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

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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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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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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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  • Sara
  • Llanwrtyd wells, United Kingdom
  • 29-06-10

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.

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  • Guy
  • Kingston upon thamesUnited Kingdom
  • 04-03-10

The final book

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

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Good book

Good book. Not as good as the first in the series but still a fine read. The narrator lends real added value.

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Somewhat disappointed

I held off starting the Hyperion Cantos for over 20 years being rather put off by reviews of how big the Sci-Fi therein was. When I finally plucked up the courage this year, I decided to split the two duologies, especially after the first almost melted my brain...

Having got round to reading the second duology, I found myself disappointed. In fact, if I had read these as a stand-alone as you are supposed to be able to do, I would have scored them lower. It's almost as if Dan Simmons sat back and thought about the original duology and thought "You know, I ought to have done that differently" and sets about dismantling parts of it on the basis of "You've been lied to by the TechnoCore."

It is still epic Sci-Fi full of enormous ideas and still a great yarn at its core, but what really lets it down for me is the the way that Simmons announces what's about to happen and then spends three chapters getting there - without the repeated announcements, it would make a much better read. Additionally, lead character (narrator Raul Endymion), comes over as a faithful lapdog to Aenea and doesn't appear to have any freewill - he even refers to himself as 'dumb' prior to his own epiphany.

I think that from a personal point of view I would ultimately score the books 4.5, 5, 4 and 3.5 as they tail off through the Endymion conclusion to the cantos.

Still, Victor Bevine has been excellent throughout the series on Audible.

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Lord of the rings meets Star Trek meets Terminator

I loved this book. Thought provoking endlessly inventive and, ultimately, uplifting.
It certainly made me think about how I view life, religion and art.

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Possibly the best love story you will ever read, but so much more at the same time

This is a fitting end to an amazing tale which I would recommended to anyone. It transcends its sci-fi genre and is richly detailed yet excellently paced. My words will not do it justice. Listen for yourself you will not be disappointed. The Hyperion series is without doubt one of the best stories I’ve ever read.

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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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  • 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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lukasz Rewerenda
  • 01-05-18

Some very, very boring passages

Most of the sections that deal with R. Endymion are boring, and it does not help that the guy is pictured as a moron. The sex/love scenes in particular are just plain boring and way too long, making the audiobook hard to finish. I gave up (despite reading the books a few years back - there you have the ease of skipping over the boring parts).

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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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