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The Rise of Endymion

Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Series: Hyperion, Book 4
Length: 29 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (697 ratings)

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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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Best Sci-fi ever

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

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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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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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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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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.

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The final book

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

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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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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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weak storyline

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

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It's an ending

I've enjoyed rather than loved the Hyperion series, certainly enough to pull me through to this final book.

This last installment is the least satisfying of the series, large swaths of exposition, predictable plot and a lunk headed protagonist lead to an ending which tries too hard to tie up all the loose ends.

If you've enjoyed the other books in the series you'll get what you need from this, but this will not change the mind of anyone who's not a fan of the past work

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  • Chaim
  • 26-06-09

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.

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  • Chad
  • 01-03-09

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.

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  • Tamara
  • 05-03-10

Fantastic conclusion to a great series

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

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  • Randy
  • 25-09-12

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.

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  • Brad
  • 02-10-09

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.

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  • michael
  • 06-01-18

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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  • Scott
  • 28-02-13

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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  • Magikarp Salad
  • 08-09-12

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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  • Heather
  • 01-08-13

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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  • Clayton
  • 29-07-09

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.

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