• Halo: New Blood

  • By: Matt Forbeck
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Series: Halo (Dietz), Book 14
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-03-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio / Halo Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (235 ratings)

Summary

The New York Times best-selling series based on the blockbuster Xbox® games!
While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier - not even the legendary Master Chief - wins a war on his own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) played a major role in saving the Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War - acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command.
Now, after many Spartans have been killed in battle, and the Master Chief is listed as MIA, the UNSC decides to create a new generation of Spartans to defend humanity from threats both outside and within. When they come to Buck with an extraordinary proposition, he is forced to make a life-altering decision. With the Covenant War finally over, is it time for him finally to retire to the sidelines for a life he could only dream about...or is he prepared to step up and become part of the military's new blood?
©2015 Microsoft Corporation (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By graceful on 13-08-18

great story but short. 6 odd hrs

the story was very good. the reader was easy to listen to, although not great with different voices, some times i forgot which character was talking. but still a solid 7/10.

10/10 would be more variety in character voices and maybe around a 9 or 10 hr story length

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nathan OReilly on 23-07-18

Great, and surprising

It took me ages to work out that it was based around the Halo 3 ODST game... so after listening, I played the whole thing to be sure. This book shows more story compared to the gam; yet combined, it brilliantly brings us further into the Halo universe 😁

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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 20-05-15

Decent story, let down by a few factors.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator - overall (once things got moving) he was good, but there's something about his tone of voice, the way he finishes sentences etc. that didn't excite the text like other narrators do.

Then there's the amount of metaphors and similes that colour the book - at some times it felt like the author was trying to squeeze too many 'descriptors' into one paragraph, and was more like a collection of metaphors and similes strung together by other text. It wasn't horrible, but made it feel more teenage than young adult / adult in audience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Halo: New Blood?

It was great to go on such a journey across the Halo timeline and tie in so many things - the twist near the end was good, showing some raw emotion which up until then had just been bottled up into characters that were constantly "on mission". Dont want to spoil anything though.

Did Halo: New Blood inspire you to do anything?

Not particularly - was happy to go onto the next audiobook, where the difference in Narrator is like chalk and cheese (currently listening to No Country for Old Men).

I'll still be listening to future Halo books, even if narrated by Scott Brick.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 18-04-15

Awesome

Connects Halo ODST to the Halovers even better than the game. Narrator is very good.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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