• A Thousand Sons

  • The Horus Heresy, Book 12
  • By: Graham McNeill
  • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,837 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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It could've been great

As with many books in the horus heresy, this book suffers from an excess of fluff. The beginning hours of this audible were a slog to get through. The narrator had a hard time differentiating the voices in the first part of the book and the first 3.5 to 4 hours of the story were dull.

That being said...The book really picked up after they left that first planet. After that I got hooked and the narrator seemed much more confident and invested after this point as well. By the end, he was a terrific narrator, he just needed some time to get there. I was at work and just let the first four hours play in the background. After that the story went into high gear and I found myself listening to it in the car, in my living room, and even while I cooked. I had to know what happened next. It was also nice to see events we have been hearing about for a long time, like the Council of Niccea, Magnus's big mistake, and the battle on Prospero.

In the end, I absolutely loved it, but the beginning was so bad I almost quit this book.

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-20

The voice is terrible...

After listening to the previous books which are great, this is by far the worse voice. its a chore...

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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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  • Kieran Fett
  • 11-18-20

would rather have read the hardcopy, could not fin

couldn't finish this. the narration is really poor.
like a blunt cheese grater shredding ears

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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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  • mr g s swallow
  • 08-11-20

woeful narration

Great story, but drastically let down by the dire narrator. Couldn't even struggle to finish it, got the paperback so I'll just read that again. Waste of a credit.

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  • RC
  • 08-14-20

Great story, audio quality variable

Great story one of the best in the series, let down by very changeable audio quality. Narrator has stitched together many different parts which are jarring, can use equaliser and a bass boost to make it easier to listen, but really brings enjoyment down.

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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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  • 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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  • OwO Pty Ltd
  • 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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  • James Conroy
  • 06-30-22

had to get a refund

Heard good things, but can't judge the story. Have given 3 stars.
Narrator is intolerable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-22

excellent story, terrible narration

The tone and speed of the narrator are quite a challenge to get around. Sample before buying and I recommend running at 0.95% or slower as the narrator rushes, particularly during action scenes.

the story is absolutely worth it though. I had no particular interest in the thousand sons legion before this and I adored it. I'll be skipping straight to Prospero Burns.

Also has some of the rare Warhammer LGBT representation which, though brief, is incredibly refreshing and I thought would be worth mentioning as I listen during pride.

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  • Harry Fitzgerald
  • 05-29-22

great story, subpar narration

loved the story, but the narrator left a lot to be desired, difficult to follow his dialogue, emphasizing every word does the opposite and left evwrything as a constant drone of growling.

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  • John Young
  • 05-19-22

A Very Human Tragedy

Even though the main characters are walking titans and demi-gods, this book's characters are all too human in their flaws and strengths. This makes for a compelling tale about power, pride and betrayal. Riveting and heartbreaking story. A must listen for any would-be adept of Prospero.

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  • Anthony H
  • 05-05-22

One of the best!

been following the books aince the start he'll of a book one of the best I've heard in the HH so far the tragic tale of magnus and his thousand sons and an epic battle on prosbero recommended this 100%

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

Great story. Less than ordinary narration.

This story was great, Magnus and his sons to me is one of the sadder story's from the HH so far.
full of great battles and the struggles controlling the warp. great characters. hated some loved some. but the real let down was the choice in narrator. the chav accent and the pronunciations of words almost made me give up on this one.
glad I stuck it out because the actual story was Killa. but my advice to anyone is definitely read this one yourself or try find another narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-21

Chain smoking trump

Worst narrator ever. Can not get into the story. He made magnus sound like a chain smoking Donald trump