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"A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.Since then, I’ve traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies - a greater reach than any human before me. You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I’ll be able to finish the story.

"Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...."

In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of duty to all living things.

In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.

Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder’s cruel researches into the Flood - which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than 10,000 years before.

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©2012 Microsoft Corporation (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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Helps to fill in the blanks of Halo history.

This is not an action based story more of a history of how it all began type of book. It was still a fantastic story but a little confusing at times requiring more than a few short rewinds here and there to get all the information into my head. I am really looking forwards to the last book in the series to see where it all leads to.

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Great Story

Very intriguing, I recommend it for fans of the Halo games and lore!! Great story!

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  • JV
  • 05-28-15

A great story!

Wonderful story to add to the rich Halo Universe. Definitely recommended to all Halo or sci-fi fans.

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A love for Halo was not enough.

The narrator easily one of the best of the twenty or so audiobooks I've listened to, but it was sadly not enough to save this series so far. After listening to the original Halo trilogy of books and enjoying them, I was extremely impressed with Ghosts of Onyx, and Evolutions, and found pleasure in Contact Harvest as well as Cole Protocol. Each book had pieces of the puzzle and each time I reflected on the story and was content.
Though with this book, as well as it's predecessor, Cruptum, I've felt like it was reaching a bit far. It seemed like a halo book/plot in names only. It was dreadfully boring, as though Microsoft told the author to include certain names and key points, then do whatever else he wanted. Seemingly endless and nearly pointless dialogue as well as overly descriptive events that do next to nothing but to lengthen this short book. I found myself binge listening just to get it over with. This book is one gigantic explanation for things in the halo series, existing solely because there were things that COULD be explained. Please, save yourself the trouble and read a detailed plot summary or spend some time on a wiki.

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Good but not as good as #1.

Probably a bridge to #3. Looking forward to next in series. Interesting read. Would like more.

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Loved it.

Loved it. Delves so much deeper into the history of the halo array. Explaining much.

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Just another great Halo and sify book

Where does Halo: Primordium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So far this year Primordium ranks in the top 5.

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

It reminds me of all the other Halo books. But this one gives you more of the background store of the Fourrunners.

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

No I haven't. This is the first one and it was good.

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

I did get a little choked up towards the end of the book.

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Half a Book

Would you be willing to try another book from Greg Bear? Why or why not?

Probably, the good parts are good. Unfortunately he doesn't mind wasting your time with filler. Also, had a nice straw man religion to look down on in this work.

Which character – as performed by Timothy Dadabo – was your favorite?

Characters were clear and separate, easy to listen to, narrator did not distract. A+

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

It was enjoyable and had some interesting spin on things. A great deal of annoyance at the arbitrary functionality of forerunner equipment, it lasts for days or weeks or years unless you need it to stop working for a plot development or so you can see it right as it stops working.

Any additional comments?

Most of this book is about walking around in barren places. If you listened to the first 5 chapters and then skipped to chapter 26 or 27 you would have missed barely anything, and you would have enjoyed the book so much compelling you to go back and listen to the 22 chapters you skipped, only to realize there was nothing significant in them. (In summery the good parts of the book were about 2/5ths by volume.)

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  • ben
  • United States
  • 03-20-14

Don't expect Eric Nylund this series isn't good

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

more action and more detail

Has Halo: Primordium turned you off from other books in this genre?

no science fiction is my life but this author should change genres

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Timothy Dadabo?

narrator is fine

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Halo: Primordium?

the whole thing

Any additional comments?

how did this even get published?

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Dissapointed....

What would have made Halo: Primordium better?

The story, was simply drawn out and dry.

Has Halo: Primordium turned you off from other books in this genre?

NO, I have loved the HALO series, but this book seemed very dry, especially compared to the other HALO titles.

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

I did not mined the narrator. The story line was simply not up to par with other HALO novels.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The end, adds a small twist. But not enough to make the book worth the cost.

Any additional comments?

The HALO series is and has been amazing up until this book. I enjoyed the first forerunner saga book, but I did not enjoy this one.

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