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"A long time ago, I was a living, breathing human being. I went mad. I served my enemies. They became my only friends.Since then, I’ve traveled back and forth across this galaxy, and out to the spaces between galaxies - a greater reach than any human before me. You have asked me to tell you about that time. Since you are the last true Reclaimer, I must obey. Are you recording? Good. Because my memory is failing rapidly. I doubt I’ll be able to finish the story.
"Once, on my birth-world, a world I knew as Erde-Tyrene, and which now is called Earth, my name was Chakas...."
In the wake of apparent self-destruction of the Forerunner empire, two humans - Chakas and Riser - are like flotsam washed up on very strange shores indeed. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky, and where humans of all kinds are trapped in a perilous cycle of horror and neglect. For they have become both research animals and strategic pawns in a cosmic game whose madness knows no end - a game of ancient vengeance between the powers who seeded the galaxy with life, and the Forerunners who expect to inherit their sacred Mantle of duty to all living things.
In the company of a young girl and an old man, Chakas begins an epic journey across a lost and damaged Halo in search of a way home, an explanation for the warrior spirits rising up within, and for the Librarian’s tampering with human destiny. This journey will take them into the Palace of Pain, the domain of a powerful and monstrous intelligence who claims to be the Last Precursor, and who now has control of both this Halo and the fate of Forerunners and Humans alike.
Called the Captive by Forerunners, and the Primordial by ancient human warriors, this intelligence has taken charge of, and retasked, the Master Builder’s cruel researches into the Flood - which it may have itself unleashed on the galaxy more than 10,000 years before.
©2012 Microsoft Corporation (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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By Ms. Rocki on 10-28-12

Once upon a time on a Halo far far away...

I listened to the first book Halo Cryptum which told of a story of Chakas (a human), Riser (a hobbit like humanoid), and Bornstellar Makes Everlasting. However, midway through the first book, Chakas and Riser are separated from Bornstellar and their fate unknown. In Halo Primordium, we discover what did happen to Chakas and Riser. They had crash landed onto Halo Installation 07. This book is their story.

Halo Primodium...oh my goodness. While the story meanders in the first half with Chakas trying to make sense of this Halo world he crash landed on and the odd humans he's come in contact, the story rapidly ramps up to some eye-opening experiences that lead to big OMG moments all Halo game fans would recognize.

Tim Dadabo freaking excelled in his narration and storytelling style. I had no problems engaging, especially when he slipped into his character voice of 343 Guilty Spark. The final chapters of Halo Primordium are worth the price of the book alone as it became more of a Halo production than just a reading of a story. Great stuff! Kudos to Tim and the studio staff for doing what they did. It was pure awesome to my ears.

Greg Bear Halo stories have turned up to be quite amazing. While his stories take place a long time ago in galaxies far far away, he weaves the legends that become the foundation of Halo lore of today. Honestly, Forerunners are just as baffling back then as they are as mysterious in current Halo timeline.

In Primordium, we learn more of the Flood and the Gravemind. Very creepy, very mysterious. We also learn more of the humans of the past that had fought against Forerunners and against the Flood.

By the end of the book, you can't help but think - wow, we humans are in so much trouble in the Halo Universe.

I eagerly await the third book in the series Halo Silentium and truly hope that Tim Dadabo performs that book as well.

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By Brenson on 02-20-12


Would you consider the audio edition of Halo: Primordium to be better than the print version?

The book is read by 343 Guilty Spark which once you get to certain point makes the book all the more meaningful for fans of Halo.

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

It reminds me a lot of Dune at some points.

Have you listened to any of Timothy Dadabo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Tim was fantastic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was and I did.

Any additional comments?

We need to get all of these the day they come out! To bad there is only one left in the series.

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By Alexander Knight on 12-01-17


Amazing to hear the Monitor himself reading the book. Would absolutely recommend to any Halo fan.

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By Amazon Customer on 03-06-17


if you are a halo fan then this will give you chills, it fills out the story and helps set up more !

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By Brendan on 10-07-17


Interesting part of lore but an unclear narrative with only the end worth listening. Read the synopsis rather than the book although a great recording.

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By Michael Devlin on 09-16-17

Another great instalment

Excellent book well read would recommend. looking forward to the final instalment of the forerunner saga.

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