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Book one in the Ahriman series.

Cast out of his Legion, the sorcerer Ahriman, who condemned the Thousand Sons to an eternity of damnation, plots his return to power and the destruction of his foes. 

Listen to it because: experience the beginning of an epic, time-twisting saga of revenge, betrayal and attempted atonement. John French takes the Ahriman you know and love from the Horus Heresy in new and interesting directions, making him both deeply sympathetic and thoroughly evil.  

The story: all is dust.... Spurned by his former brothers and his father, Magnus the Red, Ahriman is a wanderer, a sorcerer of Tzeentch whose actions condemned an entire Legion to an eternity of damnation. Once a vaunted servant of the Thousand Sons, he is now an outcast, a renegade who resides in the Eye of Terror. Ever scheming, he plots his return to power and the destruction of his enemies, an architect of fate and master of the warp.   

Written by John French. Narrated by Mark Elstob.

©2020 John French (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Good story, wrong narrator

Story was pretty decent, but the narrator has the worst character voices I've ever encountered across hundreds of audiobooks. Comically bad, and constantly pulling me out of the story - I'm not sure the character voices could have missed the tone of the setting any harder. If I wasn't so committed to Ahriman's story I'd have abandoned it less than half an hour in. As is, I'd say read the physical book for this one if you have the option.

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amazing

absolutely joyous to listen to. amazing book from the wonderful games work shop to good

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  • 15-08-2020

A woman has a deeper voice than Ahriman

I'm honestly just confused as to why Ahriman sounds like a sweaty congested nerd. Why'd you do my boy like that man? It detracts from his persona, makes situations feel less intense, and the story less enjoyable as a whole. Also, why does the chaos Warlord sound like the tootsie pop Owl?

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  • C.O.
  • 12-08-2020

decent story, bizarre narration

The story is great but the reading is a hugely mixed bag. It's fantastic until he gets to certain characters voices and man they REALLY take you out of it. A lot of high pitched bizarre whiney and none of the bass you'd expect from astartes.

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  • Orca
  • 12-11-2020

Elstob

He's a bit better in this book, unlike that mess that was Avenging Son, but also adds nothing to it. An entertaining read with a somewhat off the mark narrator.

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  • Zero
  • 04-09-2020

Excellent in every way

I read this book when it first came out and it’s even better on Audible. For a novel about Chaos marines I’d put it up there with the Night Lord books. I’ve seen a few reviews complaining about Mark Elstob’s narration. If you’re a big fan of John Banks’ mediocre abilities and Shatner-esque delivery then you probably aren’t going to like Mark Elstob, who actually sounds like a professional voice actor that gives each character a unique sound. I very much enjoyed the narration and I’m hopeful that Elstob will narrate more 40k books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-2020

Excellent Tzeentch-y fun

This book probably will not mean a ton to the average reader, but for fans of the Thousand Sons it was a delight. My only real complaint was the silly voices used for the most afflicted if Chaos characters - but even then the delivery of the performer was quite good. The "how" was skillful; the "what" was a bit of a "why?!" 2 stars for direction, + 2 stars for performance skill.

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  • Al
  • 16-08-2020

AH-RI-MAN ! AH-RI-MAN ! How good was this!

Never been a fan of the Thousand Sons but this was quality from start to finish. Never been a fan of leaving reviews but for this I make an exception. Ahriman's elevated himself to a place much higher in my imaginative estimation, so high in fact that only one stands above him in my eyes, Fabius Bile, aka pater mutatis,manflayer,primogenitor and clonelord. All said and done though, this was good, really good, better than all the previous Thousand Sons books and lore. Strongly suggest listening to this, you will not be disappointed. I may even listen to it a second time,right now.

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  • Dan Raskoll
  • 13-08-2020

Not that great

It's a bit rubbish to be honest, the story is boring and the performance is even worse, Marks Elstob voice just doesn't sound right for this type of title, I was really looking forward to the audio book, but it just didn't work for me and will not be rushing back for a second listen to soon, it a 3 out 5 book at best.

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  • Adam
  • 08-10-2020

A Gem

This book is awesome! Not only does it give a rare look into what life is like for those who have fallen to chaos (it’s not fun) but it also follows one of the most interesting anti-heroes in the 40k universe. There is a good mix of action, sorcery and betrayal. If you loved the thousand sons novels and wondered what happened next, look no further. This book is so, so good. A note about the narrator: Audiobooks can live or die on the strength of their narrators. I’ve listened to almost all the 30k/40k audio books now and I have to say that Mark Elstob ranks up there with veterans like Toby Longworth and Johnathan Keeble. I really enjoyed his character voices - he’s got the chaos sorcerers and the fallen space marines to a T. I am looking forward to his reading of the rest of this series!!

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  • Joel Cassin
  • 30-08-2020

Great introduction to Ahriman

Shows Ahriman as more than a two dimensional character, explaining his contradictions and his desires.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-11-2020

I hate this man's voice.

from the annoying what seems to be throat tapping "mechanical" voice, to the lip clapping sound swallowing demon voice. I'm not saying that you won't like his voice I'm just saying that this man's voice made this book unbearable for me to listen to. I love the lore of the Warhammer 40k universe but I can't stand this Inquisitor level torture.

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  • Will
  • 23-11-2020

Brilliant story, great narrator

Really interesting story that doesnt slow down, with an awesome narrator that is perfect for this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-2020

Good story awful narration

Loved the story hated the narration sounded like he was narrating a mr man book or a child’s ghost story

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  • Oliver B.
  • 26-10-2020

Awesome

A great book with a fantastic audio performance, captures many concepts so well especially to do with the warp in 40k

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-2020

Thrilling

Excellently narrated! Great voice acting and good story to boot! 5/5. I didn't think I would enjoy a thousands sons storyline, but the author and the narrator have changed my mind!

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  • John doe
  • 08-10-2020

disappointing.

was really looking forward to what happened with ahriman. but the narrator just spoilt it. a demon that sounds like mr quiet off the mr men show, doing an impression of a ghost. as to the story I don't buy that he can just not use his powers, its supposed to rot him from the inside of his mind if he doesn't. and being so subservient naa. i just don't buy it.

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