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The Master of Mankind

The Horus Heresy, Book 41
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 41
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (410 ratings)
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Summary

While Horus' rebellion burns across the galaxy, a very different kind of war rages beneath the Imperial Palace.

The 'Ten Thousand' Custodian Guard, along with the Sisters of Silence and the Mechanicum forces of Fabricator General Kane, fight to control the nexus points of the ancient eldar webway that lie closest to Terra, infested by daemonic entities after Magnus the Red's intrusion. But with traitor legionaries and corrupted Battle Titans now counted among the forces of Chaos, the noose around the Throneworld is tightening, and none but the Emperor Himself can hope to prevail.

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A good book for fans interested in 30/40k

If you are a fan of the setting I would heartily recommend this book, the story and information contained within is a gold mine for those interested in what was happening on terra during the horus heresy. The characters/story are interesting enough and the narration is of the high standard I would expect from Black Library.

One of the few gripes I have is that most of the fights in the book are the typical hordes and hordes of folk on both side just fighting apocalyptic battles that are present in most black library novels. For those that like bland-ish heroic romps of violence with little real feeling of being in a battle and not just a massive vague brawl then I don't think this will bother you, I didn't until recently but the more black library books I read the more I notice this is a reoccurring theme.

Overall, a good listen that will appeal to fans of the setting but one that newbies to black library or those who like their battles to be a bit more gritty should avoid.

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Superb Insight into the Custodies & The Emperor!

Riveting and insightful. Here we learn of the exact nature of the catastrophe that Magnus the Red wrought upon the work the Emperor was attempting to carry out on a human webway.
Told from several viewpoints, a Custodian Guard, an augmented Blood Angel whom could no longer fight as his bionics are glitchy and more including a tech priest from mars who was responsible for the creation of one of warhammer 4000's most iconic vehicles, the mighty Land Raider ( bet you thought it was called that because it could raid over land! ? Not the case at all.
Master of Mankind is amongst my top five in the Horus Heresy series.
Jonathan Keeble performamce is as always at the top of his game.
Highly entertaining from start to finish.

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The Emperor of all mankind! gets some screen time.

finally we get some insight in to the man that forged the imperium, and his custodians. a must listen for any fans, Don't recommend starting here. One of the best in the series.

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I get the golden men now

Really good story, slow to start in a way but really builds and has lots of lore Easter eggs from the 40k stuff which is nice. I now have a new appreciation for custodes which I didn't expect.

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Amazing!

Absolutely a masterpiece. One of the few books that let you follow the emperor and his costodies!

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Stunning simply stunning.

The first book to allow you into the mind of the Emperor ( Beloved by all). You see his real sons his Custodes bend the universe to his will and the imeterium all at the same time. You also see the madness of the Emperor (Beloved by all) plan and its magnatude. And again fantastic voice acting.

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Sublime

Sublime in description brutal in depiction.
A powerful story powerfully told.
Would listen again anytime.

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Better books out there

Though the performance was brilliant I found the story quite disappointing. The Emperor of man kind only really features heavily towards the end. With a book with his name in the title I hoped to discover more about the mystery around the Master

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Not bad but was expecting more.

This is probably one of the most anticipated books in the horus heresy series as the character of the Emperor is at once the driving force behind the universe and one of the things we know least about. There I like many people reading this book expected it to heavily focus on the Emperor's past as well his own perspective within he horus heresy. There was some of this but the book mainly focused on the actions of the Custodes and silent sisters after the events of A Thousand Sons. Not a bad read by any means but it just leaves me wanting more and we are unlikely to get another book like it until the very end of the series for the final confrontation between horus and the Emperor.

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simply amazing, must read for custodes fans

the story focuses on the officers of the custodes and and the emperor and the fight for the webway, amazing characters, well put together action brings alive the legio custodes and gives insight into the use of the emperor mind and use of golden throne, a must have for any legio custodes fan

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  • James Neal
  • 24-12-18

Nice while it lasted, but won't re-listen.

