Fast, Intense, Exciting
Felt like I was chasing a dragster in an Indy Car the whole way.
Superb narration and character voices.
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.
Endymion is a book full of good ideas which are poorly executed. The internal dialogues of the main character did not seem to match him, and are very repetitive and boring.
The book loses focus of the best characters and the best scenery in the rambling annoyances of Raul Endymion. Several times I wanted to know what A. Betick meant, what he thought, and was stuck in the endless cries of Raul . It was very annoying and I wished him to die at all the opportunities that faced him.
The Catholic core of the story is much more interesting, and the characters are better developed and consistent, and the Priest Captain De Soya himself is someone who is hard not to develop a certain empathy.
Although there is an author's effort to present the world and technology as he did in previous books, little is novelty, so again we are dampened in the endless whining of Raul Endymion.
I even have some curiosity to know how the series ends, but I cannot handle another 200 pages of this character. The story itself, the plot is good. But the boring laments the "lumberjack" Raul did not convince me and caused me nausea. I will limit myself to read the plot summary on Wikipedia on the following books and accept that it was a good series for a while.
Sem prolongar demais, Endymion é um livro cheio de boas ideias com uma execução sofrível. Os diálogos internos do personagem principal não parecem casam com ele, e são muito frequentes e muito chatos.
O livro perde o foco dos personagens melhores e dos melhores cenários divagando nas chateações de Raul Endymion. Diversas vezes eu queria saber o que A. Betttick queria dizer, o que estava pensado, e estava preso nas lamúrias intermináveis de Raul. Ele é muito chato e desejei que morresse em todas as vezes que a oportunidade surgiu durante o livro.
O núcleo católico do livro é muito mais interessante, e os personagens são melhores e mais bem desenvolvidos e coerentes, e o próprio Captain Priest De Soya é alguém por quem é difícil não desenvolver uma certa empatia.
Apesar de haver um esforço do autor no sentido de apresentar o mundo e as tecnologias como fez nos livros anteriores, pouca coisa é novidade, então não amortece as lamúrias sem fim de Raul Endymion.
Até tenho certa curiosidade de saber como termina a série, mas não dou conta de mais 200 páginas desse personagem. A história em si, o enredo, é bom. Mas as lamentações chatas do "lenhador" Raul não me convenciam e me causavam náusea. Vou me ater a ler o plot summary no Wikipedia dos livros seguintes e aceitar que foi uma boa série por um tempo.
Very entertaining. My least favorite of the Hyperion Cantos novels, but still heads and shoulders above most SF novels. I liked the young Raul character and his imperfections. The Aenea character was OK but I was expecting to see something spectacular from Aenea; when the novel ended it felt like a set up for the next novel. Father Captain de Soya and his metamorphosis was interesting, and I liked the Archangel-class starship concept. I got a little tired of the persistent Catholic motif, but I admit that it meshes well with the prior novels. Plus, the church-military relationship and the church "selling its soul" created very interesting dynamics.
Like the prior novel, the writing alternated between first person (i.e. Raul) and third person present. A good technique that worked well.
Victor Bevine delivered a superb performance as usual.
Everything. He is gifted with particularly pleasant color of voice, and has perfect intonations for the given situations.
This as classic as Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. In fact, it is just so, only across the universe, and without ripping off Verne, but raising to his level.
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.
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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.