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HALO: The Flood

HALO, Book 2
Written by: William C. Dietz
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling adaptation of the iconic video game Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series!

It's 2552. Having barely escaped the final battle for Reach against the vast alien alliance known as the Covenant, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn, including Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and his AI companion Cortana, is forced to make a desperate escape into slipspace. But their destination brings them to an ancient mystery and an even greater struggle. In this far-flung corner of the universe floats a magnificently massive, artificial ringworld. The crew’s only hope of survival is to crash-land on its surface and take the battle opposing the Covenant to the ground.

But they soon discover that this enigmatic ringworld is much more than it seems. Built 100,00 years ago by a long-lost civilization known as the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshiped by the Covenant - a sacred artifact they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence, and they will stop at nothing to control it. 

Engaging in fierce combat, Master Chief and Cortana will go deep into the Halo construct and uncover its dark secret and true purpose - even as a monstrous and far more vicious enemy than the Covenant emerges to threaten all sentient life on Halo and the galaxy beyond....

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Amazing story, well spoken

I enjoyed this second reading in the Hall series much more than the first. although both are good, the voice acting is this has much more effort put into it, while the reader seems to understand 'how' characters are supposed to sound. and nails the tone of voice on them. very few strange pronunciations as well. only issue are a few plot holes that I noticed throughout.

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Halo CE the audibook

A beat by beat version of the video game but with a few added stories of different character's perspectives. The sub plots add a nice expanded view of the events that occurred in Halo 1. However, they do not really lead anywhere and serve little more than to pad the Master Chief and his epeience on the deadly ring. The narrator puts in the effort of voice acting and it can sometimes be a little louder than expected when he is portraying a yelling marine. the narrator misproncounces a words or key terms MJOLNIR. it is clear that the actor did not listen to the already established voices for characters but does an okay job. Overall, a good, simply written story competently read.

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Pronunciation

The preformance was good, however, the pronunciation of some of the acronyms, such as H.U.D or O.N.I, was been said as if it were a word like Hud or Oni in the games. and since the books are based on the games. It only makes sense to stay consistent with the source material.

other than the acronym pronunciation, the plot and preformance were excellent. A solid 4/5 stars.

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  • Skylar
  • 2019-03-12

I found this book to be an amazing story

I loved the story. The narration of it was great and had me cought to every word. I personally enjoyed this story very much and would gladly sit and listen to it again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-23

Amazing book series

What an amazing book totally help me understand the flood way better can't wait for 1st strike

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-12

halo the flood

being a huge fan of the faces I was greatly satisfied with this novel adaptation.

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  • Seth
  • 2019-08-09

Classic!

Classic Halo story recounting the events of combat evolved bringing back a special nostalgia that's a real treat

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  • Sam LaBrant
  • 2019-08-01

Probably best left for teenagers.

I liked the first book when I was younger, but being older I've realized the vocabulary is not very broad and some analogies are over used. "Being strong enough to flip a warthog..." was referenced more than once. I understood from the book before that he's incredibly muscular and can perform this certain feat of strength.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-31

I Love The Halo Series!!

I played every halo game watched every movie and now working on the books the stories give u details and information that aren’t in the games I’m on my 4th book and got addicted right in the 1 book!!!!

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  • Ryan Z. Meece
  • 2019-06-17

Amazing!

I'm a big fan if Halo and Combat Evolved is my second favorite in the video game series (second to Halo 2). it was very interesting experiencing other events that happebed during the events of CE and other character focuses besides Chief. I also reall like Todd McLaren as the narrator. The way he uses different types of voice acting to distinguish between characters is outstanding and I hope he narrates other Halo books as well. I highly recommend Halo: The Flood to anyone else who's a fan of the video games and the series in general.

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  • Victoria Cavazos
  • 2019-06-13

Good with some quirks

I love this book because it tells the events of Combat Evolved with all of the details in between. My only issue lies with the narrator mispronouncing key-character names like Core-Tan-Uuh. Also I feel there should’ve been some better voice actors to read character dialogue from Sgt. Johnson and Foehammer.

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  • Stephen
  • 2019-06-11

battle battle battle battle

captain keys watching game then hearing story is fulfilling but so much battle no food sleep poop breaks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-29

hard to listen too

This was hard to keep my attention, hopefully they move away from this writer in this series.