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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.

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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.

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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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One of the best in the series

One of my favourite books in the horus heresy Martyn Ellis voice of Magnus is amazing works so well with the character.

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Brilliant

Brilliant story telling and pacing. The best book I have read in the series of Horus Heresy so far.

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epic

sooo good. really enjoyed this book, showing the beginnings of the thousand sons, how they became to be who they are..

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AMAZING

loved every second of this book it is intense and an extremely good entrance to the hit us heresy for a thousand sons fan

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Great listen!

5⭐️s from me, this book was everything I hoped it would be! Thanks audible for adding the Horus Heresy to your already huge library👍

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Simply Brilliant

Loved It, great introduction to the Thousand Son legion and Magnus the Red.
Loved the twists and turns throughout it really kept me going, and how Graham introduced each character.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-18

Finally a good story

Finally a good story that follows the Heresy from an Astartes point of view. Sheds light upon a legion that I never really cared for but this has changed my point of view on the Thousand Sons.

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  • John T Lacy
  • 18-03-18

Someone wanted to write a Space Wolf book.

What disappointed you about A Thousand Sons?

Overall, there are two things that drove me insane here. Firstly, as the headline states, the author clearly wanted to write a different book. The Wolves feature prominently, and that doesn't bother me, its just how overpowering the writer made them Small squads are outshining hundreds of soldiers with armor backup, a single member takes a whole tower, things like that. While the Sons are busing watching and seemingly cheering and gushing over them, it's frustrating that this happened.

Yes, the Sons have a few moments, but it really just doesn't feel right.

Second, the reader. As others have said, he makes almost every character sound like a crying child. Case in point (potential SPOILER!) The one of the characters has been betrayed by a man he thought a friend, realizing that the things he had taught him could now be twisted and turned into an example as to how the Sons are dangerous and out of control.

He is furious in words alone, but the reader makes it sound as though he were a child that just has his sweet stolen by a classmate. It's maddening! These are supposed to be Space Marines, and beyond that, those with the greatest minds and control over their emotions, when that anger breaks through it should be terrifying and something you remember.

Well, I'll remember this one all right...

What other book might you compare A Thousand Sons to and why?

Cant think of one offhand, it's all over the place.

Would you be willing to try another one of Martyn Ellis’s performances?

While not a bad reader, it shouldn't be for Space Marine books. Stick to Imperial Guard, guys that really would be crying over what they face.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Thousand Sons?

Anything that made the Sons play such a sad role compared to the Wolves.

Any additional comments?

Overall, disappointing. The Thousand Sons are the only Chaos faction I play. I love their lore, the looks and feel of the legion. I'm just sad they didn't pick an author that felt the same.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-18

Background

The most insightful book yet of the Horus Heresy. Fabulous background on not only the thousand sons but The Emperor of Mankind

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-18

An integral part of The Horus Heresy

A vital view upon the happenings at Prospero......when you slog through the muck to get there. While waiting for duels between vikings and sorcerers it seems you MUST learn the stories of.....a rotund mortal man that has no significance in The Heresy. Where you would like to hear of Magnus and his origins you just have to learn of a woman who has visions when she touches things. McNeil has enthralled me in past works such as the Ultramarines Omnibus, I found this work could have been much more ground shaking. (pun intended)