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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great to hear of the story of reach from another perspective than the video game.
If this wasn't part of the Halo canon I wouldn't have finished it. The reader was good, but the balancing of the audio was very poor. I found myself frustrated at having to turn down volume for dialogue and turn it back up for narration. The book itself didn't seem very well written either, though it is only the first one
Loves a good book on a long drive.
I like the descriptions of what is being thought as things happen. Most books just say that whatever happened and so they reacted by doing this. This book gets into Jon's head and you see what it is that causes him to do what he does. It's awesome!
Jon. By far Jon. He is still so human after being altered so completely.
He totally reads the military speak the way that you would expect them to be talking to each other. I'm not a "sir yes sir," type of reader and I don't think my brain would keep the enthusiasm up enough to enjoy this book on my own. Listening to Todd is awesome!
Not really anything emotional. A few times I wanted to go out and beat the snot out of aliens or play chicken in a space ship.
I wish I could have a A.I in my head.
This is the story of how Spartan 117 became the Master Chief we know and love today. From his "recruitment" on a school playground, to becoming the leader of the Spartans, through their genetic augmentations, and their first contact with the hostile alien Covenant, we get to know the man behind the armor.
We also get to know other important Halo characters like Cortana and Captain Keys. The background really does make you care more about the characters whether you're playing game or reading the next book.
The best Halo book I've listened to so far. Whether you're a fan of the games or just a fan of good science fiction, you'll want to listen to this one.
I often times don't have any time to sit and read, this was a perfect solution! it was read well, clearly, I often listened to the story while I am driving.
I've now listened to this story multiple times and I've enjoyed it every time. This was one one of my first audible purchases, in fact it may have been my free book when I started with audible. Anyway, the story is fantastic, the narrator does a great job, and if you like Halo at all, you will enjoy his book.
My only issue with this title is that it is obviously an older recording made with older tech. The reason why this is an issue for me (and admittedly a minor one) is that at times characters are shouting or barking orders. At these times the narrator understandably didn't want to shout directly into the microphone but this creates a slight almost echo-y quality to the recording. This is something I haven't noticed with more recent recordings with characters in similar situations.
the story puts you into the eyes of John, and keeps your attention throughout the entire length of his journey. the narrarator Todd McClaren made listening a pleasure and brought the story to life! would recommend anyone looking to get into the atmosphere the halo series brings.
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