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Halo Audiobook

Halo: The Fall of Reach

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Publisher's Summary

As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo: the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.

While the brutal Covenant juggernaut sweeps inexorably through space, intent on wiping out humankind, only one stronghold remains: the planet Reach. Practically on Earth's doorstep, it is the last military fortress to defy the onslaught. But the personnel here have another, higher priority: to prevent the Covenant from discovering the location of Earth.

Outnumbered and outgunned, the soldiers seem to have little chance against the Covenant, but Reach holds a closely guarded secret. It is the training ground for the very first "super soldiers." Code-named SPARTANs, these highly advanced warriors, specially bioengineered and technologically augmented, are the best in the universe - quiet, professional, and deadly.

Now, as the ferocious Covenant attack begins, a handful of SPARTANs stand ready to wage ultimate war. They will kill, they will be destroyed, but they will never surrender. And at least one of them - the SPARTAN known as Master Chief - will live to fight another day on a mysterious and ancient, artificial world called Halo.

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©2003 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 12-20-12
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 12-20-12 Member Since 2009

    Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.

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    "Great for fans."
    Would you listen to Halo again? Why?

    Probably not, it's not the sort of book you listen to over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo?

    Final test of MJOLNIR armor.


    Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

    Master Chief.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    Solid reading if you are a fan of the game. The worst thing about this book is the way that Nylund makes the MC both a sentimental soldier (concern for his Spartans) and a mindless drone. The most violent combat in the book is when John is fighting/killing some ODST in an apparent test of his capabilities and armor. It makes the UNSC seem pretty nasty and John seem like a psychopath.

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    derek hanson 02-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    Such a great book! I read this when it first came out in highschool and now had to listen to it. The narrator did an excellent job keeping up with the tempo of the battle scenes.

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    cody 02-08-17
    cody 02-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "great back story for those who play the games"

    I have the books and it was good enough to get another copy on here. Only con I can say is different volumes of characters voices made it hard to find a comfortable volume to listen to....you turn it up to hear cortona and then the next character blows your eardrums out

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    Jesse 02-03-17
    Jesse 02-03-17
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    "mispronounced words, but good story"

    I enjoyed this book, but pronouncing the hard j in mjolnir was rough to listen to. I'd even prefer MewMew from Thor.

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    Jose 01-23-17
    Jose 01-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Exiting moments, Heroic acts, and exelent reading!"

    The narrator brought this dramatic story into action. The feeling that Halo is meant to have, was definitely there. I am glad I took the time to this breath taking, full of action... and definitely kick-ass story!
    Thank you for the experience!

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    TGN Maryland, USA 01-15-17
    TGN Maryland, USA 01-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best of the 1st 4 Halo Books"

    Essential to any true Halo fan. Covers MC backstory and intro to Halo universe. He keeps mispronouncing mjolnir though!

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    Sean Weitz 12-27-16
    Sean Weitz 12-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome story"

    Loved this book back in the day, awesome being able to listen to it now still a great book.

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    Dustin Brooks 12-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Could have been more!"

    The story of how the Master Chief got his start has so much potential. Some parts of the story felt like they could have been lengthened some. The narration of the story is what bothered me most. From chapter to chapter (sometimes in the middle) the volume of the speaker would change. It doesn't sound as clean as all the other books I've listened to. Otherwise as a fan of the game I like how well it ties into the game.

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    Alice Sloan 12-21-16
    Alice Sloan 12-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "It's pronounced "Mule-near""

    I love this book, I've read it in paper multiple times. if you're going to perform a story please spend some time learning pronunciation of key terms. every time this guy tried to say Mjolnir I was ripped out of the story and had to roll my eyes.

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    Alderdeen 12-13-16
    Alderdeen 12-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, reading needs to be redone"
    What made the experience of listening to Halo the most enjoyable?

    The story its self-was really enjoyable, very well written, and gives you a good perspective of the universe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    definitely how writing style. it definitely brings you into the universe


    Would you be willing to try another one of Todd McLaren’s performances?

    yes, certainly, but not with this recording studio. it sounds as though they dug a random mic out of a box and through him into the first room that had a carpet and said GO! not the best set up, but as the story goes along he gets better, stops pulling away from the mic to yell and trusts in the audio technician.


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

    the way the describe the growing up of the main characters, the reasoning behind all their movements. I love knowing how they think.


    Any additional comments?

    try as hard as you can to get at least half way through. if you can do that. the technical aspect gets so much better, know it gets better and better as the books go on, but by the gods i would love it if they redid this audio book in a professional set up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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