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Halo: Broken Circle

Halo, Book 13
Written by: John Shirley
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Witness an untold chapter in Halo lore as John Shirley's Halo: Broken Circle takes us to the dawn of the Covenant and the fateful first bargain between the Prophets and the Elites. Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox video game Halo 2.

Copyright © 2014 by Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Microsoft, Halo, the Halo logo, Xbox, and the Xbox logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

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A masterpiece of Halo lore.

Only bad thing about this book is that it ends. A perspective of this ever growing universe that was absolutely necessary and beautifully written.

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  • karey
  • 2015-01-13

Great

The book really took me deeper into the halo covenant side and the narrator did a great job in doing so.

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  • gsaladbar
  • 2015-03-31

Great book!

I love the portrayal of good and bad from both sides. I also enjoy the fact that humanity is mentioned only briefly. Great listening.

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  • Truett Edgell
  • 2015-06-20

Scott Brick = Terrible Casting Choice

What would have made Halo: Broken Circle better?

Shifting the focus of the story to a more comprehensive history of the Covenant with less emphasis on the Elites on the Shield World.

How could the performance have been better?

Scott Brick could have put more work into giving each character a distinct voice and putting more energy into dramatic scenes. He made each character sound the same and thus made the dialogue hard to follow at many points. He also lacked the ability to give dramatic sequences tension. He basically read the book in one sitting without putting any effort into making the reading engaging to the listener.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The narrator bored me to the point where it was a chore to finish the book.

Any additional comments?

Narration is important in audio. When you hire a narrator, he needs to have a large range and the ability to sound like more than one person. If I didn't know who Scott Brick was, I would have thought that this was his first audiobook.

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  • Nick
  • 2015-04-24

Best Halo book since The Fall of Reach

This is an absolutely must read for any Halo enthusiast, I loved every moment of this book. It tells an amazing story from the perspective of the Covenant and gives you a true understanding of their culture and how they came to be.
I'm a big fan of stories that span over a long periods of time. This story does a fantastic job of giving you an understanding of time and the impact it has on civilizations.
The narrator was absolutely incredible! He does amazing job with the voices of characters. His narration of the Sanshayum and even the Sanghelli could not of been a more perfect and just absorbs you into the story even more.
I hope he continues to he the narrator on all Halo titles going forward.

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  • Chris
  • 2015-02-25

Awesome

It was freaking phenomenal, I'll recommend this book to a lot of people. I especially liked the delivery by Scott Brick, he may now be one of my favorites.

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  • Bryan
  • 2017-12-17

Seriously! Who actually likes Scott Brick?

What did you love best about Halo: Broken Circle?

The story was good.

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

I am already committed to the halo book series. So unfortunately I will be forced to endure
more of Scott Bricks horrible voice.

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

No! there is no possible way on earth I could listen to Scott Brick on one sitting with out stabbing myself in the ears with burning coat hanger.

Any additional comments?

STOP HIRING SCOTT BRICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Brandon
  • 2016-09-23

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  • James Bukowski
  • 2019-07-30

A fascinating look at the history of the covenant.

Enjoyed the exploration of the prophets but some aspects of book's structure hurt the storytelling.

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  • Anthony
  • 2019-07-28

confusing and rough (skippable)

this is a struggle to get hooked by, especially listening to the order deemed by audible this book being #13. The book is half about stealing another planets women to prevent inbreeding, which isn't really a theme seen in any other Halo books and there's some methods of torture I found in bad taste between prophets and elites.

the timeline is terribly hard to follow even with it said at each transition, possibly the confusion stems from the character names and city names all sounding as if the narrator is making chicken noises with a mouth full of food. There is little to nothing tying this to any other of the Halo books aside from talking of the forerunners.

the is purely a history between the prophets and elites before and after the schism. I found it boring and a little played out, it just didn't feel like a Halo book. it felt like ant old drama with (poorly) made up characters, the only recognizable characters being the prophet of truth.

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  • nathaniel talache
  • 2019-07-12

Added to the rich lore of the Halo 2 and Halo 3

Take a journey behind the scenes of the covenant. This book follows various Sangheili and San'Shyuum characters and their ancestors before and after the creation of the Covenant. Giving us an insight of the conlicts between and within the hierarchy of the Covenant.