Summary

Fully 100,000 years ago, the galaxy was populated by a great variety of beings. But one species - eons beyond all others in both technology and knowledge - achieved dominance. They ruled in peace but met opposition with quick and brutal effectiveness. They were the Forerunners - the keepers of the Mantle, the next stage of life in the Universe’s Living Time. And then they vanished. This is their story.
Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting is a young rebellious Forerunner. He is a Manipular, untried - yet to become part of the adult Forerunner society, where vast knowledge and duty waits. He comes from a family of Builders, the Forerunners’ highest and most politically powerful elite. It is the Builders who create the grand technology that facilitates Forerunner dominance over the known universe. It is the Builders who believe they must shoulder the greatest burden of the Mantle - as shepherds and guardians of all life.
Bornstellar is marked to become a great Builder, just like his father. But this Manipular has other plans. He is obsessed with lost treasures of the past. His reckless passion to seek out the marvelous artifacts left behind by the Precursors - long-vanished superbeings of unknowable power and intent - forces his father’s hand. Bornstellar is sent to live among the Miners, where he must come to terms with where his duty truly lies. But powerful forces are at play.
On a Lifeworker’s experimental planet, Bornstellar’s rebellious course crosses the paths of two humans, and the long lifeline of a great military leader, forever changing Bornstellar’s destiny… and the fate of the entire galaxy.
This is a tale of life, death, intergalactic horror, exile, and maturity. It is a story of overwhelming change - and of human origins. For the Mantle may not lie upon the shoulders of Forerunners forever.
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©2010 Microsoft Corporation (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Hughes on 05-05-11

Halo: Cryptum

I rarely, write reviews, but I was very surprised by the star rating on this audiobook that I had to say something;

This audiobook is by far one of the best audio books I've listened too.

It's been a while since I read other greg bear classics (forge of God, anvil of the stars) but Halo: Cryptum is something else.

Even if you don't care for the XBox games, this story is incredible.

Just the thought of a space faring human civilisation pushed to the brink of extinction tens of thousands of years ago resonates excitement within.

The reader is exquisite, very good at emoting the alien narrator.

If you are on a monthly credit scheme, jump in, just be aware it's shorter than you might like.


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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-07-18

amazing

awsome book if your a halo fan and wanted to know more about the forerunners

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chromo Domo on 03-09-12

I want more - the best is yet to come?

Where does Halo: Cryptum rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

I enjoy the medium of audiobooks, and Halo: Cryptum is among the very best in this medium, and certainly the best of the Science Fiction audiobooks I have listened to.

What other book might you compare Halo: Cryptum to and why?

The Moon Maze Game - somewhat juvenile and predictable
Robopocalypse - pretty standard fare
Pandora's Star - The first book of this series - a charming tale
Judas Unchained - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
The Dreaming Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
The Temporal Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
The Evolutionary Void - The books in this series seemed to be a series of pot-boilers
The Memory of Earth - Just as good as Halo: Cryptum
The Mote in God's Eye - A real classic and a great story
Impact - Predicable, but enjoyable nonetheless
Blackout and All Clear - Loved this time travel tale - an Anglophile's dream
The Draco Tavern - just plain fun to listen to

What about Holter Graham???s performance did you like?

Excellent voice and dialect control, but occaisionally dialog between characters became a bit of a challenge to the listener

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Forerunners are powerful, but even they need all the help they can get.

Any additional comments?

Keep adding classic SciFi titles to the Audible library.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Derrick on 10-07-12

Essential for Fans of the Halo Series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, a growing plot throughout, starts somewhat confusing and slow but builds and builds into an enthrawling novel full of realizations.

What did you like best about this story?

Brings the Halo series into a whole new light.

Which scene was your favorite?

The words of the captive... so cool.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many surprises kept me riveted and interested.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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