We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Rise of Endymion | [Dan Simmons]

The Rise of Endymion

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.
Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

©1996 Dan Simmons; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (1213 )
5 star
 (679)
4 star
 (362)
3 star
 (133)
2 star
 (23)
1 star
 (16)
Overall
4.4 (699 )
5 star
 (400)
4 star
 (196)
3 star
 (68)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (7)
Story
4.5 (693 )
5 star
 (431)
4 star
 (218)
3 star
 (38)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Chad Louisville, KY, USA 03-01-09
    Chad Louisville, KY, USA 03-01-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    44
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Simmons' Magnum Opus"

    This is the crowning finale to Dan Simmons' sprawling Hyperion Cantos. There are resolutions, big reveals, and shocking twists a-plenty, but Simmons still leaves a some things in the shadows, only partly explained. But this is a good thing, as it heightens the mystery of his universe and spurs the reader to imagine what will happen next after the final paragraph.

    This is epic sci fi at its very best: imagining an all-too plausible future universe where people struggle with age-old conundrums and ever-evolving moral responsibilities, shadowed by the persistent anxiety of man versus his machines. Though the Cantos is most definitely a polemic against organized religion, and Roman Catholicism in particular, Simmons shows a surprising gentleness to the church in the series' resolution, and allows the reader to draw their own conclusions about whether the church saved its own soul or not.

    If you are a fan of science fiction, this series has it all: time travel, space battles, realistic physics and limitations in space travel, artificial intelligence, and, yes, a sweeping romance. This is a series of immense ideas and mind-bending scope. Do not miss it.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brad Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-02-09
    Brad Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-02-09 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    58
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "A long but satisfying conclusion..."

    I figured out that if you listen to this whole four book series you are looking at about 96 hours of audio. If that sounds daunting, it is, but when every loose end is neatly tied up at the end of this last book it is worth it. This is an epic of science fiction storytelling and the narration is awesome.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chaim Spring Valley, NY, USA 06-26-09
    Chaim Spring Valley, NY, USA 06-26-09 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    39
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    40
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Well written and narrated"

    The grand finale of the Hyperion Cantos! Well written, gut wrenching and ends well. I'm sad to see the series end, but.... That's life, right? I'll give it a year or two and then re-listen to the entire cantos again.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tamara Dublin, CA, United States 03-05-10
    Tamara Dublin, CA, United States 03-05-10 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    63
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    172
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    8
    Overall
    "Fantastic conclusion to a great series"

    I really enjoyed the whole series, and this book was an excellent finale.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Trent Bloomington, IL, United States 04-10-09
    Trent Bloomington, IL, United States 04-10-09 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    87
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Satisfying conclusion to the Hyperion series."

    I took a little break between Endymion and this final book of the series because it is one of those rare stories that you just don't want to end. Its nice to be able to look forward to the next installment of a story of proven quality and endurance. Anyway, after savoring anticipation for a while, I finally went ahead with this final Hyperion book.

    If you have completed Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion, then there probably won't be that many suprises in this book. Everything unfolds roughly the way you might expect, although there were a few minor unexpected twists. All loose ends are tied up rather neatly. Within the Hyperion Universe that Simmons has created, pretty much anything is possible. Because of this, I was hoping that Simmons would offer of a different fate for "the one who teaches." At least, one that was different than the one I was expecting.

    If you haven't completed the book, I don't want to say anything more on that subject. Again, all I will say is that there are no major suprises in this book. I understand why certain events were required for the plot, but some events are unfortunate.

    All in all, this was an outstanding series and I thank Simmons for sharing it with us. Once again, Bevine provides outstanding narration. The series ends on a good note and I am glad for that.

    Highly Recommend all books in the Hyperion Saga!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2010

    Auto Repair shop owner. I love Yoga, and playing my Fender Stratocaster. I Walk my dogs twice a day.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    51
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    32
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nice finish to a complex story"

    Books about time always seem to have a paradox to them. This book avoids this problem nicely. This is the end of a four book series and you should start with Hyperion. Rise of Endymion is the glorious climax to this series. I would not have missed this sci-fi tour de force for nothing. It is on of those audio books that you think you might listen too again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 07-29-09
    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 07-29-09 Member Since 2002

    I am a sucker for a good story

    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    262
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "An Ending that I enjoyed"

    I enjoyed these series of books even more than the original Hyperion saga. Knowing that it was going to end - always brings an element of finality to each page that you read. This is so unusual in this genre it seems (to have an end in mind) in multivolume series. There are a few slow parts were philosophy of religion and such is debated among the priests . . . also the whole episode on Earth could have been fast forwarded . . .but I made it through those sections to the more interesting pieces.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 08-11-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    66
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    57
    57
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Set Up to the Final Novel in the Seriees"
    Where does The Rise of Endymion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fantastic. I love Hyperion Series and this is consistent with the other books in terms of pace, detail and style.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Raul. I mean he is a reluctant hero and protagonist, but one that the entire series resolution can be viewed through.


