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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.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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.
30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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
I think each book in the series was better than the last. This is definitely the best.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is worth listening to in order to finish the series but could have benefited by with a strong edit.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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?
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.