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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Having read every Halo book in print, I thought it would be fun to listen to them, so I started from the beginning. The Fall of Reach and The Flood (volumes 1 and 2) both suffer from the same problems.
First, admittedly minor, but driving me crazy nonetheless, is the inexplicable fact that the narrator cannot pronounce something that is such a part of the story as Mjolnir. It's "me-ol-neer", not "mah-jole-neer." Through two volumes, no one noticed this? Mjolnir is the name of Thor's Hammer. Why would the correct pronunciation be such a challenge?
Second, the sound equalization stinks. The narrator has a good voice, but whenever a character yells, which is a lot, you get a sharp, jarring ice pick through the ear drum, because the volume goes up five decibels. A good sound engineer should have fixed that situation. It's really, really annoying. So, as much as I love The Halo series, I'll stick with visual instead of audio, until someone reworks the sound.
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*
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