It has been some time since I've read a classic science-fiction novel, so when I stumbled upon this book it was almost as if I was thrown back to my younger years when I was reading Isaac Asimovs amazing sci-fi novels. After years of reading cyber-punk and fantasy it feels refreshing to be back in space and read about space battles, space portals and familiar solar systems. It is almost like playing Frontier again.
The frame story is simple - seven persons brought together for a journey, and within this frame each person tells their story so that the book almost turns into a collection of novels that are loosely bound together by their journey. The book is read by several people and it really increases the enjoyment of the book.
If you haven't been in space for some time, then it is a warm welcome back.
All I mean by awkward is...you have to get the back-story on some characters - and those back stories are great - but you have to cut the author a little bit of slack on how you get them - they all decide to tell their stories after dinner each night...and you'd expect that to be in 1st person, and when you're reading from a hand written journal...someone probably wouldn't have written feverish moaning..., etc. - but as I mentioned, the back stories are really good and...and the main story ends up being awesome...
This book pretty much requires book 2 to be a "complete" story, but book 2 is even better than this one - so you'll want to get that one too anyway. After book 2, you could probably stop if you wanted, as the story comes to a reasonable-enough stop... But I'm almost through book 3, and loving it. Completely hooked on this series.
I can only speak for books 1-3 so far, but they are all an excellent use of a credit.
I'm not surprised to find that Dan Simmons also writes horror stories. This well-crafted tale is punctuated by grisly and gruesome scenes that make you gasp in horror. I sometimes found the descriptions so disturbing that I would have to stop listening, and come back to it, when I had gotten over the impact.
Simmons has few equals, if any, in story-telling. Instead of having haunting images presented to me as I read, I would have preferred a PG-13 version.
Note: I hate horror movies, murder mysteries, slasher movies, and anything involving macabre depictions of torture and death. So, this is written not as a warning for the general listener, but for anyone who might think twice about listening to or reading a horror tale.
The narration in this story is excellent.
It's an excellent "read." It is in the top 25% of books I've listened to. It has been a long time since I've listened to such overt science fiction. I'd forgotten how much I like it.
I enjoyed this story very much. The characters were compelling and the richness of their lives communicated well.
I loved the entire section about the Maui Covenant. It was well-told...I could imagine being there.
I would have liked to listen to it all at once, but it was very long. I like that in a book.
The writer is from my hometown, so I guess that's why I gave it a listen. I'm glad I did.
This is intelligent sci-fi set in a universe that keeps you wondering what happened - and what is going to happen. This book revolves around the key characters and their stories, and each of the characters grows on you as the minutes pass.
I haven't read or listened to any book like this before.
This production is great! Each of the main characters have their own voice and their dialogue is acted like a radio play.
Time is running out for humanity
I will immediately begin on the next book in the series
I love reading and I love Audible. Their fantasy and Sci-Fi selection is excellent!
I really enjoyed how the author tells the story through the individual stories of the seven characters. The only thing I wasn't too keen on was the female narrator, on 1.5 speed she kinda sounds like a robot but it isn't too bad at normal speed.
I just couldn't stop laughing out loud at Taco Bell when I was reading the part when the Poet first landed on the planet where he had to work so hard, it is priceless if a little coarse.
I was really hoping the story was going to wrap up at the end, but instead it sets up the sequel. I loved Dan's writing style and I definitely plan on reading the next one also.
Dreamer and Weaver of Dreams - which means I like some fiction especially if it fits my world view: there is evil in the world and good must ALWAYS overcome it.
Gripping riveting fiction
I actually learned to care about the multiple story lines and characters. They pushed me to run the entire series and learn the culmination of their narratives in the Great narrative. It reminded me of my own story and its relationship to the overall Epic that God is telling about existence.
OH my the narrators! They are EVERYTHING! They open the world of other people's experiences to my own. They make the characters into people and the experiences into more than just words. My own head can really do a lot with that but when i am driving or working or need a break; when I am ready for bed.. they urge my mind into relaxation and into very sharp focus. They are the sauce that simmers the writer's work into .... what more can be said? Reality.
Oh Yes it would have been glorious but the anticipation of each session over time was more than rewarding.
to like this you will need to like Sci-Fiction. To enjoy this you will need to love people. To know this you will need to listen.
The mystery and the satisfying revelations.
Kassad's battle with the Shrike.
Martin Silenus, of course. He turns out to be the most interesting character in the whole series.
Very extreme. I laughed, cried, felt anger, sadness, elation, satisfaction and intellectual stimulation.
This is the first of a series of 4. The first two are an omnibus, meant to be read as one story. If you felt this first one is incomplete, that's because it is without the second book. Even the second book feels incomplete. The third and fourth are some of the most compelling, thought provoking and satisfying tales I have ever experienced. The first two books feel more like the back-story to the thrilling two part conclusion. The series is over 90 hours total. If you liked the first two, the next two (Endymion and The Rise of Endymion) will absolutely blow you away. Simmons leaves no loose ends, no unanswered questions, and no revelations unrevealed.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I enjoyed this book for the most part. There were times and characters that the book cycled through that were not always very interesting and would lose my focus. This book was hard for me to get into as well and I wasn't sure at first if I cared for the approach the author went about to introducting the characters. That is, until I finished the first story of the seven travelers. It was hard understanding everything going on outside of the individual biographies the travelers would tell about what led them to their pilgrimage to the time tombs until we get to the last few tales. There are some really good side stories told that are very intricate and eventually connections can be made to other events told by the traveling crew and give us insight to the mystery of this pilgramage. My main criticism is we don't get to hear from the 7th traveler and we are left with a conlusion mid tale before they reach their destination.