I did not love the first book. I did not intend to read the whole series and it was indeed years before I decided to hear how this tale ended. It brought tears to my eyes and cannot believe that I came so close to never reading it. It is now one of my favorites.
I love long stories and detailed descriptions, but this book put me over the edge. The book could have been condensed into a fraction of the time, but it is a satisfying ending. I had to listened at 2x the speed most of the time as it dragged on for way too long.
I am still giving it four starts overall just because I was satisfied with the conclusion.
I liked the last 2 books in the series better than the first two. I listen to a lot of books while working and this was one of the better series I've listed to. definitely worth the credits.
A wholly satisfying conclusion to Simmons' "cantos". Rich, interwoven with references to bodhisattvas and bright literary lights now dimmed by the past, this is a treasure trove of adventure, romance, wit and progressive science fiction. A genre-melter and true kulturbarer.
Religion, philosophy, physics and love. All come together in a blazing ending to this masterful work from Dan Simmons. You'll find everything here. Everything done well and constructed in grand details. Do not dare to miss it.
Not what I expected and not in a good way. I think the first three books in this series were incredible works of sci fi. I expected the ending to truly rise above and leave me wanting more. Unfortunately, by the middle of the book I realized this was not going to be the case. Way too predictable....
Overall enjoyable, but like all the books in the series there were extremely slow parts to get through as the author tried to get philosophical.
I love this series but this book was the weakest of them all. I feel like the main character became less and less interesting and the other main character was a Mary Sue. The love story felt forced and kind of creepy. There were a number of supporting characters who were far more interesting than the two leads.
Like his other books there were a lot of great ideas but I just didn't like the characters.
Again Victor Bevine was awesome. Can't find any fault in his performance.
Keep your mind active.
The Rise of Endymion is an outstanding ending to an epic series. This SF series is not a light read. I read Hyperion almost 15 years ago. I remembered I loved the first book but I had to go back and reread it before I could jump into the sequels. A complex landscape, covering many worlds, time travel, philosophy and religion in a struggle for the future of mankind. Victor Bevine does a great job narrating this complex landscape and wonderful characters. In the Rise of Endymion, Dan Simmons does a wonderful job wrapping up this multifaceted series.