• HALO: Glasslands

  • HALO, Book 11
  • By: Karen Traviss
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,116 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first novel of the Kilo-Five Trilogy by number-one New York Times best-selling author Karen Traviss - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

It's 2553. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war with humanity that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and its colonies. For the first time in 30 years, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting has stopped, the war is far from over: It’s just gone underground. The United Nations Space Command’s feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five - a clandestine team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, a Spartan supersoldier, and a diabolical AI - to accelerate the insurrection within the Covenant’s warrior species, the Sangheili, even as their notable defector turned leader, Thel ‘Vadam - the Arbiter - struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.

Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died in the Covenant attack on the planet Reach is actually very much alive. Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartan program, and now, she’s broken some more rules to save them. Marooned with Senior Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, Halsey finds that this place has been guarding an ancient secret - a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind. As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity’s violent past begins to catch up with all of them as the disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth...and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone’s loyalty to the limit.

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how do you ruin a good story? get this narrator

story was just fine. I have read it on my own before.

get a narrator with a speech impediment that lacks emotion in voice and you have a recipe for disaster.

I was able to slowly get use to him, but not a good experience did it make.

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2/5 overall, 1/5 performance.

I felt like Euan Morton’s voice made it hard for me to differentiate between a character just being dull & unexciting or having any other human emotion. I often found myself wondering when dialog between characters stopped & normal storytelling started. Seems as though he had just been reading the story to himself as monotone as possible and Audible just said, “Sure, that’ll do”. Far stretch from The Fall of Reach & The Flood where characters had some emotion to them & the voice actor seemed to care that he was reading aloud to an audience. It’s a shame because you can tell Karen Traviss wants to tell a gripping story or espionage, civil war, & Elite strife but the delivery falls flat on its face. Would not recommend this book via audio, buy it & bring your own characters to life.

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Accents...wow!

The reader switches accents like a genius. Great book, even better voice acting!!!! I was stunned

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AWFUL NARRATOR

I wanted to listen to this trilogy, I really tried my best to put up with this narrator, but I can’t stand it. I’ve listened to every other halo novel audiobook and could understand all those narrators, but this one is awful.

First, and I mean no disrespect, but the guy speaks like he has a partial slur to his words. You know when you crunch on ive that came in your drink and your mouth kinda poofs up, that’s what he sounds like he’s talking with.

Second, no distinction when switching between dialogue lines of different characters. In the first chapter he reads three different peoples’ dialogue with the same tone and no distinct change of voice so you don’t know what character is actually talking unless he says “Jack/John/Kelly said” at the end of the line.

Third, as someone who lived in Australia for several years, this narrators fake Australian accent he uses for Aussie characters is so grotesquely painful to listen to.

Fourth, he makes little/no effort in emphasizes certain lines and comes across as quite monotone. His narration makes it very hard to immerse myself in the story when I am always struggling to find out who’s line he is reading or why he is mispronouncing basic halo lore aspects but yet is tryharding to pronounce the locations each chapter takes place in.


I have ADD and struggle to read books so I use audible, but for these three books narrated by him, I am forced to buy the physical book so that I can actually enjoy the story.

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Blew Expectations Away

Giving 4 stars because writer didn't make clear who was speaking sometimes. It was also slow at some parts but I didn't personally mind because the story was interesting. Excited to see where the next 2 books in the Kilo-Five-Trilogy take me as I've grown to enjoy the characters and their motivations while expanding upon the lore of Halo post-Covenant war. Narrator did a great job for what was given to him. Once you knew his voices for certain characters, it was easier to follow who was saying what as the author didn't specify sometimes. Definitely worth the 15 hour investment which I wasn't certain at first I'd be able to get through.

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Great story, good narration

Overall loved the book and the details it formed. The narration at the start of the book was hard to understand who was who, but after the start it gets easier and a lot more enjoyable.

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loved the book, had a hard time getting used to the narrator but, he grows on you.

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Terrible book, worst in the series and she introduced a new group of characters vastly more unlikeable than the covenant

Terrible book and easily the worst in the series

This lady ruined the previous renditions of the way previous and better authors portrayed Mendez, Halsey, Linda, Fred , Hood, Lucy, Mark and Kelly and she went out of he way to make Halsey seem like the devil incarnate.

This author also tried to destroy the characters we’ve grown to love and tried to make it seem like Halsey was a Nazi for kidnapping and murdering 33 children who couldn’t make it through the Spartan II program, but she completely ignored the 300 six year olds Spartan IIIs that Mendez , Perengowski, Mendez and ONI Murdered.

