read this originally a few years ago, and it was great to be able to listen to it at work. Narration is seamless, and doesn't get in the way of the story.
Picks up two or three hundred years after Fall of Hyperion, and follows a trio being hunted by the evil corporate/church/government.
This was just OK for me, rather slow and repetitive. Too little happens, and too much tedious detail is provided. That being said, the basic storyline had promise and I intend to listen to the next book in this series, which I hope will be more interesting.
If you're an avid Hyperion fan, it's probably worth reading.
I have to be honest, I only made it through the first chapter before I returned this book and got my credit back. In the past, I would have forced myself to listen to the whole book before making a judgment. I have learned though, that if the author appears to be an anti-Christian bigot early on, then he probably will turn out to be one. This author couldn't wait to spew his hatred. In first chapter "born again" Christians are cast as hateful, lying, murdering, drunk, hypocrites. I couldn't envision this picture changing later in the book, so instead of punishing myself, I just returned the book. I buy books for enjoyment, not to endure a bigots insults.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
If you really care what I think of this book read my review of Fall of Hyperion. This is more of the same except maybe better.
If you listened to Hyperion & The Fall Of...you must get Endymion.
If you have not you must start!
Simmons universe is spectacularly complex and wonderful. You can actulally keep up with all of the characters, worlds & the changes in time travel plus he makes it all entertaining.
I cannot say enough about the stoiry and fabulous job by Victor Bevine as story teller. I highly recommend this book.
After finishing the book I asked myself: what was the purpose of this story? What was the point of the quest? Why did they go through those worlds instead of jumping to the final location? For Aenea to develop certain traits and improve her personality? Weak reason. It seemed that it was only for the sake of going on a quest. Come on. They even haven't met the famous architect they were searching for.
This story was so much without a satisfying resolution that I felt cheated at the end. Remember what the Poet, at the beginning of the adventures, asked Endyminon to do? That was a promise from the author. Very few were achieved by the end. Oh, it will be in the next book? Then this one was only a prelude to the real events? I feel more cheated.
I liked the world-building, though. It was interesting to see the different worlds and cultures. Having listened to the Hyperion books it was kind of familiar feeling, as if I visited old places. I also liked the author's voice.
The character of Aenea was weird. She knew so much in one moment, than she was a twelve year old child in the next. At the end of the book I got a hint that she was seeing visions from the future, but her character just didn't came together properly.
Maybe the whole arc of the story will be completed in the next book, but I'm not sure I will buy it.
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This quest story set 300 years after the events of the much stronger “Hyperion” novels, was a bit of a let down. A trio of archetypical heroes flee from pursuing elements of the tyrannical empire regime across several planets which are the familiar settings from the earlier novels. While it is interesting to read the developments on those locations in the centuries of aftermath, I was reminded of the similar quest in Asimov’s “Foundation and Earth”, where the protagonist visits several worlds which were the nostalgic settings of some of Asimov’s stories set centuries earlier. Here, however, it is far less compelling as most of the spots have gone to wilderness. Also, the hero characters are a bit two-dimensional, fitting very familiar character patterns: Aenea, "The Holy One” child, who is somehow mystically important, and a threat to the authorities; Raul Endymion, “The Woodsman” guide, who uses his street smarts and survivor skills to protect her; and A. Bettik, “The Man Friday” who loyally and capably serves both.
While the first two novels of Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos made excellent use of multi-protagonist narrative threads to tell the story from multiple perspectives, This novel instead primarily sticks to just two- Raul Endymion and his chief pursuant, Father-Captain Federico de Soya, who is an extremely sympathetic ‘villain’, earnestly carrying out his duty to his shadier superiors. I had a feeling that we’d see some redemption and rehabilitation of this character after the first few examples of his flawless moral behavior, despite his unsavory mission. Most of the evocative tech and philosophical questions lay in his portions of the novel, giving it a much stronger grounding in Space Opera, while Raul’s narrative felt more rustic and terrestrial.
In the end, Endymion is a victim of the earlier novels success and ambition. Outside of their shadow, it might have stood as a great story, but as it happens it is merely a good one. It feels flatter by comparison with it’s fewer character narratives, it’s more linear structure, and smaller-stake drama.
A GOOD STORY LINE AND MORE ACTION. THE STORY WAS REALLY DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW AND BORING. WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?
This was highly rated but I have no idea why
It's a great story!
It was very interesting. I could listen to it for hours.
Victor nailed it. The one thing I really loved about Hyperion was how many voice actors there were in the audiobook. That really helped bring the characters to life. However, Bovine managed many distinct voices for all the characters of the story all by himself. He did a remarkable job.
Get the audiobook.
Endymion is very different from Hyperion, but still very enjoyable. Highly recommended.
a very well crafted book i say crafted because he and audible have taken it above the written word
all of this series
yes and great,very good indeed
keep them coming audible