• HALO: The Flood

  • HALO, Book 2
  • By: William C. Dietz
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,961 ratings)

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HALO: The Flood

By: William C. Dietz
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling adaptation of the iconic video game Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief - part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series!

It's 2552. Having barely escaped the final battle for Reach against the vast alien alliance known as the Covenant, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn, including Spartan John-117 - the Master Chief - and his AI companion Cortana, is forced to make a desperate escape into slipspace. But their destination brings them to an ancient mystery and an even greater struggle. In this far-flung corner of the universe floats a magnificently massive, artificial ringworld. The crew’s only hope of survival is to crash-land on its surface and take the battle opposing the Covenant to the ground.

But they soon discover that this enigmatic ringworld is much more than it seems. Built 100,00 years ago by a long-lost civilization known as the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshiped by the Covenant - a sacred artifact they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence, and they will stop at nothing to control it. 

Engaging in fierce combat, Master Chief and Cortana will go deep into the Halo construct and uncover its dark secret and true purpose - even as a monstrous and far more vicious enemy than the Covenant emerges to threaten all sentient life on Halo and the galaxy beyond....

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Great book, narration is unnecessarily bad

I love this book. I listen to it non-stop for as long as I can. The issue I have is with the narration. Todd McLaren has a great voice, but some of the things he does incorrectly are such easy fixes that it screams laziness. This guy mispronounces EVERYTHING. How has no one told him how to pronounce words? It’s so infuriating to hear him butcher words that are so important like Mjolnir. Stuff that he should know like how it’s spartan ONE ONE SEVEN instead of one seventeen. If anyone who has played the game listened to his narration before it was released, every single problem could be fixed. That’s all it would have taken, one slightly competent reviewer to give some feedback.

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The worst in the original Novels

This book fails to capture the imagination. It tries to be a direct copy of the events of the game while interjecting it’s own narratives to fill in the gap. The book does both of these things poorly in my opinion. Most of the original novels were Eric Nylund. This one was not. The writing was very sub par. It felt very scripted and didn’t explore very interesting Paths at any point. The fall of reach, first strike, contact harvest, and even the cole protocol were better than this book. Simply put, it’s wasted potential and boring. I would not recommend.

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dude can't pronounce mjolnir

the sorry it's great. my only issue is that the reader can't pronounce mjolnir

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I found this book to be an amazing story

I loved the story. The narration of it was great and had me cought to every word. I personally enjoyed this story very much and would gladly sit and listen to it again

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Repetitive and poor portrayal of characters

I didn’t like the dialogue of Master Chief. Swearing and chatty. Very uncharacteristic of the Chief.

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a fantastic book, but the voice actor sold it

The voice actor in this book was single-handedly brilliant. Each character could be told apart, he added proper inflection and sounded genuine. Absolutely fantastic, 10/10 give it a listen mate.

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battle battle battle battle

captain keys watching game then hearing story is fulfilling but so much battle no food sleep poop breaks

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Literallyvisualize the entire Halo CE campaign

Overall very good, slightly annoying that the reader still doesn't pronounce Mjolnir correctly but outside of that, very good read and very good acting with the voices. Definitely a must read for any Halo fan looking to see where the game started. also recommend listening to the first book for lore on Master Chief.

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meh

while not as good as it's predecessor, it's entertaining enough I guess. certain plot points from the game are just completely boring, whereas the innovative narratives, such as that of the alien perspectives that go on their own missions, or the surviving humans fight to control their base, are much more enthralling. overall, the performance by the narrator is on par with the same as last time, although I wish he would pronounce 'rations' and 'Mjolnir' correctly.

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never thought I would feel bad for the flood

rest in peace Jenkins. for your extreme valour in character and will, you will be remembered

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  • Ricky
  • 01-17-22

perfect example of why this shouldn't be a book

first of all the guy reading it did a good job with what he had. the story is just halo combat evolved, no suprise there. the problem i have with this is that literally about 10% of this audio book is the story. from start to finish. the other 30% is chief reloading and the other 60% of this thing is the ammo that's being used. it got to the point where I was actually rolling my eyes when the type of ammunition being used was brought up again for the 7th time during the same firefight.

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  • Freddietheone
  • 06-20-21

Shallow storyline & very boring

The first story in the HALO series, gave character, background and some level of interpersonal relationships, making for a lightweight but enjoyable listen.

This second story is 1 dimensional at best, where you have no engagement or care about any of the ‘people’ or even the previously witty and snarky Cortana - the ship or suit AI. I know the ‘story-line’ probably needs to follow the computer game sequence, but this needed to have a level of complexity and story depth. Comic book shallow, sorry.

Halo itself is described as a gigantic ring-world, or Orbital as Iain M Banks would have described it. It is spinning to give artificial gravity, so why gravity plates? It seemingly also has a moon? How?

