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Halo: Silentium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 3 | [Greg Bear]

Halo: Silentium: The Forerunner Saga, Book 3

In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses. Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens.
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In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses.

Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens against the dire possibility of Halo extermination.

Facing the imminent collapse of their civilization, the Librarian and the Ur-Didact reveal what they know about the relationship between the long-vanished Precursors and the Flood. The Precursors created many technological species, including humanity and the Forerunners. But the roots of the Flood may be found in an act of enormous barbarity, carried out beyond our galaxy 10 million years before.... Because of that barbarism, a greater evil looms. Only the Ur-Didact and the Librarian - husband and wife pushed into desperate conflict - hold the keys to a solution. Facing the consequences of a mythic tragedy, one of them must now commit the greatest atrocity of all time - to prevent an insane evil from dominating the entire universe.

©2013 Microsoft Corporation (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Ablazah Box Elder, Montana, United States 04-28-13
    Ablazah Box Elder, Montana, United States 04-28-13
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    "Orgasmic!"
    Would you listen to Halo: Silentium again? Why?

    YES! I love the Halo universe!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to know the deeper stories about the Forerunners and the truth behind the flood!


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    He should think about doing more!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Chandler, AZ, United States 08-01-14
    Justin Chandler, AZ, United States 08-01-14 Listener Since 2007

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

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    "Great ending to a great prequels"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Halo: Silentium to be better than the print version?

    Yes but it can get a little confusing with regards to how fast it can jump from one story line to another


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a great ending to the prequel of the original Halo books.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    Just a good solid performance. And I would recommend any of his other books


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

    No I did not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Merinstein NYC 05-27-13
    G. Merinstein NYC 05-27-13
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    "Not my kind of scifi"
    What would have made Halo: Silentium better?

    I feel Eric Nylund got the SciFi / Military fiction style right. Bear's vision is far too touchy-feely. This reads more like Harry Potter meets Ancient Aliens.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Bear again?

    Yes, but not military fiction. My impression is that Bear wrote this without ever playing Halo, and didn't understand what made the series into cult fiction.


    Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

    None of the characters felt like they belonged in the Halo universe. Morton's performance was fine; he just needs more appropriate material to work with.


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    J. Williams WI 05-11-13
    J. Williams WI 05-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic backstory filler for Halo 4"
    If you could sum up Halo: Silentium in three words, what would they be?

    I wish this would have come out before Halo 4. So many questions were answered in this book that I had during game play. Occasionally frustrated by getting lost in so many multiple story lines.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No single favorite.


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

    There were sentences that felt like they were ready by another person and then went back to normal again. Couldn't understand that.


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

    Sigh of relief with more understanding


    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea how Greg, Microsoft, or 343 Industries is going to go deeper or further in the Halo saga, but I can't wait to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 04-25-13
    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Book, but perhaps not suited for Audio"
    What did you love best about Halo: Silentium?

    Really cool to read what lead up to the firing of the Halos the first time. Also great background on the Didact and the Librarian and another of Halo's iconic characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing to complain about is this book did not really suit itself for audio. I think it would have been even better in print.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Just not interested"
    What disappointed you about Halo: Silentium?

    Off shoot of the halo series. I have read the previous two books that made me think twice about buying this one. As a fan of Halo I felt compelled to buy this. I listened to this dull uneventful story wasting hours of my life that I will not get back again.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Bear again?

    Ok I have done the 3 halo books, that is more than any mortal can be expected to stand. NO is the answer.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Ask Karen Travis to write the book.


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

    Utter emptiness, nobody will ever make a video game of this vacuous tale.


    Any additional comments?

    It simply does deserve further commment

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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