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A Thousand Sons

The Horus Heresy, Book 12
Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)
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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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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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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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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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  • Nick
  • 16-02-2018

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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  • Brett Casey
  • 24-01-2018

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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  • John
  • 12-12-2018

Come on now

Let’s be honest here, Magnus did end up doing at least a few things wrong

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  • Michael
  • 24-10-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-2018

Horrible Remembrancer

I would give the voice performer a zero, if I could. While listening, I tried to find an analogy to describe how bad it was..it was like a military adjutant reciting a story, for 12 hours
Such a shame too, the story has many lore aspects that are first being told with specifics: Legion XV, Magnus and Ahriman, Leman Russ, Emperor, Ullanor, Nikaea, Censure etc...and written by Graham..
BL needs to redo this audio book with a different talent, stat

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-2018

goodish<br />

great story hindered by poor narator. had hard time understanding some pronounciations he made and most names became blur, also it felt like he was in hurry while reading, it all just blended together as one blob

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  • Lambert
  • 28-05-2018

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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  • Troy
  • 16-12-2018

Solid overall.

Very interesting story just some of the voices don’t fit certain characters very well. Overall very good though. Magnus did like a bunch of things wrong.

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  • Ian Foard
  • 13-12-2018

Narration is awful

Having read the novel already I was really excited to listen to this audio book, as this is one of my favorite books in the series.

Five minutes in and I was struggling to continue. The narration is terrible, worst I’ve heard on a Black Library publication or possibly any publication. Unless you are listening to the entire series and can’t miss one skip this book!

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  • Edward
  • 07-12-2018

truly a fascinating story about the thousand sons

The story truly shows that the thousand sons were not at fault but deceived not by the emperor but by the emperor of mankind

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  • Mr. Sp Howley
  • 27-03-2018

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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  • matthew
  • 04-03-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-2018

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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  • JC Denton
  • 04-09-2018

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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  • Mnash84
  • 18-12-2018

Good book

great story but some / many of the voice seem off for the characters. some of the marines sound very whimpy and wign lots

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-11-2018

tragic and exhilarating

so good.
the tragic story, the inevitable repercussions of a loyal son doing only what he thought best
this is by far my favourite so far

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  • Thomas
  • 09-11-2018

Good story hit and miss performance

I enjoyed the story and nicely fills gaps in the Heresy as a whole. Plenty of emotion that has you again feeling for the traitor legions before they turn which is something this series has done very well. I do however agree with some of the comments about the narrator. Action scenes were exciting and fast paced and suited the narrator well. However his pacing was too fast during slower moments and felt a little rushed. Also as many have said the difference between characters voices was near non existent and it took a long time to get who was who. Also he did my biggest annoyance with the series as a whole not just this book or this narrator it happens every few books. The small child whining tone of what are supposed to be superhuman warriors getting all high pitched in moments of distress. Hate that it is happening Not the worst by far in this book (I'm looking at you dark angels - the background I was most looking forward to). That all aside another good chapter in what is a great series so far.

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  • R Fletcher
  • 08-09-2018

A Faustian tale of ideals, hubris and tragedy.

I can't recommend this book enough. Outstanding! Martyn Ellis is a new and welcome addition to the Black Library narration team and delivers a performance with real aplomb.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-2018

Favourite of the Heresy Novels

Slightly difficult to get into the first chapters, yet when it gets.going.it.is.a.fantastic.look.into.the.most.tragic.story.of.the.Heresy.
Great.performance.from.Martin.Ellis.although.his.style.is.faster.paced.than.the.other.naraters.nonetheless.the.best.book.and.it's.very.colourful.and.deep.
stupid word.limit

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  • r Nicholas H O'Brien
  • 27-08-2018

something wrong with this audio, sounds very tinny

This book sounds very tinny, makes it hard to listen to, not had this issue with any other Horus Heresay books