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HALO: Shadows of Reach

Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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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!

October 2559. It has been a year since the renegade artificial intelligence Cortana issued a galaxy-wide ultimatum, subjecting many worlds to martial law under the indomitable grip of her Forerunner weapons. Outside her view, the members of Blue Team - John-117, the Master Chief; Fred-104; Kelly-087; and Linda-058 - are assigned from the UNSC Infinity to make a covert insertion onto the ravaged planet Reach.

Their former home and training ground - and the site of humanity’s most cataclysmic military defeat near the end of the Covenant War - Reach still hides myriad secrets after all these years. Blue Team’s mission is to penetrate the rubble-filled depths of CASTLE Base and recover top-secret assets locked away in Dr. Catherine Halsey’s abandoned laboratory - assets which may prove to be humanity’s last hope against Cortana.

But Reach has been invaded by a powerful and ruthless alien faction, who have their own reasons for being there. Establishing themselves as a vicious occupying force on the devastated planet, this enemy will soon transform Blue Team’s simple retrieval operation into a full-blown crisis. And with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance, mission failure is not an option…

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Great story, ok narrator.

Another great Master Chief story from what I have listened to so far. However, I really do not understand why the narrator has changed, Scott Brick has voiced the Master Chief and the rest of Blue Team in previous audiobooks and is familiar with the world and characters already. I think I will stop and read the book instead.

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  • William B. Foster
  • 20-10-2020

The worst narrator for chief

Not a good voice for chief not a bad narrator just not for chief kinda disappointed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-2020

Halo: Lechatelierite.

true, i was expecting Scott or Todd, but Sean's alright, first i think I've heard him, but he's alright. the book is alright in general, can't say Troy is my favorite author, and he needs to remove lechatelierite from his vocabulary after this book, but he paints the picture well, and it doesn't feel rushed, and that's about all i could ask for in a story. Sean's performance as a narrator is excellent, perhaps unfitting of the history of other narrators, he's a bit higher voiced than I'm remembering from Scott or Todd, so deeper voices, older gravelly soldiers, brutes, elites, there a little... off, but certainly not bad, just not a deep voice. he strikes me as a younger man otherwise, it makes a number of references to the games and previous books in relation to fall of reach and uh... its been a minute, i think first strike. so an enjoyable entry overall. (Acquired book for free through free trail. worth buying for full price? yes. compared to Eric Nylund, eh, but maybe the best Troy Denning entry so far, versus oblivion and silent storm.)

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  • Sir Walrus
  • 21-10-2020

if only the have was coming

this book was absolutely stunning. I'd only the have was coming out soon to go along with it.

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  • Jay Williams
  • 21-10-2020

amazing

build up for halo infinite. can't wait great story :) can't wait to play the game.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-2020

Fantastic story

Fantastic book could not stop listening we can just hope that Halo infinite is as good.

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  • Spencer Perry
  • 21-10-2020

Great Story, Strong Narration

I really liked the story, and I'm willing to bet you will too. Following Blue Team's mission was rewarding and exciting. The book sets up a lot of great stuff for the upcoming 'Halo Infinite'.

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  • M
  • 20-10-2020

Narrator makes Chief sounds like some green FNG

Should have casted Scott Brick. The story is probably good, it's just hard to continously listen to and finish it. The narrator is probably just doing his job but following Scott Brick's previous work on the series it just doesn't sound or feel right. Rather disappointing seeing how the story takes place after the disappointment that was Halo 5.

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  • Justin
  • 26-10-2020

everyone hates the voice actor

loved the story, will say the use of lechlerite so many times I started laughing everytime it was said (which is a bit throughout the first half) great book though loved it. loved the voice actor. will continue this and all other halo novels 5/5. time to listen to it again! :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2020

The most intense come back fight from Spartans I have ever heard

The way the book starts out is very slow but Troy Denning put a lot of great twists and turns in this book. By far one of the best Halo books ever!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-2020

Fell Short

... I was really hoping I would be here saying Troy stepped it up on this one, I truly really was. I got excited in the beginning because it was starting to become true! Once I got further in, it was the same lack of passion and wonder as Oblivion. It really did start out promising. The first few chapters to this story were PERFECT. They were enjoyable, colorful, dynamic, and filled with a sense of a true Halo story. Then it just flattened out. The climax revealed nothing unexpected and what little mystery you were hoping to be resolved, never resolved. Just big name drops from other characters in the games. The narrator did a wonderful job in giving it life and an AMAZING job on the voices! In sci-fi one expects certain breakdowns of some actual science fiction but this reads like someone describing a science fiction movie they saw, with little insight in how things function. This is a Halo novel released before a new Halo title and it did not feel like it. Still awaiting that hit Halo novel that leaves you tearing through pages and shocked with answers you didn’t expect. I did learn one thing though! Lechatelierite!

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  • Mark Morrey
  • 22-10-2020

Okayyy

Narrator was okay but the book itself was missing something toward the end. 3 stars

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2020

Outstanding

Hearing about Blue teams return to Reach was an amazing ride from start to finish.

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  • ben.batiste
  • 29-10-2020

Where is Scott Brick

Just can't get into this as i would if Scott was reading the voices aren't right Bring back Brick!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-2020

good book

the performance was a little atale in places, should have been scott brick who did the narration, but nat a bad book juat not one of the best. ended with more questions than i had at the start

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  • David Gould
  • 26-10-2020

Not great compared with “Silent Storm”

Not great compared with “Silent Storm” or the “Kilo 5” series. The book seemed to struggle to go anywhere. A reference to Nobel 5 in Chapter 5 is nice and some other returning characters make the book fit, but it does seem a bit forced. You could listen the last chapter and get the whole book in that. Also the characters seem a bit off. the narrator is good but dont think he get Fred, Linda, Kelly or John down ( i think its the cadence of the voice.. Just my opinion

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2020

A true Halo book

This feels like return to the Halo universe back when Halo Reach came out, the books story feels truly conected to the saga and the adveture you feelt the forst time exploring the Halo universe