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.
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
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.
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
Great book and series. It has a ll the elements; drama; suspense; a love backstory; intrigue and interesting characters.
excellent expression / emotion in the reading
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
Simmons is just an amazing writer. For a literature and sci-fi lover it is a dream to read the Cantos. Don't be scared off by the beginning of the book where he makes it sound like the book won't address the characters from the earlier books. It does, however, cover a time-period later in the saga with new main characters. It is especially interesting to see what happened after the fall of the world web and how that affected the worlds that were now left disconnected. I also really enjoyed reading about how the Pax has perfected resurrection through cruciform. This book is very full of action but also includes those tidbits about the universe that are so interesting. It's less literary than the other books but you will still get some poetry and allusions. I felt this was a great continuation of the story and I'm interested to see how he concludes in the next book.
This book, like all of the Hyperion Cantos novels so far, is about suffering and pain and the journey of life. This story picks up a few hundred years after the last one when the Catholic Church is the de facto head of human civilization.
In order to create suspense and to misdirect the reader, Simmons constantly tells a story from one person's perspective (even a minor character) and switches to a main character later, in the interim making the reader wonder what really happened. I found that this could have been dropped.
This series is continuing with many of the same themes as it started with. I'm very curious to see if in other novels not in this series is Simmons writes so obsessively about penance, trials by fire, physical pain and all the rest.