HALO: Renegades

By: Kelly Gay
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Series: Halo
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (542 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

The new Halo novel from acclaimed writer Kelly Gay, author of the thrilling novella Halo: Smoke and Shadow.

©2019 Kelly Gay (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Horrible Narration!

I like the author and I was excited for this release. I really enjoyed Smoke and Shadow but I can’t listen to this. The narrator is awful! She sounds like Cortana in the death throws of rampancy. The stress on the syllables is all wrong. It’s like you’re listening to a Siri reject. I don’t understand how she got the job. It makes me cringe just listening to this. I do like the author so I guess I’ll buy the book and just read it. Return this one folks! It’s not up to standard. I was looking forward to this and I am angry they didn’t go with some of the other more professional narrator like the ones from New Blood or Silent Storm. Justine Eyre if you are reading this please stop narrating books and go get a speech therapist!

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Good book, Horrendous narration

I've listened to every Halo audiobook so far, most half a dozen times a piece. As usual, Kelly Gay wrote a great book. The narration absolutely ruined her work. Justine's speech patterns made this a serious challenge to follow. She speaks in the manner of a child who is being forced to apologize through clenched teeth. I am truly saddened that I wasted this months credit here as I am sure to never finish this audiobook.

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worst narrator EVER!!!!

The story was good but it was ruined by the worst narrating ever! She screwed up most of the main characters names and she had really one voice for the whole story and she mumbled through parts of it!

DON'T get this story if you are a avid Halo story listener because it might ruin it for you like it did for me.

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Great Story, eh narrator.

Please bring back any of the previous narrators. The story is amazing, but the narrator almost put me off, and this a first for the series(and I have listened to all the Halo novels). Please bring back Scott Brick or the narrator from Battle Born (I’m fine with women narrators...it was jarring to hear Rion called Ryan). Thanks.

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great story. awful reader.

id buy this again were it read by someone else. the poor attempt at reading has completely killed the story.

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its decent

I like the idea behind this book. but the narrator is absolutely bad. she doesnt have the good vocal range for Male or alien Voices. would've preferred Scott Brick over this rookie.

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great story, horrible narration.

you should re-record this with a different narrator, the lady you used is completely incompatible with the character's of the halo series and severely detracted from the story. I highly recommend in the future when doing a series to use the same narrator for the whole series.

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No phrasing continuity between narrators!

I really wish with how much production must cost on this, it wouldn't be that hard to have name continuity in pronunciation between narrators. That would be nice.

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the narrator makes everything seem bland

I love the story but she made most characters seem ancient and toothless. The pace is like an 8oz glass of molasses on a 15 ft pancake. no energy in this

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Great story, really bad sound narration quality

I don't know who checked this recording but the quality is terrible. She sounds like a robot in the worst way possible. Someone screwed up big time and this completely ruins the story. The story is great, good addition etc. Read the book, avoid paying for this as an audio book. If the file gets corrected, ignore my review

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  • Loxton
  • 05-16-19

Another great installment into the Halo series!

I'll start by saying that Kelly Gay isn't my favourite narrator.
At the start I had to try and make myself accept listening to her characterizations, but as the story progressed, I feel that she really came into her own with the characters she was embodying.
So for anyone who might have similar difficulty with her in the beginning, stick with it and you'll be enjoying it by a third of the way in.

Now the story itself:
Fantastic.
At first, it didn't quite grab me.
It felt like some random story strings at first, but then it started drawing those strings in and by midway into the book it became clear that this novel in many ways ties the background story elements of many other novels together in a really neat and exciting way.

Chakas gone Guilty Spark gone his latest itteration as "Spark" is a combination of his two former selves. He is now a character that could become vital to the progression of the Halo series, as would only be appropriate as one of the original important characters.
The way his character in this is portrayed really makes you feel for him, especially his emotively careful interactions with Rian.

Rian herself, whilst I did enjoy her character, I found hers to be more of a vehicle for the rest of the story moving forward. Maybe we'll get more of her in the future, but I felt that as much as this story is described as being about her searching for her father, that it was really her emotive narrative guiding and informing the depth of narative in Spark.
But no criticisms of any characters at all in this.
They were all true to what we've come to expect of the various elements of the Halo Universe.

There are points that occured in this that make me wonder about how they could possibly be included into mainline titles, as I feel might be the point... With E3 coming up and many expecting a release date of Halo Infinite.
Spark, in this new form, surely must be involved? I wonder because of the value of his character being how and what he is with a crew in a ship that is in many ways the most advanced ship in the galaxy now.

All in all, I enjoyed this novel despite my initial doubts. A great story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-19

Fantastic redemption for a fan favorite character

I'm not sure what I expected, but this book was so much more.
I cannot recommend enough!

Only small critique would be that the voice Justine Eyre gives a certain character is quite off from thier voice in the games.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-19

Heading for a big finale

The book itself was engaging, very well paced, and the narrator did a good job, even if the start felt a little jarring with their robot voice.
But as with all Halo books, it's the universe building you buy it for, and there's a decent amount of potential pay offs for those already invested in the Halo Universe...

The entire Halo story is starting to heat up again. Between this, other recent books and Halo Wars 2, it seems that pieces are lining up for an event that will redefine the series and redeem the seemingly dying story from Halo 5.
But with so many pieces in play: Banished, ONI, returning Spartans, Covenant, Sanghelios, Chief, Rebels, Cortana, Spirit of Fire, Guilty Spark, the flood, Forerunners, Mendicant bias and more; will they form a story that's believable and engaging? Will they be able to deliver what we expect from Halo? Something realistic, gritty and imaginative? This is either going to be a nail in the coffin or an adrenaline injection to the heart and I've gotten excited for the potential stories unfolding in the future.