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Mechanicum

The Horus Heresy, Book 9
Written by: Graham McNeill
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 9
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As the flames of treachery spread throughout the Imperium, Horus plots to subvert or destroy all those who would stand against him.

On Mars, home world of the Mechanicum priesthood, the great manufactory-cities have long produced much of the weaponry required for the expeditionary fleets across the galaxy - making the world invaluable to whoever controls it in the coming war.

Now, the Warmaster's agents begin to stoke the fires of rebellion, turning the loyalist forges and the mighty Titan Legions against one another. And, with whispers spreading of an ancient terror lurking beneath the Red Planet's surface, the Dark Mechanicum rises....

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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sound fluctuations are horrible

the story is good enough but you can't hear anything when the narrator whispers. the overall performance was fine but I'm so annoyed with missing whole sections of dialog that it gets a 1 star review. to be fair I believe a bunch of the heresy series is done in this style but I'm not a fan.

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TITAN FIGHTS

Loves the novel!! Titans fighting. Titans do I need to say more? plus it's another Graham McNeil novel which at least for me is the gold standard of Warhammer Storrytelling

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Welcome to Mars

Loved it unveiled some of the big secrets of the 40k verse and how the Emperor has manipulated mankind for Millennium. One of the better titles in this series so far.

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Wow

A riveting story, with excellently developed full, characters who fit perfectly together to make this one of the best books I have ever heard. The author is just mad talented, and the narrator is smooth and easily engaged with the imagination. Loved the tension between faith and logic. The book made me feel like me an Adept of the Mechanicum ... loyal the the Emperor of Mankind, of course.

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All praise the Omnisiah!

Great story with an amazingly descriptive vision of Mars in the future. If you ever played the game Mechassault, you'll also love this book.

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One of the most intriguing books yet.

Enjoy an expert reading of The Imperium's true tipping point into the dark age of the 41st millennium.

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  • Ron
  • 2019-02-17

New Light

I'm fairly new to the Warhammer universe. I've read about 18 books and listened to 2, this being the second. I wasn't really a fan of the Mechanicum before. In other books their depiction came off as more annoying than anything. There were a few individual members that I liked here and there, but as a whole I didn't care for them. This book changed that. Seeing how Mars functions with its Forges and better yet how their War Machines work is amazing. I also like that the story is tied directly to the first three Horus Heresy novels, unlike some others that jump in the timeline. The narrator is a great fit for the job too. He has the perfect vocal range for the Mechanicum, and does a good job with different voice to help separate the characters out. None of them are annoying, and are distinct. Definitely a top 10 of 40k books I've picked up so far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-05-23

great book, essential as well

This book is a pleasure to listen too, and its essential for understanding the nature of the Mechanicus, and its role in The Horus Heresy

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  • Robert K. Vaughan
  • 2018-05-15

Not bad!

It not best HH book (it is no Betrayer, Know No Fear, Master of Mankind or The First Heretic) but it is also not the worst either (which IMHO is Vulkan Lives...a truely dreadful book). But still...worth a listen! Toby Longworth is a great narrator as always.

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  • Rexwyn709
  • 2019-08-28

Must read for 40k

If you like 40k lore this is a must read. it's a fantastic history of Mars

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  • Christopher Youngblood
  • 2019-05-21

Good start, fumbles a bit toward the end.

Pretty good overall, but Dalia's storyline suffers at the end. It's rather pretentious to make fun of the damsel trope in old literature when your character is suffering from Mary Sue syndrome with some chosen one trope thrown in.

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  • Amy
  • 2019-04-30

A tale of Martian Civil War

This chapter of the Horus Heresy was a little harder to follow than previous books, lots of characters, lots of names. Still an excellent story and the narrator is probably my favorite of all the books in the series.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2020-09-21

skippable story arc

If you don't like a complete side story, skip this book it's long and characters are....stiff, though I can't explain why. sure there is displays of emotion but they feel hallow. Doesn't really build up the mechanicum any more than what was already said in previous books. I guess I could say that this is a story that splits into two different stories at the end. It's all over the place.

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  • Nathan Kozak
  • 2020-09-20

Thrilling

Took a bit to get into but when it picked up. it hooks you.

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  • Dylan Purvis
  • 2020-09-11

Gets you deep in the Mechanicum!

Great story and tons of lore. My personal favorite so far! 10 out 10 would recommend!

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  • Jeremy Griffin
  • 2020-08-16

Enjoyable History of the Adeptus Mechanicus

A fantastic reading of a good story. First the voice acting: The performance was great. Some of the voices were a bit odd, but I think the voice actor did a good job reflecting the bizarre tech culture and the various backgrounds of the characters. Of particular note was Longworth's performance of Kelbor-Hal, a chillingly calm Hal 9000 like voice for a cyborg with a name like Hal! Second the story itself: I found Belisarius Cawl: the Great Work to be a better written story about admech characters. However, Mechanicum has a generally good pace until near the end where I believe the author struggled a bit. The story is enjoyable, but I found the parts about the Knights-questor to feel almost tacked-on. Nothing so bad as to derail the story, but decidedly less interesting and character driven than the parts concerning the Tech adepts. Interestingly, the less human characters had a more relatable story.

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  • Angel Felix
  • 2020-08-28

Great audiobook!!

The history is great, taking you back to the 30K and the great scisma of Mars. The characters their stories and views are enrichening for any 40K lore lover. The narration is just perfect, the voices of the characters quite well done, helping you bond more to some of the protagonist and their destinies. A MUST LISTEN IF YOU LIKE MECHANICUM OR THE HORUS HERSEY LORE!!