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An all-new digital single - part of the New York Times best-selling series based on the blockbuster Xbox games!

The military-grade artificial intelligence known as Iona has only one week to live. After that the UNSC will legally terminate her seven-year existence in order to stave off the threat of the data corruption phenomenon known as "rampancy", a condition that will eventually take hold of her functionality and persona, endangering all those around her. In a last-ditch effort to save herself, Iona has successfully launched an unprecedented legal appeal against her own death sentence - a case being watched very closely not only at the highest levels of human government but by others with a very different agenda....

©2015 Frank O'Connor (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio / Halo Books

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  • CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, United States
  • 08-31-15

Last 8 minutes is profound.

If you are a fan, truly a fan this story will bring on so many emotions. While the book is short the narrative involved is vast. The subject matter encompasses an issue as grave to mankind as the atomic bomb and guided missiles. That being Artificial Intelligence becoming self aware and machine consciousness.

On the fictional story side of things I found this novelette to be not only compelling but also a great listen. The narrator is a favorite. As a Halo junkie I couldn't wait to listen to it. Evidence put forth during the hearing.( which is the entirety of the book) for me proves that the UNSC and ONI needs to forgive Dr Catherine Halsey and stop using her as the scapegoat for all the ills of the war. Her work and theories saved mankind. The last 8 minutes of the story had me cheering however too many spoilers to go into details.

All said this is another great Halo listen With a mix of social commentary

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Almost a perfect side-story to the Halo franchise!

What made the experience of listening to Saint's Testimony the most enjoyable?

The narration is top-notch. It elevates the book to a standard that it shouldn't be at.

What other book might you compare Saint's Testimony to and why?

This book echoes the cut scenes of a Halo video game.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott does a wonderful job on the different voices. It is easy to track who is who.

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

Yes. It is great for a jog or bike ride. Perfect for an in-between read.

Any additional comments?

This book does not stand alone. It is best understood after completing previous Halo books like Fall of Reach, The Flood, First Strike, Ghosts of Onyx, etc.

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The ending saved it for me

It begins slow and by the middle you want to give up but by the end it gives you a satisfying ending. Makes you think about rights and philosophy centered around what makes us human.

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The Turing test

An internal, philosophical, and even ethical journey of what it is to be a human

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worthless ideological masturbation

spoilers in a vague sence, be warned

This SJW author has the gaul to piss on BB's character. It tries to be an experience, but from an author with limited understanding of what they are trying to convey. Tragically also without actual compassion for the Saint herself, or resolution at all

They are trying to define how an A.I. can be recognized as human by trying to explain a dream of a rampant machine that if left alone could destroy entire cities. In other words instead of investigating what good there could be for said A.I. to continue its just goes "Doesn't this sound pretty? that's worth risking planetary destabilization right?" with the idiocy of saying yes in spirit.

They try to argue that the risks are not something we should recognize in the wake of the morality of euthenizing a being before it becomes a major threat. THIS COULD BE VERY INTERESTING, however it spins it's wheels too much trying to convey a dream, from an AI, from 500 years in the future, that is literally thinking itself to death.

There is no focus, no conscious thought, no viewpoint from opposing views, and FFS NO RESOLUTION!

LITERALLY NOTHING IS RESOLVED, NO QUESTIONS ANSWERED, NO CHARACTERS CHANGE, AND NOTHING SUBSTANTIAL.

AVOID IF YOU VALUE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.

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what a trip!

Beautiful content describing the urging/drive of a pre-rampant AI to not be erased!It was a mix of legal drama and a introspective existentialism.Ill definitely get the rest of the collection...

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How would AI's persesved their own existence?

For anyone interested in contemplating AI existence this is a a must read, how would AI's persesved their own existence and how would that differ from our own perception of reality, while this book can not answer that question, it provide enjoyable and thought provoking avenue to travel down.

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Great book

As a fan of the Halo universe this war a niche insight into the mind of an A.I.

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Short on time but great quick story.

This story was well read and well written. It could seem dry to anyone not interested in the Smart A.I. of the halo universe but I injoyed it. The end was a surprise for me.

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interesting

It's a interesting dialogue which touches on actual questions we need to start asking because ai are coming.

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  • James Boot
  • 10-13-17

Short but another excellent Halo listen

It is very short but it's cleverly done and kept me engaged throughout. Very good!

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  • Ryan
  • 11-02-16

wow

This really got me hard! It was fantastic and left me wanting so much more.

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  • thomas
  • 07-13-16

Far too short and disjointed

I would have been happy with the short run time if it had been a good narrative. This just felt like some anegdotes and part of a unfinished bigger story. Very disappointed.

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  • Loxton
  • 09-24-17

AI plotline for Halo 5 grows

The AI in halo have always been well fleshed out characters, intellectually, philosophically and creatively. this story expands on the mortality of the AI characters and how they're evolving socially and philosophically in their own mortality and in relation to their human origins and creators, leading into the Halo 5 plotline curiously and well.