The story and plot were great. I enjoyed the characters and the background.
The narrator of this book is horrible.
The pace of the story was matched, but the different voices seemed too fake.
Over all, I enjoyed the book and would listen to it again.
If you do not know the storyline please don't be the person to read this book and get paid to do so. You should be proud of your work. Anyone and everyone who reads Halo should know... does know how to pronounce "mjolnir"! The narrator and those people editing his work clearly are NOT Halo fans.
Maybe. Mr McLaren's pronunciation set my teeth on edge so badly that I had a hard time finishing this audiobook.
The Fall of Reach is very reminiscent of a number of books by David Drake, most notably the tone and characterizations from the "Hammer's Slammers" series and Redliners.
Almost anyone. His inflection is excellent, but the pronunciation of even the word "longsword" was irritating. Someone needs to tell him that the "w" is silent. This was one of his less egregious errors.
Not particularly. It wanted to capture the feeling of "Band of Brothers" and "Saving Private Ryan", but wasn't quite there. Not quite enough pathos.
If you like the Halo games, you will like this book. The timeline between this book and the game Halo: Reach do not match up. If you can get past that, you should enjoy the book.
Yes, but I had to keep turning the volume up and down while driving because it would blow my eardrums out.
This book would have received all five star ratings if the sound hadn't been so inconsistent.
I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have listened to 2 of the books from the halo Universe and they were both extremely well written, very well read and enjoyable to listen to in almost every way. I have full intentions of getting more of them. I have never played the game and probably never will but I can't tell you how much I want to learn more about this universe. I think this book is one of the best written sci-fi war books I have heard in a long time.
The character development is exceptional.
I will definitely listen to it again, the author does a good job of building a back story explaining what sets the Spartan 2's apart from the rest of humanity in nearly every dimension. Likable characters coupled with some good story telling just sort of sucks you into the universe.
As a side note this would have made a better storyline of the game (Halo: Reach) than the one they chose...
This is the first book I bought of of audible and I am impressed at the quality of the narrator us amazing his voice adds depth to the story. I'm a total halo gamer, and this book introduces the beginning of the masterchief and the first contact with the covenant, not to mention how captain keys became a captain. A definite buy for all halo lovers!
Todd gives such a vibrant feel to the entire story, his voice captures you and puts you into the battles, into to secret conversations only the special intelligents are permitted to.
Amazing, Informative, Captivating.
I loved how this book made me physically stop what I was doing in order to concentrate on what was happening. The action scenes were awesome.
There were many scenes in this book that were amazing. I can't just pick one scene.
At first, It was something to listen to while I was doing laundry or cleaning my room. After the first few chapters, I set aside time just to listen. I couldn't stop listening!
I have yet to listen/read the other Halo books. I have had a friend tell me for YEARS to read it and now I can see why! Just be prepared that (just as the title describes) there will be some heartaches.
Master Chief, and Captain Keys
The relationship between them and their feelings to their people
Aliens and Predators beware
Audio levels are not consistent extremely loud then very low
Excellent backstory to the Master Chief that I'm sure all Halo fans will enjoy. Part Starship Troopers, part Enders Game, and all Halo. This details the Master Chief's history up to the beginning of Halo: Combat Evolved (the first Halo game), as well as the beginning of the Human/Covenant war. The unravelling of these backstories is the most compelling part of the story.
Todd McLaren does a great job narrating the book, but the audio recording was poor. Volume levels vary wildly from chapter to chapter, and in the parts that involve characters yelling (and it's a book about war, so there's a lot of yelling), you can tell that rather that drop the levels, it seems like they had McLaren step back from the microphone. The result is that it sounds muffled and distant, like he is yelling inside a tiny booth (which he was).
Don't let poor audio engineering stop you from enjoying this book, however. If you're a Halo fan, you'll probably like it.