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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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"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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    Raquel S. Cocoa, FL, United States 10-28-12
    Raquel S. Cocoa, FL, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Once upon a time on a Halo far far away..."

    I listened to the first book Halo Cryptum which told of a story of Chakas (a human), Riser (a hobbit like humanoid), and Bornstellar Makes Everlasting. However, midway through the first book, Chakas and Riser are separated from Bornstellar and their fate unknown. In Halo Primordium, we discover what did happen to Chakas and Riser. They had crash landed onto Halo Installation 07. This book is their story.

    Halo Primodium...oh my goodness. While the story meanders in the first half with Chakas trying to make sense of this Halo world he crash landed on and the odd humans he's come in contact, the story rapidly ramps up to some eye-opening experiences that lead to big OMG moments all Halo game fans would recognize.

    Tim Dadabo freaking excelled in his narration and storytelling style. I had no problems engaging, especially when he slipped into his character voice of 343 Guilty Spark. The final chapters of Halo Primordium are worth the price of the book alone as it became more of a Halo production than just a reading of a story. Great stuff! Kudos to Tim and the studio staff for doing what they did. It was pure awesome to my ears.

    Greg Bear Halo stories have turned up to be quite amazing. While his stories take place a long time ago in galaxies far far away, he weaves the legends that become the foundation of Halo lore of today. Honestly, Forerunners are just as baffling back then as they are as mysterious in current Halo timeline.

    In Primordium, we learn more of the Flood and the Gravemind. Very creepy, very mysterious. We also learn more of the humans of the past that had fought against Forerunners and against the Flood.

    By the end of the book, you can't help but think - wow, we humans are in so much trouble in the Halo Universe.

    I eagerly await the third book in the series Halo Silentium and truly hope that Tim Dadabo performs that book as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenson Mobile, AL, United States 02-20-12
    Brenson Mobile, AL, United States 02-20-12
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Halo: Primordium to be better than the print version?

    The book is read by 343 Guilty Spark which once you get to certain point makes the book all the more meaningful for fans of Halo.


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

    It reminds me a lot of Dune at some points.


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

    Tim was fantastic.


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

    Yes it was and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    We need to get all of these the day they come out! To bad there is only one left in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tylerrohrbacher Puyalup, WA, United States 04-16-13
    Tylerrohrbacher Puyalup, WA, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great for a Halo fanatic"
    Where does Halo: Primordium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Halo Primordium is a bit confusing, real fast paced and i get lost a bit every now and then, but the attention to detail is great. real detail and step by step in a way in some of the story. great story overall.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Minger Massillon,OH USA 01-03-13
    Jacob Minger Massillon,OH USA 01-03-13

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    "Tim Dadabo's narration really helps"
    Where does Halo: Primordium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As an avid fan of the game this novel is based on, I have to say that having Tim Dadabo narrating this story is a pleasure. He's able to give every character a very distinctive voice that makes following the story very easy. Also his narration really helps you get through the early slower parts of the book. Now even though I haven't read the entire book yet (I'm 80 percent of the way through reading it while listening) I eagerly await the end of the book when I'm positive a character who is very famous in the Halo novels will show up. And once Mr. Dadabo slips into that voice my face will be full of fanboy glee.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The second half of the story once the main characters reach the camp and meet up with Chakas' old friend Riser is where the story REALLY starts to pick up speed. I'm finding it very hard to put the book, and the audiobook, down at this point. I can't wait to finish this book and see where it all leads.


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

    This is my first performance by him


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

    yes, but I didn't


    Any additional comments?

    Get the audiobook. Without it I don't know if I would have gotten through this book as fast as I did. Especially since the first half of the book is just walking around and talking about things, with very little action (but great character development).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Akira wichita, KS, United States 12-21-12
    Akira wichita, KS, United States 12-21-12
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    "Bleeding awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. its very well written and the vocal talent is incredible


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

    Guilty sparks emergence durning the narrative to his voice and personality made it tie in so well with the games.


    What does Timothy Dadabo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    personality and delivery


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

    laughed and cant wait for the next book


    Any additional comments?

    keep making audio books like this. no seriously keep making them like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chromo Domo Walnut Creek, CA USA 11-05-12
    Chromo Domo Walnut Creek, CA USA 11-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Haven't Finished It Yet"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Halo: Primordium to be better than the print version?

    Can't say, but the narrator Timothy Dadabo made the whole story fun to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Riser - I think I had a relative who he reminds me of.


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

    Don't think so, but I will see if he has performed something else I might want to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A storehouse of life, varied, flawed, and yet noble.


    Any additional comments?

    Greg Bear doesn't hold back on making broad settings speak broad lessons. A great story that is a great yarn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    03-09-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Awesome is an understatement."
    Any additional comments?

    I don't play the games but I read/listen to the books and there isn't one that has disappointed me. This particular series is just awesome. I can't wait for the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    george skiatook, ok, United States 03-05-12
    george skiatook, ok, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good continuation of the first book"
    Where does Halo: Primordium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle


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

    When the Didact appears.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the primordium meets its fate.


    Any additional comments?

    Another good addition to the Halo Universe, and my addiction there in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    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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    William BELLEVUE, WA, United States 01-15-14
    William BELLEVUE, WA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Greg Bear, what happened?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're a completionist, then get it. For everyone else, just skip it and read the wikipedia article. You are not missing anything important by skipping over this one.


    What was most disappointing about Greg Bear’s story?

    The story is horrible. Nothing happens for the first 80% of the book, you listen about them wandering around halo, that is it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration of Riser is incredibly annoying, it was very hard to finish listening.


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

    I was happy when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    This was by far the worst Halo book, I've listened to most of them. Fortunately the rest are mostly great. Greg Bear is likely embarrassed to have his name on the cover of this.

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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.

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  • 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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