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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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    Jim "The Impatient" 11-14-12 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "you are what you dare"

    I was so excited about this book. I was a big fan of Greg Bear back in the 80's when he came out with Blood Music, The Forge of God, The Wind From a Burning Woman, and then in 2000, Darwin's Radio. I did not know anything about Halo, but this being a prequel, it seem like a good place to start. The ratings and reviews are excellent, yet I could not get into it. I listened for over 5 and a half hours, and it was just so boring. It has got to be one the slowest moving Sci-Fi's ever. I could not concentrate. My mind kept wondering off. I tried dozens of times to get back into the story, but it just was not working for me.

    It seems it has worked for many others. So's youse takes your chances.

    The narrator was also fairly dry and did not help out too much.

    The phrase,You are what you dare, was repeated a couple of times in the book and I thought that was good advice.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Archaon Port Sydney, Ontario, Canada 01-23-12
    Archaon Port Sydney, Ontario, Canada 01-23-12
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    "Amazing"
    Where does Halo: Cryptum rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily the best thus far. Greg bear has become one of my favourite authors because of this book.


    What other book might you compare Halo: Cryptum to and why?

    Dune. While not as ground breaking and eternally memorable as Herbert's work, the comparison gives a potential reader the echelon of tale about to be spun. Like Herbert, Bear is obviously highly intelligent and takes the matter of his story to be a four dimensional fluid concept, and not merely a 300 page jaunt down a-few-bucks lane. Things, all of them, are thought out.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    The Didact. Part army sergeant, part Gadalf, part man who knows his race is about to be extinguished, I thought he was mesmerising like the Grey wizard, but far closer to someone you mourn for in passing.


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

    Extreme in the sense that one truly never knew what to expect, especially not at the end. Upon that final paragraph the height of reaction was 'WTF?!' in a tremendous way. Unlike almost any Science Fiction attempt I've seen, that has tread the minefield of prequel eras, this story actually enhances what happens 100 000 years later, in feeling and in depth.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book to any lover of fiction, especially those who've grown stale on what they thought was Sci-Fi. From Dune to the Ender series, Verne to Asimov, Bear and this work belong on the path of 'fiction to reshape fiction'. I hope other Halo and established universe writers take note of what can be done.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle United States 04-26-11
    Kyle United States 04-26-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Utterly Amazing, Mind Expanding"

    The best book I have ever read. Thought provoking, mind expanding, I loved it so much I immediately read it again. If you love science fiction, this is the ultimate. If you love Halo, this book is a must read, as it fills in history and starts an entirely new chapter in the universe. I can't find many faults here, except for the fact that i wish it was longer. After i read it, my brain kept dreaming, kept thinking of the possibilities. This book was perfect for me. If i had to choose one phrase, it would be mind expanding.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Chromo Domo Walnut Creek, CA USA 09-03-12
    Chromo Domo Walnut Creek, CA USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I want more - the best is yet to come?"
    Where does Halo: Cryptum rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy the medium of audiobooks, and Halo: Cryptum is among the very best in this medium, and certainly the best of the Science Fiction audiobooks I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare Halo: Cryptum to and why?

    The Moon Maze Game - somewhat juvenile and predictable
    Robopocalypse - pretty standard fare
    Pandora's Star - The first book of this series - a charming tale
    Judas Unchained - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
    The Dreaming Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
    The Temporal Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
    The Evolutionary Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
    The Memory of Earth - Just as good as Halo: Cryptum
    The Mote in God's Eye - A real classic and a great story
    Impact - Predicable, but enjoyable nonetheless
    Blackout and All Clear - Loved this time travel tale - an Anglophile's dream
    The Draco Tavern - just plain fun to listen to


    What about Holter Graham???s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice and dialect control, but occaisionally dialog between characters became a bit of a challenge to the listener


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forerunners are powerful, but even they need all the help they can get.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep adding classic SciFi titles to the Audible library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby christchurch, New Zealand 07-30-12
    Bobby christchurch, New Zealand 07-30-12
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    "amazingly entertaining and captivating"
    What did you love best about Halo: Cryptum?

    story was so captivating i couldn't stop listening to it


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

    the first description of the halo rings blew my mind


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

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Derrick Canmore, Alberta, Canada 07-10-12
    Derrick Canmore, Alberta, Canada 07-10-12
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    "Essential for Fans of the Halo Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a growing plot throughout, starts somewhat confusing and slow but builds and builds into an enthrawling novel full of realizations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brings the Halo series into a whole new light.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The words of the captive... so cool.


