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.
Deranged, easily-bored, eclectic, sci-fi nerd.
I think a different narrator could have made it better, by treating this novel more as a tongue-in-cheek comedy, rather than as a moronic maudlin tale.
I will be avoiding Simmons from now on; this was the last straw I could take of his highly descriptive, but often very pretentious, officious and pontificating style.
Probably not. I liked Victor's voices, but his serious & languorous reading made this unusually boring and silly book even more difficult to stomach.
Bordom and frustration at what could have been a great book, had it not been infused with inconsistent characters. About midway through, I was hoping the protagonist guy and the little girl would be killed - I got sick of the contradictions the author had written into them, and prayed for their quick demise. Alas, they survived and kept getting more insipid. I felt cheated and tricked into suffering through to the end.
Terrible waste of time, packed with cheap tricks and cliff-hangers. Absolute pulp.
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.
Some say this story is more about adventure. I'd agree with that, but when listening to a sc-fi story, I love learning the details of how the universe works within those stories. Hyperion didn't focus on this as much in my opinion. Endymion did a great job of satisfying my want to learn more about the Hyperion universe.
My apologies for the brief review. I'm using the app.
I really enjoyed how the story told two sides of one continuous event. It kept the overall cast at a manageable number and really let you explore the characters. For the most part, every few chapters would bounce back and forth between the two sides and offer their perspective. Victor Bevine was awesome as usual.
You'll know the part... way at the end. But, there were many parts that stood out. Getting a more in depth understanding of the whole space/time travel thing and how the resurrection was evolved etc. We are given a retcon on a few things but you'll take it in stride.
The very ending I had to look up on the web because I didn't understand it. There was not one particular scene, but I enjoyed how the story allowed for different "settings" and it all made sense.
I blazed through 23 hours in about two weeks. If I could have I would have listened to it all in one sitting. This is really a page turner. It's true though, that at the end of the first leg it does get a little stagnant.
If you have listened to the first two books and you're not sure about the next two... this is definitely something you should pick up. You won't be disappointmented. I worried that I would miss the original crew but they are mentioned here and there and the new characters are just as good.
Great story! Fantastic performance!! The narrator makes me wonder if there are awards for audiobook performances!
I never thought it could get any better than Hyperion but Endymion has the same feel with a bigger adventure! Loved it and downloading Rise of Endymion as I type this!