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Endymion

Written by: Dan Simmons
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Length: 23 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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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.

©1995 Dan Simmons (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Not a fan of story

I knew this wasn’t exactly a sequel to Hyperion, so that’s not why I’m not into it. I just didn’t get the Dan Simmons “feel” I usually get. That’s ok, he’s still awesome.

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One of the all time best..

Lordy how I wish they would make a good movie out of these books... The writing really makes you picture scenes and characters in your mind and is fully immersive. The story could easily lean towards being boring and drawn out but it successfully manages to avoid that somehow! I really loved this book.. And the new antagonist is one of the best bad guys (girl) I have come across in the story.. Truly creepy and imposing!

Can't wait to get into the next one.

Performance wise I actually forgot it was only one person doing all voices.. Does an excellent job of switching up voices for characters without sounding campy.

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Interesting but long

I read all 4 books in the series and enjoyed them all. The only drawback was the author's penchant for describing everything. A bit on the verbose side but still enjoyable. I definitely recommend this book.

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mostly a good story with a few very bad characters

I really enjoyed this book for the most part but one of the later introduced characters had no point being as powerful as she was, it felt like a late inclusion to make it more interesting.

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Very good science fiction

Doesn't quite live up to Hyperion, but not much could. Still an excellrnt continuation. Stands alone from previous books in the series...familiar setting, very different story

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this novel has moved me to tears several times over the years. 3rd time audio playthrough 8th time reading it.

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  • David
  • 2012-09-06

A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos

Although it takes place centuries after The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion seems to pick up right after the end of the last book. This is the third book in Dan Simmons's "Hyperion Cantos." Since it's the first book of a second duology, you could start reading with this book, since the entire universe is pretty much introduced anew, but there are so many references to events that took place in the first two books, now history in this one, that you will probably feel like you're missing a lot.

At the end of The Fall of Hyperion, the Hegemony of Man was falling, due to the attack of the Ousters who weren't really Ousters but constructs of the TechnoCore. As Endymion begins, the Hegemony is history, and now human space is ruled by the Pax; a resurgent Holy Roman Catholic Church empowered by the cruciform parasites we encountered in Hyperion, which allow anyone to recover from any injury and be resurrected from nearly any fatality. The Pax has figured out how to control them so that people who receive the cruciform are not turned into mindless idiots, which means that the Church now literally offers eternal life.

The child of Brawne Lamia and the cybrid Johnny Keats emerges from the Time Tombs, and the Pax views her as a threat to all of mankind, for reasons that are not clear until the end. So they send Father-Captain de Soya to "fetch" her. Meanwhile, that irascible dirty old man Martin Silenus is still kicking around, and he recruits Raul Endymion, a native of the planet Hyperion who fell into a little trouble with the Pax, to go save her. As he tell Raul, he doesn't just want Raul to save his god-daughter from the Pax. He also wants Raul to destroy the Pax, find out what the superhuman artificial intelligences known as the TechnoCore have been up to these past few centuries, oh, and take down that enigmatic, unstoppable alien killing machine known as the Shrike. No problem.

Endymion alternates between the POV of Raul Endymion and Father-Captain de Soya, adversaries but both of them ultimately good guys if not always serving good ends. There's plenty of interplanetary space opera drama and action, but for me it didn't really get good until the final few chapters when conspiracies begin to be unveiled, and of course, we finally got the kick-ass battle with the Shrike we've been waiting for.

Like Hyperion, Endymion ends very much on a "To be continued" note. Either of the two duologies can be read independently, but definitely read the first book of each first (and if you like it you will certainly have to read the second).

I recommend reading the first two books first because frankly, they are better. Endymion isn't bad, but it's a solid 3.5 stars - great epic space opera if you like epic space operas, but whereas Simmons dropped a whole lot of finely-crafted worldbuilding with star-spanning conspiracies and multiple existential alien threats in Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, in this third book, there's not so much new as building on what he introduced before. If you are a dedicated consumer of space opera, this is above average for the genre, but falls short of greatness, and really I think the series could have ended with Fall of Hyperion. But I will go on to read the fourth and final volume.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 2018-05-12

Shrikefinn? Heart of Shrikeness? Mr Keats--He dead

"If there is a God, I thought, it’s a painkiller"
- Dan Simmons, Endymion

Enjoyed it, just not as much as Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. This is the equivalent of the Return of the Jedi for me. Still buzzing from the first two, but not as good as the first two either. There are certain parts I enjoyed and somethings that just seemed a bit overdone.

