"A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.Since then, I've traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies - a greater reach than any human before me. You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I'll be able to finish the story.
"Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...."
In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of duty to all living things.
In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian's tampering with human destiny. This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.
Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder's cruel researches into the Flood - which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than 10,000 years before.
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this is a great book, it makes halo 4 and 5 make more sense too haha
So as the story goes it's decent but it's halo and this is the history of the forerunners so if you haven't read or listened in I would probably say a/ get this book on free 30 day trail or use one of your credits as paying £16 I.was little disappointed, the narration was ok at parts but still 3/5 isn't bad and looking forward to see what happens next!
I've generally enjoyed every book in the Halo series but this is sole the exception - read in a very matter-of-fact way, it just drags and drags with little ever happening and the most dull of events described in tedious detail. It's taken my several months to get half way through this thing I do hope it will have some payoff in the end but I'm not very optimistic.
Just like Cryptum, this book is for Halo fans wanting to know more about the forerunners. Actually we don't learn much more about the forerunners but instead learn more about the first inter-stellar human civilisation and the precursors. This was an excellent idea that was let down by the fact that not enough information was given away. At the end I still had many 'how', 'what', 'why' questions in my head, that is to be expected as there is another book to come but not so many.
The first half is quite boring, persevere through it.
There is a very clever twist at the end, very clever indeed. And actually the twist had an added dimension as an audiobook and was fantastic to listen to. I can't give anything away but it is a massive 'OH' revelation moment (still only for halo fans though).
It is a shame as the forerunner saga could be so good, but at the moment I can't see the justification of making it a trilogy, more information needed and it all needs to be condensed. It is far too diluted for anyone other than Halo fans to read or listen to.
How is it possible to mess up a halo universe book ??? Well it is just listen to this load of boring rubbish.
I've listened to the first book and its ok , this book is not worth your time.
Give it a miss !!!
I had hoped that this book would be better than the first, which was alright if a bit slow to get going. Given that irregular start and end points seem to be happening a lot with halo recently, I figured at least this was going to continue that story. It did not do that.The entire plot consisted largely of the characters walking and talking in arbitrary directions around the Halo. And when they weren't walking and talking, they were sitting and talking, or starving and talking. Most of the time, the topics of conversation boiled down to the same few points talked over and over again until it became so boring that I just wanted it to be over. The main character Chakas, was a lot more engaging in the last book than in this one - and this one was supposed to be about him! Instead the spirit in his head was more interesting in this than he was. Somewhat ironically, the only topics I wanted to explore were the ones Chakas was actively avoiding - despite repeated prompting from the old spirit.The only reason I continued to read to the end, was a vein hope that it would catch up with the previous book's events in motion, in case it were to be important to the final book somehow. But it's not a parallel story, it just runs off in an uninteresting tangent. I wasn't invested in any of the characters, and by the end I didn't give a damn what happened to them.I didn't think I'd read a Halo book worse than "Halo: The Flood" (which reads more like a gamefaqs walkthrough), but this managed to be that with ease. Ultimately, if you're thinking you need to read this for the sake of completeness, make sure you've got a lot of patience stored. It's so frustratingly boring, you'll probably want to shoot yourself in the face afterward. The "plot twist" (if you can call it that) isn't worth it.If I can return this, I definitely will.
Silentium - the final one, but I'm dreading it.
I guess. To be honest, the story was so dissappointing, his performance could have been worth a grammy and I wouldn't have noticed.
Every bit that didn't invlove the Lord of Admirals trying to communicate with other spirits or find out more about the composer. It was the only thing that was even remotely interesting.
I don't know where the author was going with this. I feel like it was a wasted opportunity to really flesh out the events that led the forerunners to have to choose between two dreadful plans. But since Halo left Bungie, it feels like 343 is slowly chipping away at the things that made it great in the first place. But ultimately it, wasn't just a bad Halo story, its a bad story. Period. And as a true fan, it feels like a massive "screw you".
Not at all what i was expecting, doesnt really answer any questions . Infact i had more questions at the end than i started with .
"Once upon a time on a Halo far far away..."
I listened to the first book Halo Cryptum which told of a story of Chakas (a human), Riser (a hobbit like humanoid), and Bornstellar Makes Everlasting. However, midway through the first book, Chakas and Riser are separated from Bornstellar and their fate unknown. In Halo Primordium, we discover what did happen to Chakas and Riser. They had crash landed onto Halo Installation 07. This book is their story.