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    It would be difficult not to say Aenea. She is one of the strongest characters in the series and Victor does her justice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening segment grabs your interest and the rest of the book does not disappoint.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible would get additional titles by Simmons, he is a unique and terrific writer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott Holiday, FL, United States 02-28-13
    Scott Holiday, FL, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sorry to get to the end of it."

    Just finished the last of this series and I really hated to see it end. The entire story is very well put together with a lot of attention to detail. The Rise of Endymion wrapped up the entire series very well. If I had to say anything negative it would be the occasionally somewhat long winded monologues by some of the books characters. The "evil and pompous" Catholic empire was wearing on me long before the end of the book but that just may be because of my total rejection of"authoritarianism". Dan Simmons has an amazing imagination and tells a believable story that melds the worlds of science and spirituality. By the the end of the book you could almost believe that "freecasting" to another world was possible! !t would be nice if it was that easy!! Victor Bevine does an outstanding job of acting the parts and consistently differentiating the characters from start to finish. I could pop into any part of this audible and know exactly which character is speaking. I have heard a few audibles that were sort of irritating to listen to because of the poor voice impressions of the reader. Not so with Victor Bevine he was a pleasure to listen to through the entire series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 09-08-12 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    291
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    212
    47
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    163
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Five stars, across teh board"

    I only wish this series could've been longer than 4 books. Great story. This series makes you think about our place in the universe...interesting take life, god, sentience, how insanely advanced AI and life can get, and how...important humanity is...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 42 results PREVIOUS125NEXT
Sort by:
  • Sara
    Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
    6/29/10
    Overall
    "Absolutely superb conclusion"

    This four-book series kept its momentum until the very end and was a pleasure to listen to from start to finish. This is my all-time favourite series of sci-fi books and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Excellent, interesting Sci-fi, beautifully written and read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sophia
    Stanhope, United Kingdom
    1/27/12
    Overall
    "The best science fiction series now in print"

    This was an eye-opener! The whole series was exquisitely crafted and sensitively narrated and so good I hope it wins many many awards. The ONLY writer to rival Ian M Banks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guy
    Kingston upon thamesUnited Kingdom
    3/4/10
    Overall
    "The final book"

    I think each book in the series was better than the last. This is definitely the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    8/11/11
    Overall
    "Great ending!"

    The book...
    I thought this book ended the saga really well, with some great twists and quite a few really good revelations. It went into detail a bit too much for me on little stuff, but it didn't really take much away from it. The necessity for the tree of thorns wasn't really dealt with, unless I missed it. I liked how old characters came back throughout. Not quite Iain M Banks in style, but the content and story is top notch.

    On narration...
    I didn't really think much of the narrator - it sounded like English wasn't his first language maybe. He pronounced every single word - like 'to' and 'a' - fully, which - when you actually hear it done - is quite strange. He occasionally made little errors in pronunciation - saying the 'chasm' with a soft 'ch' sound - which is a bit weird - or maybe he just did the whole thing in one take without bothering to fix the error. He also pronounced 'Aargh' exactly as it is written, with a clear 'r' and then a hard 'g' sound on the end. No-one really says that when they scream - that's just obvious - again - weird. The thing I disliked the most though was his inability to portray anything other than a small range of emotions. Whenever he took on a woman's voice - there was one set tone - and any emotion - such as anger - was not portrayed at all - it was always just 'the soft woman tone'. The range of accents for the different characters was good - just a bit more attention to tone and emotion was needed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    3/3/10
    Overall
    "Great climax to a stunning series"

    A great climax to a really superb series (but do read them in order). Despite its length, the book holds the attention, with a sustained narrative momentum, well drawn characters, another wonderfully imaginative story, and a clever and satisfying climax. It is by no means the best in the series; as the previous reviewer comments, it is a tad repetitive, and at times I think, gets close to getting bogged down in long descriptive passages of the social, environmental, cultural and physical background of the planets vistied by our heroes on their travels and adventures. But a fine book nonetheless. Excellent narration and good sound quality - a five star listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daryl-Anne
    Esher, Surrey, United Kingdom
    5/31/09
    Overall
    "Enjoyable"

    I really enjoy listening to Dan Simmon's books. At times this book was a little repititous if you've listened to (or read) the previous 3 in the series, but all in all I think he's done a good job of making it stand alone or part of the series. I hope he writes more!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-6 of 6 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.