I was so excited about this book. I was a big fan of Greg Bear back in the 80's when he came out with Blood Music, The Forge of God, The Wind From a B..Show More »urning Woman, and then in 2000, Darwin's Radio. I did not know anything about Halo, but this being a prequel, it seem like a good place to start. The ratings and reviews are excellent, yet I could not get into it. I listened for over 5 and a half hours, and it was just so boring. It has got to be one the slowest moving Sci-Fi's ever. I could not concentrate. My mind kept wondering off. I tried dozens of times to get back into the story, but it just was not working for me.
It seems it has worked for many others. So's youse takes your chances.
The narrator was also fairly dry and did not help out too much.
The phrase,You are what you dare, was repeated a couple of times in the book and I thought that was good advice.
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..Show More ». 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.