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In the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood - a horrifying shape-changing parasite - has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses.

Too little, too late, the legal rate of Juridicals is only now investigating possible crimes by the Master Builder and others. Evidence-gathering agents known collectively as Catalog have been dispatched to collect testimony from the Librarian and both Didacts: the Ur-Didact, treacherously abandoned in a Flood-infested system, and the Bornstellar Didact, who accompanies the Librarian as she preserves specimens against the dire possibility of Halo extermination.

Facing the imminent collapse of their civilization, the Librarian and the Ur-Didact reveal what they know about the relationship between the long-vanished Precursors and the Flood. The Precursors created many technological species, including humanity and the Forerunners. But the roots of the Flood may be found in an act of enormous barbarity, carried out beyond our galaxy 10 million years before.... Because of that barbarism, a greater evil looms. Only the Ur-Didact and the Librarian - husband and wife pushed into desperate conflict - hold the keys to a solution. Facing the consequences of a mythic tragedy, one of them must now commit the greatest atrocity of all time - to prevent an insane evil from dominating the entire universe.

©2013 Microsoft Corporation (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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Wonderful finale.

superb and utterly amazing work from Greg Bear. Kinda wish Tim Dadabo did the narration for all 3 books as he is extremely talented and adds alot when he speaks as Guilty Spark.

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  • Ablazah
  • 2013-04-28

Orgasmic!

Would you listen to Halo: Silentium again? Why?

YES! I love the Halo universe!

What did you like best about this story?

Getting to know the deeper stories about the Forerunners and the truth behind the flood!

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

He should think about doing more!

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  • JV
  • 2015-06-01

The forerunner story has come full circle.

This a great prequel story to the Halo saga. Questions about how it all started and the ultimate purpose of everything is contained in this book.
This is a must read for all Halo fans and it sets the stage for all the games. I am now looking forward to what happens next in Halo 5.

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  • Patrick R. MccRanie
  • 2015-04-06

Third time listening this booking

Have listened to this book three f****** times must read for any Halo fan peace

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  • Sebastian
  • 2015-03-10

Great listen!

An epic adventure featuring the end of all known life in the known galaxy. How it all began. if you want to know the history of the forerunners then must read.

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  • Wade Anderson
  • 2015-01-31

Great story of the end of the universe

The story is a great conclusion to the saga; the narrator works well with the characters. highly recommended!

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  • J. Williams
  • 2013-05-11

Fantastic backstory filler for Halo 4

If you could sum up Halo: Silentium in three words, what would they be?

I wish this would have come out before Halo 4. So many questions were answered in this book that I had during game play. Occasionally frustrated by getting lost in so many multiple story lines.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No single favorite.

Have you listened to any of Euan Morton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

There were sentences that felt like they were ready by another person and then went back to normal again. Couldn't understand that.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sigh of relief with more understanding

Any additional comments?

I have no idea how Greg, Microsoft, or 343 Industries is going to go deeper or further in the Halo saga, but I can't wait to find out.

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  • Sebastian
  • 2018-11-17

Tragedy and Philosophy Galore

I have been a die hard halo fan since Xbox first came out in 2001, and ate up the initial books created in suit by Eric Nylund (Halo fall of reach especially) however as I have grown I grew apart from the series especially from the more fantastical road it has taken lately however.

I have listened and re-listened to this book 5 times over. To me it is a work of cognitive art, while telling an amazing sci-fy story it has also managed to create one of the most inadvertently and direct philosophically stoic tales to date.

With a combination of Shakespearean and Greek tragedy and modern technicality, Silentium delves into the minds of the leaders of a race who know they are doomed yet selflessly seek a course to save those who they once viewed as enemies, as well as many others. All the while showing the rise and fall of once noble characters of the halo universe, this book should be a philosophy text book in my arguably biased opinion, combined with excellent and rich story telling on the part of Greg Bear, this is a MUST READ.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-07

awesome plot, less than average voice acting

tired the whole series together really well and I get goosebumps every time I hear the final conversations the primordial conveyed to both the didact and lifeshaper.

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  • CaptureShoper
  • 2018-10-25

Eye opener for what's happening to Cortana.

Hearing that Gravemind was a collection of intelligent life forms and how it came down to Halo being the only solution explains a lot and what's to come the upcoming Halo came.

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  • James R Kent-Basham
  • 2018-09-20

Wonderful

Silentium makes up for book 2, the voice acting is great, and the scope of the flood infestation is terrifying and not done justice by synopsis.