• Ahriman: Unchanged

  • Ahriman: Warhammer 40,000, Book 3
  • By: John French
  • Narrated by: Mark Elstob
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Book Three in the Ahriman Series.

After many years and untold sacrifices, Ahriman is ready to attempt the unthinkable. Join him in this quest through time and space.

Read it because....

It's the third book of the quadrilogy, but because it’s Ahriman, anything goes. When his grand plan is revealed, the scale of it will blow you away—and that's before the return to not one but both of the Thousand Sons' home worlds, and huge battles as the Legion turns on itself and a certain prominent figure comes home....

The story:

It has taken many long years and countless sacrifices, but finally Ahriman, former Chief Librarian of the Thousand Sons, now exile and sorcerer, is ready to attempt the most audacious and daring feat of his long life. His quest for knowledge and power has all been for one purpose, and he would now see that purpose fulfilled. His goal? Nothing less than undoing his greatest failure and reversing the Rubric that damned his Legion....

Written by John French. Narrated by Mark Elstob. Running time (approx.) 10 hours 35 minutes.

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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Great end slow start

Love the series but the lead to the climax in this one felt drawn out.

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slow

the story is slow going, but the end is great.
my biggest issue is the narration, as most characters sound whiney and childish.

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Narrator tanks this series.

I had the painful experience of listening to books 2, 3 and 4 back to back trying to absorb some story but the narrator is just awful (again). I really hope they rerecord this like they did Dawn of Fire. I had no idea what's going on. Will reread the hard copies. Just do the hard copies.

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A story of Exiled Space Wizards

I loved the book. Some people take issue with it being "boring" but it was a slow burn of excitement for me. There is a lot of back and forth stories going on at the same time which works well. Keep in mind that this book is about Ahriman...the strongest psyker of the Thousand Sons, and not some khornate berserker. This means he is playing chess in his stories, so don't expect Red Dead Revolver type action.

The narrator was awesome as usual, I love his voices and cadence.

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  • Lertimo
  • 08-03-22

Ahriman Unremarkable

Why do I do it? I've persisted with the Ahriman audiobooks even though I haven't enjoyed a single one. I think I just really want them to be good. It's like when you keep buying records by your favourite artist long after they've peaked and wonder afterwards why you thought, against all past evidence, that each disappointing new album might be a return to form.

What is the source of my disappointment with the Ahriman books? Firstly, plot. There isn't much of one. I can count the number of major plot points occurring across the three books on the fingers of one hand. Everything inbetween (which is a LOT) is just Ahriman, his henchmen and sometimes even Magnus, popping up in one another's heads and saying, 'Is this a dream?' and 'You're not really here!'. Look, I'm okay with the metaphysical and I don't need space marines blowing up things every five seconds, but - man alive - we're three books in and the storyline is still crawling forward at the pace of an arthritic snail.

Second: Ahriman. He's just not a great character. He never has been, really: Pre-Horus Heresy series, he used to be a straight-up, two-dimensional, moustachio-twirling bad guy, which at least gave him some uses as an antagonist for the good guys to react against. Since the Heresy books, however, he's been reinvented as a guilt-ridden character desperately trying to redress his past mistakes. As a protagonist, this does have the potential to make him quite interesting. Unfortunately, he doesn't actually appear to be dealing with doubt or shame or any kind of emotion at all, to be honest. Worse, he doesn't undergo any kind of character development at all during these books.

All-in-all, Ahriman just comes across as a rather bland supercilious twit. He appears to have learnt nothing from his past mistakes, he doesn't change course or experience a moment's doubt as he seeks to undo the Rubrik. He doesn't even listen to his daddy Primarch, Magnus when he pops up.

Ahriman isn't even that evil. He comes across as having all the soul and passion of a particularly officious post-office clerk. Readers need to have some reason to root for the main character on some level, But Ahriman is simply not that much fun. He has not one iota of the wit, for example, which made Josh Reynold's Fabius Bile such an engaging monster.

To be fair to John French, none of this is helped by the narration of Mark Elstob who gives Ahriman an unpleasant, nasal voice making all his speech sound like a librarian dressing down a customer returning a late book.

As for me: enough I say, no more. This time, I really mean it...

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  • 07-31-22

Narration is bad.

Narration is bad. I just can't listen to this.
I can't recommend this book.