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

    Many surprises kept me riveted and interested.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Brisbane, Australia 02-02-12
    Casey Brisbane, Australia 02-02-12
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    "An informative journey into the Forerunner world."

    Cryptum gives the reader a much broader view of the Forerunner civilisation. I felt the story draged on in many places, possibly due to its writing style being less action packed and not as relatable as the previous novels involving humans.

    Still very enjoyable and a must read for Halo fans.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Metairie, LA, United States 11-28-11
    Travis Metairie, LA, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2009

    Love: Dresden Files, Super Powereds

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    "Enjoyable!"

    The first 4-5 chapters were very slow, I even fell asleep at one point. BUT if you can get past the start it speeds up quite a bit. Ends up being a very good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-17-11
    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 11-17-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "A must for Halo fans..."

    I absolutely loved this book! But, I have read the other Halo books and played all of the Halo games. I can see how non Halo universe fans would get lost in the details of this book but for the fans it should be a must read.
    I felt like Greg Bear did a great job filling in story gaps between the other books and games regarding the Halos and the Forerunners. Like, why is there a terra forma inside the rings?
    Great book, can't wait for the next in the series from Mr. Bear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Corey DENVER, CO, United States 08-17-11
    Corey DENVER, CO, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Must Read for Halo Fans"

    Having played Halo 1,2, and 3 on Xbox; at the end of it all I found myself wanting more. More story, more answers, more pieces to the puzzle. This book gives you that! This book takes you back to the beginning where it all started. The story took a little time to grab me while I became acclimated to the setting and new characters but once it grabbed me I couldn't turn turn off my mp3 player. Holter Graham is pretty versatile in his characters, switching from one to the other in pretty believable fashion. My one nit pick would be his use of a sort of pseudo Scottish accent towards the end of the book for one of the characters you meet in the climax. It just sort of threw me off and took me out of the experience because the character is a Forerunner not a human. Like other reviewers, I too wished the story had kept going but I believe the authors’ intent was to leave us on the edge of our seats salivating for the next installment. I can’t wait for it to come out. Please disregard reviews by people disappointed in Greg Bear comparing his previous works to this one. If you’re not a Halo fan or a Sci-Fi fan of course you would have a harder time enjoying this book. If you are a Halo fan this book is most definitely you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Daniel Hughes
    5/5/11
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    "Halo: Cryptum"

    I rarely, write reviews, but I was very surprised by the star rating on this audiobook that I had to say something;

    This audiobook is by far one of the best audio books I've listened too.

    It's been a while since I read other greg bear classics (forge of God, anvil of the stars) but Halo: Cryptum is something else.

    Even if you don't care for the XBox games, this story is incredible.

    Just the thought of a space faring human civilisation pushed to the brink of extinction tens of thousands of years ago resonates excitement within.

    The reader is exquisite, very good at emoting the alien narrator.

    If you are on a monthly credit scheme, jump in, just be aware it's shorter than you might like.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amundeep Dhaliwal
    12/16/16
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    "Amazing"

    I was listening to it on the train, it was truly a epic story that all halo fanatics will enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Hangyal
    Lancashire, UK
    7/22/16
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    "Amazing"

    I struggled to get into it at the start, this being my first audiobook, but after sticking it out it became an amazing experience. The narrator did an excellent job and made this an absolute pleasure to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher Hitch
    12/26/15
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    "good listen"

    Has its ups and downs but is a great book I'm listening to the next one already

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dre
    11/18/15
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    "very different"

    i didn't expect such an in depth halo history lesson. Quite hard to understand at times but the story is fascinating, I liked it and as always i look forward to the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BranstoneBoy
    10/15/15
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    "Complicated but enjoyable"

    This book is so hard to follow with dozens of outlandish names and concepts which all seem so similar that the storyline becomes complicated at times. I had to reread certain parts again just to understand them.
    Overall though a good story and I look forward to the remaining sequels in the trilogy.

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  • Harris
    3/26/15
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    "Great Book"

    Great story for fans of halo or any others. Can't wait to read the next in the trilogy! 10/10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luke Rea
    3/4/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ricky
    2/27/15
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    "Good read"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pat
    Bromley, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Great listen"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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