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The Master of Mankind

The Horus Heresy, Book 41
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
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While Horus' rebellion burns across the galaxy, a very different kind of war rages beneath the Imperial Palace.

The 'Ten Thousand' Custodian Guard, along with the Sisters of Silence and the Mechanicum forces of Fabricator General Kane, fight to control the nexus points of the ancient eldar webway that lie closest to Terra, infested by daemonic entities after Magnus the Red's intrusion. But with traitor legionaries and corrupted Battle Titans now counted among the forces of Chaos, the noose around the Throneworld is tightening, and none but the Emperor Himself can hope to prevail.

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Definitely one of my top 5 HH books with interesting look into the sister of silence and the custodians with well written battles. Jonathan Keeble as always makes the characters memorable and brings them to life.

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A fantastic listen

Every minute of this novel was awesome. It was read supremely well and kept me hooked.

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fantastic in all senses

great book and well performed by the reader. definitely a must read for 40k fans

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-2018

Great Horus Heresy book for a change!

Great Horus Heresy book for a change! Narrator voice just went to so low in some places that it was difficult to listen this in a car while commuting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-11-2018

Glorius

I love it like Fulgrim loves mirrors. You won't be disappointed I promise! One of the top ten Warhammer books forsure

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  • justin cox
  • 06-11-2018

amazing. have listened to countless books.

listened to almost all of them. loved all of them. please keep them going. please.

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  • Jonathan M Trdan-Schmidt
  • 12-10-2018

As bright as the grim dark ever gets.

This is the Horus Heresy. you finally listen to the musing of the EMPEROR, understand the plight of the war in the ether, and glimpse at the theory and philosophy that drives the mass murder and endless conflict of the far future. Once again, its hard to sympathize with the characters, but its to be expected, the closest to human character in the book is a 53 year old giant stompy robot captain royal. Yet, its beautifully written, the word prose is visceral, the voice actor will haunt your dreams and they even worked in the warhammer 40k meme. "Drive me closer, I want to hit them with my sword!"

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  • Lucas Jessick
  • 27-09-2018

Holy Shit Man

Dembski-Bowden knocks it out of the park. He writes subtlety into the actions, thoughts, and emotions of entities previously thought to be utterly stoic. Yet, in doing so, their singularity of purpose is reinforced. Expertly done.

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  • troyburns2
  • 18-09-2018

Meh...

It was good...mostly. A good picture of the Emperor that I didn’t have before. Makes me agree with Angron more than ever. But hey, who doesn’t like Angron. Go read “Betrayer” it’s a million times better.

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  • Michael Jones Jr
  • 13-08-2018

amazing intoxicating

there are not many audio books that really hold my interest over the course of the story. They have an obvious story plot that pans out in the end that it's foreseeable. This one by itself have me questioning every aspect through the chapters. And made me really think about what will happen next. The franchise itself is a very lore rich

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-2018

Imperator Fidelitas

Fantastic book, ADB manages to make every character interesting and relatable. some great plot reveals and battles in this book too, we see a previously unexplored part of the 40k story. The Emperor Protects!

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  • gc
  • 02-08-2018

The emperor is not so nice

This story explores the last days of the war in the webway. Unfortunately, there is not more exploration of how the webway project was initiated.

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  • Christopher H. Fritz
  • 22-07-2018

Let down

Well voice acted, but pretty big let down for the subject matter. I expected a lot more than an arrogant tryant from the Emperor at this point. His perspective and justifications were at odds with what we saw from nearly every other book in the series thus far.

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  • Craigie
  • 14-01-2018

Superb Insight into the Custodies & The Emperor!

Riveting and insightful. Here we learn of the exact nature of the catastrophe that Magnus the Red wrought upon the work the Emperor was attempting to carry out on a human webway.
Told from several viewpoints, a Custodian Guard, an augmented Blood Angel whom could no longer fight as his bionics are glitchy and more including a tech priest from mars who was responsible for the creation of one of warhammer 4000's most iconic vehicles, the mighty Land Raider ( bet you thought it was called that because it could raid over land! ? Not the case at all.
Master of Mankind is amongst my top five in the Horus Heresy series.
Jonathan Keeble performamce is as always at the top of his game.
Highly entertaining from start to finish.

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  • Gabriel Saether
  • 10-11-2017

The Emperor of all mankind! gets some screen time.

finally we get some insight in to the man that forged the imperium, and his custodians. a must listen for any fans, Don't recommend starting here. One of the best in the series.

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  • wayne
  • 18-12-2018

Sublime

Sublime in description brutal in depiction.
A powerful story powerfully told.
Would listen again anytime.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-2018

Better books out there

Though the performance was brilliant I found the story quite disappointing. The Emperor of man kind only really features heavily towards the end. With a book with his name in the title I hoped to discover more about the mystery around the Master

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  • User1989
  • 22-08-2018

Not bad but was expecting more.

This is probably one of the most anticipated books in the horus heresy series as the character of the Emperor is at once the driving force behind the universe and one of the things we know least about. There I like many people reading this book expected it to heavily focus on the Emperor's past as well his own perspective within he horus heresy. There was some of this but the book mainly focused on the actions of the Custodes and silent sisters after the events of A Thousand Sons. Not a bad read by any means but it just leaves me wanting more and we are unlikely to get another book like it until the very end of the series for the final confrontation between horus and the Emperor.

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  • G B Forrest
  • 20-07-2018

simply amazing, must read for custodes fans

the story focuses on the officers of the custodes and and the emperor and the fight for the webway, amazing characters, well put together action brings alive the legio custodes and gives insight into the use of the emperor mind and use of golden throne, a must have for any legio custodes fan

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  • MR C EARL
  • 18-07-2018

A good book for fans interested in 30/40k

If you are a fan of the setting I would heartily recommend this book, the story and information contained within is a gold mine for those interested in what was happening on terra during the horus heresy. The characters/story are interesting enough and the narration is of the high standard I would expect from Black Library.

One of the few gripes I have is that most of the fights in the book are the typical hordes and hordes of folk on both side just fighting apocalyptic battles that are present in most black library novels. For those that like bland-ish heroic romps of violence with little real feeling of being in a battle and not just a massive vague brawl then I don't think this will bother you, I didn't until recently but the more black library books I read the more I notice this is a reoccurring theme.

Overall, a good listen that will appeal to fans of the setting but one that newbies to black library or those who like their battles to be a bit more gritty should avoid.

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  • H J COOMBES
  • 06-07-2018

Top notch

Loved it, narrator does excellent voices throughout and a gripping story that covers every aspect of the war in the web way

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  • Jamie Lewis
  • 08-06-2018

The Master of Literature

A fantastic book that not only made me love Titans even more, but made me start liking the Custodes, which is a total turn around.

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  • Matthew
  • 19-05-2018

good background to the emperor

good background to the emperor and the war in the web way. would recommend to anyone who likes 40k.