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Halo Audiobook

Halo: The Flood

The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.
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The Human-Covenant War, a desperate struggle for humankind's very survival, has reached its boiling point on the mysterious ring world called Halo. But the fierce Covenant warriors, the mightiest alien military force known, are not the only peril lying in wait.

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.

Listen to more stories of Halo.

©2003 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2008 Tantor

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    James Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-09-12
    James Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-09-12
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    "Robotic compare to The Fall Of Reach"

    The character in this book march through the story like robots. I loved the first story it had some feeling between the characters. Most of this book is shooting with a very little plot behind it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    finhead 04-21-09
    finhead 04-21-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Not very good"

    It's not the worst novel I've ever listened to. Even as a fan of the Halo books (and military scifi in general like Starship Troopers) this book in the Halo series is arguably the worst and the most disappointing of the novels so far.

    This is the book that covers the events of the first Halo game. Unfortunately it's also like reading the events of a first person shooter video game. Masterchief turns the corner, shoots aliens, repeat ad nauseam. There's none of the character development from Eric Nyland's Halo novels which are far, far better. If only Nyland could write all of the Halo novels and if only Jonathan Davis could narrate them...

    I found this book very disappointing because this IS the story from the first game and Nyland's book the Fall of Reach really was a great set up for this book. He was able to endow the Masterchief with a personality and backstory successfully in my opinion which is no small task all things considered.

    This book is really only worth checking out if you're into Halo and military scifi like I am AND you're planning to listen to the books that follow it - First Strike and Ghosts of Onyx.

    If you're a casual fan, I'd say skip it. If you want to read all of the Halo novels, check it out but don't get your hopes up. Otherwise ANY of the other Halo novels are a better read.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Mike W. 08-05-15
    Mike W. 08-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but......"

    At times, a little to much like a play by play of the game.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul O. Oni WOODBRIDGE, VA, US 05-21-15
    Paul O. Oni WOODBRIDGE, VA, US 05-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely fantastic"

    I already read the book and even played the game before listening to the book again. All I can say is I am truly glad I did. Riveting, captivating and just an all around book. The narration was absolutely fantastic. Whether or not you are a halo fan, this book should be enough to get you interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua REDWOOD CITY, CA, United States 09-13-13
    Joshua REDWOOD CITY, CA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Listen to the Video Game"
    Would you try another book from William C. Dietz and/or Todd McLaren?

    I would if I knew it wasn't going to be a literal walkthrough of a video game. That said, I think I think Dietz did a good job with a challenging assignment.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Performance wasn't bad. Kept mispronouncing Mjolnir, but hey, those old Norse words are tricky.


    Could you see Halo being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Halo deserves a movie, or an HBO mini series.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jacob pell city, AL, United States 05-23-13
    jacob pell city, AL, United States 05-23-13
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    "i love the story but the voice actor was crap"
    Would you try another book from William C. Dietz and/or Todd McLaren?

    i would but not audio book because the voice actor ruined the whole book for me if i wanted a robot to read to me id have my computer do it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 02-09-16
    Brian 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Simply stunning very well done once you start you won't be able to stop listening

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    Brian 12-16-15
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    "Nothing compared to the Fall of Reach"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What could William C. Dietz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Todd McLaren?

    Todd McLaren is a great narrator but this book was a painful bore.


    What character would you cut from Halo?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    veronica 11-22-15
    veronica 11-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "pretty good"

    I am not surprised that the master chief is the only one who survived. it seems that the halo books are all about death, no survivors and hoplessness...

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    Breon Minneapolis 10-29-15
    Breon Minneapolis 10-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Halo 1"

    pretty much a retelling of halo 1. it was good to hear some deeper story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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