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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling short-story collection featuring Jeff VanderMeer, Karen Traviss, and Eric Nylund - part of the expanded universe based on the New York Times best-selling video game series Halo!

When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, it never dreamed what dangers would be encounter there. When the theocratic alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost - but millions of heroes also rose to the challenge. In such a far-reaching conflict, not many tales of the brave have a chance to become legend. 

This collection of 11 stories dives into the depths of the vast Halo universe, not only from the perspective of those who fought and died to save humanity, but also from those who vowed to wipe it out of existence.

©2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2009 Macmillan Audio. All rights reserved.

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Halo Fanboy

As a life long Halo fan I found the "tales" refreshing and exciting. I will be revisiting this book in the future for a second pass. have already recommended it to many and they have nothing but great things to say about it.

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one bad narrator

one of the stories has a very monotone quick speaking narrator. otherwise this is a must have.

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Some stories are amazing, others are not good

Unfortunately, some stories are phenomenal and essential for Halo lore. Others are lackluster at best. I would say about 50/50 split.

That said the ones that are phenomenal make this more than worth buying.

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I really enjoyed that they had the voice actors of the master chief and Cortana for each of their respective stories

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poor story telling

the book is fine, although it does jump here and there. the audio reader miss pronounces alot of words as well as monotone that killed this book.

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some audio issues but a good collection of stories

a couple stories had some skipping or cutting out but other wise was good. i enjoyed the listening of a book that would of taken me a year to finish. what was suppose to be a brake from the main halo books was turned into an amazing following of some characters and stories i will never forget.

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Enjoyed it

I enjoyed the different stories and topics covered in the book with dealing with different parts of Halo lore. I especially enjoyed the Admiral Preston Cole and Cortana stories. Including the voice actor for the games for Cortana put the cherry on top for me.

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Good book, badly structured

The stories are rather compelling but my issue is that they are not in chronilogical order. It is hard to get invested or place these stroies in the Halo canon when the stories are given out of chroniogical order. My other issues with the stories is that they pretty much all end abruptly. These short stories are clearly unfinished which in itself is not bad but none of them are really ended well. They trail off without conclusion with a few exceptions.

The performance is decent enough, not the best in the Halo audiobooks but not the worst either. The Halo 2 tie in is probably the worst as Cortana, Master Chief, and the marines all sound far to similar.

This is a good purchase if you like the Halo canon and want more meat, more of a feeling of the overall universe. There are flaws with structure but overall it was enjoyable to listen to. It is also quite long, 15 hours. So it is also a fantastic time sink

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I have nothing good to say. It started with a story with potential but then jumped to a bunch of crap. The narrator sounded like he was on drugs. I gave up. I just wasted my money.

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Must Have

This collection of short stories feels essential to the Halo universe. The narration is always spot on and almost every story is a good one.

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  • 12-09-21

Brilliant performances by the voice actors!

The stories were fantastic and great insight into the Halo universe. But as an audiobook, buying a doubt the voice work was brilliant. Along with Holter Graham narrating we got Frank O’Connor, Jen Taylor, and the Master Chief himself Steve Downs!

This was the last book on my list of thirty-one Halo novels and anthologies that I was to read before the release of Halo Infinite! I’ve finally finished THE DAY OF RELEASE in my country and I’m very pleased that this was the last book. It filled a bunch of holes for me and has only made me excited to play Infinite!

Anyway, if you’re looking for a good start into the extended Halo universe then I suggest you read/listen to Evolutions first!

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  • Steven E.
  • 02-05-21

some great other not

for the most part good, some stories were bland, some were great and some mediocre

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  • 07-24-20

Great stories but narration could use some work

Most of the stories in this collection are a great listen. I especially enjoyed "Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian" and "The Impossible Life and Possible Death of Preston J. Cole". "The Mona Lisa" was also really good. Didn't really like "Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss" until I listened to the audio series "Hunt the Truth", which gives some context to the character of Dasc Gevadim. Which brings me onto the narration. Fresh off Hunt the Truth, it's possible I've been spoiled, because that series has some of the best voice acting I've ever heard. Most of these stories are narrated passably but there are quite a few instances of mispronounced words, or tone changes where the narrator ends one day and picks up the next. Had more thought and care been given to the narration, I probably would have given this 5 stars.

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  • 03-17-19

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Got this at home. The hard copy has more stories I it then this copy. But overall it's ok.

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  • 03-19-22

amazing

loads of books in 1 book amazing listen but some can be a bit boring

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  • 11-18-20

Very well written

Most of the short stories had you on the edge of your seat, others were good for contrast on the halo universe