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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling origin story of the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series Halo!

The 26th century. Humanity has expanded beyond Earth’s system to hundreds of planets that colonists now call home. But the United Earth Government and the United Nations Space Command is struggling to control this vast empire. After exhausting all strategies to keep seething colonial insurrections from exploding into a full-blown interplanetary civil war, the UNSC has one last hope. At the Office of Naval Intelligence, Dr. Catherine Halsey has been hard at work on a top-secret program that could bring an end to the conflict...and it starts with 75 children, among them a six-year-old boy named John. And Halsey could never guess that this child will eventually become the final hope against an even greater peril engulfing the galaxy - the inexorable confrontation with a theocratic military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant.

This is the electrifying origin story of Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and of his legendary, unstoppable heroism in leading the resistance against humanity’s possible extinction.

©2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. (P)2008 Tantor Audio. All rights reserved.

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I loved the story, been meaning to read this for a while, but damn. they need to watch or play some source material, it's not pronounced Ma-Jole-Near

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Overall Fantastic

The story is amazing, Eric Nylund will keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration of the book. The narration was good, except for some odd voice decisions here and there, and the mispronounciation of "Mjolnir". Overall an incredible listen.

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excellent story! however theres one small problem

amazing however, the narrator says 2542 but the story is set in 2552. I would hope they would be more diligent about these types of things. 10 years in a timeline is a huge difference

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Amazing Book

Amazing storytelling, amazing plot, everything was amazing. would recommend to any fan of the Halo series.

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Narration makes the story even better

After reading this book in the past and enjoying the hard Sci-fi and rich lore it offered, it was a pleasure to have it read back to me as an audio book. As a halo fan, this experience is a must. I am impressed with the work of the narrator as his voice works perfectly with the tone of the story. I also enjoyed how well he changed his voice to fit the characters.

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wicked shit everybody...good job...

awesome...worth my credit!!!
was very impressed with the narrator and the story telling.
halo reach was an awesome game and this book was even more amazing

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Great story, but a few issues.

I'm a life long halo fan. I've played every game at least 3 times over with exception of Halo infinite. This is my first time reading, or listening, to any of the books and I gotta say, this book was amazing. But a got some issues with it, 3 to be exact.

Now, since this was written by and independent author, and not bungie(the creators of halo) a lot of what happens at the end of the book isn't actually canon to the halo universe.

Okay onto my issues. First issue is pretty minor, it has to do with production, from time to time the sound of the narrator will get a little quiet or loud before or after some of the speaking points of the book. But yeah that's not that big a deal.

Second, is the dates. The book keeps saying the date of the events going on is 2542, if you played any of the games you'd know that they actually take place in 2552. There's even a point where Cortana says that the Pillar of Autumn was refitted in 2550, and yet at the start of the chapter it states its 2542. It gets a little irritating.

And lastly, there's absolutely no mention of the covenant elites if the first 3 quarters of the book. All halo lore states that's the elites were the first alien race to join the covenant and they are the leaders of the covenant armies. However there's no mention of them until the invasion of Reach.

Now I seen on reddit that they came out with a rewritten version of this book in 2011 fixing the my second and third issue, and this audio book came out in 2018 so you'd think they'd use the correct version of the book for it but i guess not.

But overall good book. Just gotta look past these inconsistencies.

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Lots of mispronunciations but great story

This book was a great opener to the series, giving an in-depth look at master chief's origin story, and the start of something that would become a trend for the halo audio books, making you feel like you are a part of the action, putting you into the story itself and feeling every little bit of emotional feelings that the characters feel. Hearing about the death of characters makes u feel exactly what the writer wants you to to feel... loss, and sorrow... and... anger towards the covenant... the book makes you feel all the same feeling the characters are feeling.

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a new fan to the halo universe

well written, well read. had fun learning about the Spartan origins and looking forward to more master chief stories. I just finished and already bought the next book.

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Great start to the series

The story is great and is close to how the games portrayed it, overall 5 Stars.

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  • Jonathan McGraw
  • 2019-06-20

Narrator Never Played Halo

The story is good, but the narrator doesn't pronounce many things from the story correctly. The most obvious and annoying are his mispronunciation of Mjolnir and calling John 117 one-seventeen instead of one-one-seven like everyone else in universe does.

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  • wotsisname
  • 2019-07-02

Phenomenal story - problematic performance

The entry point into the extended lore of my all-time favorite fictional universe, this story is so superbly written that I can disappear into it completely and not notice the hours flying by. Its so grounded and believable, yet fantastic at the same time. The characters feel real, their interactions and actions are genuine and the world is so detailed and honest that you buy every second of it.