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  • Donald Jodon
  • 2012-05-09

Getting the series back on track...

If you could sum up Endymion in three words, what would they be?

Wow, three words... Whoops! Already exceeded my quota...

Here goes:
Adventure, Intrigue, Characterization

What was one of the most memorable moments of Endymion?

Really, this is a story about the characters. The events, while interesting, take a back seat to the characters and the relationships formed. I loved the adventurous nature of this novel. But the memorable moments will be the forming of relationships between Endymion and Aenea (and Bettik as well). The journey of the trio down the river on their home made raft will always stick in my mind due to the conversations and interactions that occur between the trio.

Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

Raul Endymion, although Bettik was a close second.

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

I'd say yes. I don't have the time that it would take to do so, but ultimately, I wanted to keep listening each and every time I turned it on. (well, there may have been a few slow parts here and there, but for the most part I always wanted to listen to more)

Any additional comments?

This is a completely different kind of book from the two earlier Hyperion books. And, the stakes never seem quite as epic as in those earlier books. But the more personal nature of this book really lent itself well to the situation. You still sense that the ultimate outcome of humanity is in the balance, but it's really a lot more personal than either Hyperion or Fall of Hyperion. (Note: Hyperion is still the better book, however)

In the end, this felt more like an adventure book than a science fiction novel. Let me clarify, it felt like an adventure story thrown into a science fiction universe. (although even that universe takes a back seat at most times to the natural worlds that the character sfind themselves in) I could see this novel lending itself well to a movie format, as the scenes are more "action" based. It reminded me in some respects to a classic Mark Twain novel, and in others like a good Indiana Jones movie... In the endi it is neither, but still a fun way to spend my commutes!

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  • thomas
  • 2013-06-04

The Third Book in the Series is a Great Storyline

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is simply one of the best Sci Fi series I have every read. The entire storyline is well plotted out as opposed to other series that just seem to be after thoughts. I would recommend this book (and the series in general) to anyone who wants to get lost in a story that is riveting and colorful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Raul. At times he is a bit of a doofus, but he has a good heart and is tenacious in his quest.

Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

His characterization of the Android is great. Victor does a fanastic job in all the previous books and I am glad he is the narrator on the entire series. I will miss him when it is over.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The galaxy isnt big enough for the both of them!

Any additional comments?

Like the other books devout Christians should be warned that the basic premise of this series is to dissect relgion, power, myth and influence. If you can suspend your disbelief this is a rewarding and provactive story. Regardless, Simmons takes his time and paints a landscape that will draw you in and make you feel like you are living in this galaxy. Not only is it enjoyable but it is dark enough to make you feel on edge and wondering what is going to happen next. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • Andrew
  • 2015-09-24

More riveting that the prequels

This book was more interesting and captivating than the prequels. I was drawn in more by the characters to point of feeling involved with them.

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  • JL24
  • 2015-07-30

The Hyperion Cantos continue

Endymion is Another brilliant installment of Dan Simmons Hyperion Cantos. This is a book that continues 300 years after the second book in the series:The Fall of Hyperion. Being told as far down the timeline as it is this book does not continue the tale of the pilgrims of the first 2 books but instead continues the story of how the pilgrims journey effected and altered humanity. There are direct connections to the pilgrims and the poet Martin Sileanus does make an appearance, as does the shrike, the child of Braun Lamia and John Keats, the two priests, Fathers Dure and La Hoyte, and the cruciform. Endymion is the first half of a great book told in a unique fashion. Fans of Dan Simmons or epic scifi adventures will love it. Be sure to read both Hyperion and the Fall of Hyperion first and follow this up by reading The Rise of Endymion. I Also recommend Dan Simmon's Illium and Olympos.

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  • Robert
  • 2015-07-17

A tale of two halves

Really, I have no idea how this book is the same author as the first two Hyperion books. It's truly hard for me to say it's worth suffering through mediocre/bad books but in this case it absolutely is. Endymion is SOOOOOOOO much better than either of the two first books it's astounding. What I hated about the first two books is that they seemed to promise great adventure and all we got was back story after back story and very little "current events". I loved the characters (save the poet but more on that...) and wanted to hear a story about their journey together and mostly what I got was flashbacks and bits and pieces of story. True, the 2nd half of the 2nd book was better in this respect but really, I was still very disappointed. In fact I'd decided not to even try the second two books but a friend told me they were better so after a different book in between to "cleanse my palate" I gave Endymion a try. I loved it from the very start. It was everything the first two books were not. It centers around just a few VERY well conceived characters, has some AMAZINGLY creative science fiction ideas I've not seen anywhere else and at the heart of it is just a very, very, very good story. So I agree with my friend; the first two books are necessary but only to establish the history/world that the second two books take place in. I can't recommend this book enough.

