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Halo: Cryptum Audiobook

Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga

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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
    george skiatook, ok, United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Centennial, CO, United States 10-02-12
    Jim Centennial, CO, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2015

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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    04-28-17
    04-28-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Amazon Customer 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    glenda 03-23-17
    glenda 03-23-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    stevenn 10-20-16
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    "wrong book"

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

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    Rebecca S. Burkheart 10-05-16

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    "Fantastic"

    I picked this up after listening to the first couple books of the Halo series. I've been a huge fan of the game forever and am really emjoying the books. This first book of the ForeRunner saga is an amazing blend of epic Science Fiction, in a Military Science Fiction style with a soft beautiful fantasy edge. You don't have to be a fan of the games to fall in love with this series, it stands perfectly well on it'ss own. If you are already a fan of the games, this will greatly enrich all you thought Halo was.. Greg Bear just moved onto my favorite authors list and I'm starting his next book in this series as soon as I finish typing this.

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    Brandon 09-03-16
    Brandon 09-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible"

    Loved the story. However, most of he chapters were blank. No audio AT ALL. I'm afraid to download more because of this.

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    RPG720 08-20-16
    RPG720 08-20-16
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    "This narrator is amazing!"

    You really cannot beat this narrator. I've already had the privilege of listening to him in Halo: Contact Harvest

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    Jrod gig'em 05-24-16
    Jrod gig'em 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow start but absolutely gripping"

    A must read if you are even remotely interested in the Halo story. This gives a great view into the background of the Halo rings.

    NOTE: This is written in the first person

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  • James
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    12/23/12
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    "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
    1/31/12
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    "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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Soham, United Kingdom
    7/27/11
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    "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 2 people found this review helpful

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