This is the book that starts it all and lays the footings for the Human - Covenant war. It is the story of first contact between races, and its a good listen.
I don't know if it was the narrators reading style or the story itself, but I had a very difficult time getting into this one. The story tends to evolve quickly at times, and if you get distracted you are quickly left confused as to what's going on. The narrator uses slight inflections to differentiate between the characters, but there is something almost clinical to the cadence of the narrators voice that made it very difficult to pay attention to.
L. Ron Hubbord was a sales man for Scientology, and this book is definitely a sales pitch. If you can ignore all that, there are many insightful gems of knowledge in this book. He brings up many points that are well worth the read.
He speaks of the character of mankind, and our true desire to be productive workers being the sole source of our happiness. When a man has no work (work being productive purpose, not a job) he is malcontent, unhappy, and disruptive. The many ways this can present itself from early childhood through adulthood is an interesting read.
It's short and I was doing chores, so yes it's an all in one sitting listen. I will probably listen to it again, so that I may have a chance to renew several of his viewpoints in my memory.
I am not a Scientologist, but a person who is interested in hearing and considering different viewpoints. This book contained several solid, well thought out ideas that I found I agree with; however following every pronouncement and idea with a sales pitch on how only a real Scientologist can help you reach true understanding in the ideals set forth by the book is a major detractor. Ignoring that, it was an enjoyable read.
This is just about the only book you would ever hear me saying this about, but John Krakauer is extremely long winded in this one.
This book is an enjoyable listen
I will just simply say: If you enjoyed any of the other books in the Halo series, you will enjoy this one. It is well writen and well read just like the rest of them.
This book is pretty good if you don't mind listening to a dry read. The narration is almost monotone, and the book a bit wordy. It is however a thought provoking take on a society where saying the word I is just about the biggest social snafu you can make.
I enjoyed this read.
Like the other Halo Novels this is a good book. The Narrator does an excellent job providing animated varied voice inflections for each character. Very well read.
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