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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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    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 2015
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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
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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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    Adam 03-27-12
    Adam 03-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't expect Cryptum. This is it's bland cousin"

    Imagine my suprise when the second book to such an epic start to a series is a drab, unsophisticated take on the events which transpire in book 1. Take the amazing scope of the universe outlined so vividly in Cryptum; throw it all away and instead wander around inside the brain of a tribal human who's stuck on a patch of dirt.

    Pretend this book doesn't exist. Hopefully Bear comes to his senses in the third book.
    The narrator does a great job of trying to keep things interesting, but it turned out writing a review for the book was more interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 03-26-13
    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Strictly middle of the road."

    Not great, not terrible...not much more to say. It passed a few hours in the car.

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    Craig Rochester, NY, United States 11-12-12
    Craig Rochester, NY, United States 11-12-12
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    "Slow and Uneventful"
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    This was not the book I was hoping for. Cryptum was a disappointment; this was worse. The first half of this book is non-sense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Metairie, LA, United States 04-24-12
    Travis Metairie, LA, United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Could have been so much more"

    The story was very slow, and if you were expecting a continuation of the last novel you are mistaken.

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