"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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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.
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.
It reminds me a lot of Dune at some points.
Tim was fantastic.
Yes it was and I did.
We need to get all of these the day they come out! To bad there is only one left in the series.
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.
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.
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.
This is my first performance by him
yes, but I didn't
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).
yes. its very well written and the vocal talent is incredible
Guilty sparks emergence durning the narrative to his voice and personality made it tie in so well with the games.
personality and delivery
laughed and cant wait for the next book
keep making audio books like this. no seriously keep making them like this.
Can't say, but the narrator Timothy Dadabo made the whole story fun to listen to.
Riser - I think I had a relative who he reminds me of.
Don't think so, but I will see if he has performed something else I might want to listen to.
A storehouse of life, varied, flawed, and yet noble.
Greg Bear doesn't hold back on making broad settings speak broad lessons. A great story that is a great yarn.
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!
When the Didact appears.
When the primordium meets its fate.
Another good addition to the Halo Universe, and my addiction there in.
yes was so totally immersive
the portrait of charters
made me excited images of new worlds flashed in to my mind with vivid realism
get it will blow you away dont need to play the games or even be a fan
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.
Without giving anything away, the ending is a real shocker and a cliffhanger as well.
343 Guilty Spark
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.
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.
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