Halo Primodium...oh my goodness. While the story meanders in the first half with Chakas trying to make sense of this Halo world he crash landed on and the odd humans he's come in contact, the story rapidly ramps up to some eye-opening experiences that lead to big OMG moments all Halo game fans would recognize.
Tim Dadabo freaking excelled in his narration and storytelling style. I had no problems engaging, especially when he slipped into his character voice of 343 Guilty Spark. The final chapters of Halo Primordium are worth the price of the book alone as it became more of a Halo production than just a reading of a story. Great stuff! Kudos to Tim and the studio staff for doing what they did. It was pure awesome to my ears.
Greg Bear Halo stories have turned up to be quite amazing. While his stories take place a long time ago in galaxies far far away, he weaves the legends that become the foundation of Halo lore of today. Honestly, Forerunners are just as baffling back then as they are as mysterious in current Halo timeline.
In Primordium, we learn more of the Flood and the Gravemind. Very creepy, very mysterious. We also learn more of the humans of the past that had fought against Forerunners and against the Flood.
By the end of the book, you can't help but think - wow, we humans are in so much trouble in the Halo Universe.
I eagerly await the third book in the series Halo Silentium and truly hope that Tim Dadabo performs that book as well.
The book is read by 343 Guilty Spark which once you get to certain point makes the book all the more meaningful for fans of Halo.
It reminds me a lot of Dune at some points.
Tim was fantastic.
Yes it was and I did.
We need to get all of these the day they come out! To bad there is only one left in the series.
"Greg Bear, what happened?"
If you're a completionist, then get it. For everyone else, just skip it and read the wikipedia article. You are not missing anything important by skipping over this one.
The story is horrible. Nothing happens for the first 80% of the book, you listen about them wandering around halo, that is it.
The narration of Riser is incredibly annoying, it was very hard to finish listening.
I was happy when it was over.
This was by far the worst Halo book, I've listened to most of them. Fortunately the rest are mostly great. Greg Bear is likely embarrassed to have his name on the cover of this.
"Great for a Halo fanatic"
Halo Primordium is a bit confusing, real fast paced and i get lost a bit every now and then, but the attention to detail is great. real detail and step by step in a way in some of the story. great story overall.
"Tim Dadabo's narration really helps"
As an avid fan of the game this novel is based on, I have to say that having Tim Dadabo narrating this story is a pleasure. He's able to give every character a very distinctive voice that makes following the story very easy. Also his narration really helps you get through the early slower parts of the book. Now even though I haven't read the entire book yet (I'm 80 percent of the way through reading it while listening) I eagerly await the end of the book when I'm positive a character who is very famous in the Halo novels will show up. And once Mr. Dadabo slips into that voice my face will be full of fanboy glee.
The second half of the story once the main characters reach the camp and meet up with Chakas' old friend Riser is where the story REALLY starts to pick up speed. I'm finding it very hard to put the book, and the audiobook, down at this point. I can't wait to finish this book and see where it all leads.
This is my first performance by him
yes, but I didn't
Get the audiobook. Without it I don't know if I would have gotten through this book as fast as I did. Especially since the first half of the book is just walking around and talking about things, with very little action (but great character development).
"Haven't Finished It Yet"
Can't say, but the narrator Timothy Dadabo made the whole story fun to listen to.
Riser - I think I had a relative who he reminds me of.
Don't think so, but I will see if he has performed something else I might want to listen to.
A storehouse of life, varied, flawed, and yet noble.
Greg Bear doesn't hold back on making broad settings speak broad lessons. A great story that is a great yarn.
"Awesome is an understatement."
I don't play the games but I read/listen to the books and there isn't one that has disappointed me. This particular series is just awesome. I can't wait for the next book!
"Good continuation of the first book"
When the Didact appears.
When the primordium meets its fate.
Another good addition to the Halo Universe, and my addiction there in.
yes. its very well written and the vocal talent is incredible
Guilty sparks emergence durning the narrative to his voice and personality made it tie in so well with the games.
personality and delivery
laughed and cant wait for the next book
keep making audio books like this. no seriously keep making them like this.
"Couldn't finish. Done with series"
I tried. This book had a few interesting situations, but in the end it didn't feel like there was a point. I've given up. The book just reminded me of the several really boring bits in the JRR Tolkein books without any of the endearing or exciting parts to draw me on.
I kept saying to myself, "are the characters actually going someplace?" I've got too many other books in my library to stick this series out.
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