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Battle Born
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)
Regular price: £17.99
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Summary

Don't miss the first-ever young adult fiction novel based on the megahit Halo video game series!

Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor aren't exactly friends at their small high school on the middle-of-nowhere colony world of Meridian. Each has their own problems, from absent parents to supporting their family, getting into a good college to making the next hit holo-film. But those problems were nothing next to the threat now facing their world: The alien alliance known as the Covenant is laying siege to Meridian, for reasons that aren't so easily explained. 

With their village in flames, the four teens find themselves stuck aboveground, locked out of the town shelter where the rest of the survivors are gathered. Together, Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor are thrust into battle with nothing but a few scavenged weapons and an injured Spartan, one of the UNSC's super-soldiers. What's forged from the destruction will determine the fate of Meridian, and tilt the battle for humanity's survival.

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A solid and slightly different entry

I wasn't sure about this book when reading the description but overall it is a pretty good book. Less military talk than others in the series but more focused on regular humans instead. My main gripe is with the narration, Thursday does an alright job but sounds like she is whispering whilst this was being recorded

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not very good at all

I really didn't like the narration on this at all too whisper and angst just my opinoim

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Amazing start to the world of halo audiobooks.

Great book, amazing story I would recommend this to any halo fan, it’s a book that you can start with before getting into the deeper halo lore as seen in the forerunner trilogy or any other halo continuation.

Plus there had better be a sequel to this one! 😂

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another great book for Halo followers

enjoyed it a lot, kept me interested till the end, look forward to the next one

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I was sceptical about a young adult novel

I was sceptical about a young adult novel but it turned out to be a great story for a unique perspective not explored much in halo. I would recommend it

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  • andre r.
  • 21-03-19

The first time I have actually disliked a Halo Book.

The lady that reads the book is constantly whispering, I can’t understand what she’s saying half the time. The story is extremely weak not a lot of action just always hiding and sneaking around not what I expect a halo book to be. Disappointed

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  • Jonah
  • 20-01-19

New ideas take time to catch

It was a decent story line. Unfortunately if you've read the majority of the halo novel series, especially the older ones like ghosts of Onyx, and contact harvest you may take some time to adjust to the new style of story telling.

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  • Joey
  • 14-04-19

Ok book. Terrible narrator.

The narrator whispers half the time for no reason. At first it was only during exposition, but then she’d switch from whispering to normal voice mid-exposition. Totally distracted from the story and mood of the narrative.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-19

Problems with Narrator

The Narrator just ruins the mood at times. Sounding silent or whispering the entire time. She doesn't feel right for the story. She is basically too hush!

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  • Steven Smith
  • 03-04-19

Excellent book, even as a YA

This may be a novel with an intended audience of young adults, but that doesn't mean it isn't a good book. All Halo fans would greatly enjoy this novel. It has an excellent story with some new characters and provides a different perspective on the covenant war. The reader was quite good as well, my only complaint being little variation between male voices, which I recognize is likely difficult as a female reader. I would definitely buy it again, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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  • Brett
  • 25-03-19

Great Story not so great narration.

I really enjoyed the story just like all the other halo books. The only thing I really couldn't stand about this book was the narrator. When she spoke normally and did voices she was fine but reading the whole book in almost a whisper was really hard to listen to. I'm not sure why she didn't just read normally and then add the voices.

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  • Bruce
  • 18-03-19

Narrator is Trash

I have read every halo book through many times, and have all that are available on audiobook. These I listen to most of the time while driving and love them. That said, I could not even finish this audiobook. The narrators consistent need to sound like she’s trying to whisper a child to sleep, appalling attempts at correctly timed inflection, and frankly offensive rendition of a male voice make this awe fun to listen to. Every action section or male character sounds like an attempt at satire. If you want a good female narrator, listen to Halo: Renegades. She understands what a book like this should read as.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 17-03-19

annoying

sounded like she was whispering the whole thing and was very annoying to listen to.

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  • Joshua Messer
  • 16-03-19

you got to listen to this book

I would say that this book has been the most chair gripping experience I have ever heard. I swear to God I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat listening intently to this beautiful also, remind me of ghosts of onyx. I take that back legacy of onyx. it also kind of symbolizes kind of like a red Dawn d mixed in with the fact that they're trying to save their town and then being request to save their planet. this I will say I thought at first that this book would be like one of those nonchalant slow versions of the Halo universe. but I realize that there are so much more to this book I really think if the author is reading this post it is one of the best books ever listen to please. I would love to hear what happens to these kids cuz they sound awesome as a group. and romantic note it is kind of funny. I believe that if anyone is reading this post get a chance. at the beginning of this book you might turn away but I strongly do not. and I will be very blunt and to the point there are some dull points and there are some romantic and there's also some serenity and seriousness action like you wouldn't believe. also the person who reads this book she does a great job and is down I say keep it up I would like to hear you and more Halo books and I wish you much much success. and also write this to the author who wrote the book make another one I'd love to hear more.

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  • PKBC BUNCH
  • 04-03-19

There is a Spartan in it.

There was a spartan, but he could have been replaced with any drill sergeant. I assume they're going to be a second book coming, it left more questions than answers.