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.
it's hard when a sequel starts with characters and locales that have no connection to the events chronicled in previous episodes. but simmons seems to do this deliberately - so that he can expertly start dropping in elements from the world that was established previously in a way that makes their re-introduction feel extra sweet and special. and once the story gets going in earnest, it's as imaginative and exciting as the original tale which serves as a constant reference once you get past the beginning. the narrator is phenomenal. initially, i was disappointed when "the fall of hyperion" didn't feature the full cast that was in the original but bevine quickly earned my admiration in that audio book and continues to great effect in this one. a really great tale told well.
This is a follow-on to Hyperion, yet it isn't either. I was drawn in immediately to the story, that was woven with similar threads but quite different.
A church has reached a vast expanse but is on the brink of destruction by one hybrid child.
A freaking great performance by Victor Bevine, one of the narrators in the first two books. You won't be sidetracked in thought by the changing of voices in mid-series as often happens.
Onto the future/past to see what happens!
Just like the first two, this is a great story taking place 247 yrs after events in "Hyperion" and "Fall of Hyperion."
Only negative is in the narrator's performance. He changes the voice for A. Bettik about halfway through. All other voices are xonsistent.
All in all a great story and I can't wait till next month for "Rise of Endymion.
I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Hyperion, Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Born a crime
With all new protagonists and new characters, the book starts a bit slow. It takes a while to feel anything for the new characters but Dan Simmons does a great job keeping the listener interested with his fabulous fantasy world. His universe has so much capability and potential for great adventures. Aenea and Endymion get interesting a quarter way into the book and their adventure gets exciting. The terminator style showdown that happens in the end is one of the best I have read. The book ended very well and I'm excited to pick the next(last) one. I'm hoping for the series to end with more climaxes and a fitting end to a great story. I wish the Nemis character was introduced a little before in the book than in the last quarter.
Good continuation, and happy to be in this world. Did very little to advance the deeper sci fi concepts and philosophy outlined from the predecessor. at times felt like a fairly linear chase/action plot.