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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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loved It. Sound Quality Needs a Little Help

Great performance and hauntingly great story. The only major complaint that I can summon on this one is that it has a tinny effect that is an artifact of the recording. It does not substantially subtract from the story but it is noticeable. Additionally, I don't remember it being quite as hard to differentiate the characters when I read the book but overall it just took me a bit longer to make sure I had everyone straight in my head. would recommend.

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  • n
  • 06-23-18

reduce read speed

The narrator heeds not the rules of meter or grammar. I recommend that you read this book at 90% speed

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Bad narrator

The dude that reads it is useless! A damn robot! Ruins the whole book sadly.

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Worth it.

Genuinely good novel. Even separated from 40k the story of Magnus and his Sons is good reading. Narration is fine but not great.

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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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Best in the series so far!

This has been by far the best novel in the series. From beginning to end, you will be drawn into this book and not let ho until the end. It covers so many crucial events that are just mentioned in the other novels. Go for it, you won't regret it!

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narrator

Wasn't a fan of the narrator. I would have preferred some of the narrator's from the other Horus Heresy novels.

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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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  • 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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris Ashworth
  • 06-03-18

Fantastic book

Enthralled from the start. A great story, which is brilliantly read. A must read for Warhammer fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-18

Minimal Issues

The story was excellent, particularly the last 4 or 5 hours and the first 3 or 4.

the performance was good, and I particularly liked Ahriman, Magnus and Lemule's voices, but it just felt the countenance was a little fast. I understand that the book is v. long but there were a few times I felt where a dramatic pause could have really made an impact.

not much criticism though, still very good.

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  • N A
  • 05-20-18

reads like a history of the Thousand Sons

as for story forget it. Loads of description and feelings. There is a lot of tell but no show. it's ok to put it on and let it wash over you so if you are doing anything else like driving or doing the housework it's fine if you miss some stuff. There is a lot of fluff here. there is no cohesive story at all. it kind of gets going when Magnus is under trial and he is an interesting character as well. He has this almost melancholy and purpose to him, and his regret and bonding with the emperor is fascinating. Most Primarchs just get angry all the time, but Magnus actually has something about him which made me want to finish the book. There could have been more development about with ahriman. As far as I can tell he is just a vessel to talk to Magnus and tell the history of the Thousand Sons. 1 reveal was that he had a twin who died comma but nothing much is mentioned of it really. I would prefer it if he was a bit like a fabulous bile maybe a bit crazy. there is no overall motivation for an him, which really hampers the story. The Acolyte Lehman that Ahriman is teaching is also boring. Again he serves the telling but he's acting like a child for the story so he is just annoying. Again, no motive, no Agenda, no flaw. Just a prat. If you want to know about the Thousand Sons it's a good book. Otherwise not a good story and doesn't really add anything to the Heresy. excellent narration no. My favourite narrator along with Toby Longsdale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-18

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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  • Mr Jamie Forrest
  • 03-08-18

Brilliant

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

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  • ark
  • 02-28-18

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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  • Mr. Oliver Webb
  • 02-15-18

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