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Halo: Silentium

The Forerunner Saga, Book 3
By: Greg Bear
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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amazing

What an amzing book and narration , so intricate and really resolves all the questions I had on the halo story.

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Pretty good for Halo fans

A good finale but perhaps not best suited to audio book, was a bit confusing at times and jumped around a lot. His voice was pleasant but wasn't really distinct enough between characters so that also added to the confusion. Tied up some loose ends so worth a read if you're a halo fan

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  • Ablazah
  • 28-04-2013

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
  • 01-06-2015

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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  • Sebastian
  • 17-11-2018

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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  • Patrick R. MccRanie
  • 06-04-2015

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
  • 10-03-2015

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
  • 31-01-2015

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
  • 11-05-2013

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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  • Ray Resendiz
  • 16-03-2019

amazing!!

great story. they told the story in a well thought out manner almost natural in a way

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-2019

absolutely breathtaking!!!

coming from a Halo background and lore fanatic this book has brought so much two conclusion but at the same time has opened my eyes to more pressing matters in the Halo Universe of current situations. it's absolutely a phenomenal read the entire saga is worth it outstanding trilogy! I won't say a most memorable moment because I do not want to spoil anything for those who have not yet Reddit that the narrator was absolutely incredible with the way he portrayed voices and emotions! if you are not a part of the Halo community I highly recommend starting out with cryptum and learning the backstory or even simply starting with Halo the flood which depicts everything that happened within the realm of Halo combat evolved which is the very first instead of the Halo Universe that we ever got and it is absolutely worth getting to this universe!! audible has yet again done themselves with the way that they present this book this series and the community as a whole!!

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  • rczzhrfl
  • 09-01-2019

The Forerunner Saga finished.

all three books were great and I highly recommend them to anyone who finds the Halo lore interesting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-2017

Not the best

Story is ok but the performance is a slog to get through. I think this is because of the tone of the characters being quite deadpan.

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  • Alexander Knight
  • 07-12-2017

An intriguing conclusion to the Forerunner saga

The book is filled with incredible lore, and the performance - though a little monotonous at the very beginning - was overall very good.

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  • Joshua
  • 26-04-2017

A great conclusion to the trilogy

The story begins relatively slow but dives into great details about the forerunners and sets up the future of the halo games with far more in depth background but also paying respect to the first halo games.
Well written, brilliantly performed and shockingly entertaining.
A great conclusion to a trilogy.

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  • Amundeep Singh Dhaliwal
  • 22-01-2017

An excellent end to the forerunner saga

But I wanted to know more about what happened to the characters towards the end

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  • james
  • 09-11-2016

Great story

An excelent conclusion to the forerunner saga and ilook forward to seeing more halo books soon

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  • JL
  • 27-06-2016

for lovers of the halo universe so many questions

now are answered, really enjoyed the whole thing. I now want more of the history, but realise all is complete.

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  • Richard Ready
  • 04-06-2016

disappointing

it covers the lure by numbers but devoid of any character. I didn't care about any of the protagonists

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  • Luke Rea
  • 09-03-2015

Good buy!!

So there has been few weak books in the halo series all of which is highly recommended if your into the games, but the forerunners trilogy I enjoyed alot must admit. Book 2 of forerunners was ok but this picks it up and leaves you wanting more. Only giving this the 4/5 'cause at parts the narration got little bit annoying.. For me for those that have listened to this I'm sure can agree, still good buy if you want to learn of the history of the forerunners!

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  • Connor
  • 06-03-2015

Great finale

Don't write reviews nor do I listen to many audio books but this series was amazing, ups and downs through this book but I would definitely recommend for the very well written story (in my opinion) and definitely for the conclusion. I ended up really liking the narrator and felt it easy to listen to. Shame there are no more forunner books as these were excellent, guess I'll start listening to some of the 26th century books now.

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  • Briggsy
  • 20-04-2014

Just not interested

What disappointed you about Halo: Silentium?

Off shoot of the halo series. I have read the previous two books that made me think twice about buying this one. As a fan of Halo I felt compelled to buy this. I listened to this dull uneventful story wasting hours of my life that I will not get back again.

Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Bear again?

Ok I have done the 3 halo books, that is more than any mortal can be expected to stand. NO is the answer.

How could the performance have been better?

Ask Karen Travis to write the book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Utter emptiness, nobody will ever make a video game of this vacuous tale.

Any additional comments?

It simply does deserve further commment

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