Master of Mankind is to my mind, peak Aaron Demski-Bowden, with regards to strengths as an author and style of writing. There's a LOT of good in this book and a lot that's just fascinating, but be sure that you don't take anything that The Emperor says at face value, otherwise you might find yourself confused. Without wishing to spoil, suffice it to say that The Emperor's interactions are specifically crafted in such a way as to maximize His charismatic appeal to the person or party with whom He is speaking. As a rule of thumb, His statements throughout the Horus Heresy series should rarely be taken as a representation of His own opinions, but rather as a tool for Him to exercise His will; So far in the series, the only exceptions are in His interactions with Malcador, Constantin Valdor, and a very select few of His sons. If you are still a bit new to the lore, be sure to keep this in mind throughout the story, or you may well find yourself lost.

It should also be said that while ADB's strengths as a writer are evident, so too are his biases. It's difficult to pinpoint or provide any examples without giving spoilers, but for those who don't know, the author is well known for being something of a cheerleader for the Chaos faction, and his own personal daddy issues are a poorly kept secret within the 40K community. I mention this not as a jab at the author, but to provide context; If you find yourself scratching your head at moments in the story that just seem a bit off, knowing the above might be helpful. At least it was for me. I can only speak for myself here, so take this for what you will, but I can honestly say that my story experience would have been negatively impacted had I not been aware of some of the author's personal leanings beforehand, and I hope that this context might similarly help the experience of others, particularly those invested in the Horus Heresy series.

Overall, I'd ultimately really only recommend Master of Mankind to those invested in the Horus Heresy series or 40K as a whole. It's certainly no Horus Rising or Wolfsbane, but there's enough to keep your interest if you're waiting for other new releases in the series. For those who are still learning about the franchise, it's far from inaccessible, but bear in mind the points of context above. If you're freshly new to the lore however, steer clear, Master of Mankind requires a mild-to-moderate amount of background knowledge; If you're interested in the franchise and want to learn more, you'd probably find Horus Rising, Flight Of The Eisenstein, Legion, or The First Heretic more approachable.

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  • Korben Dallas
  • 28-02-19

Makes the Emperor Sympathetic

I liked how the Emperor is portrayed here. He’s a man who has an aura of authority. But still a man. And even though people see him as all powerful he still has limits. Not his own, but those imposed by how psychic power and everyone else work.

It’s great insight into his personal feelings with the Primarchs and how everything is pushing him to one goal. And how getting to that goal requires relying on unreliable tools such as the Primarchs and mankind itself.

The narrator is great and provides a good mouthpiece to all the characters.

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  • James S
  • 21-01-19

Ave Imperator

Your reading a 40k review, it's doubtless what brought you here. Love him or hate him the Emperor is one of the driving forces of the War Hammer universe. This book puts in better perspective his life, reasons, and why the 40k is how it is. Great story, brilliantly presented, and worth it even if you don't care for the factions involved, there is something for all. including a lurking horror that may bring a new player to this universe's horizon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-11-18

Glorius

I love it like Fulgrim loves mirrors. You won't be disappointed I promise! One of the top ten Warhammer books forsure

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  • Alex Lewis
  • 21-05-19

Fantastic.

Slow to get going but man is it worth it. Incredible. Ending alone fantastic. Also drive me closer, I want to hit it with my (chain)sword!

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  • Psuedo Giest
  • 14-04-19

my cup of tea

does an excellent job of blending 3 imperial forces together and has a great climax

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-19

A masterpiece

Aaron Demski-Bowden, Keeble and the War in the Webway... Perfect. I binged this book, left me utterly devastated and joyfull at the same time.

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  • Faith Miller
  • 03-03-19

absolutely incredible

I was hooked from the beginning! This book is a must listen! I hated to press pause.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-19

Amazing!

This book is a true gem in the Horus Heresy series that is in no way shape or form lazy in its writing. The writers have a firm understanding of the 40k universe and have delivered a story that could very well be a good first read for newcomers

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  • TSF
  • 16-01-19

Awesome. Great writing, great Audio performance

Awesome. Great writing, great Audio performance. I’m a fan of the lore and universe but new to the Horus heresy.