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Halo: Evolutions | [Tobias Buckell, Kevin Grace, Jonathan Goff, Robt McClees, Eric Nylund, Eric Raab, Karen Traviss]

Halo: Evolutions

When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there. When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost - but, millions of heroes rose to the challenge. In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the stories of these heroes, both human and alien, have a chance to become legend.
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Publisher's Summary

When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there. When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost - but millions of heroes also rose to the challenge.

In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the stories of these heroes, both human and alien, have a chance to become legend. This collection holds 11 stories that dive into the depths of the vast Halo universe, not only from the perspective of those who fought and died to save humanity, but also those who vowed to wipe humanity out of existence.

Authors include Tobias Buckell,B. K. Evenson, Kevin Grace, Jonathan Goff, Robt McClees, Eric Nylund, Frank O'Connor,Eric Raab, Karen Traviss, Jeff VanderMeer, Tessa Kum, and Fred Van Lente.

Listen to more stories of Halo.

©2009 Microsoft Corporation; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    Sean Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-10-11
    Sean Vancouver, BC, Canada 01-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Remember Reach"

    Good stories. Good narration. There was only one that I didn't like. You'll know when you hear it because it's a story where the Spartans act completely out of character to help out some aliens when they totally just would have killed them in the beginning. The rest is great. We get to learn more about Cortana's ordeal on High Charity and a little more back-story of Masterchief. I would recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction, even if they've never played the games.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wyatt Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 04-15-10
    Wyatt Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 04-15-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Well Written!"

    Most of the stories in this book were actually really well done. The only reason I gave four stars was because there was one or two stories that were a bit dry in terms of plot but overall a well written book. I thought that there were alot of different types of stories which gave the book a fresh feel every time you read a different story in the book which is why this book is interesting from start to finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derrick Canmore, Alberta, Canada 08-26-12
    Derrick Canmore, Alberta, Canada 08-26-12
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    "Truly Essential"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the Halo universe and anyone who enjoys a good story of any kind. Evolutions has it all, action, horror, drama, romance and mystery; all wrapped in an awesome Sci-fi package.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Admiral Preston J. Cole steps into the Halo Universe in a big way. Also Soren-066 has got to be up there as one of my favorites now.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Jen Taylor and Steve Downes added a little extra something for fans of the Halo franchise.


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

    Each story had its own feel, some terrifying, some uplifting, some sad, some informative and some were just plain cool.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    robbie noyal pontivy, France 08-20-12
    robbie noyal pontivy, France 08-20-12
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    "some good , some amazing"
    Would you listen to Halo again? Why?

    i listen to one story every night , there are some real good story n here , and they are very relaxing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    my favorite character is cortana from human weakness , voiced by her accutal voice actor from the game , this is by far the best out of all the storys in here


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    this is a 15 hour audio book , so no it would take alot of effot to sitting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Brisbane, Australia 02-02-12
    Casey Brisbane, Australia 02-02-12
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    "Recomend to all Halo and galactic sci-fi fans"

    All of these short stories contain the same blow by blow combat (from first person to massive space battles), continuing forerunner discoveries and political entanglements that have made the pervious Halo novels so compelling.

    Aswell as this; Halo Evolutions also brings a much more....vivid tale involving the flood.

    A must read to all Halo fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    artistmx Chicago IL 10-20-11
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    "Sci-Fi Short Stories on Halo"
    Would you listen to Halo again? Why?

    I would, I enjoyed all the short stories that seemed to go in order.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Normally I dont like when they change narrators but this time it was ok


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Billy Lehi, UT, United States 05-18-11
    Billy Lehi, UT, United States 05-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Booooring unless you are a hardcore HALO fan"

    Some of the stories are great. Most are not. Couldn't wait for it to be over so I could listen to something else. The gems, though, I wish they would develop and give their wn book deals to. Please, no more bundling of good with garbage!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 03-11-10
    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 03-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Not actually unabridged"

    I love short story anthologies and I love Halo. This was great. It also made the listening very bite sized which is nice. My only real disappointment is the audio does not have everything that the book has. The book has some really excellent poems in it that are not included in the audio. Particularly disappointing since it included the short letter at the end which wasn't much longer than the poems that were left out.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jason PICKERINGTON, OHIO, United States 05-23-12
    Jason PICKERINGTON, OHIO, United States 05-23-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Yes, Halo sells, and I feel abused."
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who collect Halo memorabilia, and collectors of noir genre material.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something less depressing.


    What didn???t you like about the narrators???s performance?

    The narrators were not bad. The stories were too damned depressing!


    What character would you cut from Halo?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Look. I like Halo. I have all the books, games and so on. But this sucked. Every story I read AND I will ADMIT it I couldn't finish it, everybody dies! It's a never-ending barrage of stories of people who died. No hope. No glory. Just death. That is not worth the time reading. It would have been nice if they could have interjected some positive stories but they didn't. I understand that it is what makes John 117 so great, that so many people failed and he did not but if that's the case why bother telling these stories? He did have support somewhere didn't he? Overall, stay away if you can. I pre-ordered this too! It's too bad.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Creativecolor 03-24-10 Member Since 2007
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    "The Good and the Bad"

    There are a few really great stories here, Altho the rest were lacking, they still stayed true to the Halo universe. In war theres alot of death, and those stories, showed the darker side of that. Over all, it was entertaining, but we'll always have our favorite.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • ryan
    BATH, United Kingdom
    5/28/12
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    "lots of great stories (couple of not so good ones)"

    i actually bought this without realising it was a load of short stories still i can't complain as i thought it was brilliant the stories really helped to expand the halo universe for me and i loved hearing stories from a different part or even side of the conflict there definatly room for many more stories like these. I only had two issues, the first is a issue wrapped as a compliment, some of the stories were so good that i wanted to countinueto hear more as some were left on a bit of a cliff hanger and the second is as there were so many stories there were two that i din't really find that interesting for instance the one with cortana as the main character.
    other than that however it is worth a buy i used my 1 credit but i'd say it might be worth the large price tag anyway :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Carshalton, United Kingdom
    1/22/11
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    "Modern Day Classic"

    Until you download this book you might be surprised to find that unlike many other short story books, most of the stories included are each more than an hour in duration and although the story lines could be considered basic, Aliens vs Humans, the content of the story lines are generally well written, quite graphic and detailed. A must for all sci-fi nuts that are looking for uncomplicated but intelligent fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Clonsilla, Ireland
    4/7/13
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    "Well worth the read."

    A great glimpse into the Haloverse. The stories are solid and the various authors make sure that you get gripped by all the characters. Having Cortana and Master Chief narating their own stories makes this all the better. There will be some details that won't sit well with those who are following the verse and know the internal workings of certian things. But they can be easily overlooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rory
    Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
    3/28/10
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    "Mixed bag"

    This book is a bit of a mixed bag, but I suppose that is to be expected from a collection of short stories. There are a few mediocre ones in there, but at least two which I thought were very well done. The final story was the most disappointing because right until the end it felt as if some new revelation was going to be made, but ultimately the book just abruptly ended with nothing new being brought to the table. One final peeve is that I wish the authors of these Halo novels would settle on the names of the alien species, one book will use their proper names and another will use the human slang terms and it feels very inconsistent. I can understand the marines using the slang terms in their speech, but some authors use them all over the place and it feels a bit childish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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