A Thousand Sons

The Horus Heresy, Book 12
Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 12
Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
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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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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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Couldn't even finish it

I've heard that this was a good book, but the narrator did such a terrible job that it couldn't hold my attention past the first couple of chapters.
This is one that should be redone with a real professional narrator who can capture the essence of the 30k/40k verse. Toby Longworth, Jonathan Keeble, John Banks, Gareth Armstrong or David Timson are all much better narrators, far superior to Martyn Ellis.

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Looks like I'll be getting the kindle version

Got about 5 chapters in before giving up. I can't really comment on how the book is yet, but the narrator really isn't very good.

Compared to the likes of Toby Longworth, David Timson and Gareth Armstrong, Martyn Ellis just doesn't shape up.

I'm sure there are books where his particular way of speaking is perfectly acceptable, but it is not here. I will be refunding this one and urge anyone that wants to read Thousand Sons to just get it on kindle instead.

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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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Painful

I've tried to listen to this multiple times, but it's just too awful I can't

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Narrator doesn't do it justice

I've been going through the Horus heresy series, and it was tough to listen to this. I think as the rest of the series the narrator is slower in pace and has a more baritone pitch this throws you off.

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Good story. Bad narrator.

The narrator reads to fast, and with little emotion. Listening at 90% speed made it more tolerable.

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Bad Narrator, Good Book

The narrator sounds like he has a lisp and is talking through a phone. it almost drags down one of the better HH books.

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Narration made this impossible to listen to.

The narration was simply abysmal.
I don't blame the narrator 100%. This was poorly directed and produced. The pacing of his narration was so rapid and poorly done that is was impossible to tell sometime when a new scene had started. I don't understand how this was allowed to happen.
The accents everyone has were far too similar and added to the mess that the pacing started.

This is a shame because I love this story, having read the book, previously. The Thousand Sons are my favorite chapter, and their story is awesome, but this attempt at an Audible book is a complete failure.

Skip this one. Either read it yourself, or get the story notes from the Wiki.

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  • 08-16-19

One of the best written but saddest of the series

I loved everything about the book, the narrator, in my opinion is actually very good, I can understand why it's not for everyone but I liked it.
The overall tone of the book is hopeful, innocent and arrogant but it fits how my favorite legion acted. The whole time the legion is so close to showing their worth but to get shot down at every turn, and when things are at their worst, their actions were greater than anyone elses under their circumstance but it's just so sad how Horus pushed them into betrayal. They were so close to being the good guys, it's so sad...

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  • Mr. Sp Howley
  • 03-27-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-18

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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  • roy mcintyre
  • 10-22-19

Difficult to follow due to the narrator

The story is important to the overall progression in my eyes, but is let down by the narrator not being as good as a lot of the other books in the series.

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  • Mr D R D Cooke
  • 09-28-19

A good story impacted by an abrasive performance.

A great story I struggled to enjoy due to the voice acting. Read the book, it's a much more pleasant experience.

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  • JC Denton
  • 09-04-18

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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  • Richard H.
  • 07-31-18

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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  • matthew
  • 03-04-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-19

Magnus's fall

Ever since diving into the wall I always wondered what happened to Magnus and now I do know it was satisfactory. As always Graham Mcneils beautiful a descriptive writing shines with every read. Sadly yet again Martin Ellis being used to voice a Astartes Warriors just does not quite work for me. I feel his voice is more suited to project such as the island of Dr Monroe possibly Shakespeare or anything where the protagonist is remembering his past life. Good voice actor sadly miscast.

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  • Phil
  • 02-02-20

Good story, poor narration

It took me literally years to read this novel. In the end I had to mix reading it and listening to it.

The story covers one of the most pivotal moments in the 40k universe but it takes forever to get there. For the first two thirds of the book, the story is told from the view of the remembrancers, which, 12 books in, is getting a bit stale. But then in the last third they basically vanish from the story.

The last third is easily the best part of the story. The rest is extremely forgetable. Oh, but that last third...

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  • ScottM
  • 12-29-19

Awful, awful, awful sound quality

I’m a huge fan of the Horus Heresy series, but for some reason the sound quality of this recording is almost unlistenable. I’m only an hour in and I honestly don’t know if I can get through the next 15 hours. Not only is the recording of poor quality, but the voice acting is very poor.
This is nowhere near the production quality of the earlier books and I really hope this isn’t an indication of the way the series is going. So disappointed...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-18

Damn good book but..

This book is so great, the story was well thought off and executed brilliantly. I loved every chapter in this book and I loved finding out about Magnus and his legion and even about the legion of the wolves.

My only issue is with the narrator. I wish there was an alternative performer I could listen to as this book deserves the best to bring the characters to life.

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  • Taylor Greig
  • 11-08-18

An amazing story about a great tragedy.

Excellent book. I found the narration let it down a bit, not for lack of effort just an unsuitable voice for big boi space marines and a beastly Primarch.

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  • Christopher
  • 10-09-18

Shame

Great story and a good addition to a fascinating series. Unfortunately ruined by a poor performance thag utterly fails to bring any characters or personality to the story. Couldn't get through it all due to monotonous tone and the lack or distinction in character voice.

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  • Mezm
  • 11-22-19

Listen to the sample first

The story is interesting, but I’d recommend anyone thinking about purchasing to first listen to the sample to gauge whether or not they can bear a dozen or so hours of this narrator’s voice. You might not have a problem with him; I’m personally not too bothered, but I can see how others might be.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-19

Chur

Narrator was a bit too enthusiastic in parts that didn't have that sort of tone but good story regardless

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  • nick
  • 06-08-19

All is dust

Sounded like they recorded this off a stereo from 1995, have to get used to another narrator. I still got a warhammer hardon tho.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-19

This does the Thousand Sons Justice

A very well written and narrated Audiobook, most of which I thoroughly enjoyed. A few times things got a little slow but overall this was very much overshadowed by the rest of this great book. I couldn't stop listening to it. Definitely worth the purchase!

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  • poorboy
  • 04-09-19

excellent story, over zealous narrating

I found the story engaging but the narrator spoke with too much excitement which was tiring and detracted from comprehending what was said in a meaningful way

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-19

fucking fantastic

Fuckimg fantastic, one of the most interesting books from the horus heresy book series ive had the pleasure to listen to so far.