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HALO: The Flood

HALO, Book 2
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Series: Halo, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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The best-selling adaptation of the iconic video game Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series!

It's 2552. Having barely escaped the final battle for Reach against the vast alien alliance known as the Covenant, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn, including Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and his AI companion Cortana, is forced to make a desperate escape into slipspace. But their destination brings them to an ancient mystery and an even greater struggle. In this far-flung corner of the universe floats a magnificently massive, artificial ringworld. The crew’s only hope of survival is to crash-land on its surface and take the battle opposing the Covenant to the ground.

But they soon discover that this enigmatic ringworld is much more than it seems. Built 100,00 years ago by a long-lost civilization known as the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshiped by the Covenant - a sacred artifact they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence, and they will stop at nothing to control it. 

Engaging in fierce combat, Master Chief and Cortana will go deep into the Halo construct and uncover its dark secret and true purpose - even as a monstrous and far more vicious enemy than the Covenant emerges to threaten all sentient life on Halo and the galaxy beyond....

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poorly written master chief pornography

lame analogies, repetitive combat and the human soldiers are all the yeehaw do you want to live forever soldier trope. Other similar titles have the restraint to have 1 or 2 of these individuals but in the story every human is that trope. It's exhausting this book is a struggle to finish.

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  • Skylar
  • 12-03-2019

I found this book to be an amazing story

I loved the story. The narration of it was great and had me cought to every word. I personally enjoyed this story very much and would gladly sit and listen to it again

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  • Nicholas
  • 23-10-2019

magnificent! !

I love this whole series! I have always loved the games but now I can gladly say the books are great as well!

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  • Ervin Jeffries
  • 20-10-2019

A Unique Experience....

Unlike the other Halo books, this book seemed to be written without taking into consideration the lore and background of Spartans and the UNSC In general. It’s chock full of distasteful melodrama and it is jarring to transition from a well-written Halo book into this one. The performance was a victim of the story and only reason it was rated lower was because of the narrator’s incessant need to accentuate every onomatopoeia as if we couldn’t understand the severity of “a loud bang”. I personally much rather hear a word read rather than hear the word try to be acted out, henceforth removing me from the immersion of the story. Also, I found the narrator’s portrayal of characters who weren’t white (Or weren’t meant to sound white) to be embarrassing and borderline offensive, however I realize this was more than likely unintentional and not from a lack of trying to be great, thus my rating does not reflect this opinion.

Overall, as a Halo fan, very enjoyable, but uniquely below par compared to the standard that most of the Halo audiobooks have set.

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  • Elle
  • 16-10-2019

Great Sci-Fi Listen!

Fun listen, but a few mispronunciations were noted. Gamers who enjoy playing HALO will enjoy this story version of the HALO world.

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  • Lucas
  • 16-10-2019

It’s okay

Not the best Halo Novel, but a solid sorry. Follows the events of the original Halo video game.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-2019

Great book!!

The added story of alpha base along with the humanized thoughts added to chief helps you understand that Chief is human. the games don't show that side of chief

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  • Hernan Ramirez
  • 06-10-2019

A wonderful book for Halo Fans

Loved the book. The voice narrator was wonderful, and the book had me on the end of seat. A great listen.

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  • TAMC
  • 05-10-2019

Great Book!

The story is well written and gives you more insight about Halo. My only complaint is with the volume of the narration fluctuating throughout the entire book. Should be a simple fix for Audible to make.

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  • Ray
  • 05-09-2019

he kept saying the Master Chiefs armour weird

other than that this reading was great, the story made up or that minor thing.

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  • Thomas
  • 29-08-2019

Fantastic story

This story goes into so much more depth into the Flood than any of the games even attempted to, and that's a HUGE part of the story overall. I honestly can't believe I've just now gotten around to these books.

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  • Andy
  • 06-11-2019

wow

loving the halo audibles... the depth it goes to is incredible. sand it's so easy to imagine everything if you've played the games. some scenes are word for word how it appears in the game. happy customer!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-2019

Great books for sci fi geeks

These are some really great books. If you like Halo or if you just like sci fi then you should really give them a go. The narration is great also. There is just some minor things that dont make it a 5 star. One of them is that whenever the narrator is about to shout or speak loudly the entire sentece has a lower volume so that it does not get too loud. Problem is that the rest of the sentence is sometimes hard to hear. Also he says mjolnir with an a, like majolnir, its not majolnir.

If you played halo and liked it but never really understood the whole story then these books are great for you. They are not so hard to get though as other game lore. These are actual books.

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  • Jamie
  • 13-09-2019

OK, but can be skipped

Where's Johnson? His story on halo and how he survives is like the main story but you bearly hear about him! Alpha base and Jenkins is a good plot but I was hoping for Johnson. The rest of it felt like lazy writing as it basically just follows the game plot with some extra dialogue, maybe only worth it if someone hasn't played the halo game.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-2019

A good book for any fan of the games

This book is an enjoyable read/listen that adds to the original game. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves the game and wants to listen to a more personal retelling of some of the characters stories and arcs.

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  • Luke Hildrew
  • 04-04-2019

narrator can't pronounce several words

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longsword and several others
it's pretty infuriating at times to listen to

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