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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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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.

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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.

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Fantastic conclusion to a great series

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

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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.

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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.

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I wanted to like this more.

I've listened to all of the stories in this series and I find myself having to push to get to the end of this one. It's like he needed a good editor to come in an help cut so much unnecessary stuff. I like so much of what was in the Hyperion books (both Hyperion books are must listens) and Endymion. But this feels like it's retreading a lot of the same material over and over. Other times it changes some of things established in early books for no good reason. Long stretches just get too boring. Being such a fan of this series it pains me to have this end on such a weak book.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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  • Patrick
  • 10-05-20

sexual predator?

is this guy still alive? can the FBI read this and then check to see if he he as informed his neighbours he lives there now?
it's a book about a 30 year old man saving an overly sexual 13 year old who while 'the Messiah' remains emotionally prepubescent throughout. the sex scenes are lengthy and when not floating in zero G with his adopted daughter/wife he's calling her Kidda and refering to her as 'my special 'friend: or some such. this won awards apparently. it's 3 books about a spiky robot old people getting young so they can f young people. and a river. serious this so t right.
Woody Allen has a pen name

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  • Richie Wilson
  • 02-11-20

What happened to this series?!

Raul Endymion has to be one of the most irritating characters ever. He’s an Everyman.. born a nomad on a backwater planet, that knows masterpieces of music and literature. Can play Bach like the best of them.

He’s a hunter, soldier, miner, sailor, explosives expert... even suddenly becomes a writer half way through this book when he decides randomly pick up a ‘stylus’ and record a bit of conversation. All clumsily delivered because that’s what the narrative needed at a given time.

Characters are introduced and forgotten about within chapters of their introduction. Facts that’s had been given in the previous books are thrown out (all the dolphin herders are extinct in Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, but not in this book).

It’s a poor book... with a terrible realised protagonist. Read Hyperion, and Fall of Hyperion and stop there.

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  • Dick Chomper
  • 06-30-19

Best Sci-fi ever

Seriously, this is like the third time through this series. It is a master work. Amazing

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  • Simon spencer
  • 12-01-20

What a let down

I was excited to start the final story in the hyperion saga.

The first three books had created a such a full and rich universe. I couldn't wait to hear the conclusion, learn what the skriek really was and where humanity really found itself.

This anticipation made the disappointment worse. The final instalment drags painfully. The author seems to revel in his ability to make up names from different cultures, and insists on naming each and every character in every room.

I have been forced to stop and re-start this book so many times due to these periods of pointless navel gazing.

maybe on a page these lists could be skipped over with a blink of the eye, but in audio book format its frankly painful.

A real shame to end such a wonderfully spun narative this way.

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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

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  • sophia monkman
  • 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.

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  • Christopher Peabody
  • 12-23-20

Got there in the end

The first book was interesting and moved along well, after that things just .......went on a bit. Really the series should have been a trilogy. So much unwanted and meandering drivel in some passages, I was skipping big chunks. No twists at the end it was all a bit ‘Disney musical’ where they all live happily ever after, and do actually go off into the sunset.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-19-20

Could have been half the length

Gave up half way through, Shame as I really liked the first one. Just used 20 words when a couple would have done.

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  • Roman Gorbachev
  • 03-22-20

Good conclusion but too sentimental

This is a great book and it answers a lot of questions from the previous novels, but I personally found it spending far too much time describing emotions of the main protagonist and and having less substance compared to the previous books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-21-20

weak storyline

far to long and lacking in a real story and never really explains it properly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-19

The priest is attractive, in case you didn't know

I adore this series so very much. An evolving experience through each book -It's refreshing to not have the same story repeated but with different characters. Nothing seems wasted, every character and event serves a purpose and not always within the same book, which is all woven so beautifully. Dan Simmons does not condescend the reader with his work; I felt trusted to apply thought but not so much as to become a task.

A lot of existing reviews comment on too much description and while it can be a bit tedious here and there, it wasn't really that much of an issue due to the nature of audio books. On top of that, the scene painting is crucial to the point of this story and the conclusion would not have nearly the same impact without that build up.
Victor Bevine did a wonderful job as narrator, I will be looking for anything else he has worked on very shortly.

Side note: Throughout the 4 books of this series, there seems to be a point of letting you know that priest character Paul Duré is very attractive any time he is mentioned. I thought that was hilarious.

Loved it. Am looking forward to coming back to 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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  • Laelaanie
  • 08-24-21

Epic

For those of you who aren't sure if this book is for you:
It is 😁
Download/listen/read it today, you won't regret it.

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  • Charm Harris
  • 05-09-21

Some parts WAY too over described

While I enjoyed the series in general, and narration was EXCELLENT, I found sections of this book really annoying and frequently wanted the author to just. get. ON - with the story. I didn't need to know the names and every single colour of every single cloud on the Jovian world, or an in-depth description of the view to every single compass point from the mountain on T'ien Shan, the names of all the inhabitants of the temple hanging in air, especially if they weren't going to be relevant to the rest of the story .. etc. Overall, good story, but left me feeling depressed, and not just because I've finished the series this time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-21

Didn't make the end

Run out of steam. Became a Buddhist apologetics session. First 2 books ok. Cheers

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-27-21

Fantastic. best finish to the best SciFi series

Truely great in every way. A fitting finish for the most ambitions SciFi I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-21

Truly epic.

Filled my days of listening with so much wonder, love and loss. It is one of those stories you never want to finish and choke up when you do.

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  • Aleksandar
  • 11-11-20

Beyond incredible

This is the greatest bit of fiction I’ve read in my entire life. The entire series is special and One could not ask for a better finale than this.
Deep, profound, prophetic, funny, loving, moving.
It’s everything you could want in a story and so much more.
Dan is an absolute genius

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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.