• Saint's Testimony

  • HALO
  • By: Frank O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Series: Halo, Book 16
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-27-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio / Halo Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (543 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An all-new digital single - part of the New York Times best-selling series based on the blockbuster Xbox games!
The military-grade artificial intelligence known as Iona has only one week to live. After that the UNSC will legally terminate her seven-year existence in order to stave off the threat of the data corruption phenomenon known as "rampancy", a condition that will eventually take hold of her functionality and persona, endangering all those around her. In a last-ditch effort to save herself, Iona has successfully launched an unprecedented legal appeal against her own death sentence - a case being watched very closely not only at the highest levels of human government but by others with a very different agenda....
©2015 Frank O'Connor (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio / Halo Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Don on 08-31-15

Last 8 minutes is profound.

If you are a fan, truly a fan this story will bring on so many emotions. While the book is short the narrative involved is vast. The subject matter encompasses an issue as grave to mankind as the atomic bomb and guided missiles. That being Artificial Intelligence becoming self aware and machine consciousness.

On the fictional story side of things I found this novelette to be not only compelling but also a great listen. The narrator is a favorite. As a Halo junkie I couldn't wait to listen to it. Evidence put forth during the hearing.( which is the entirety of the book) for me proves that the UNSC and ONI needs to forgive Dr Catherine Halsey and stop using her as the scapegoat for all the ills of the war. Her work and theories saved mankind. The last 8 minutes of the story had me cheering however too many spoilers to go into details.

All said this is another great Halo listen With a mix of social commentary

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4 out of 5 stars
By Super Beast on 03-24-18

Almost a perfect side-story to the Halo franchise!

What made the experience of listening to Saint's Testimony the most enjoyable?

The narration is top-notch. It elevates the book to a standard that it shouldn't be at.

What other book might you compare Saint's Testimony to and why?

This book echoes the cut scenes of a Halo video game.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott does a wonderful job on the different voices. It is easy to track who is who.

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

Yes. It is great for a jog or bike ride. Perfect for an in-between read.

Any additional comments?

This book does not stand alone. It is best understood after completing previous Halo books like Fall of Reach, The Flood, First Strike, Ghosts of Onyx, etc.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paige on 05-02-18

hard to type through the tears

well written, well acted, the sound design was top notch. whole heartedly recommend this don't be put off by it's length it's worth it

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5 out of 5 stars
By James Boot on 10-13-17

Short but another excellent Halo listen

It is very short but it's cleverly done and kept me engaged throughout. Very good!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Loxton on 09-24-17

AI plotline for Halo 5 grows

The AI in halo have always been well fleshed out characters, intellectually, philosophically and creatively. this story expands on the mortality of the AI characters and how they're evolving socially and philosophically in their own mortality and in relation to their human origins and creators, leading into the Halo 5 plotline curiously and well.

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