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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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Great Universe

I've always loved the Halo Universe and this prequel is what it should be. it explains what and why of the events that lead to Master Chiefs time.

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It was a very good book

this book was great at shedding a little more light on what the forerunners where

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Leaves you wanting more

After finishing this audiobook I am very pleased. For too long we have been left in the dark about the Forerunners and their history. This book is chalked full of neat details about the forerunners and how things in the Halo universe came to be.

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Amazing

truly I did not imagine this series would be as enlightening and good as it is. you really feel as if you are reading a diary from the character's point of view and you good deep looking to not only his personal struggles but also the morality of his choices and a view of the Forerunner Society

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For Halo Fans & Sci-Fi Lovers Alike!

Being a lover of all things science fiction and a long time fan of Halo, this book has long been on my reading list. Having been a hardcore fan of Halo since my childhood, the idea of a book exploring, displaying, and explaining the mystery of the Forerunners led me to be more then a little hesitant to pick this title up.
But Greg Bear did not disappoint, and although I found early-to-mid parts of this book almost too slow, it enthralled me more and more as it went on. To the point where it's a certainty that I'll continue onward onto book 2 & 3.

The reader did very well. The many different voices, while overall the same, always carried a great confidence and the right emotional flares. There were at least two strange blips of interference, as if someone redubbed a word that was misspoken by the narrator, but other than that the overall quality is great.

Overall, it's a great piece of storytelling and Halo history, and I recommend it to just about anyone.

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did not engage me

not certain why, the story had potential. However, the characters were boring and the action was flat. I spent too much time rewinding and listening again because I would drift off.

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Greg Bear dropped the ball

Greg Bear successfully wrote a book with endless possibilities and forged nearly nothing. The chapters were as long as a children's book, and covered as much as well. Halo is historically an actions series, in which this book did not participate nor did it include much of the history that it was intended to be. (side note) Bear's perverse over use of the phrase "makes me feel perverse" made me feel perverse. love the halo universe, but Microsoft should monitor who they contract to full fill bungie's great foundations a little more closely.

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volume fluctuations

way too much volume level difference in characters, big fluctuations had to manually adjust constantly

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Great book!

I highly recommend reading this book if you're into the crazy, although intriguing Halo lore!

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wrong book

I tried to purchase grasslands but it gave me this one instead. good book though.