This fills in all of the back story questions you may have about the beginning of the first Halo game. Who is Master Chief? Who is Captain Keyes? Are there others like Master Chief? The only thing it doesn't address is the Covenant side. This is written from the human perspective. The narrator was good enough not to detract from the story. A must read for any Halo fan. I'm ready to play the first game again!
Thoroughly enjoyed the readers narration, had a strong voice to complement what we already know about the Chief. I read this when I was a kid, and it's still as enjoyable as the first day I read it.
THE HALO SERIES STRAIGHT UP KICKS ASS. EVEN THE AUDIO BOOKS ARE AN ESCAPE INTO A FANTASY WORLD I PREFERRED TO THIS SHITTY REALITY OF 2015. GRANTED, THE COVENANT AND FLOOD ARE HORRENDOUS, BUT AT LEAST ONE CAN EVENTUALLY BECOME A SPARTAN THROUGH MILITARY SERVICE. SCREW ALL NATURAL! WTH WOULDN'T TRULY PREFER TO HAVE AN AUGMENTED BODY & MIND. DOD & DARPA NEED TO BEAT FEET AND GET IT DONE ASAP!! IM NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER!! AS FAR AS AUTHOR ERIC NYLUND, GREAT WRITING, PERIOD. GET ON IT AGAIN BROTHER. THERES PLENTY MORE HALO UNIVERSE TO WRITE ABOUT, AND WE'RE ALL WAITING. MR NARRATOR, TODD MCLAREN, WELL I BELIEVE I SPEAK FOR MOST US FANS WHEN I SAY EXCELLENT JOB SIR!!! HANDS DOWN, NO SHIT ASSESSMENT. EXCELLENT ALL THE WAY. SERIOUSLY THOUGH PEOPLE, KEEP IT COMING!!!
Excellent book! My little guy and I couldn't stop listening. Great action, well told.
Mixing needs some work though - we were often having the lower the volume during loud parts and raise it during quiet ones.
This actually was a pretty solid prequel to the video game. I kind of had low expectations but overall the story gave a pretty good background on Master Chief, Cortona and some of the other characters seen in the series.
Despite its age, the Fall of Reach still holds its own in the halo universe. It is the book that begins the saga. Although, its name is slightly misplaced because while the fall of Reach is included in the book, it takes only the very end of the story.
Actually, as such, the ending is slightly anticlimactic because parts of the story is missing. Reach does fall in this book, the fate of rest of the spartans (aside from the Master Chief) and Catherine Halsey, who are still on Reach, is transferred to First Strike.
For this reason, the rest 3/4 of the book, specifically the ending and the middle, are a lot more exciting for me. But still, it is a great story, showing the creation and training of the spartans, and I highly recommend this book for all sci-fi and halo fans.
Well worth the credits in my opinion.
On a final note, the audio book itself is not the best quality I've seen. It is not bad, per say, but in a few locations the audio climbs and falls irregularly, almost if the reader started the particular chapter too close to the microphone.
But still, Todd McLaren does a good job of reading the story. He has the kind of voice that allow him to portray the stiff military characters very well. So kudos to him.