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HALO: The Fall of Reach

HALO, Book 1
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Series: Halo, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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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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Story conflicts with in game lore.

title.
and I do t just mean reach (which is known for breaking from this book) Halo 1 and halo wars are both heavily conflict with things in this such as never having encountered hunters or elites for 15 years old ground war and numbers being wrong and changing in the early chapters.

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Cuts off a few words

The only problem with it is that some words are cut at the beginning of them

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Awesome book. Decent storyline, solid narration.

The story has depth in the characters, action and drama in an excellent balance. Thoroughly enjoyable and the narrator does a great job

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pronunciation

some words need better pronunciation as O.N.I. is said as oni and H.U.D. is said as hud and a couple of other words need correct pronunciation

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  • christopher statton
  • 02-01-2019

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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  • jake
  • 08-01-2019

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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  • wotsisname
  • 02-07-2019

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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  • dalton bartlett
  • 15-06-2019

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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  • Jonathan McGraw
  • 20-06-2019

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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  • David & Sara Rahl
  • 08-07-2019

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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  • Drew B.
  • 12-10-2019

wow!

I really enjoyed listening to the story! well written.....looking forward to reading more and getting deeper into the Halo universe! gives great background to the original XBOX game!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-2019

Awsome!!

awsome back story if you don't know it. really shows what it took to become a Spartan 2

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-2019

Great book, great narration. One tiny nitpick:

It's pronounced "myol-nir" not "m-Joel-nir". Hearing that slight mispronunciation irked me a few times, but once you get past that the rest of the narration was outstanding! Great voices too, they all sounded like distinct people, and the narrator's voice is great for a military story. 10/10

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  • Zechariah
  • 06-10-2019

the little things got to me

the audio guy clearly never played any of the games. listening to this audio was a huge let down, great story but the little errors where too much to handle. he pronounces oni as o.n.i. and everytime he said one seventeen instead of 117. again great story but I'd recommend reading it.

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  • Tim James
  • 26-03-2019

All fantastic except...

Have been really enjoying the performance, I’ve been a Halo fan for years, played all games, read and re-read all the books. Fall of Reach being a favourite, and Todd McLaren does a great job...except...one thing that frustrates me as a fan is the pronunciation of Johns Spartan designation number - within the canon it is “one, one, seven”, however here it is being pronounced “one, seventeen”...I know this is a minor detail, but it’s one that sticks with me after playing the games with “one, one, seven” being used. But, that one point from a big fan aside...a great performance, really enjoyable, cannot stop listening to it!

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  • Dylan Mayes
  • 02-04-2019

Great reading but wrong dates of events

The story is as great as ever and love hearing the origins of the Master Chief, however some thing that unsatisfied me was that the dates for the Battle of Reach were wrongly read out - the narrator (who did do a great job of reading this) read the year as 2542 everytime, even though the actual year of the event was 2552. But still a great reading!

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  • Lug
  • 11-01-2019

Great story, decent reading

The book is interesting and well written, and a must read or listen for any Halo fan. The only gripe I had was the reader. The company that produced it had either not done their research or simply not informed the reader about the pronunciation of several of the terms, such as ONI (pronounced: "Oh-knee") or Mjolnir (pronounced: "Mole-near"). Aside from that it's very well done. I haven't listened to the other audio books yet so I am not sure if the pronunciation situation has been addressed.

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  • daniel atkinson
  • 07-01-2019

Great halo book

Being a big halo fan of all the games and already having most of the paperback books.
I love this story because you get to find out about how the spartans came to be and best find out more about spartan 117 John the Master Chief before the first halo combat evolved game.
5/5 I like reading but sometime I like to lay and relax Whilst listening anyone that likes halo give it a go

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-2019

a must read for halo fans.

good book and a reader with a good voice for the different character. love halo? then you'll love the book.

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  • Mr P D Lale
  • 16-09-2019

Good story, but the narration didn't do it for me

Sounds, music and less flat narration would have transformed this performance from mediocre to exciting.

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  • FG
  • 03-09-2019

Gripping and informative

I’ve played and loved all of the Halo games over the years. This book was a great addition to the story and really well narrated. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in the backstory to Halo or Sci-Fi fans in general.

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  • james kent
  • 01-08-2019

Couldn’t stop listening

I have been a massive fan of the Halo games since combat evolved launched on Xbox, have never given these books much of a consideration of reading or listening but I can honestly say after listening to the first book in the series I’m absolutely hooked I could almost picture every scene that the chapter read absolutely fantastic recommend it 100%, narration had me hooked to every word of every sentence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2019

first halo audiobook - fantastic listen!

very gripping story, narrator is excellent! would recommend to anyone, struggled to stop listening. story builds well to conclusion and has left me wanting to hear more about this universe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-2019

Fall Of Reach: A Must Read For Any Halo Fan

I loved this audiobook. Since I love the Halo franchise, and have done for years, I thought I'd give this audiobook a try since it's the first. It did take me a long time to finish, but that was due to me being busy with life.
The story was amazing, and has expanded my knowledge of the Halo lore prior to the events of Halo: CE. The narrator was also great, not just at the reading but also with the impressions. I believe the narrator nailed the attitude and voices for almost all the characters, except maybe 2 or 3.
Overall I adore this audiobook and would definitely listen to it again in my free time.