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Publisher's Summary

Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.

Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried - yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners’ highest and most politically powerful elite. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe. It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle - as shepherds and guardians of all life.

Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder, just like his father. But this Manipular has other plans. He is obsessed with lost treasures of the past. His reckless passion to seek out the marvelous artifacts left behind by the Precursors - long-vanished superbeings of unknowable power and intent - forces his father’s hand. Bornstellar is sent to live among the Miners, where he must come to terms with where his duty truly lies. But powerful forces are at play.

On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar’s destiny… and the fate of the entire galaxy.

This is a tale of life, death, intergalactic horror, exile, and maturity. It is a story of overwhelming change - and of human origins. For the Mantle may not lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners forever.

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©2010 Microsoft Corporation (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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  • george
  • skiatook, ok, United States
  • 08-16-11

Halo Fan

Halo Cryptum was a good read in my opinion. I do think it needed to be a little longer and needed more detail. I liked Greg Bear's writing overall, though. It was easy to read/listen to and flowed well. Holter Gram does a good job narrating, also. It's not my favorite Halo book, but it fed my anything Halo obsession. I would recomend anyone who loves the game , the other Halo storys and Sci-Fi in general to read this book. I can't wait for the next one in the series.

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  • Jim
  • Centennial, CO, United States
  • 10-02-12

Great Book

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

Honestly, I didn't like the book in written form. So as a true Halo and Greg Bear Fan, I tried it on audible. Its significantly better in audio form. The plot truly came alive in this venue. He's no Eric Nylund when it comes to Halo Novels, but still pretty good.

What did you like best about this story?

Its an alternate approach to Halo, focusing on the Forerunners. Although the Forerunners are a plot point in the Halo book and comic series (as well as the games), they aren't developed characters until Greg Bear takes a swing at it here.

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

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The invisible maze to the Cryptum is well developed.

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen for a Halo fan.

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awesome book and narration

good insight into the forerunner universe and very intersting story! awesome and clear narration aswell!

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Great!

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

Gives more insight to the halo franchise. Informative about the background of halo story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: Cryptum?

The explanation of the prehistory of the halo universe

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

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Amazing.

I love the storytelling. it is such a complex story, I am glad I found these books.

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So Breathtaking!

the Halo Saga is just as or equal to the likes of Star Wars! I would encourage all to read the entire series of Halo books out there even the short stories

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great book!

would have given stars for everything but there are a couple lines that are cut out and replaced by another voice or it gets distorted for some reason. Other than that... this was a great audio book!

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Amazingly good.

I have the paperback, and couldn't get into it. The way this man carries the characters personality and voice makes the world itself come alive in ways I've never heard nor read. As my first audible book... This is amazing

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worst Halo book

out of the Miriam of Halo books this one is by far the poorest written and the dullest to listen to. it doesn't follow much of the existing Canon on several details throughout it. and while describing said technology of the forerunners is very brief and not enjoyable to hear.

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great book

I love the book the narrator and the story I will be getting all the books as soon as I can

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  • Luke Rea
  • 03-04-15

Great Story, Great Buy!!

Well all I can say is wow!! Having played Halo 4 and learning about the forerunners and the Didact in it I thrived for more, being late to the books and having read them in order of release this book or as I should say trilogy I couldn't wait for the most and am ever so glad the didact is in it. Epic learning about the war between the flood and forerunners and humans. The narrator was a little slow but easy to listen too overall very impressed and can't wait for book 2.

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  • ricky
  • 02-27-15

Good read

Good story really expands on the forunner universe. It keeps the reader engaged with well thought out storyline. Really enjoyed

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  • Pat
  • 04-13-13

Great listen

Very enjoyable. Can't wait for book three as I listened to the first two books back to back.

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  • James
  • 12-23-12

Unless you're a Halo fan, a definite no.

Preferably I would give this 3.5 stars (but that ain't possible). Everyone who is a fan of the Halo series is looking for more information of the elusive forerunners. Even with Halo 4 out there is still much that isn't known ABOUT them, not just the events leading to their disappearance. In this respect, the book is excellent.

Regrettably that's where the good points end, the plot itself is fine but it is drawn out with so much waffle that even the narrator sounds bored, which doesn't help, despite being a comparatively short audiobook.

Unless you're a halo fan looking for more information, this would be a one star rating (two if you're lucky) and absolutely not worth getting.

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  • Robert Wheatley
  • 01-31-12

Really rather dull

I found the whole thing to be rather dull, but I know nothing of Halo the game, so maybe I'm missing something because of that.

In summary, events are strung together with no real depth.

This is the first of a series, but wont get any of the other books because I simply don't care what happens to any of the characters and there's nothing in the book I want to find out any conclusions to.

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  • Matt
  • 07-27-11

No where near has good as the other books

I found this really boring. It moved way to fast with little explanation as to what was going on. Slowed down around the boring bit. I'm a massive halo fan so will continue reading/listening to part2 of this trilogy but really was hoping for more.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful