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The Master of Mankind

The Horus Heresy, Book 41
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
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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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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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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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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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Top notch

Loved it, narrator does excellent voices throughout and a gripping story that covers every aspect of the war in the web way

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The Master of Literature

A fantastic book that not only made me love Titans even more, but made me start liking the Custodes, which is a total turn around.

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good background to the emperor

good background to the emperor and the war in the web way. would recommend to anyone who likes 40k.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-19

poetic story structure of incredible detail

I think the start of the story really says alot about it. the slain emperor thread was really creative, and I enjoyed how much it spoke to the future

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  • James Tyler 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 his 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.

That all being said, while ADB's writing strengths are evident, so too are his biases. It's difficult to pinpoint without giving spoilers, but for those who don't know, the author is 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.

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  • Omar
  • 21-12-18

how the emperor ended up enthroned

this book explains how the emperor thinks, what he's capable of. also explains why he went away mid crusade and what he was doing in terra.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-18

Great Horus Heresy book for a change!

Great Horus Heresy book for a change! Narrator voice just went to so low in some places that it was difficult to listen this in a car while commuting.

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  • justin cox
  • 06-11-18

amazing. have listened to countless books.

listened to almost all of them. loved all of them. please keep them going. please.

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  • Jonathan M Trdan-Schmidt
  • 12-10-18

As bright as the grim dark ever gets.

This is the Horus Heresy. you finally listen to the musing of the EMPEROR, understand the plight of the war in the ether, and glimpse at the theory and philosophy that drives the mass murder and endless conflict of the far future. Once again, its hard to sympathize with the characters, but its to be expected, the closest to human character in the book is a 53 year old giant stompy robot captain royal. Yet, its beautifully written, the word prose is visceral, the voice actor will haunt your dreams and they even worked in the warhammer 40k meme. "Drive me closer, I want to hit them with my sword!"