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Mechanicum

The Horus Heresy, Book 9
Narrated by: Toby Longworth
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 9
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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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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amazing

would listen again, beautifully narrated and gripping story. Worth listening carefully right to the end

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this book kept me literally entranced. seriously

i loved the book, story and characters. liked some, disliked others. a worthy buy!! if you like the Horus Heresy do not miss this

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a highlight in the series so far

really good, a ideal ballance of action an dialogue that can be enjoyed by most

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Absolutely Brilliant

Fantastically written and narrated; this instalment of the Horus Heresy is a must read/listen. I thoroughly enjoyed it from end to end. Brilliant storyline; characters and twists throughout. I can't recommend this Audiobook enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-2018

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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  • Ron
  • 17-02-2019

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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  • Christopher Youngblood
  • 21-05-2019

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
  • 30-04-2019

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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  • Robert K. Vaughan
  • 15-05-2018

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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  • JH
  • 30-10-2019

Narrator issues

I have been working my way through the Horus Heresy books and love them, and was really excited for Mechanicum, but it was just OK. My biggest issue was the narrator. He spoke so quietly for much of the dialogue - in a whisper almost - that even with the volume turned all the way up I could barely hear. I had to strain to hear and often backtrack to catch things. This is a problem for me because I mostly listen to Audible books during my commute and can’t really backtrack while driving. Beyond that, the pauses between story arcs were only fractionally longer than between sentences (which seemed longer than necessary), so it made it difficult to tell when the story switched to another set of characters.

This brings me to the story - it seemed to be two different stories that were barely linked together. I listened to the entire book and by the end still didn’t really know why there were two stories being told together. One has to do with the Mechanicum civil war and the other with a group of characters, and surprisingly, the characters’ story arc was more developed, easy to follow and had clear beginning, middle and end for a satisfying story. The civil war - what I was expecting from this book - was not clear to follow and named more players than necessary which added to the confusion. I’m still not really sure why the civil war occurred.

Overall, I really enjoy the Horus Heresy books. This one could have been better.

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  • Josh Bloom
  • 01-10-2019

Among the Best

One of the best books in the Horus Heresy series. well written, with good character development and a plot that has a good pace, and a satisfying conclusion. Highly Recommend!!!

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  • Joseph Vitrano
  • 01-09-2019

Great story but hard to follow

This was an amazing dive into the mechanicum and the war on mars was haunting however it was rather difficult to follow in short burst because there is so much happening at once if you stop at the wrong moment story beats will change on a dime and you can miss them.

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  • Rexwyn709
  • 28-08-2019

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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  • Luke Weatherlow
  • 26-08-2019

Skip this one

I read the summary and it made more sense than the entire book. Towards the end I started skipping through it I was so bored.

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  • Adam
  • 05-12-2017

Favourite heresy book so far

Probably due to my love of Titans, this was my favourite book thus far in the series

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  • Jake
  • 31-10-2018

The best self-contained novel in the HH series.

It takes an especially talented writer to take a 30K/40K novel away from the genre's pulp roots, but McNeill is such a writer. The plot is water-tight, the pacing akin to a screenplay, the description appropriately verbose, and the characters humane and relatable. Don't expect a grand exploration of themes, instead adjust your expectation for a story that is perfect in its concision, simplicity, and humanity. This audiobook wouldn't nearly be so strong if not for the multiple voices of Toby Longworth. It is astounding how he can make every character unique, how he can immerse and excite you with a wide range of tempo and volume. The perfect narrator, in my opinion.

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  • alasdair robert ian revie
  • 01-10-2019

The finale is worth it

A bit long and drags out in places however the finale makes it all worth it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2018

A must for any fan of the mechanicum

loved every moment. makes me want to buy a not so small mortgage worth of models

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-2019

Epic

Superbly written, and a great performance 10/10 a powerhouse of a sci-fi book. Possibly my favourite of the Horus Heresy collection.

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  • MR C EARL
  • 31-10-2019

A solid installment in the Horus Heresy Series

I've found the Horus Heresy series to have some howlers and some real gems, this is definitely leaning towards being a gem.

The good
The production values are very good, better than the usual BL high standard, the music is excellent.
The Titan fights are quite interesting, unlike "Warlord: Fury of the Godmachine", they even managed to make the Titan crew likable, unlike the previous mentioned title.
For those that are well read into the whole 30/40k background it builds on secrets that have been mentioned in other fluff
Brings to light a more human side of the Adeptus Mechanicus, with some likable characters

The bad
You occasionally get the usual unlimited horde of bad guys, so many, so powerful, it's not the style of writing I enjoy, seems lazy and vague
SPOILER - Some very suspect decisions are made, so it suits the story, such as a certain leader getting caught out during a siege

Overall, a solid book for those interested in 30k/40k.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-2019

The best book yet

I actually listened to this book twice, back to back.If you only get one book make it this one.

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  • Mr. Michael J. Clark
  • 06-10-2019

Great listen!

Really enjoyed it, may even get some mechanics minis because of it, maybe even Scitari as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-09-2019

Great

Another great book in the story line full of titans great characters and a great plot line

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  • Ross
  • 06-09-2019

The Fall of Mars and the begging of Heresy

A tense and well acted book defo worth a read especially if one is interested in the Red Planet during the time of the Istvan Campaign and the beginnings of the Age of Heresy.

Well worth a read and definitely one of my favorites