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Halo: Cryptum Audiobook
Halo: Cryptum
Written by: 
Greg Bear
Narrated by: 
Holter Graham
Halo: Cryptum Audiobook

Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga

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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
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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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    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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    Aaron Sirb 03-13-16
    Aaron Sirb 03-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Compelling!"

    It's hard to believe how much information was in the book and how quickly it read. There was never a moment when the story slowed down. It was getting more climactic each chapter. It was truly a joy to listen to, and the narrator made the experience engaging and worth my time. I have to read it a second time. But I only recommend this book to those who have studied the Halo history at least briefly.

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    Jeremiah Mccoy 02-26-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Far more entertaining than expected"

    Game fiction is often good adventure fiction, but lacks in art. This is a step above that standard. This is a solid and artful science fiction tale with a sense of wonder to it.

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    MSF Loyalty 01-12-16
    MSF Loyalty 01-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good Addition to the Depth of the Halo Univers"
    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    The performance of Holter Grahams was very good at times but some times seemed like he missed which character was speaking. He did a great job acting out the characters though and conveyed distinctive sound for each individual.
    He very much spoke in a way that this book was meant to be read. He very much made it sound mysterious which there is very much of in the beginning.


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

    Absolutely easy to listen to in one sitting. Found myself listening for hours!


    Any additional comments?

    Let me just say this is a VERY good science fiction book as a stand alone without Halo correlation but of coarse everyone reading this is looking for more Halo lore so I doubt this comment will help many looking to pick this as a read.
    I don't normally like books based off of games because they very much lack the "in person" feel a game has and many events in games are meant for a game, not a book. However I have to say this was the best video game based book I've ever read (even though its not a direct rip of a games story) and as I said before a good feel for real science fiction on its own. It can be very much seen that it drew inspiration from other older science fiction as was stated in the beginning of the novel.
    Particularly in the beginning there was a feeling that this time was so far back before modern existence. Way before the Roman empire and Greek mythology. This time far older than that I believe several hundreds if not thousands of times over.
    On top of this there if something even older than this time, being a time before this time, thus being the Precursors. This is an idea well known in science fiction well used in this book.
    For thoughs of you who are looking for more information on story of why character did what they did in the video games, (particularly Halo 4, and 5, which lack depth) this book is well worth the time. I haven't read the whole series but I can almost say for sure it would be VERY imperative to understand all that happens in this series to understand the next events in the Halo games.

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    J. Miller 11-11-15
    J. Miller 11-11-15
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    "Riveting."

    Mr. Graham did a fabulous job narrating and pulled me into the story.

    Even if you aren't a HALO fan, this is a great listen.

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    jesse 11-10-15
    jesse 11-10-15
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    "made for lore"

    just what you need to get your halo lore fixation filled. start of the rings, ARK, sheikd worlds, how john 117 was a seed set in place(not given away but explains how through example) just great lore

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  • Robert
    Marlow, United Kingdom
    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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