Objectively the performance is pretty good, but not great. Normally I find Todd McLaren's smooth and dulcet tone addicting. I could listen to him for hours at a stretch. And for the most part, his delivery matches the weight of the story very nicely, though it does feel a little flat at times. He does a good enough job at differentiating the various characters through inflection and accent without sounding too forced, although a few do feel a bit overdone and he slips every so often.

It's a decent performance overall but I feel I must take a moment to vent an ongoing frustration that this reading brings back to the surface; you can tell very clearly that the narrators of these books are not even remotely familiar with the world and universe the story exists in and it negatively affects the experience of the story.

Most obvious is the repeated mispronunciation of key character and item names. They're simple things that admittedly don't seem so damning on the surface, but they're things that anyone who has spent even just an hour studying the material knows is blatantly wrong.

ONI isn't "O-N-I", its pronounced "oh-knee". And John-117 isn't "one-seventeen". Its "one-one-seven".

And why is no one able to pronounce Mjolnir properly? Its not Muh-joll-neer. Surely somewhere between reading, recording, editing and then publishing, someone must have picked up on it. How does this continue to be an issue?

It isn't even a word made up specifically for this story. It has an established and correct pronunciation that almost every entry in this series gets wrong. The fact that it continues to show up so frequently comes across as worse than just lazy, it borders on ignorant disrespect for the material.

If you're going to go to the effort of producing narrated versions of such a well known and beloved series, then the least you can do is respect the fans and material enough to spend some time getting familiar with the world, or at least even just learning the names of the key elements beforehand.

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  • jake
  • 2019-01-08

Couldn’t properly pronounce Mjolnir

Enjoyed the book
The space combat in ships can get a little dry and there’s a lot of it but I thoroughly enjoyed the telling of Johns story and how he became the soldier he appears as in the games

Reader couldn’t pronounce mjolnir properly and that made me cringe

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  • dalton bartlett
  • 2019-06-15

had to return it

the narration is just awful. I wanted to like to book but I couldn't get passed how badly it was read.

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  • Christopher Statton
  • 2019-01-02

The book is great the audiobook is eh

I love every single book in this series. The audiobook is good but seems to just fall short of being amazing. From the way he reads it, to the way he pronounces Mjolnir and ONI. It’s the little things, but I would still recommend to others

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  • Andrea D
  • 2019-10-30

Inconsistent Pronunciation

This is a fictional franchise almost 20 years old. Most of the words present in this book have been pronounced dozens of times (correctly and canonically) in many forms of media. How someone can fail to pronounce these things (Especially Mjolnir, Loki, ONI) is beyond estimation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-16

Awful performance

Couldn't make it more than a few minutes, wanted to like this book but mispronounced terms and flat dull voice are just too much to overcome.

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  • David & Sara Rahl
  • 2019-07-08

Great story lessened by a nondescript narrator

I love this story. I have ever since it came out. Eric Nylund does an incredible job of implementing and expounding upon the Halo lore, and gives us an origin story of epic proportions that has become the accepted canon for the birth of John-117 and his fellow Spartan-IIs.

That being said, Todd McLaren's lackluster attempts at voices, constant mispronunciation of key Halo terminology (such as Mjolnir, ONI, and Shiva), and apparent lack of familiarity with the lore and universe severely detract from an otherwise brilliant story. Having read the story in print version, I can overlook these weaknesses out of love for the universe, but the narration is a severe tarnishing of what I would normally consider to be a shining silver plate.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-26

I wasn't a Halo fan but this book made me into one

I was curious what the fuss was about with these books so I decided to give this one a go. I understand now and I am officially a fanboy and about to play the game series, most of which for the first time ever. I havent enjoyed a book like I enjoyed this one in years. It's smartly written, very intriguing, and filled with that classic Halo atmosphere that the Halo franchise is known for. I really loved this book, especially as a new fan. the only gripe I have which isnt even a gripe is that I did get kinda lost at times in the space battles. But I know that's partially my own retention ability that is to blame.

Bottom line, its great, easy to understand but not dumbed down, and really a well written sci-fi military novel. I loved it.

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  • Corie Champagne
  • 2020-01-13

Great story, bad reading.

I'm just can't understand how the narration got away with speaking over half of the story in the wrong year...from chapter 15 on it claims it is set in "2542". I have the hard copy of this book and it is all set 10 years later. I love this story, but that made me grit at the beginning of every chapter.

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  • Corentin DEVILLERS
  • 2019-12-10

An amazing book with a tiny flaw

My only problem with this audio book was the fact it was not read in French. I had the book back at home but barely enough time to read them. Good thing I have a good level in English, but for the French public it's a bit sad we don't have a French version

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  • Luke Thomas
  • 2021-08-21

Halo: The Fall Of Reach. An excellent story

I love this audiobook. This is the first audiobook I have ever read and i'm loving every second of it. I've been a fan of Halo ever since I was about a year old.