The author tried to make Halsey come across as unlikeable, but the new characters she introduced , Osman, Deveroux, Perangowski , Bibi and the ODSTs literally all came across as vastly more unlikeable Than the Halsey rendition that she wanted us to hate.

This book has No action and it’s more of a political diatribe that tried and failed to portray Halsey as Dr Mengele, and introduced a list of characters that are vastly more unlikeable than the covenant who killed 27 billion humans

Terrible book , worst in the series

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Hated it!!!

This isn’t really a halo book but a book by Daniel Steele
Didn’t like the accent of the Narrator and the story line focus is very different than other Halo action centric books

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Probably better than the Nylund series.

After reading some of the reviews regarding the book I wanted to make sure to take a different approach when listening to this. Everyone in the review section was so concerned and angry that this author tore down the image of Halsey. I find that this might have been needed due to the superhero Esque approach that the other books have created. I will be honest I have only heard the Nylund books and followed the sequence from Reach to Ghosts of Onyx. After Onyx, I needed to immediately find out what happened to the crew in the Dyson Sphere.

As the book explains, Halsey needs to be "brought to justice" for what happened. However, I will agree that all of a sudden Mendez being sharper than Halsey was a weird twist but it was fine overall. The only slow points were the points with the Sangheili. I appreciate the alternative views and connections between the characters and the universe. They completely slowed the story down and at one point I believe the author even forgets about them for a few chapters.

Overall the connection and relationships between Kilo-Five is fantastic and a great example of character building. While I haven't played Halo 4, from where I am in the story in the Thursday War. I can see where this is leading to Halo 4 and beyond.

The narrator takes some adjusting but after the initial break-in period, you forget and just get sucked in. The differences between characters is noticeable and great. It improves even more in the Thursday War book.

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  • James Robinson
  • 12-21-21

Amazing book shoddy audio.

Great read. Awful audio. Only comes out of the left speaker. Tried to listen more but only lasted 5mins.

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  • ian
  • 04-14-21

Reader saves what could have been a dull book.

Good book for those who dislike Halsey; I do so it was painful. Incredible narrator.

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  • Jamie
  • 06-15-19

Great listen, takes a bit getting used to

It took a while for the Narator to get into. At the start it was difficult to tell what was spoken dioligue and what was thought as the Narators voices blended. However, he soon got into and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Tem Boyo
  • 07-25-22

Best trilogy of the halo books

Grasslands is a great introduction to Kilo 5 and the full trilogy is the best out of all the halo books in my opinion. Karen Travis is a sensational author and I hope she makes more Kilo 5 books soon!

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  • CHRIS C
  • 05-22-21

Sensational

Kilo five trilogy was outstanding and gives completely different approach to the master cheif.. So. Impressed and I was emerged immediately. I listened to all 3 back to back.

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 02-13-21

a brilliant book, well written and read,

a brilliant book that has left me wanting nothing more than to read the next in the trilogy, highly recommend, it answers a lot of questions whilat raising more, but not in annoying way, in away that makes you excited for the next one

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  • Michaeloso
  • 09-24-20

A thrilling listen from the Halo EU

A great batch of characters all brought to life by a great performance, he managed to make over a dozen characters feel lived in and distinct. Where's next months credit already

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  • Nathan O'Connor
  • 08-31-20

The start of a great series.

Very intriguing, was drawn right away in the first 30 mins and couldn't stop, really looking forward to part 2

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-20

Engrossing

A fantastic book that continues the story of Ghosts Of Onyx. The story is so entertaining that I struggled to go for more than my shifts at work before getting my headphones back in to hear what happened next, highly recommended!

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  • CF
  • 03-12-20

Amazing!

Really enjoyed this book and now one of my favourite of all the halo books

The narrator has a real talent for accents too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-20

AWESOME!!!!!!!

Oh that sweet Halo lore, I want more!
A thank you to Brian David Gilbert for recommending this trilogy!
And a big thank you to Karen Travis for this amazing story I look forward to the next book! :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-22

A great listen.

An excellent addition to the lore and will have you wanting more in the franchise and other content.

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  • MR ALEXANDER WISHART
  • 12-06-21

gg

the voice actor barely changed the voice foe each character and most the time base of the voices I could not tell who was male or female

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-21

good story

in headphones it only plays on one side but overall good story, would recommend if not using Bluetooth headset

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  • Huw
  • 08-07-20

just awesome. great lore

havent been so engrossed by a book in a long time. already bought the sequel

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  • James B. Morris
  • 04-19-20

Great story, really enjoyable

Overall great. My only criticism is the way the narrator pronounced New Llanelli. I would have thought a professional narrator would have taken the time to learn how to pronounce place names or words correctly.