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Halo: Primordium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 2 | [Greg Bear]

Halo: Primordium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 2

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end....
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Publisher's Summary

"A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.Since then, I’ve traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies - a greater reach than any human before me. You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I’ll be able to finish the story.

"Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...."

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of duty to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.

Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder’s cruel researches into the Flood - which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than 10,000 years before.

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©2012 Microsoft Corporation (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Amazon Customer Forest, VA, United States 07-29-13
    Amazon Customer Forest, VA, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't finish. Done with series"
    Any additional comments?

    I tried. This book had a few interesting situations, but in the end it didn't feel like there was a point. I've given up. The book just reminded me of the several really boring bits in the JRR Tolkein books without any of the endearing or exciting parts to draw me on.

    I kept saying to myself, "are the characters actually going someplace?" I've got too many other books in my library to stick this series out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sebastian 03-03-15
    Sebastian 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it."

    Loved it. Delves so much deeper into the history of the halo array. Explaining much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 07-30-14
    Justin 07-30-14 Listener Since 2007

    Just love listing to audiobooks. Some of my favorite authors are Vince Flynn and Brad Thor

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    "Just another great Halo and sify book"
    Where does Halo: Primordium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far this year Primordium ranks in the top 5.


    What other book might you compare Halo: Primordium to and why?

    It reminds me of all the other Halo books. But this one gives you more of the background store of the Fourrunners.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy Dadabo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't. This is the first one and it was good.


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

    I did get a little choked up towards the end of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenner United States 07-22-14
    Brenner United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Half a Book"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Greg Bear? Why or why not?

    Probably, the good parts are good. Unfortunately he doesn't mind wasting your time with filler. Also, had a nice straw man religion to look down on in this work.


    Which character – as performed by Timothy Dadabo – was your favorite?

    Characters were clear and separate, easy to listen to, narrator did not distract. A+


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was enjoyable and had some interesting spin on things. A great deal of annoyance at the arbitrary functionality of forerunner equipment, it lasts for days or weeks or years unless you need it to stop working for a plot development or so you can see it right as it stops working.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of this book is about walking around in barren places. If you listened to the first 5 chapters and then skipped to chapter 26 or 27 you would have missed barely anything, and you would have enjoyed the book so much compelling you to go back and listen to the 22 chapters you skipped, only to realize there was nothing significant in them. (In summery the good parts of the book were about 2/5ths by volume.)

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    ben United States 03-20-14
    ben United States 03-20-14
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    "Don't expect Eric Nylund this series isn't good"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    more action and more detail


    Has Halo: Primordium turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no science fiction is my life but this author should change genres


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Timothy Dadabo?

    narrator is fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Halo: Primordium?

    the whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    how did this even get published?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Benito IMPERIAL, CA, US 02-05-13
    Juan Benito IMPERIAL, CA, US 02-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Dissapointed...."
    What would have made Halo: Primordium better?

    The story, was simply drawn out and dry.


    Has Halo: Primordium turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO, I have loved the HALO series, but this book seemed very dry, especially compared to the other HALO titles.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy Dadabo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I did not mined the narrator. The story line was simply not up to par with other HALO novels.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The end, adds a small twist. But not enough to make the book worth the cost.


    Any additional comments?

    The HALO series is and has been amazing up until this book. I enjoyed the first forerunner saga book, but I did not enjoy this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby christchurch, New Zealand 10-09-12
    Bobby christchurch, New Zealand 10-09-12
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    "Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Halo: Primordium to be better than the print version?

    yes was so totally immersive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Primordium?

    the portrait of charters


    Have you listened to any of Timothy Dadabo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    made me excited images of new worlds flashed in to my mind with vivid realism


    Any additional comments?

    get it will blow you away dont need to play the games or even be a fan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 08-03-12
    Jacob 08-03-12
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    "Excellent book, however audio has quality issues"
    Would you try another book from Greg Bear and/or Timothy Dadabo?

    I'm quite the fan of Greg Bare, having been introduced to him through his Star Wars novel Rogue Planet. I wasn't initially impressed with Timothy Dadabo's narration, but he grew on me over time and did fit the book well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Primordium?

    Without giving anything away, the ending is a real shocker and a cliffhanger as well.


    Which character – as performed by Timothy Dadabo – was your favorite?

    343 Guilty Spark


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    At first, I wasn't sure how to feel about the book. This is one of those books that you can't judge until you've read the entire story. Unlike his first book in this series, Cryptum, the story doesn't make much sense until you reach the end and it all clicks into place.


    Any additional comments?

    In chapter 34, there are a lot of audio artifacts. I recognize them specifically as jitter from an improperly ripped cd. I've reported this to Audible and, according to them, they are not the ones who convert the discs but get the content directly from audiobook publishers. That being the case, I have to wonder why the publishers are giving Audible rips of their own discs rather than providing digital masters. I will be pursuing this with McMillan Audio, as I'm intrigued as to why Audible was provided with a bad rip when a rip is not even necessary. Audible themselves were understanding about the issue, and it's not their fault.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 07-23-12
    Michael SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 07-23-12
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    "Great story, but a few negatives"
    What made the experience of listening to Halo: Primordium the most enjoyable?

    The last 1/3 of the book was the only exciting part of it, but it blows you mind if you get to it. you just have to get past the first 1/2 of it for it to start picking up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chakas was my favorite


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cason_lanier 04-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read for Halo Fans"
    What did you love best about Halo: Primordium?

    The way it ties in the Halo Universe


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't say, that is the best part.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy Dadabo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not, or I dont think I have.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen
    hornchurch, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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    "Shame"

    How is it possible to mess up a halo universe book ??? Well it is just listen to this load of boring rubbish.
    I've listened to the first book and its ok , this book is not worth your time.
    Give it a miss !!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rory
    Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
    5/23/13
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    "Halo Tedium"

    I've generally enjoyed every book in the Halo series but this is sole the exception - read in a very matter-of-fact way, it just drags and drags with little ever happening and the most dull of events described in tedious detail. It's taken my several months to get half way through this thing I do hope it will have some payoff in the end but I'm not very optimistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Highbridge, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Such a great shame."

    Just like Cryptum, this book is for Halo fans wanting to know more about the forerunners. Actually we don't learn much more about the forerunners but instead learn more about the first inter-stellar human civilisation and the precursors. This was an excellent idea that was let down by the fact that not enough information was given away. At the end I still had many 'how', 'what', 'why' questions in my head, that is to be expected as there is another book to come but not so many.

    The first half is quite boring, persevere through it.

    There is a very clever twist at the end, very clever indeed. And actually the twist had an added dimension as an audiobook and was fantastic to listen to. I can't give anything away but it is a massive 'OH' revelation moment (still only for halo fans though).

    It is a shame as the forerunner saga could be so good, but at the moment I can't see the justification of making it a trilogy, more information needed and it all needs to be condensed. It is far too diluted for anyone other than Halo fans to read or listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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