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Halo: Divine Wind

By: Troy Denning
Narrated by: Aida Reluzco
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An original novel set in the Halo universe — based on the New York Times best-selling video game series!

October 2559. With the galaxy in the suffocating grip of a renegade artificial intelligence, another perilous threat has quietly emerged in the shadows: The Keepers of the One Freedom, a fanatical and merciless Covenant splinter group, has made its way beyond the borders of the galaxy to an ancient Forerunner installation known as the Ark. Led by an infamous Brute named Castor, the Keepers intend to achieve what the Covenant, in all its might, failed to: Activate Halo and take the last steps on the path of the Great Journey into transcendence.

But unknown to Castor and his new, unexpected ally on the Ark, there are traitors to the cause in their midst — namely the Ferrets, composed of Office of Naval Intelligence operative Veta Lopis and her young team of Spartan-IIIs, who have been infiltrating the Keepers to lay the groundwork for Castor’s assassination. But with ONI’s field operations now splintered and cut off by the Guardian threat, Veta’s original mission has suddenly and dramatically escalated in scope. There’s simply no choice or fallback plan — either the Ferrets somehow stop the Keepers or the galaxy faces an extinction-level event....

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Troy Denning writes great stories and this one is no different. But the switching narrators did not go well for this story. I wish Scott brick still did halo narration

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voice acting couldn't be worse.!

I couldn't even get through the first chapter, voice actor was unbearable to listen to. I will never purchase a book this actor reads, its a shame really. I feel the story has been ruined.

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  • 10-20-21

strange Narration choice

the narrator made Spartan Olivia have a strange accent/sassy or rude speach, it's off-putting. In the previous books she was portrayed the same as the other Spartans very professional and mature. Now she sounds like a sarcastic teen.

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Love the Halo world but for the love of god, get a better voice actor.

The voice actor in this story is one of the worst I have listened to in the 5 years that I have been on this app. I wish that they would redo the recording with someone that can capture the dialogue intensity and characters depicted in this story. Her interpretation/ voice choices for the characters sound like a kindergarten teacher reading to her class not even close to a war story.

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It an ok read.

Story was meh… wish any of the other readers would have read instead. But other than a meh story and a not so favorable reader it was fine…. The story got its message across. Also I wish they had more than 2 or 3 characters that were interesting. But I do appreciate the lore building

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Distracted by narration

Good book in terms of content, unfortunately quite hard to listen to at times.
When the narrator is speaking normally or as Veta, it’s good, but male voices are all some form of trying to sound lower than her vocal range can accomplish.

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This book requires the reader to imitate the voices of many Elites and Brutes, who are low, brusque, aggressive, and beastly. I understand they wanted to voice the main character Veta, but this particular voice choice was TERRIBLE. She also inflected in weird places that took me out of the book wondering why she was emphasizing on certain parts of the reading, losing my train of thought and not paying attention to the story.

Hearing characters I was interested in was grating and hard to hear because those characters were voiced by someone who was clearly unable to perform the necessary parts, and it really shows. It's like listening to your girlfriend try to imitate you. It's bad and completely takes me out of the immersion. Tim Dadabo (who played 343 Guilty Spark) narrated Points of Light and it was fantastic. Can't think of a single voice I didn't enjoy him narrating in that one--including his own character, of course--and there were a wide variety of voices. Lots of other Halo novels are narrated by great actors and actresses. This was not one of those times! Completely ruined my desire to listen further; I considered paying for a physical copy but decided that I had already paid for this one, so... To the Great Journey, I guess.

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Great Story, Terrible Narrator.

I really enjoyed this story, the pacing felt good, and the characters themselves were consistent in motivation and personality but this has to be one of the worst, if not the worst, narrator I've listened to.
Let me be honest, if I weren't a huge Halo EU nerd and been looking forward to this I wouldn't of finished this in audiobook format. This book has upwards of 10 main characters and the narrator can do all of 3 female voices and 2 male which makes listening to it confusing at times and irritating at others.
Combine this with the typical lack of knowledge of the material you run into, like them calling a MAC round an M-A-C round or calling a FOB an F-O-B, and yeah. The narrator is my biggest complaint.
The story is great, kudos to the writer.

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Great story, hard to listen to

if it wasn't for the monotone narrator this book would get five stars! I'm a huge fan of the series and I love following the Spartan threes but this narrator made it very hard for me to finish this book. it's very unfortunate cuz I know that I would have enjoyed it so much more if anyone else with enthusiasm and really any type of emotion at all.

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Not happy with this Version

It just jumped around like you were talking to bet the deadline to get your book .I’m sorry you killed the wrong person( Mark) o well it’s your book.

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  • 10-23-21

not great I'm afraid

the voice actor really messed up some of the words "En-sign" for one in stead of ensign and M.A.C. instead of "MAC" I found it really grating

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  • Robert Murphy
  • 10-04-22

areas unclear

some scenes were hard to get a clear picture of mainly areas didn't help when action took place in unclear area

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  • 05-06-22

excellent book, not so well narrated

a wonderful entry to the halo lore and fitting end to the veta lopez trilogy (if it is indeed the end). But some pretty strange narration choices stop this production from being as good as the last two. Aida reluzco is clearly a talented narrator but one who I can't help but think is a bad fit for this book and arguably any serious sci fi. Certain characters like lopz and olivia become sassy and almost sarcastic whereas previously they were strong, confident and serious. All in all, probably worth a listen but maybe this is one best consumed in print.

