©1996 Dan Simmons; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
It's been a while since I've found a real science epic and, for me, this tetralogy delivers... good science, interesting: themes, morals, worlds, and technology. what is this Shrike? What is Aenea's true purpose? All will be told.
An ambitious and complex story is completed with detailed focus and grace. Many works that operate on this scale make many of promises and develop a plethora of characters only to hastily tie up loose ends or even simply leave the interpretation to the reader. Mr Simmons delivers a well orchestrated, thorough conclusion to a Millennium spanning space epic in a way that satisfies all unknowns and leaves you feeling fully sated from the journey. This is a masterful contribution to a series that may not see an equal in craft for quite some time.
Everything about this series Is perfect. wonderful ending, expansive futurism, sci-fi at its best. The narrator nails the performance with some of the widest range of expression I've heard. This may be my most favorite series I've read and I cannot recommend it enough.
Simmons' writing makes you feel like you are there, a silent observer witnessing true events. I feel that the best books convince me absolutely that what I'm reading is true instead of fiction and I had that feeling deeply throughout the series.
There is so much depth and intrigue within the philosophies explored that I feel I must re read the series soon. I cannot believe I considered myself a well read Sci-fi enthusiast before I got ahold of these books.
Just finished all 4 books in audible format. The narration is among the best I have encountered and t scales up excellently at 3x speed. Overall the 4 books span a great galactic empire replete with political, military and social upheaval. There is ample use of temporal paradox and a memorable cast of characters. The author interweaves a healthy mix of social commentary with far future demographic crisis which both serves as a reminder of mortal humanity while also suggesting risks and opportunities for the evolution of our species. There is a good reason Simmons' masterpiece is often listed next to Dune as among the best sci fi epics of all time. It did not disappoint! Thank you Mr Simmons!
Okay, I loved the entire series. It's over, but now that it's over, I want to find something else that is as good. The story is every bit of what I like about Sci-fi. It's smart, it's funny and it's human. The tribulations are 'out there' but Simmons makes a compelling story that was unique and different and the 'out there' while balancing on, "Can that really happen?" I feel like all that is good sci-fi. It's a book you can read twice and still find dimensions you had missed in the first reading. Well worth the time. Enjoy. I did.
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