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Battle Born
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (298 ratings)

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Don't miss the first-ever young adult fiction novel based on the megahit Halo video game series!

Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor aren't exactly friends at their small high school on the middle-of-nowhere colony world of Meridian. Each has their own problems, from absent parents to supporting their family, getting into a good college to making the next hit holo-film. But those problems were nothing next to the threat now facing their world: The alien alliance known as the Covenant is laying siege to Meridian, for reasons that aren't so easily explained. 

With their village in flames, the four teens find themselves stuck aboveground, locked out of the town shelter where the rest of the survivors are gathered. Together, Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor are thrust into battle with nothing but a few scavenged weapons and an injured Spartan, one of the UNSC's super-soldiers. What's forged from the destruction will determine the fate of Meridian, and tilt the battle for humanity's survival.

©2019 Microsoft Corporation (P)2019 Scholastic Inc.

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New ideas take time to catch

It was a decent story line. Unfortunately if you've read the majority of the halo novel series, especially the older ones like ghosts of Onyx, and contact harvest you may take some time to adjust to the new style of story telling.

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The first time I have actually disliked a Halo Book.

The lady that reads the book is constantly whispering, I can’t understand what she’s saying half the time. The story is extremely weak not a lot of action just always hiding and sneaking around not what I expect a halo book to be. Disappointed

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story was well written but

the story was well written but the narration was so whispered I had to turn my volume all the way up and still had trouble hearing sometimes.

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RECOMMENDED!!

The story was well written. its a sub storyline which takes place withen the halo universe. happy i spent my credit on this one. i would love to see it continued.

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Simply Astonshing

loved it couldn't believe what had happened and owen was one of the best Spartans.

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Ok book. Terrible narrator.

The narrator whispers half the time for no reason. At first it was only during exposition, but then she’d switch from whispering to normal voice mid-exposition. Totally distracted from the story and mood of the narrative.

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Problems with Narrator

The Narrator just ruins the mood at times. Sounding silent or whispering the entire time. She doesn't feel right for the story. She is basically too hush!

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Excellent book, even as a YA

This may be a novel with an intended audience of young adults, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good book. All Halo fans would greatly enjoy this novel. It has an excellent story with some new characters and provides a different perspective on the covenant war. The reader was quite good as well, my only complaint being little variation between male voices, which I recognize is likely difficult as a female reader. I would definitely buy it again, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Great Story not so great narration.

I really enjoyed the story just like all the other halo books. The only thing I really couldn't stand about this book was the narrator. When she spoke normally and did voices she was fine but reading the whole book in almost a whisper was really hard to listen to. I'm not sure why she didn't just read normally and then add the voices.

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Narrator is Trash

I have read every halo book through many times, and have all that are available on audiobook. These I listen to most of the time while driving and love them. That said, I could not even finish this audiobook. The narrators consistent need to sound like she’s trying to whisper a child to sleep, appalling attempts at correctly timed inflection, and frankly offensive rendition of a male voice make this awe fun to listen to. Every action section or male character sounds like an attempt at satire. If you want a good female narrator, listen to Halo: Renegades. She understands what a book like this should read as.

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  • David Gould
  • 01-14-19

not very good at all

I really didn't like the narration on this at all too whisper and angst just my opinoim

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-19

A solid and slightly different entry

I wasn't sure about this book when reading the description but overall it is a pretty good book. Less military talk than others in the series but more focused on regular humans instead. My main gripe is with the narration, Thursday does an alright job but sounds like she is whispering whilst this was being recorded

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  • mike
  • 11-12-19

A great book for halo fans

great halo book people say the narrator is whispering but I think she did a great job a definite halo fan read.

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  • lizziem
  • 11-03-19

Enjoyable

I originally bought the second book in a book fair I didn't realize this was first 😂 but luckily I read this first it is a great book and I think the only problem is the sound it is quiet I mean I can hear it but it has to be silent but all together it is great and I highly recommend it

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  • Jamie
  • 09-19-19

Great book and great performance

The thing I like most about this book is you can almost forget your listening to / reading a Halo novel. This feels pretty rare, as I've listened to all of them. The Narator was fantastic, very easy to listen to and extremely consistent with the character voices. Awesome book, I'm looking forward to the next one.

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  • Mr. R. Merrydew
  • 07-27-19

Amazing story

This has to be my 3rd favourite book in the Halo stories. I literally couldn't stop listening, it was so captivating with all the twists and plots. Such an amazing story.

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  • David Portass
  • 05-22-19

Not too bad

it was an ok story, definate Red Dawn vibes throughout but only real complaint is the narrators whispering through the majority of it. Fine for charactor speaking lines meant to be whispered but off everywhere else. To be fair though her making distinct character voices was significantly better than the narrator for Halo Renegades which every male voice was exactly the same, low and broken.

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  • Lee Salvi
  • 04-06-19

Amazing start to the world of halo audiobooks.

Great book, amazing story I would recommend this to any halo fan, it’s a book that you can start with before getting into the deeper halo lore as seen in the forerunner trilogy or any other halo continuation.

Plus there had better be a sequel to this one! 😂

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  • parsfanno1
  • 03-18-19

another great book for Halo followers

enjoyed it a lot, kept me interested till the end, look forward to the next one

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  • Khafre Perez
  • 01-02-19

I was sceptical about a young adult novel

I was sceptical about a young adult novel but it turned out to be a great story for a unique perspective not explored much in halo. I would recommend it

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  • Sam Hepton
  • 04-13-19

Completely misses the point of the Halo universe

Halo: Battle born trades up the ethics and moral dilemmas that I've come to love in the Halo novels and trades it to chase the teen drama trend. Characters are boring and forgettable (as I'm writing this I can't recall a single characters name ...). I was so excited to learn about Meridian but in the end it was a let down.

On the bright side, we finally got rid of Scott Brick as the "narrator". So that's cool.

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