The main protagonist Spartan C117 ‘John’ is now not limited by anything really, he never has ammunition lacking, has multiple weapons always in grip and everywhere he goes he just ‘blasts his way out, and avoids all the falling meat’. Never a real combat moment where skill could be used…. It’s all just blood-soaked plasma cannons.

As American gung-ho as it could possibly get (and nothing wrong with that - but moderation please) verging from cliché to parody, to boring derivative.

I hope the next one is better, this was bad. I wanted it to end.

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  • S C
  • 03-28-22

Becomes a chore because of the action parts

Unfortunately too much of the book is just overly described action sequences that lack originality. It basically describes the game moment to moment, leaving only about 20% to new/additional story. The book became a chore to read especially after Contact Harvest and Fall of Reach. If you've played the game you're really missing nothing by skipping this, even the extra side stories are pretty uninteresting.

Excellent narration though!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-22

love it love all of halo books and games amazing

this amazing gem is just as awesome in the books as it is in the game!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-26-22

Follows the game too closely

This is the second Halo book I listened to. I loved The Fall of Reach, really felt like it gave a lot of very interesting background info and it was a very exciting listen. This book however follows the events in Halo CE way too closely. There are some parts that were not in the game, but they barely gave any meaningful extra info. Most of the book is just following along with what happened in the game, even to the point that I could recognise regularly exactly where they were. This sounds cool at first, but meant it got boring very fast because I knew exactly what was coming. Also the descriptions of all the battles get stale very fast. I felt like this was the literary equivalent of watching a let's play video...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-09-21

Straight and true.

I wasn’t really expecting the story of Halo Combat Evolved. I thought Halo: The Flood would have been more like flood attack encounters. Never the less the story was amazing and thrilling. Would recommend to even people who have played HALO Combat Evolved.

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  • Luke Hildrew
  • 04-04-19

narrator can't pronounce several words

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rations
longsword and several others
it's pretty infuriating at times to listen to

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  • Matthew Webster
  • 12-02-22

Good memories

Nostalgia as hell, the narrator described an area I remember that in the game.

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  • Neil
  • 07-09-22

Terrible compared to Fall of Reach

Embarrassingly corney and clichéd with some terrible dialogue, I couldn't finish it! Definitely skip this one in the series!

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  • reuben jones
  • 06-29-22

loved it, but it's not as good as the 1st or 3rd

still a great book, highly recommend to halo fans, and especially fans of the flood because it goes into disgusting detail.

loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-21

Its just halo 1

It’s just the first halo game. The master chief scenes are tedious and drawn out and although following the marines is interesting it adds nothing to the overall story. it hardly touches on Sargent Johnson which is very disappointing. Do your self a favour and skip this book.

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  • Shaun
  • 03-01-21

What a doozy.

A solid entry into the franchise. loved it, I look forward to reading the rest of the books.

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  • hamish
  • 08-09-19

poorly written master chief pornography

lame analogies, repetitive combat and the human soldiers are all the yeehaw do you want to live forever soldier trope. Other similar titles have the restraint to have 1 or 2 of these individuals but in the story every human is that trope. It's exhausting this book is a struggle to finish.

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  • Jack
  • 12-01-22

great story

I think I'm in love I've never really read any of the halo books but I'm glad I'm listening to it now god I missed out on something good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-22

Save you hard-earned!

I award this zero for all categories - and don't believe the 4.5 rating - it a pure lies as a the reviews,, bar two, are damning. The book was written as if the author played the game and narrated the oh so boring result.
No wonder the narrator sound totally disinterested.
I could not finish thus dreadful durge!
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  • Tudor
  • 02-04-22

The W is silent

Great novel but the performance was slightly annoying as Todd McLaren insisted on pronouncing the W in Sword & I stood out.

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  • Johnathon
  • 01-25-22

Satisfactory

Understanding this book was a bit of an after thought which has some contradictory parts, which you sort of had to ignore especially if you are a fan of the series. It was however still good to hear what happen in between missions for the Master Chief. Lastly i wish the author would seek additional military advice to bring some authenticity to the supporting characters and the universe they are operating in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-21

Fantastic Story, But disappointing narration

Halo The Flood is a fantastic Story that fleshes out the story of the first game. Whilst the story and content is fantastic, the narration is incredibly disappointing... It is overacted and full of mispronunciations that make it so hard to keep listening to this. It's a shame as this was one of my favourite books I have read and wanted a great audiobook.

Whilst I can recommend reading Halo The Flood, I can't recommend this audiobook due to the narrator

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  • Rod
  • 03-21-21

disappointing, the later books are MUCH better

Meh, loved the later books but this was like having someone narrate the 1st game.. Halo : combat evolved.. and I mean that quite literally.. the dialogue was WORD FOR WORD