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BELLEVUE, WA, United States

  • 2 reviews
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  • 74 titles in library
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  • Halo: Primordium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By Timothy Dadabo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end....

    Raquel S. says: "Once upon a time on a Halo far far away..."
    "Greg Bear, what happened?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're a completionist, then get it. For everyone else, just skip it and read the wikipedia article. You are not missing anything important by skipping over this one.

    What was most disappointing about Greg Bear’s story?

    The story is horrible. Nothing happens for the first 80% of the book, you listen about them wandering around halo, that is it.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration of Riser is incredibly annoying, it was very hard to finish listening.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was happy when it was over.

    Any additional comments?

    This was by far the worst Halo book, I've listened to most of them. Fortunately the rest are mostly great. Greg Bear is likely embarrassed to have his name on the cover of this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Mortal Dictata

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With the Covenant War over, the Office of Naval Intelligence faces old grievances rising again to threaten Earth. The angry, bitter colonies, still with scores to settle from the insurrection put on hold for thirty years, now want justice and so does a man whose life was torn apart by ONI when his daughter was abducted for the SPARTANII program. Black ops squad KiloFive find their loyalties tested beyond breaking point when the father of their Spartan comrade, still searching for the truth about her disappearance, prepares to glass Earth's cities to get an answer.

    WT Wizard says: "Read Order update. 2014"
    "More Kilo-Five!!!"
    Where does Halo: Mortal Dictata rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of the best if not the best Halo books I've listened to. Karen Traviss explores a much different side of the Halo universe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's somewhat less military and action and more about the characters and their development. I would love to see another Kilo-Five trilogy with these characters.

    What other book might you compare Halo: Mortal Dictata to and why?

    It's different than the other Halo books, even the previous ones in this trilogy. I'm not sure what I would compare it to.

    Have you listened to any of Euan Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Euan Morton is very talented and I really enjoyed his performance. His character differentiation was fantastic and his accents were believable.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to give much away but there are moments with Staffan Sentzke that were really quite emotional for me. I can't relate to his arms dealing empire, but the family stuff was real to me.

    Any additional comments?

    I suspect some reviewers are put off by the Halsey dialogue because they are in denial or can't relate to the characters. I'll admit I was as well with the first two novels, but this book makes the argument much more convincing. Some of the characters do focus heavily on Halsey as the one person responsible but Karen Traviss makes it clear that was not the case. She's not even ambiguous about it. There's even a suggestion that in certain cases, what she did was for the best.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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