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HALO: Glasslands

HALO, Book 11
Written by: Karen Traviss
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Series: Halo, Book 11
Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
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The first novel of the Kilo-Five Trilogy by number-one New York Times best-selling author Karen Traviss - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

It's 2553. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war with humanity that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and its colonies. For the first time in 30 years, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting has stopped, the war is far from over: It’s just gone underground. The United Nations Space Command’s feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five - a clandestine team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, a Spartan supersoldier, and a diabolical AI - to accelerate the insurrection within the Covenant’s warrior species, the Sangheili, even as their notable defector turned leader, Thel ‘Vadam - the Arbiter - struggles to stave off civil war among his divided people.

Across the galaxy, a woman thought to have died in the Covenant attack on the planet Reach is actually very much alive. Chief scientist Dr. Catherine Halsey broke every law in the book to create the Spartan program, and now, she’s broken some more rules to save them. Marooned with Senior Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez and a Spartan team in a Forerunner slipspace bubble hidden in the destroyed planet Onyx, Halsey finds that this place has been guarding an ancient secret - a treasure trove of Forerunner technology that will change everything for the UNSC and mankind. As Kilo-Five joins the hunt for Halsey, humanity’s violent past begins to catch up with all of them as the disgruntled colony Venezia has been biding its time to strike at Earth...and its most dangerous terrorist has an old, painful link with both Halsey and Kilo-Five that will test everyone’s loyalty to the limit.

©2011 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • collin
  • 2020-01-17

Accents...wow!

The reader switches accents like a genius. Great book, even better voice acting!!!! I was stunned

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  • Campbell the Halo Fan
  • 2019-07-31

how do you ruin a good story? get this narrator

story was just fine. I have read it on my own before.

get a narrator with a speech impediment that lacks emotion in voice and you have a recipe for disaster.

I was able to slowly get use to him, but not a good experience did it make.

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  • Alex Miranda
  • 2019-12-26

Awesome book to listen

It was really good to listen The story was interesting The characters are also interesting to listen to

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  • Kevin &/or Lynn Froemming
  • 2019-11-16

Unpleasant voice

I love halo and love all the books but I don’t have the time to read them which is why audiobooks such a lifesaver for me however listening to this narrator drone on is completely unpleasant to the point where I have wanted to stop listening and pick up anything else...

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  • Nathan
  • 2019-10-02

2/5 overall, 1/5 performance.

I felt like Euan Morton’s voice made it hard for me to differentiate between a character just being dull & unexciting or having any other human emotion. I often found myself wondering when dialog between characters stopped & normal storytelling started. Seems as though he had just been reading the story to himself as monotone as possible and Audible just said, “Sure, that’ll do”. Far stretch from The Fall of Reach & The Flood where characters had some emotion to them & the voice actor seemed to care that he was reading aloud to an audience. It’s a shame because you can tell Karen Traviss wants to tell a gripping story or espionage, civil war, & Elite strife but the delivery falls flat on its face. Would not recommend this book via audio, buy it & bring your own characters to life.

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  • Kayla Larson
  • 2019-09-27

its halo

great listen when I'm at work for 12 hours a day 6 days a week love it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-05

SUPERB!

Excellent book, really brings the humanity out. narration was a bit dry, but accent was great.

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  • David
  • 2019-07-31

absolutely horrible narrator

narrator can't pronounce words, and has a terrible pacing.

The story itself is fantastic, as is the case with most Halo books

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  • Nathan Talache
  • 2019-07-20

Great book for both peoples!

Euan Morton takes some getting use too, especially after Jonathan Davis in Ghost of Onyx but does a great job overall.

If your a fan of the books and the game or just the game this book picks up after Halo 3, the fall of the Covenant and dives into the repercussions of the Spartan program and a now free Sangheili civilivation. Is a must read/listen if your a fan of the Halo universe. This book also introduce the start of the Spartan 4 project and giving us context of the UNSC Infinity seens in Halo 4.
For those folowing the books this continues the stories of Blue team, Dr. Halsey, Mendez the Spartan 3 from the events of 'The Flood', 'First Strike' and 'Ghost of Onyx'.

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  • Ethan smith
  • 2019-06-29

one of the best

A very good take on the halo universe. diverse characters, and a wonderful always moving story. 5/5