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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.
©1997 Dan Simmons (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Chaim
  • Spring Valley, NY, USA
  • 06-26-09

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.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Chad
  • Louisville, KY, USA
  • 03-01-09

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.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Randy
  • LANCASTER, CA, United States
  • 09-25-12

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic conclusion to a great series

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

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Brad
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 10-02-09

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.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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...

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Clayton
  • Millgrove, Ontario, Canada
  • 07-29-09

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

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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!!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Solid End to This Amazing Series

At the beginning of this book, Endymion says that this story is not meant to answer – what happened to the book three characters? Don't be dismayed! You will certainly learn pretty much everything you want to know about the universe and your favorite characters.

There isn't as much action in four as in three. The first half suffered from some slow bits where Simmons gives you probably more information than you need about planets and politics from the Pax folks. I was more tolerant of the slow parts that involved Aenea’s teachings as much of it revealed a lot of interesting info on The Core. In general I feel that Simmons’ pacing didn’t flow well in the first half. It was perfect in the remainder of the book. I think perhaps the stem of the problem is Simmons’ desire to wrap everything up and satisfy your curiosity about the Hyperion universe.

Thankfully once things start to happen it’s an engrossing read including all those crazy clones, our favorite Shrike monster, and many characters we’ve enjoyed in the previous books. I appreciated the interactions of Catholicism, Buddhism, Pax Church, and The Core. All sorts of interesting concepts are explored. You even find out how The Core was created and what those cruciforms really are. And of course some beautiful poetry is included.

The most interesting aspect of this book is Aenea and The Strike’s ability to move through time. It brings about all sorts of interesting prospects for plot timeline. But more importantly, exploring what it would be like for Aenea and Raul to live a life connected to this variable. It actually makes things pretty convenient for the author.

It is unusual to be able to give a high rating to the book that ends a beloved series. I felt very good about Simmons’ wrap-up of the series. Aenea’s story is satisfactorily resolved and you know the general trajectory of others. Thankfully authors of this genre don’t feel the need for unbelievable happy endings. I highly recommend this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sara
  • 06-29-10

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Guy
  • 03-04-10

The final book

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

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  • Jonathan Blackwell
  • 05-02-18

Simultaneously dull and implausible

I am not sure what went wrong with this book. Such a disappointing end after Hyperion, which was good, & The Fall of Hyperion, which was excellent.

Unfortunately Endymion is a bystander protagonist whose actions seem almost irrelevant to the plot. I switch off almost every time he enters a scene. He seems to whine incessantly & is just so passive as a character, never acting of his own accord but waiting for others to tell him what to do. He also appears to be incapable of working anything out for himself but has to be spoon fed explanations repeatedly.

Somehow the author tells the reader what will happen in the next few chapters & then one has to sit through hours of text as those plot points are realised. I feel like I am the one who went through time backwards when listening to this book because there was barely a twist or surprise that I hadn’t taken for granted several chapters earlier.

Endymion I wish I never met you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elise
  • 04-28-18

Better than Endymion

But not close to Hyperion. The lead character is a bit annoying and I would of preferred to follow the stories of some of the others more.

There are some fantastic parts but it's a bit drawn out in terms of the journey.

Narration is the same as Endymion.

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  • Paul Lindsay
  • 10-20-17

Good but..

Good if a little 'neat' ending to the series. Felt like a bit of a Hollywood ending, which slightly jarred against the series as a whole which had always felt very mature. Still good though..

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  • William Drummond
  • 08-23-17

Solid but a little dragging

A good follow up to hyperion, but not as griping in my opinion. Very well performed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sophia
  • 01-27-12

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

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  • Carpetman8020
  • 06-21-18

A simply stunning end

Don’t be deceived by the relatively few awards the third and fourth books in the Hyperion/Endymion series achieve. The books get better and better, climaxing with the truly wonderful final edition. Captivating, awe inspiring, absorbing and thought provoking... I will miss having these books in audible form in my day to day life. Can not recommend highly enough

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  • Elaine
  • 05-24-18

An adventure to savour

Utterly brilliant. 5 stars does it an injustice. The epic journey is one you will want to travel alongside

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  • Paul
  • 04-30-18

Much more than just a sci-fi book

I have more than 350 audio books...this book is in my top 3. loved it.

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  • Linsul
  • 02-08-15

The least of the 4

This is worth listening to in order to finish the series but could have benefited by with a strong edit.

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  • John
  • 03-10-18

a great story made too long

a great story kinda ruined by explaining too much of the non important stuff. saved by an awesomely brilliant reader.. still recommend the book to finish off the series. just be prepared to hear lots of colours.

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  • Chris
  • 12-23-17

The whole Hyperion/Endymion series is a great work

If you could sum up The Rise of Endymion in three words, what would they be?

A mix of Sci-Fi with philosophical musing and classic space opera

What did you like best about this story?

I likes the philosophical musings and the description of the "pax". The author clearly knows his catholic church. It wraps up the Hyperion and Endymion series reasonably well.

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

All were OK, though it may have been better to have a female voice for the female characters. "A Betik" and the ship were my favourites.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I found the "boys own adventure" segments rather long and boring. The author looked like he was trying to appeal to a broad range of readers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-17

Dan Simmons finest work to date

A sublime encapsulation of the human condition. This story will bring a tear to the eye of even the most seasoned veteran of the literary classics, through an exploration of spirituality, life, love, the cosmos and time. If you have read/listened to the previous 3 books of the cantos, I cannot more highly recommend this story. The satisfaction on completion is absolute.

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  • Jakob
  • 04-20-17

Epic.....

'Read' all the four books back to back and I have to say it this is up there in my top 3. Dan was able to bring together storylines from all the four books into one final epic conclusion.

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  • Joel
  • 01-29-17

Simply wonderful

It's hard to believe that this epic story has come to an end. The mind expanding effects will live on. Definitely my favourite book in the the series.

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  • Janon
  • 10-17-16

Perfect Conclusion

as always the end of a book series us one of the scariest parts, you never know if it will complete the tapestry or burn it.

this conclusion completes it. Highly recommended

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  • The Talent
  • 08-31-16

All of the feels

I laughed, cried, felt anxious, and was excited. Action, suspense, a great science fiction story. A few details which I must have missed, but Simmons has provided us with a wonderful end to this series. I wish I could re-read this series for the first time. It was wonderful