An ambitious and complex story is completed with detailed focus and grace. Many works that operate on this scale make many of promises and develop a plethora of characters only to hastily tie up loose ends or even simply leave the interpretation to the reader. Mr Simmons delivers a well orchestrated, thorough conclusion to a Millennium spanning space epic in a way that satisfies all unknowns and leaves you feeling fully sated from the journey. This is a masterful contribution to a series that may not see an equal in craft for quite some time.
Everything about this series Is perfect. wonderful ending, expansive futurism, sci-fi at its best. The narrator nails the performance with some of the widest range of expression I've heard. This may be my most favorite series I've read and I cannot recommend it enough.
Simmons' writing makes you feel like you are there, a silent observer witnessing true events. I feel that the best books convince me absolutely that what I'm reading is true instead of fiction and I had that feeling deeply throughout the series.
There is so much depth and intrigue within the philosophies explored that I feel I must re read the series soon. I cannot believe I considered myself a well read Sci-fi enthusiast before I got ahold of these books.
Just finished all 4 books in audible format. The narration is among the best I have encountered and t scales up excellently at 3x speed. Overall the 4 books span a great galactic empire replete with political, military and social upheaval. There is ample use of temporal paradox and a memorable cast of characters. The author interweaves a healthy mix of social commentary with far future demographic crisis which both serves as a reminder of mortal humanity while also suggesting risks and opportunities for the evolution of our species. There is a good reason Simmons' masterpiece is often listed next to Dune as among the best sci fi epics of all time. It did not disappoint! Thank you Mr Simmons!
Okay, I loved the entire series. It's over, but now that it's over, I want to find something else that is as good. The story is every bit of what I like about Sci-fi. It's smart, it's funny and it's human. The tribulations are 'out there' but Simmons makes a compelling story that was unique and different and the 'out there' while balancing on, "Can that really happen?" I feel like all that is good sci-fi. It's a book you can read twice and still find dimensions you had missed in the first reading. Well worth the time. Enjoy. I did.