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A galaxy-spanning story and comics' first bona fide feminist space opera, The Ballad of Halo Jones is the first true epic to grace the bibliography of arguably the greatest comic book writer the world has ever known. 

Bored and frustrated with her life in 50th-century leisure-ghetto housing estate 'The Hoop', 18-year-old everywoman Halo Jones yearns for the infinite sights and sounds of the universe. Pledging to escape on a fantastic voyage, she sets in motion events unimaginable; a spell on a luxury space-liner, a brush with an interstellar war - Halo Jones faces hardship and adventure in the name of freedom in the limitless cosmos.

Featuring Sheila Atim as Halo Jones, alongside Ellie Kendrick, Kemah Bob, Michael Fenton Stevens and Yaz Zadeh, with an exciting accomplished cast, existing fans of Halo and newcomers alike will be transported to The Hoop and beyond in an immersive listening experience like no other.

©2007 Rebellion 2000 AD Ltd (P)2020 Penguin Audio and Rebellion Publishing

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"The production and flow of the story is brilliantly done and this is easily one of the best adaptations of the story we've ever seen.... The result is simply stunning." (Starburst Magazine)

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Halo Jones, childhood hero, comes to life

So I bought the Halo Jones Audio Book on Audible and pretty much listened to it in one stint.

Now I've been a massive Halo fan since it first came out (I was just 16). I have the full graphic novel on my book shelf still.

My son was never into Comic Books as a kid but Halo was the one I DID insist he read :)

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Excellent. I thought the actors really brought the characters to life and sounded pretty much as I used to imagine them. I liked the addition of Halo narrating certain parts (It was a comic strip!) but doing it as she was writing letters.
They were so believable that my memory often brought back some of the images from the strip - especially the war on Moab.
It ended well and I'm sure people new to Halo will be saying "Okay, what happened next? When do we get Part 2?" - I'd have to be gentle and say, we've been waiting 35 years for Volume 4, don't hold your breath.....

Overall, I'd have to give it 10/10. It brought one of my childhood favourites to a whole new level and I'm not really sure how it could have been better.

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a good adaptation

if you've never read the book, this may well be confusing at times, but as a companion it works well, with almost nothing changed from the original.

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Hooplife Hero

Still as important to me as it was when I first read it. Excellent narration and it brought it to life and still left wondering.... Come on Alan give us book 4!!

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A masterpiece

Still Alan Moore's finest work in my opinion. Sheila Atim is perfect as Halo here.

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well done

A great companion to the fantastic graphic novel by the genius that is Alan Moore.

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Very disappointing

So confusing, listened to vol 1 but gave up. I like Alan Moore’s work but this wasn’t very good.

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  • 15-03-21

Solid adaptation of a classic

This is a decent adaptation of the 2000ad classic. The performances are strong and sound and music complimentary. Chapter three works very well for the format. The down side is that this is a little too faithfull to the comic, a little extra narration in chapters one and two would have helped clarify what was going on in a couple of places.
Given the short run time, I'd have liked more from this to justify the price, such as behind the scenes interviews. That said, this is a 2000AD classic with Alan Moore bringing his creative brilliance, well worth a listen.

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  • Richard Bright
  • 19-07-21

A faithful reading

This is a very faithful adaptation and the voice acting is well executed. I really enjoyed this and fans of the graphic novel will enjoy this performance.

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