HALO: The Flood

HALO, Book 2
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Series: Halo, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
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The best-selling adaptation of the iconic video game Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series!

It's 2552. Having barely escaped the final battle for Reach against the vast alien alliance known as the Covenant, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn, including Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and his AI companion Cortana, is forced to make a desperate escape into slipspace. But their destination brings them to an ancient mystery and an even greater struggle. In this far-flung corner of the universe floats a magnificently massive, artificial ringworld. The crew’s only hope of survival is to crash-land on its surface and take the battle opposing the Covenant to the ground.

But they soon discover that this enigmatic ringworld is much more than it seems. Built 100,00 years ago by a long-lost civilization known as the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshiped by the Covenant - a sacred artifact they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence, and they will stop at nothing to control it. 

Engaging in fierce combat, Master Chief and Cortana will go deep into the Halo construct and uncover its dark secret and true purpose - even as a monstrous and far more vicious enemy than the Covenant emerges to threaten all sentient life on Halo and the galaxy beyond....

©2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2008 Tantor Audio. All rights reserved.

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I found this book to be an amazing story

I loved the story. The narration of it was great and had me cought to every word. I personally enjoyed this story very much and would gladly sit and listen to it again

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Great book, narration is unnecessarily bad

I love this book. I listen to it non-stop for as long as I can. The issue I have is with the narration. Todd McLaren has a great voice, but some of the things he does incorrectly are such easy fixes that it screams laziness. This guy mispronounces EVERYTHING. How has no one told him how to pronounce words? It’s so infuriating to hear him butcher words that are so important like Mjolnir. Stuff that he should know like how it’s spartan ONE ONE SEVEN instead of one seventeen. If anyone who has played the game listened to his narration before it was released, every single problem could be fixed. That’s all it would have taken, one slightly competent reviewer to give some feedback.

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never thought I would feel bad for the flood

rest in peace Jenkins. for your extreme valour in character and will, you will be remembered

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magnificent! !

I love this whole series! I have always loved the games but now I can gladly say the books are great as well!

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The worst in the original Novels

This book fails to capture the imagination. It tries to be a direct copy of the events of the game while interjecting it’s own narratives to fill in the gap. The book does both of these things poorly in my opinion. Most of the original novels were Eric Nylund. This one was not. The writing was very sub par. It felt very scripted and didn’t explore very interesting Paths at any point. The fall of reach, first strike, contact harvest, and even the cole protocol were better than this book. Simply put, it’s wasted potential and boring. I would not recommend.

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Good story bad audio

It was great except for the audio kept changing at random points. Did they not have a sound engineer at the recording.

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not enough story

i don't know why but after the first book I expected more story. it was too much shooting. not going to start the next book in the series

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great

the narrator said a couple of thing wrong but that's okay I'm sure he didnt play the game overall great story I always loved playing CE

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a must for any fan

this is a must read if your a fan of the series blah blah blah

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I loved this book.

I enjoyed this book gave more details that what happened in halo 1. I would reccomend this book to any one who loves halo.

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  • Angus
  • 03-26-20

amazing all around!

Great fan if how it paralleled the games! it was a great read! definitely recommend

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  • Peter and Rayane
  • 03-03-20

Excellent book

Really loved this book, I am a huge fan of the game series and universe as a whole and this book really fleshes out the story of the first game, giving a new perspective of the events. Would recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-19-19

Eye Opening

If you’ve played Halo Combat Evolved then this is a must read, so much more happens on that ring than you think. From the multiple perspectives throughout this book to the sheer detail in description this book is incredible.

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  • Andy
  • 11-06-19

wow

loving the halo audibles... the depth it goes to is incredible. sand it's so easy to imagine everything if you've played the games. some scenes are word for word how it appears in the game. happy customer!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-19

Great books for sci fi geeks

These are some really great books. If you like Halo or if you just like sci fi then you should really give them a go. The narration is great also. There is just some minor things that dont make it a 5 star. One of them is that whenever the narrator is about to shout or speak loudly the entire sentece has a lower volume so that it does not get too loud. Problem is that the rest of the sentence is sometimes hard to hear. Also he says mjolnir with an a, like majolnir, its not majolnir.

If you played halo and liked it but never really understood the whole story then these books are great for you. They are not so hard to get though as other game lore. These are actual books.

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  • Jamie
  • 09-13-19

OK, but can be skipped

Where's Johnson? His story on halo and how he survives is like the main story but you bearly hear about him! Alpha base and Jenkins is a good plot but I was hoping for Johnson. The rest of it felt like lazy writing as it basically just follows the game plot with some extra dialogue, maybe only worth it if someone hasn't played the halo game.

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  • 07-15-19

A good book for any fan of the games

This book is an enjoyable read/listen that adds to the original game. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves the game and wants to listen to a more personal retelling of some of the characters stories and arcs.

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  • Luke Hildrew
  • 04-04-19

narrator can't pronounce several words

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longsword and several others
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  • hamish
  • 08-09-19

poorly written master chief pornography

lame analogies, repetitive combat and the human soldiers are all the yeehaw do you want to live forever soldier trope. Other similar titles have the restraint to have 1 or 2 of these individuals but in the story every human is that trope. It's exhausting this book is a struggle to finish.