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Witness an untold chapter in Halo lore as John Shirley's Halo: Broken Circle takes us to the dawn of the Covenant and the fateful first bargain between the Prophets and the Elites. Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox video game Halo 2.

Copyright © 2014 by Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Microsoft, Halo, the Halo logo, Xbox, and the Xbox logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

©2014 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Great book!

I love the portrayal of good and bad from both sides. I also enjoy the fact that humanity is mentioned only briefly. Great listening.

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Great

The book really took me deeper into the halo covenant side and the narrator did a great job in doing so.

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Scott Brick = Terrible Casting Choice

What would have made Halo: Broken Circle better?

Shifting the focus of the story to a more comprehensive history of the Covenant with less emphasis on the Elites on the Shield World.

How could the performance have been better?

Scott Brick could have put more work into giving each character a distinct voice and putting more energy into dramatic scenes. He made each character sound the same and thus made the dialogue hard to follow at many points. He also lacked the ability to give dramatic sequences tension. He basically read the book in one sitting without putting any effort into making the reading engaging to the listener.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The narrator bored me to the point where it was a chore to finish the book.

Any additional comments?

Narration is important in audio. When you hire a narrator, he needs to have a large range and the ability to sound like more than one person. If I didn't know who Scott Brick was, I would have thought that this was his first audiobook.

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Best Halo book since The Fall of Reach

This is an absolutely must read for any Halo enthusiast, I loved every moment of this book. It tells an amazing story from the perspective of the Covenant and gives you a true understanding of their culture and how they came to be.
I'm a big fan of stories that span over a long periods of time. This story does a fantastic job of giving you an understanding of time and the impact it has on civilizations.
The narrator was absolutely incredible! He does amazing job with the voices of characters. His narration of the Sanshayum and even the Sanghelli could not of been a more perfect and just absorbs you into the story even more.
I hope he continues to he the narrator on all Halo titles going forward.

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Awesome

It was freaking phenomenal, I'll recommend this book to a lot of people. I especially liked the delivery by Scott Brick, he may now be one of my favorites.

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Seriously! Who actually likes Scott Brick?

What did you love best about Halo: Broken Circle?

The story was good.

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

I am already committed to the halo book series. So unfortunately I will be forced to endure
more of Scott Bricks horrible voice.

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

No! there is no possible way on earth I could listen to Scott Brick on one sitting with out stabbing myself in the ears with burning coat hanger.

Any additional comments?

STOP HIRING SCOTT BRICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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fan fucking tastic

it's a great one off story that doesn't require you to be knowledgeable about what's happened in other Halo novels

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Better than I expected

Loved how it showed the origin of the Covenant but the back and forth of locations would sometimes catch me off guard.

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the book was meh

the story was bleh and the guy reading it was monotone and had me loosing interest alot

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Just an amazing story.

I typically don't like stories that come out of know where, that's what I thought this was. I was wrong. The ties to halo 2 and then halo 4 were perfect. Though this was a story only about the sanghilie it was still easy to get caught in the emotion and drama. As always Scott brick was amazing.

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  • Mr. Paul F. Smith
  • 03-07-18

Nice back story to the covenant

Good sign of a story is the want to go back to it. That I did.

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  • Mr. R. Merrydew
  • 05-29-17

Really enjoyed this audio book.

I really enjoyed this audio book. I was glued to it for hours. fantastic story with what I would say is a great ending. Will I listen to it again, of course I will... 😊

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  • Joshua
  • 01-20-17

The book to teach you about the covenant

Broken Circle has an excellent story which only falters 3/4 of the way through due to a complete narrative change which i felt confusing as i struggled to learn multiple new characters. It was not that the second half was not enjoyable as I love the prophet of clarity but there was much more depth and time given to his ancestor the prophet of inner conviction. This story shows how the covenant come to be and tells it in a realistic way which shows how the covenant become the world destroyers you see in the main line halo games. Warning to those who want a book about humans, this is not for you, its purely focussed on the covenant and the sangheli. This book is worth a read as it gives greater depth for all lore fans of halo.

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  • Mr. B. J. Shirley
  • 11-25-15

A bit dis jointed but a good story

Could have been better, no mention of arbiter honor from the war before the writ of union. But a good tale anyway.

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  • WaywardKonstant
  • 03-31-15

Great read if your are into the halo universe!

The Sanghelli are one of my favourite races in the Halo Universe! A good read for their lore. The reader on his is very nice to listen too!

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