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Halo Audiobook

Halo: The Fall of Reach

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mahmoud Elgassier Bakersfield, CA United States 03-18-13
    Mahmoud Elgassier Bakersfield, CA United States 03-18-13

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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.

    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 12-20-12
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 12-20-12 Member Since 2009

    Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.

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    "Great for fans."
    Would you listen to Halo again? Why?

    Probably not, it's not the sort of book you listen to over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo?

    Final test of MJOLNIR armor.


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

    Master Chief.


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

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    Solid reading if you are a fan of the game. The worst thing about this book is the way that Nylund makes the MC both a sentimental soldier (concern for his Spartans) and a mindless drone. The most violent combat in the book is when John is fighting/killing some ODST in an apparent test of his capabilities and armor. It makes the UNSC seem pretty nasty and John seem like a psychopath.

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    Garrett Mancuso 06-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "bad narration"

    The narrator is constantly changing the volume of his voice. I had to constantly adjust my volume. One minute you can barely hear him, the next he's literally yelling.

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    Anthony 06-12-17
    Anthony 06-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "this was awesome. "

    ive always wanted to get into the halo books. i have been playing the game for some time now. this really helps you understand the halo universe and its characters so much more.

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    05-26-17
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    "loved it!"

    ran smooth, sounded great. if you like halo you'll love it. cant wait to start the next one

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    James M. 05-18-17
    James M. 05-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Performance is Sketchy, Book is Great"

    The book itself is a well-crafted work of military sci-fi whether you're a fan of the Halo games or not.

    The only issue I take with this audiobook is the reader. His performance was alright, nothing spectacular- aside from John-117 I don't think he got the voices of any of the characters right. Also, he kept mispronouncing Longsword and it was really, REALLY distracting.

    Also, the recording is out of date- this book had a number of errors in it when published, owing to the limited amount of time Nylund had to write it, and those errors and inconsistencies are kept here. The book was edited later on, with some changes made to fit the overall Halo canon. (That ironically got started with this book, moreso than the first game)

    Aside from that, it's good.

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    Amazon Customer 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Huge halo fan now!"

    I loved the set up to the games, it started filling out the universe perfectly. There is a lot of mystery and geeking out about the Spartans was awesome. I really can't wait to start the next book, but why did he say Mjolnir so weird!

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    Chance 05-10-17
    Chance 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good but weird mispronounced words."

    The read mispronounced things like "ONI" and "Mjǫllnir". Other then that great! I really recommend for Halo fans.

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    Ireland 05-06-17
    Ireland 05-06-17
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    "Listen to this"

    Seriously a beautiful story, extremely well read. You should really give it a try, wordcount

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    JayGTL 05-05-17
    JayGTL 05-05-17
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    "Love halo and for a halo fan it's a must read!"

    I read this book when I was in highschool but wanted to read all the new halo books coming out, why not start from the beginning? So I did just that. I loved this book and appreciate it more now. It's a must read for any halo fan!

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