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A Thousand Sons

The Horus Heresy, Book 12
Written by: Graham McNeill
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.

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he botched some of the characters voices

his performance with the emperor and Mortarion were at the most, underwhelming. but the story was incredible!

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  • Tim
  • 2019-09-15

bad narration

couldn't finish due to boring narrator. this one would be better off if you read it yourself

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Great Story, Poor Narrator.

this review is simply an echo of all the others. great story, but the Narrator was not good at all. At some points very hard to understand (although for me it wasnt that often) my biggest complaint with the narration was the lack of voice changes for characters.... for all characters to have a different voice I understand would be hard, but shouldve been present for the main as it was at times very hard to identify when the individual speaking had changed resulting in having to rewind and listen to sections sometimes multiple times so I could follow the story. the story itself was amazing, I loved it. Narration wasnt the worst I've heard, but definitely could have been better.

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Horribly narration

The story is fantastic but the narrator's tone and cadence completely ruin it. He often pauses mid sentence for no reason and says things as if they are questions.

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Fantastic

Others might disagree, vehemently, but I found the narrator to be excellent. His voice and style of narration made the reading more of an oration, in the style of an old spinner of tales delighting the gathered with an epic story, rather than a cinematic telling where the different voices distance the narrator and each character comes to the fore, like a film. In other books in this series, the cinema narration is perfect. However, for me, the narrator, with his slight flaws in pronunciation adding to the humanness of the telling, was the perfect choice to tell Magnus's tale. I think Mahavastu Kallimakus would certainly agree.

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A heartfelt story of comradery and betrayal

Great plot, great narration, great storytelling and marvelous descriptions of many regions including Prospero. Definitely recommend to anyone interested in what the Thousand Sounds are all about.

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Great Audiobook, only a few pronunciation errors

The narrator mispronounces a lot of the names that come from Ancient Egypt, but it's a minor gripe. overall the audiobook is very good.

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A New York Times Bestseller for a reason!

This is an amazing story of understanding and betrayal. Wonderfully narrated that kept me on the edge of my seat.

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this made me cry it was so good

it was amazing. I can't stress enough how bad I felt for how the characters of the 1000 sons got royally f*cked.
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gg no re
bush did 9/11

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  • Nick
  • 2018-02-16

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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  • Tracey
  • 2019-04-07

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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  • Lambert2191
  • 2018-05-28

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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  • Brett Casey
  • 2018-01-24

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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  • Peter
  • 2019-03-27

Painful

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

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  • Callum
  • 2019-03-18

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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  • SYLOH
  • 2019-02-15

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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  • Stacey McGovern
  • 2019-03-11

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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  • Michael
  • 2018-10-24

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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  • G$
  • 2019-08-16

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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