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HALO: Oblivion

A Master Chief Story
Written by: Troy Denning
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: Halo, Book 25
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
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A Master Chief story and original full-length novel set in the Halo universe - based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

2526. It has been more than a year since humanity first encountered the hostile military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant, and several weeks after the United Nations Space Command’s devastating counterattack of Operation: SILENT STORM was deemed an overwhelming success. The UNSC has put its faith in the hands of the Spartans, led by the legendary Master Chief, John-117: enhanced super-soldiers raised and trained from childhood via a clandestine black ops project to be living weapons. But the Covenant - enraged and fearful of their enemy’s unexpected strategies and prowess - is not taking its recent defeat lightly, and is now fully determined to eradicate humanity from existence, brutally overrunning the ill-fated planets of the Outer Colonies faster than retreats can be ordered. 

If the UNSC has any chance of stemming the tide of the war, the Master Chief and Blue Team must drop onto an empty, hellish world in order to capture a disabled Covenant frigate filled with valuable technology. It has all the makings of a trap, but the bait is far too tempting to ignore - and this tantalizing prize is being offered by a disgraced and vengeful Covenant fleetmaster, whose sole opportunity for redemption lies in extinguishing humanity’s only hope of survival....

©2019 Troy Denning (P)2019 Simon & Schuster / Halo Books

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Audiobook download still broken

I have tried to download this audiobook multiple times since its release almost 2 weeks ago. Called customer service and was able to return the purchase when they confirmed it was broken, but it is still on the store and hasn't been fixed since (I have tried a couple more times since my customer service call).
I guess I'll go somewhere else to find this book.

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Unable to download and play on android

I called audible and explained that I couldn't download the audiobook and they said the format was wrong for Android devices. This was a week ago and I still can't play it let alone download it on my phone. **Pretty good book from what I've listened to on my computer**

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Audible won't allow me to listen to the the audiobook. Can't get the thing to work.

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Great book, Great narrator

The book was great! loved the plot and the Narrator is one of my favorites!

not sure if I got a bad copy or maybe a corrupt file...but the book would skip back about 10 secs and continue, it did this quite a few times.

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  • Ken R.
  • 2019-10-01

Great improvement over Silent Storm.

There were some plot issues I had with Silent Storm - mostly the fact that Denning crammed in so many characters and details from his Last Light series. But this book had much less of that and he focused more on putting blue team in some intensely complicated situations on interesting world's we haven't heard of so far in the Halo universe.

The opening scene is great and the pace he sets has a pleasant rhythm of intense action, dialogue, more hectic action, resolution, story building, and back to action.
If you're into the more classic military fiction style of the early Halo books, I think Denning did a great job of replicating that by including minute details about the Spartans' gear, ammunition, tactics, etc.
All of that is my bag and I enjoyed it immensely from start to finish.

Another point is that Troy Denning did a good job of approximating what goes on in a Spartan's head. He gave us a lot of Fred in Last Light, but I particularly enjoyed getting Linda's perspective later on in this book. It got me thinking about what the Spartan's opinions are of each other and how they view themselves as friends or siblings or what. Anyway, I like when authors make me consider things that aren't specifically written into the narrative.

Also, I love Scotty B. as a narrator. However, I just don't think his Master Chief is that great. I think it's an inflection thing or maybe I'm just used to Steve Downes. But anyway, Scott did a great job as always. Some say he puts unnecessary emotion into his reading but I dig him in everything I've heard.

I consider good science fiction to be analogous to semi-junk food that isn't quite as bad for you as icecream (terrible sci-fi), but also not healthy either (actual science). So Halo: Oblivion rates as a solid piece of peanut butter toast in my book 👍

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  • Jeremy
  • 2019-10-04

My thoughts

Good Story. Not a fan of Scott Brick. Mastrr Chief's backstories should be read by Steve Downs the voice of Jon 117.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-05

Another great S117 Story

Another great story. Keeps me guessing and leaves me wanting to know what's next for a beloved character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-26

The Worst in the Franchise

Since the release of the first game, I believe this makes the 30th book released to expand and/or deepen the universe. I've read the vast majority of them and each had added something to the overall story. They've explained the origins of the Spartans, expanded in the motivations of the Covenant, revealed who the Forerunners were and how the titular Halo rings came to be. There are some collections of short stories that maybe aren't the deepest tales ever told because of their length but they add a little flavor- maybe deepen our understanding of how Spartans work together etc. This had all the pieces in place to do that- John is only 15, there's a mission to steal a Covenant ship and its Superior tech, there's a mysterious group with unknown origins in a planet that shouldn't have any sentience life. All of it essentially amounts to nothing.

Nothing. A whole novel that should have been a short story somehow tells less story than a novela. John is essentially the same S117 we've seen all along. There are maybe two scenes where they ham fistedly show him make a note to be more assertive or something.

On top of that, most of the main characters are unbearable. Both of the key human commanders, the Spartans work with are absolutely nails on a chalkboard intolerable. The Covenant forces are bumbling true believers with no depth or motivation-essentially exactly like they were in the first game, only we can understand their speech. They're just generic bad guys with only the slightest hint of motivation.

There narrator does an okay job, but really doesn't have much to work with. To his detriment, he doesn't vary his voice as much as most of the better audio book narrators do now. It's basically a guy with a great radio voice reading you a book.

Hard pass of this if you're hoping to expand the universe or if you're new. Not worth your listening or reading

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-27

Not as good as Silent Storm.

Story was ok... Silent Storm was better by a lot. Expected more, maybe if theres a 3rd book to help make this story important, otherwise it was a pointless mission.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-30

great listen

loved it from start to finish. new look at blue team and their characters.

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  • trekkie
  • 2020-01-24

Spartan babysitters

title says it all this felt like adventures in babysitting with Spartans. it was great

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  • Sebastian D Rupe
  • 2020-01-24

Great

it was a great story loved it as always. I'd like to hear more on it.

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  • Matt A D
  • 2019-12-27

BLUF: Read by Scott Brick.... enough said.

Book is excellent, also its read by a narrator that has read alot of Jack Reacher books. Listening to the exploits of John 117 is almost the same thing as dropping Jack Reacher into the same universe with power armor. 343 Needs to keep writing books and having them read by Brooks.

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  • mylordaustin
  • 2019-12-21

Another great listen

This was another great listen my Troy Denning and Scott brick did a great job narrating. I always enjoy the master chief stories as contribution to the greater canon that is Halo. after about 8 books though they all seem to blur together and be close the the same story but at the end of the day I really enjoyed it.