Now, everything depends on the Spartan known as the Master Chief. Yet even with the aid of the artificial intelligence Cortana, the Master Chief will be hard-pressed to rescue survivors and evade the Covenant ships patrolling the remains of Halo in debris-strewn space.
Ahead lies a dangerous voyage home through a gauntlet of Covenant forces. For the sake of all, the Master Chief and his war-torn squad must not only survive but take the fight to the enemy with a decisive first strike.
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I was shocked by the quality and depth of the story. My son is a Halo 3 player so I downloaded the book when I saw it on sale. I listened to it and I was impressed with the story and would recommend the author and the story line. If you are looking for something different, give this a try.
As someone who grew up and spent most of his life in Fargo North Dakota, I felt I had to respond to the review written by Ladonna.
First of all, this is the third book released. It's the fourth book that should be read at this point in time if you want to follow the timeline properly. However, reading Contact Harvest first (which was written later, but is first on the timeline) isn't really necessary. You can enjoy that book on its own later. For Ladonna to jump into the third book then complain that she's lost and upset that there isn't enough back story is ridiculous for two reasons.
First off, the first book released (The Fall of Reach) is entirely back story for John 117. Second, there is quite a bit of back story and character development in this book. Ladonna simply should not have jumped two books ahead if she wanted to appreciate it. Nobody should buy a book without spending thirty seconds on Google to find out if it's part of a series or a standalone book. Ever.
As for the "technical jargon", well, that's going to be up to each individual reader. I personally don't think there's much technical jargon in the book at all.
As for the narrator... I can't really defend Todd McLaren. He's not awful, but I sure don't get excited when I see his name on a book I'm interested in.
The quality of the recording is fine. I have no idea what Ladonna is talking about when she says that it's sometimes loud and sometimes quiet. It's not. Whatever equipment she used to listen to the recording must be faulty. I've listened to this book twice now, and have not at any point had this problem.
This is indeed a sci fi book for the sci fi fan. An understanding of Halo is not needed. You need not have played a single minute of any Halo game in your life. It is, however, very important that you don't just pick a Halo book at random and start reading. You must either start with Contact Harvest or The Fall of Reach. Personally I suggest starting with the latter, but that's personal preference. I hope this review will keep Ladonna from scaring off potential listeners. The Halo series of book are some of the most epic, well written sci fi books I've ever read, and I read a lot of sci fi.
Like the other Halo Novels this is a good book. The Narrator does an excellent job providing animated varied voice inflections for each character. Very well read.
Todd McLaren's master chief voice is superb, it makes the story feel all the more real.
Would have gotten 5 stars for all categories except the recording level fluctuated so much at times it caused frequent volume adjustments. at times u had to turn it up to hear soft voices and then the drill sgt's voice would cause u to jump out of your seat?
The only issue, and it's a very tiny one , is the word MJOLINAR is supposed to be pronounced ( Mule_neer) but like I said it's a minor issue. The Great Timing and Great Character voices make this a great audio book. I now own almost all of the audio books from this series. Eric Nylund distinguishs the voices of each character very nicely. This makes the story so easy to follow and allows images of the story to flow in the imagination of the listeners. I highly recommend this version for anyone who just wants to sit back and listen to a well told story from the Halo Collection.
The narrator does a good job but it's way better to have different narrators, male and female, like the one's who did Contact Harvest. The only down side story wise to first strike is the occasional predictability in the chief and his squad's misfortune or lucky saves. Other than that AWESOME book with an amazing ending!!! Great filler between halo and halo 2
Would have given the performance 5 stars if he didn't mispronounce Mjolnir. I know that might seem like I'm being too critical, but how did no one catch that? They say it 100 times. Other than that, great story and performance.
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