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  • luizfabricio
  • 2014-12-19

Too Much Whining

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Endymion is a book full of good ideas which are poorly executed. The internal dialogues of the main character did not seem to match him, and are very repetitive and boring.

The book loses focus of the best characters and the best scenery in the rambling annoyances of Raul Endymion. Several times I wanted to know what A. Betick meant, what he thought, and was stuck in the endless cries of Raul . It was very annoying and I wished him to die at all the opportunities that faced him.

The Catholic core of the story is much more interesting, and the characters are better developed and consistent, and the Priest Captain De Soya himself is someone who is hard not to develop a certain empathy.

Although there is an author's effort to present the world and technology as he did in previous books, little is novelty, so again we are dampened in the endless whining of Raul Endymion.

I even have some curiosity to know how the series ends, but I cannot handle another 200 pages of this character. The story itself, the plot is good. But the boring laments the "lumberjack" Raul did not convince me and caused me nausea. I will limit myself to read the plot summary on Wikipedia on the following books and accept that it was a good series for a while.


Sem prolongar demais, Endymion é um livro cheio de boas ideias com uma execução sofrível. Os diálogos internos do personagem principal não parecem casam com ele, e são muito frequentes e muito chatos.

O livro perde o foco dos personagens melhores e dos melhores cenários divagando nas chateações de Raul Endymion. Diversas vezes eu queria saber o que A. Betttick queria dizer, o que estava pensado, e estava preso nas lamúrias intermináveis de Raul. Ele é muito chato e desejei que morresse em todas as vezes que a oportunidade surgiu durante o livro.

O núcleo católico do livro é muito mais interessante, e os personagens são melhores e mais bem desenvolvidos e coerentes, e o próprio Captain Priest De Soya é alguém por quem é difícil não desenvolver uma certa empatia.

Apesar de haver um esforço do autor no sentido de apresentar o mundo e as tecnologias como fez nos livros anteriores, pouca coisa é novidade, então não amortece as lamúrias sem fim de Raul Endymion.

Até tenho certa curiosidade de saber como termina a série, mas não dou conta de mais 200 páginas desse personagem. A história em si, o enredo, é bom. Mas as lamentações chatas do "lenhador" Raul não me convenciam e me causavam náusea. Vou me ater a ler o plot summary no Wikipedia dos livros seguintes e aceitar que foi uma boa série por um tempo.

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  • Julius Butcher
  • 2014-07-17

What was the point?

After finishing the book I asked myself: what was the purpose of this story? What was the point of the quest? Why did they go through those worlds instead of jumping to the final location? For Aenea to develop certain traits and improve her personality? Weak reason. It seemed that it was only for the sake of going on a quest. Come on. They even haven't met the famous architect they were searching for.

This story was so much without a satisfying resolution that I felt cheated at the end. Remember what the Poet, at the beginning of the adventures, asked Endyminon to do? That was a promise from the author. Very few were achieved by the end. Oh, it will be in the next book? Then this one was only a prelude to the real events? I feel more cheated.

I liked the world-building, though. It was interesting to see the different worlds and cultures. Having listened to the Hyperion books it was kind of familiar feeling, as if I visited old places. I also liked the author's voice.

The character of Aenea was weird. She knew so much in one moment, than she was a twelve year old child in the next. At the end of the book I got a hint that she was seeing visions from the future, but her character just didn't came together properly.

Maybe the whole arc of the story will be completed in the next book, but I'm not sure I will buy it.

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  • T. Mcpherson
  • 2009-04-10

Worthy addition to the Hyperion saga!

An excellent 3rd installment from Simmons. Well worth a listen. Anyone who was a fan of Hyperion should really finish the series to fully appreciate each book within the series. Once again, truly excellent narration by Victor Bevine. Highly recommend!

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  • Haude
  • 2018-06-19

Prenant et magique

un livre très bien écrit et très bien lu. Dan Simmons est vraiment un écrivain hors pair car plus que la science-fiction, c est de la littérature riche, fine et pleine d imagination, s appuyant sur les grands auteurs et leur donnant une autre dimension.

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  • Nicolas
  • 2017-07-24

i found it better than hyperion

it's better to read hyperion cantos before.

easy to understand and good narrator.
and it is a good history