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As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo: the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.

While the brutal Covenant juggernaut sweeps inexorably through space, intent on wiping out humankind, only one stronghold remains: the planet Reach. Practically on Earth's doorstep, it is the last military fortress to defy the onslaught. But the personnel here have another, higher priority: to prevent the Covenant from discovering the location of Earth.

Outnumbered and outgunned, the soldiers seem to have little chance against the Covenant, but Reach holds a closely guarded secret. It is the training ground for the very first "super soldiers." Code-named SPARTANs, these highly advanced warriors, specially bioengineered and technologically augmented, are the best in the universe - quiet, professional, and deadly.

Now, as the ferocious Covenant attack begins, a handful of SPARTANs stand ready to wage ultimate war. They will kill, they will be destroyed, but they will never surrender. And at least one of them - the SPARTAN known as Master Chief - will live to fight another day on a mysterious and ancient, artificial world called Halo.

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  • Angela
  • Burbank, CA, United States
  • 03-18-10

I'm a Halo fan and I liked listening to this story

I've played the Halo games on Xbox360. I was told this book tells about the story before the 1st Halo game. I'm not sure how non-Halo fans would like this because without playing the game I wouldn't have felt attached to the people in the story. There's no reason to really care about them. But as a Halo fan I liked learning about the pre-game experience and how everything began, including why I wear a large green armor.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph
  • kingsland, GA, United States
  • 01-01-11

Great book and easy listen.

This book is obviously based on a video game. I'm not sure what some other reviewers were hoping to get out of the story, but I don't think it was meant to be thousands of pages of character development just to get to the inevitable ending that most anyone who played the game knew was coming. I do not think it is a rip off of Ender's Game at all, sure they start as kids learning to fight, but that's where the similarity stops. I found it very entertaining. It provides the back story for Master Chief and initially develops the canon of the Halo Universe very well. Because of this book I ended up listening/reading every other Halo book and have found the ones written by Eric Nylund to be the best. If they ever get around to making the Halo movie and want it to be successful, they had better not deviate much from this book.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Nylund is an outstanding Scifi author

I am a fan of Scifi literature. Without a doubt this is one of the best audiobooks I have had the pleasure of listening to. Eric Nylund is one of the best writers I have encountered in this genre. If you were only going to listen to one SciFi book, you would be well advised to listen to this book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Loved it with only minor gripes.

Great story. Good narration.
Only problem is the narrator kept pronouncing the J in Mjolnir as a J sound and not a Y sound.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • john
  • DEL VALLE, TX, United States
  • 12-13-10

Fun book

I was weiry of this title bought it strickly on reviews and that i had a 10 hour drive ahead of me and needed a book to get me through it. im a fan of military sci fi but im often turned off by the endless model numbers and specs some authors like to give. i would compare this to star wars books but better. they build up the characters in a way that you like them and stay interested in the development and take through a story that makes it so you can wait for the next book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great for the Halo fan, but...

the narrator mispronounces a lot of words and terms. Aside from that, it's a fun listen that really fleshes out the character of the Master Chief.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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He read the wrong dates in the last chapter

The story is amazing, ive read the book three times and bought the audio book for my wife. Listening with her, I noticed that he said the wrong dates at the end of the book. He says 2540 instead of 2550 and 2542 instead of 2552.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Book And Narrator Go Hand In Hand

What made the experience of listening to Halo the most enjoyable?

Todd McLaren has become my new favorite Narrator. His vocal frequencies adjust accordingly to each character, situation, mood, energy, and stress of the story. Honestly, he made the story come alive.<br/><br/>I've listened to samples of other Narrators, and I fear Todd might have turned me off from listening to the other books now that I enjoyed this one so much.

Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, I'm looking for other books and the other Halo book. It was too fun.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Goosebumps. The story is very serious and action packed, but Todd's tones sometimes sent shivers up my spine. A very good performance.

Any additional comments?

An excellent Sci-Fi book, however don't expect to understand everything unless you've had a visual reference first (eg, play the game or watch Halo: Forward Unto Dawn).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Audiobook, Amazing Novel

If you could sum up Halo in three words, what would they be?

So darn amazing.

What other book might you compare Halo to and why?

Any good sci-fi read, they're just great.

What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Some great added character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Remember.

Any additional comments?

This is a great first start to an amazing series of tie-in novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Taylor
  • Concord, NC, United States
  • 03-25-13

Great

Would you consider the audio edition of Halo to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of how master chief became a spartan and hero of humanity

Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

Master Chief and Jacob Keys

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

Any additional comments?

Amazing book. I am going to listen to it over and over again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful