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Halo: Cryptum Audiobook

Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga

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Publisher's Summary

Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried - yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners’ highest and most politically powerful elite. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe. It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle - as shepherds and guardians of all life.

Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder, just like his father. But this Manipular has other plans. He is obsessed with lost treasures of the past. His reckless passion to seek out the marvelous artifacts left behind by the Precursors - long-vanished superbeings of unknowable power and intent - forces his father’s hand. Bornstellar is sent to live among the Miners, where he must come to terms with where his duty truly lies. But powerful forces are at play.

On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar’s destiny… and the fate of the entire galaxy.

This is a tale of life, death, intergalactic horror, exile, and maturity. It is a story of overwhelming change - and of human origins. For the Mantle may not lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners forever.

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©2010 Microsoft Corporation (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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    Corey DENVER, CO, United States 08-17-11
    Corey DENVER, CO, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Must Read for Halo Fans"

    Having played Halo 1,2, and 3 on Xbox; at the end of it all I found myself wanting more. More story, more answers, more pieces to the puzzle. This book gives you that! This book takes you back to the beginning where it all started. The story took a little time to grab me while I became acclimated to the setting and new characters but once it grabbed me I couldn't turn turn off my mp3 player. Holter Graham is pretty versatile in his characters, switching from one to the other in pretty believable fashion. My one nit pick would be his use of a sort of pseudo Scottish accent towards the end of the book for one of the characters you meet in the climax. It just sort of threw me off and took me out of the experience because the character is a Forerunner not a human. Like other reviewers, I too wished the story had kept going but I believe the authors’ intent was to leave us on the edge of our seats salivating for the next installment. I can’t wait for it to come out. Please disregard reviews by people disappointed in Greg Bear comparing his previous works to this one. If you’re not a Halo fan or a Sci-Fi fan of course you would have a harder time enjoying this book. If you are a Halo fan this book is most definitely you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    george skiatook, ok, United States 08-16-11
    george skiatook, ok, United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Halo Fan"

    Halo Cryptum was a good read in my opinion. I do think it needed to be a little longer and needed more detail. I liked Greg Bear's writing overall, though. It was easy to read/listen to and flowed well. Holter Gram does a good job narrating, also. It's not my favorite Halo book, but it fed my anything Halo obsession. I would recomend anyone who loves the game , the other Halo storys and Sci-Fi in general to read this book. I can't wait for the next one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-14-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "you are what you dare"

    I was so excited about this book. I was a big fan of Greg Bear back in the 80's when he came out with Blood Music, The Forge of God, The Wind From a Burning Woman, and then in 2000, Darwin's Radio. I did not know anything about Halo, but this being a prequel, it seem like a good place to start. The ratings and reviews are excellent, yet I could not get into it. I listened for over 5 and a half hours, and it was just so boring. It has got to be one the slowest moving Sci-Fi's ever. I could not concentrate. My mind kept wondering off. I tried dozens of times to get back into the story, but it just was not working for me.

    It seems it has worked for many others. So's youse takes your chances.

    The narrator was also fairly dry and did not help out too much.

    The phrase,You are what you dare, was repeated a couple of times in the book and I thought that was good advice.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    stevenn 10-20-16
    stevenn 10-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wrong book"

    I tried to purchase grasslands but it gave me this one instead. good book though.

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    Rebecca S. Burkheart 10-05-16

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    "Fantastic"

    I picked this up after listening to the first couple books of the Halo series. I've been a huge fan of the game forever and am really emjoying the books. This first book of the ForeRunner saga is an amazing blend of epic Science Fiction, in a Military Science Fiction style with a soft beautiful fantasy edge. You don't have to be a fan of the games to fall in love with this series, it stands perfectly well on it'ss own. If you are already a fan of the games, this will greatly enrich all you thought Halo was.. Greg Bear just moved onto my favorite authors list and I'm starting his next book in this series as soon as I finish typing this.

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    Brandon 09-03-16
    Brandon 09-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible"

    Loved the story. However, most of he chapters were blank. No audio AT ALL. I'm afraid to download more because of this.

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    RPG720 08-20-16
    RPG720 08-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This narrator is amazing!"

    You really cannot beat this narrator. I've already had the privilege of listening to him in Halo: Contact Harvest

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    Jrod gig'em 05-24-16
    Jrod gig'em 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow start but absolutely gripping"

    A must read if you are even remotely interested in the Halo story. This gives a great view into the background of the Halo rings.

    NOTE: This is written in the first person

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    s. vand 05-23-16
    s. vand 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Everything I hoped it would be."

    This was my very first audio book. Fitting, as I am an avid fan of the Halo series and it's lore within. Like many, I struggle to retain information while reading through the pages of a book, which has always left me feeling... I don't know... left behind? Yeah, I would say that is accurate. Anyway, this book is very immersive, (though I already knew much of the content through prior research) it offers so much more insight to the story and origin of Bornstellar and the Didact, and adds much more perspective and personality to the Halo story as a whole. I can tell this could be the start to a serious addiction to audiobooks lol.

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    Michaelmontague 04-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I devoured this in about 4 days"

    I listened to this at work and at home , finished it fast because it really pulled me in.... the narration was great

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  • James
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    12/23/12
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    "Unless you're a Halo fan, a definite no."

    Preferably I would give this 3.5 stars (but that ain't possible). Everyone who is a fan of the Halo series is looking for more information of the elusive forerunners. Even with Halo 4 out there is still much that isn't known ABOUT them, not just the events leading to their disappearance. In this respect, the book is excellent.

    Regrettably that's where the good points end, the plot itself is fine but it is drawn out with so much waffle that even the narrator sounds bored, which doesn't help, despite being a comparatively short audiobook.

    Unless you're a halo fan looking for more information, this would be a one star rating (two if you're lucky) and absolutely not worth getting.

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  • Robert Wheatley
    1/31/12
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    "Really rather dull"

    I found the whole thing to be rather dull, but I know nothing of Halo the game, so maybe I'm missing something because of that.

    In summary, events are strung together with no real depth.

    This is the first of a series, but wont get any of the other books because I simply don't care what happens to any of the characters and there's nothing in the book I want to find out any conclusions to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Soham, United Kingdom
    7/27/11
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    "No where near has good as the other books"

    I found this really boring. It moved way to fast with little explanation as to what was going on. Slowed down around the boring bit. I'm a massive halo fan so will continue reading/listening to part2 of this trilogy but really was hoping for more.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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