As the fortress world of Reach and its brave defenders were bombarded to rubble, a single cruiser fled the carnage with the battle's only human survivors: Captain Keyes, his crew of a few hundred marines, and the last remaining SPARTAN super-soldier, the Master Chief.
With the cruiser's artificial intelligence, Cortana, concealed in his battle armor, the Master Chief crash-lands on Halo in the midst of a massive Covenant occupation. Curiously, the alien soldiers appear to be searching for something hidden on the ring.
Built by a long-dead race, Halo harbors many deadly secrets, but one overshadows them all. Now the Master Chief must lead the scattered troops in a brutal race to unravel Halo's darkest mystery---and unleash its greatest source of power.
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I think the people who may enjoy this book are those that dont mind a 9 hour long narrated continuous action scene. Those who do not enjoy a rich story line will love this book for its redundancy and its lack of development.
He could start by writing a science fiction novel and not a write up of Halo: Combat Evolved. This book is very similar to having someone narrate someone else's actions as they play through the first Halo game. It's the same thing over and over with very little back story and all the new characters that are introduced die almost immediately.
Todd McLaren is a great narrator but this book was a painful bore.
The author takes care of that issue for me by taking only a minute of his time to give a new character a backstory before killing them.
Just read the Halo: Combat Evolved synopsis and you will have saved yourself 10 hours. Nothing new is explained in this book besides some backstories for characters who end up dying anyways. I went into this book expecting stories behind the plot that described characters motivations and what I got was a 9 hour long battle scene described to me in a painstaking detail. I do not envy the narrator for having to repeat the same lines over and over again.
The story is great. The book is amazing. But the narriator does this absolutely no justice. Hard to make it through the second chapter and the constant new crappy voices were disconcerting. There is no breaks between point of view and chapters. I'll finish it. But unwillingly.
NOPE. I can't. I won't. I can not listen to Cortana constantly sounding like a drunk old lady and the Master Chief a chain smoking batman. Also why is EVERY soldier Asian? I dont have a problem with that but using the same voice for Srgt. Johnson as an Asian and then every soldier voice there after? Nope. Let me know when someone else reads this aloud. I am so sorry for William Dietz. I have never heard a narriator so happy and upbeat about explaining how someone catches their intestines.
love the elite side story though his end wasva bit.... anti climatic. Johns voice acting was more like the video game than the first book so you get the more emotional and derp minded feel from him. great listen 5*
I like audiobooks because of the performance, the voices the experience is exciting and fun, so yes this version to me is much better then the print version. However to each their own.
The Covenant back story is amazing to hear, to know what is going on while Master Chief is doing what he does, as well as the marine back story that was a part I didn't actually know was part of this book. A great addition to an already amazing lore.
He did a great job bringing out each character. It felt natural and flowed very nicely.
These books have always given me an almost patriotic feeling, they make you care more for Master Chief and understand what he has given up. Even knowing what's going to happen you can't help but fight for looser's and feel sad when they do come up short.
This was a very well done book, I always would skip it, because I had heard it was so similar to the game Halo: CE, but it so much more than that. There is little details about Master Chief that you don't get from the game. It makes the whole experience of the game feel more real.
Many of my friends rant and rave about this series. It's good and enjoyable but not epic. I recommend it to Halo fans, but there are other books i have on my priority list.
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