Halo: Cryptum : Halo - Forerunner Saga

  • by Greg Bear
  • Narrated by Holter Graham
  • Series: Halo - Forerunner Saga
  • 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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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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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- Daniel Hughes

Should have been epic

But seemed superficial like a picture of something amazing.. Empty, without substance.. I've listened to this book twice and had the same thoughts last time..
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- carl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio