Todd McLaren does an excellent job voice-personifying the characters that game players grew to love, picking up his tempo during battle scenes, slowing down and giving weight to critical moments, etc. He does an incredible job of really illustrating battle action. Something I wouldn't have gotten reading the book myself.
This is my first stab at the sci-fi/action genre so I have no frame of reference.
John of course! In-game, the Master Chief isn't much of a speaker. Todd does well in bringing the level-headed, tactical, stoic voice we've come to expect, but with more personality than we're afforded in the games.
None come to mind at the moment because I'm in the midst of Halo: First Strike, but there's plenty of drama to go around.
As an avid player of the games, I came to love many of the characters. When I started diving in to the books it gave the admittedly one-dimensional characters (it's a video game, you can only do so much!) an extra level of depth. Having these books that document some of the time before we ever "met" them and in between game episodes adds a richness to the game.
I just finished the Fall of Reach for my 6th time, and it still moves and inspires me the same way it did the first time I read it. The narrator, Todd McLaren, does a very good job of keeping the listener involved and interested on what happens next. The entire experience was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who loves military Sci fi novels.
This book was written the same time the first game came out. Between the various games, some of the facts don't add up from book to game, and online says that the newer version of this book was updated to match with the rest of the universe stories. This is not that version. Still very good though. Especially for Nylund only writing it in 7 weeks!
great to hear of the story of reach from another perspective than the video game.
If this wasn't part of the Halo canon I wouldn't have finished it. The reader was good, but the balancing of the audio was very poor. I found myself frustrated at having to turn down volume for dialogue and turn it back up for narration. The book itself didn't seem very well written either, though it is only the first one
Loves a good book on a long drive.
I like the descriptions of what is being thought as things happen. Most books just say that whatever happened and so they reacted by doing this. This book gets into Jon's head and you see what it is that causes him to do what he does. It's awesome!
Jon. By far Jon. He is still so human after being altered so completely.
He totally reads the military speak the way that you would expect them to be talking to each other. I'm not a "sir yes sir," type of reader and I don't think my brain would keep the enthusiasm up enough to enjoy this book on my own. Listening to Todd is awesome!
Not really anything emotional. A few times I wanted to go out and beat the snot out of aliens or play chicken in a space ship.
I wish I could have a A.I in my head.
This is the story of how Spartan 117 became the Master Chief we know and love today. From his "recruitment" on a school playground, to becoming the leader of the Spartans, through their genetic augmentations, and their first contact with the hostile alien Covenant, we get to know the man behind the armor.
We also get to know other important Halo characters like Cortana and Captain Keys. The background really does make you care more about the characters whether you're playing game or reading the next book.
The best Halo book I've listened to so far. Whether you're a fan of the games or just a fan of good science fiction, you'll want to listen to this one.