Endymion : Hyperion

  • by Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by Victor Bevine
  • Series: Hyperion
  • 23 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The multiple-award-winning science-fiction master returns to the universe that is his greatest triumph - the world of Hyperion and The Fall ofHyperion - with a novel even more magnificent than its predecessors.Dan Simmons's Hyperion was an immediate sensation on its first publication in 1989. This staggering multifaceted tale of the far future heralded the conquest of the science-fiction field by a man who had already won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel (Song of Kali) and had also published one of the most well-received horror novels in the field, Carrion Comfort. Hyperion went on to win the Hugo Award as Best Novel, and it and its companion volume, The Fall of Hyperion, took their rightful places in the science-fiction pantheon of new classics.Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

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Simply superb

If you are reading this review, then I assume that you have read/listened to the first two books in the series, Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion - if not, best to do so as you will get much more from this book - and want to know if Endymion is as good as its predecessors.

Well the answer is a resounding yes! Endymion is indeed right up to the high standard of the earlier books. Set a couple of hundred years after the events in the Fall of Hyperion, with some intriguing links to the characters of the earlier books, it tells a gripping and spellbinding story, a kind of quest again - and it's unputdownable! Dan Simmons is just so good at weaving the personal stories of the characters into a fascinating and plausibly drawn SF universe, and keeping up the narrative momentum despite the length of the book. In my SF reading, only Frank Herbert with "Dune" comes close to being as good as Dan Simmons in telling this type of tale. And "Dune" is an all-time classic!

Sound quality and narration are again superb. This book is a real five star listen and strongly recommended. I'm looking forward to listening to the fourth book in the series!
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- Tom

Great Story Dreary Narration

Where does Endymion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It would be better with a different narrator.


What other book might you compare Endymion to, and why?

The Fall of Hyperion. The story is a great addition to the Hyperion cantos.


What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s performance?

Slow, dreary paceless.


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

Yes. I was eager to find out what happened next at each step of the character's journeys.


Any additional comments?

I love the first 3 books of Hyperion Cantos and look forward to hearing the last book in the series. However, the narration is so slow, monotone and listless that I actually listened to most of this book on double speed which actually helped match the pace of the storyline and for the most part didn't sound like double speed because the original is so slow. If I were the author, or Audible, I would have this book (and the other books in the series) re-narrated by an narrator who can properly pace a story and who can add to the excitement as Audible has some truly gifted narrators.

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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-01-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios