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HALO: The Fall of Reach

HALO, Book 1
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
5 out of 5 stars (44 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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • Rodolfo
  • 21-04-2019

Great narration, with some lore inconsistencies

There are some errors in this book's edition. Mostly the timeline. dates that should be listed as 2552 appear as 2542.

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  • John Miller
  • 16-04-2019

loved it. it was nice to sit down and listen to a halo novel the one thing that in my opinion would have made it better was if the voice actors for the halo game did the voices but that would be expensive to do

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-2019

Huge Halo Fan

I love the series and have read the books before but wanted to listen to them for the upcoming release of MCC on pc. The narrator wasn’t educated on the Halo lore much and mispronounces a lot of things throughout the book. The one that sticks on the most is that he spells out ONI instead of saying it like a word. That drove me insane. Great voice tho.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-2019

Awesome

The story telling was great. The action sequences are well spoken, easy to follow, and extremely entertaining!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-2019

It was ok... I Cringed at the bad pronounceation.

The book makes a mess of all the other books. I basically kills all the Spartans but we all know that they live in halo 5. I didnt like it, as it does t tie with the games or other books well at all. The reader cannot correctly pronounce the words Chitin or Mjölnir...

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  • Stephen Swain
  • 05-04-2019

The Nostalgia is Real

I've been a fan of the game since it first came out, but was hesitant when my friend recommended to pick this book up. I'm glad I caved, this has so much great lore and great world building that I wanted to pick up my old games and keep enjoying the universe the franchise built.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-2019

love it

love it love the lore to my favorite game definitely excited to read the other ones

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  • Alex nyland
  • 03-04-2019

sci-fi brilliance

Halo Combat Evolved the video game starts immeditly as the book ends! love this book!

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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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  • 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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  • 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!