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  • Joshua Read
  • 12-03-21

Promising but fell short

A good start but got very boring and didnt utilise spirit of fire or the spartan 2s enough. Narration was awful.

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  • I. sa
  • 12-02-21

Great Listen for anyone and Halo fans alike!

Very well narrated and a great book. Managed to rattle my emotions in various occasions!

Aside from the Blue team the Gamma team of Spartans is my favourite, one of the best parts of the Halo universe.

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  • mike
  • 11-24-21

possibly a good book but.......

343 industries this has got to be the worst narrator i have ever heard.....she literally ruined this book for me.....i might when i got time read the novel instead of listening.

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 11-18-21

another thrilling entry

yet another thrilling entry to the halo franchise, it flares your intrests, keeps you guessing and drops your jaw, superb can't not love the halo universe

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  • Nick Wall
  • 10-29-21

Amazing

One of the best books yet. Great continuation of the ferret team story line and halo wars 2.

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  • Jess
  • 10-28-21

not sure if it's me or the book.

I have been looking for this new installment to the halo franchise for some time how but unfortunately it did not live up to my hype.

the story was good a bit long winded but the main thing I struggled with was the voice actress, I feel like 2 actors would have helped but maybe just a different one would have solved the problem.

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  • Joe McEvoy
  • 10-25-21

Horrific reading. Couldn’t listen to it

I’ll be buying this on paperback. The narrator is utterly rubbish. I listened for about 10 minutes and returned the book. I won’t be buying anything within her reading again. I’ve been looking forward to this title for a while and this is a let down. Bring back Scott Brick or Holter Graham.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-22

Meet Olivia G291 la cholita

Definitely one of the best halo books ever released. Narrator does a great job on this one. So much better than Shadows of Reach

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  • Loxton
  • 12-01-21

Answers many questions and poses many more

This story does an excellent job tieing so many background elements in the Haloverse together and has me speculating and excited for how they'll proceed in the future, either into Halo Infinite, or into other books which must in some way tie into the game-verse.
This novel has reignited the possibility of the Covenant returning in either the games or the books in a new and much more interesting form than the version presented in either Halo 4 or 5.
The Banished have been fleshed out once again from a new angle and gives them both a more menacing look and a more political perspective.
The other elements, such as the Keepers of the One Faith were also a really great arc of faith devolving with the revelation of the truth of Halo, and the sense of betrayal and odd camaraderie that came with it.

I'm also excited for potential outcomes for Intrepid Eye... I felt that there was strong implication that she was still alive.

The only negative, in my opinion, was the narration.
Overall, Aida did a good job, and at the risk of sounding sexist, I generally don't like female narrators because I feel like they do quite a poor job on male voices, whereas male narrators do an okay job on female voices.
But I was pleasantly surprised in the regard that I thought Aida did a good job on the male voices.
Ironically, I thought she did a poor job on the female voices. Some of them, at times, had a shift in voice and there was crossover.
The only female voices that I thought were distinct in any way were Lopez and Intrepid.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel and it has amped me up for Infinite and all future Halo projects.

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  • Johnathon
  • 11-10-21

Great story, Poor performance

Fantastic story to complete this saga. The story flowed fluently and left me wanting more. Unfortunately the performance was difficult to ignore. All voices except Vadar were done poorly and made it difficult to visualise the characters. i would suggest Simon Brick conduct the next book as he is able to be distinguishable with all human and alien characters.

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  • Liam
  • 10-31-21

Really really Weird narration

The story was good despite it being a plot that we have had twice before. The problem is the narration is so uncomfortable to listen to. She puts on this odd sensual tone while ‘voicing’ alien characters. Really ruined the whole experience for me which is a shame because it is a pretty good book. I unfortunately don’t have a lot of time to read books however I would suggest getting a hard copy of this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-21

Another excellent Halo offering from Denning.

There's no other universe like Halo.

It's a fiction which walks a compelling line between majestic space opera and classic military sci-fi, with a history of strong if not outstanding novels despite its roots in the video gaming world, and Denning really gets what makes it special to its hardcore followers. He has a strong understanding of the technical lore, military jargon and world-building that characterizes it, and uses that to create an atmosphere of authenticity and immersion that makes his stories feel truly at home in the Halo universe. This novel continues the story of his characters from prior works and brings them into contact with some legendary figures and places from the Halo universe. If you like Halo and its extended fiction, it's a worthy stepping stone on the grand path of its many interlinking narratives, and well worth the listen.

The reader did particular good voices for some of the core characters and was always clear, which is especially commendable due to some of the acronym-laden or otherwise arcane and opaque terminology the Halo universe is prone to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-21

The first Halo book to make me cry

I loved this book, and I didn't expect to cry when I started listening to it.