A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
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.
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.
"fabric artist and quilter"
Its challenging at times in its use of Christian themes and there are times of nightmarish horror but overall it is an amazing series of books. I am in awe of Dan Simmons' creativity - to imagine a whole universe and then be able to describe its workings shows true genius.
These without doubt are the best sci fi books I've ever read and possibly the best books of any classification I've ever read.
Awesome. Just awesome.
Fast, Intense, Exciting
Felt like I was chasing a dragster in an Indy Car the whole way.
Superb narration and character voices.
I've read (with my eyes) Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion. I listened to Endymion and I must say it was a pleasure to do so. Great naration, great story. Captivating all the way.
I've listened to many audiobooks, and this one ranks in the top 10.
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.
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.
This series was recommended to me by a coworker several years ago and boy am I glad. He told me to start off with this book and then if I liked it to read the next one. That was definitely the right call in my opinion. By reading three and four, I delved into the universe. Sometime after I went back and read books one and two which were very, very boring at certain parts. He was correct in stating that if I had started with books one and two, I would be bored and not appreciate them. I definitely recommend reading them in that order . The only reason why I remotely enjoyed the first two books was because they were doing the things that were referenced by books 3 and four.
Absolutely amazing universe, wonderful characters and story line. I've recommended these books to people that are looking for a new sci-fi adventure. I have purchased them myself a few times, some of the books being damage and having to repurchase them. Now I have purchased them in an audio form. It's so wonderful being able to drive to and from work and around town while listening to this incredible series.