the mechanicum

loved every moment. makes me want to buy a not so small mortgage worth of models

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Pretty good.

Better than expected. Picks up really well towards the end. Think the Machine God will be pleased with this one.

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  • Ed
  • 12-03-19

...wow

Huge fan of the Horus Heresy series.
This, apart from Legion, is my favourite so far.
On to the next!

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Decent story, excellently told.

Took me a while to get into but definitely worth sticking with. Answers alot of questions I didnt even know I had asked years ago and forgotten I never got the answers to.

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Incredible

10/10 Worth listening.

Incredible interpretation and delivery, very important passage of the adeptus mechanicus lore.

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Fantastic

Epic listen, fantastic audiobook my favorite sofar and the first time ive been genuinely upset when it finished

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If you like Titan's then you'll love this

The good points:
Titan battles are pretty good
Mars is really cool

Bits that could be better:
Character development
The main girls quest
actually caring for the Titan pilots

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The Red Planet Burns

One of my all time favourite books based in the 40k universe. Okay it's 30k but I mean it's not just a Heresy fave.
Excellent story with some very interesting reviles. Also features House Teranis which is my inspiration for a new army for the tabletop.
Like the mechanicum? You'll love this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-18

great book, essential as well

This book is a pleasure to listen too, and its essential for understanding the nature of the Mechanicus, and its role in The Horus Heresy

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  • Ron
  • 17-02-19

New Light

I'm fairly new to the Warhammer universe. I've read about 18 books and listened to 2, this being the second. I wasn't really a fan of the Mechanicum before. In other books their depiction came off as more annoying than anything. There were a few individual members that I liked here and there, but as a whole I didn't care for them. This book changed that. Seeing how Mars functions with its Forges and better yet how their War Machines work is amazing. I also like that the story is tied directly to the first three Horus Heresy novels, unlike some others that jump in the timeline.

The narrator is a great fit for the job too. He has the perfect vocal range for the Mechanicum, and does a good job with different voice to help separate the characters out. None of them are annoying, and are distinct.

Definitely a top 10 of 40k books I've picked up so far.

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  • Amy
  • 30-04-19

A tale of Martian Civil War

This chapter of the Horus Heresy was a little harder to follow than previous books, lots of characters, lots of names. Still an excellent story and the narrator is probably my favorite of all the books in the series.

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  • Robert K. Vaughan
  • 15-05-18

Not bad!

It not best HH book (it is no Betrayer, Know No Fear, Master of Mankind or The First Heretic) but it is also not the worst either (which IMHO is Vulkan Lives...a truely dreadful book). But still...worth a listen! Toby Longworth is a great narrator as always.

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  • Ghalahad
  • 18-04-19

amazing book

probably my favorite book in the Horus Heresy. If your going to read any if them then read this one.

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  • mtrask
  • 11-04-19

Great info bomb book.

This was a great book to listen to! It was great have the original narrator return as his voice fits the gimdark the best. I don’t want to spoil anything but this book fills in a lot of gaps and provides a lot of understanding. If your a fan of the series this is a must!

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  • Lillibet
  • 14-03-19

all things mechanicus

if you love Titans this is a fantastic book. it has me in the mood to play some more adeptus titanicus

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  • Eric Marecek
  • 19-02-19

You know the drills, but you don’t have the skills

Story sometimes moves at the pace of a Titan. But every step is purposeful and filled with details. This builds up to a couple great tense moments in the story. The narrator does a great job with the voices. Dude has range. Good book.

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  • Kinomed_Knyght
  • 16-01-19

Great book

I always love a good book about the Adeptus Mechanicus. Especially when it takes place on Mars.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-18

titans

there is a massive titan battle in a volcano, what more do you need. awsome