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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,595 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Bear Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Forerunner Saga Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781427210098
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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 rate. 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. Forerunner society is at a major crux. Past threats are once again proving relentless. Dire solutions--machines and strategies never before contemplated--are being called up, and fissures in Forerunner power are leading to chaos.

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.

Halo: Cryptum by Greg Bear 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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Quotes & Awards

  • Holter Graham does a spending job narrating all the roles…this first in the Forerunner Saga tells an exciting story that spans millennia. BookLoons.com

  • “Holter Graham's narration is excellent SFCrowsnest.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Mahar | 2/19/2014

    " This was a awesome story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey Hoggard | 2/6/2014

    " Greg Bear does not disappoint and is in his element with this Halo story. It is reminiscent of some themes from his Eon series including the cataloging of alien species, and it works well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/5/2014

    " I saw the name Greg Bear and expected the best sci-fi, then I saw the copyright Microsoft and I had second thoughts. If you can slog through the first 110 pages or so, however, the book really takes off and becomes interesting, even if you're not a gamer or a Halo fan. It took Bear too long to find his footing on this one. I've already started the second in the trilogy and it is much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Tamkin | 2/2/2014

    " Not the most amazing storytelling, but I enjoyed it, and I think I'll read the next book in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 2/1/2014

    " I have no doubt that this would be considered a good book by some, but it simply doesn't stand in line with the other Halo novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brad Hotelling | 1/31/2014

    " Halo Cryptum was first shown to me through a friend. I am a fan of the Halo series and i wanted to see what it was like. The book take place thousands of years before the main Halo Series, it is through the perspective of the Forerunners (a long dead race during the original halo series). The Forerunners are dealing with some problems at which if left unchecked would bring ruin to their civilization and way of life. At first I struggled to get through the first couple of pages which turned me off to the book. After a couple of months went by i finally brought myself to read the book. I found the book very enjoyable after the first few pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaine | 1/25/2014

    " This follows the book really well it has a lot of the same stuff as the game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Butterflykatana | 1/20/2014

    " A interesting read as its 343's Halo now not Bungies. So there is a few thigns added and to keep the halo fan guessing. Looking forward to the second book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Picker | 1/19/2014

    " Very interesting writing style and story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kuroi | 1/10/2014

    " An extremely interesting first glance at the Forerunner civilization. Greg Bear does a masterful job of bringing the once mysterious race to the forefront without diminishing the majesty that had been built up in the rest of the Halo universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 12/16/2013

    " Was a pretty good book - I'd buy others in the series after reading that one (although it does help if you know something about Halo!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 11/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed the book, that is until the ending. I like full endings even in a trilogy I felt left with almost the same amount of answers that I had in the beginning. With that said I am anxiously awaiting Halo: Primordium "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Randall | 1/29/2013

    " The beginning of this book didnt really make sense to me. It took about a third of the book to get into it and understand what was going on. Not a bad read if you are a halo fan, but I would recommend the other books on top of this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 12/13/2012

    " Nice book , it begins slow but it's speed up, good story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Stojicic | 11/9/2012

    " Great Story and perception of time. I enjoyed this book more the second time I read it. I love how the author can make things really feel ancient but so futuristic at the same time. I really like how the ending put everything together "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 9/23/2012

    " If you like sci fi you will like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 GeneralTso | 8/11/2012

    " Honestly this book is really weird, I am not liking it very much so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph | 7/21/2012

    " A little confusing, particularly near the end, but after re-reading I think I understand what was happening... Greg Bear brings his own unique style to the Halo franchise and I believe it is a good fit for the Forerunner saga. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip Seth | 5/22/2012

    " Not being much of a gamer, I've not been exposed to Halo beyond hearing the name. I found the story interesting and look forward to the rest of the trilogy. I may look up some of the other books set in the universe or even try the game. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Advani | 2/4/2012

    " A good start to the back story of the legendary game "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Klein | 1/17/2012

    " As one who has played through the Halo games without memorizing the cut scenes, this is a pretty good piece of science fiction. Since it is authorized by Microsoft, it must be the official version of things, but regardless it is pretty good and I'll continue to read the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garth | 11/21/2011

    " Interesting start to the Halo Universe "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcel Acosta | 11/19/2011

    " Too slow; very little happens in it. Good for the Halo fan,but for the new guy there's very little of interest here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andy | 5/20/2011

    " I couldn't follow this one at all. One of those book that requires you to have read previous books in the Halo franchise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cole | 5/15/2011

    " Awesome Book. It took just a little time to jump into it, but after a while it really takes off. Thought provoking and an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 5/8/2011

    " Slow to start.. .got interesting though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 3/20/2011

    " Not being much of a gamer, I've not been exposed to Halo beyond hearing the name. I found the story interesting and look forward to the rest of the trilogy. I may look up some of the other books set in the universe or even try the game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/31/2011

    " An outstanding page turner. This book can be read by anyone prior knowledge of Halo not needed. I'd say it has 1% to do with Halo and 99% pure sci-fi alien awesomeness. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of this series from the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chonaic17 | 1/28/2011

    " A nice but not altogther welcome change from the usual gung-ho all-action style of the rest of the series. Very informative though and it adds much more to the great series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jmoses | 1/27/2011

    " An excellent book by Bear. Fantastic look at the Forerunner story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 1/22/2011

    " Great addition to the Halo Universe. I can't wait to read the next 2 books in the series. The entire story is great but it really gets into a high octane mode in the last couple chapters. Finally we'll find out more about the Forerunners and their battle with the flood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alessandro | 1/18/2011

    " Excellent initial entry to the Forerunner saga. We finally begin to have some answers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mookie | 1/10/2011

    " Not bad. A good addition to the Halo universe and a good start for the history of what happened before the events of the Halo games. The book starts off a bit slow, but quickly picks up pace. At the end, I found myself wanting to learn more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arithmomaniac | 12/6/2010

    " This book starts slowly, and doesn't feel quite like classic Halo, but that's a good thing.
    It blew my mind, and I'm waiting for more. "

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About the Author
Author Greg Bear

Greg Bear is an American author of more than forty books spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. His science fiction works have covered themes of galactic conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practice, and accelerated evolution. His fiction has garnered five Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, the Monty Award, and the Heinlein Award. He has also been an illustrator of science fiction works in both hardcover and paperback. He has written articles on film for the Los Angeles Times and book reviews for the San Diego Union. He is a founding member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and of the San Diego Comic-Con. and has served as president and vice president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has also served as a consultant for NASA, the US Army, the State Department, and other organizations on such matters as crime and criminal justice, virology and evolution, and bio security.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.