Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer's timeless narrative. But that was before 21st-century scholar Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew, causing an enraged Achilles to join forces with his archenemy, Hector, and turn his murderous wrath on Zeus and the entire pantheon of divine manipulators; before the swift and terrible mechanical creatures that catered for centuries to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth's human race began massing in the millions, to exterminate rather than serve.
And now all bets are off.
©2005 Dan Simmons (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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This book is classic Simmons, he likes to take the classics, turn them inside out and spin them, dice them, cook them and serve them with gravy and potatoes . If you don't mind Homer spinning in his grave, you will like this book.
I like Dan Simmons as an author, he keeps turning out great stories time after time. I've read several bad reviews of this book, don't understand why. It could be me. For what it's worth, I liked it, great story, another winner.
"Excellent, But Sometimes Overwhelming"
The narrator was excellent. His characterizations kept everything understandable, and in a book with this many characters and story lines that is not a simple feat.
The last 3 books of the Hyperion Series. I am a huge fan of Simmons but his books are different from other contemporary Sci Fi and challenging in their own regard. His grasp of literature and history is impressive, and his inter textual, nuanced storytelling combines literature, history, science and pop culture in a way that makes the complexity of the underlying narrative pale in comparison. His books give you a reason to do research on Proust, Shakespeare and ancient history, just so you can keep up with the story. I cannot think of another author who works this territory and does so in a impressive manner. I enjoyed the Hyperion Series and this series is just as entertaining and challenging. This is not a light read, but if you want to invest the time and energy the payoff is substantial.
The ending scenes of the book brought everything together, something I did not think would be possible mid-way through the series. There are many, many things going on but everything is resolved in a way that is logical and satisfying.
No way, this is a huge book. If you are a Dan Simmons fan you realize early on that this is a big time investment but you commit to get lost in his world, and to enjoy things while you are there.
Good production. The narrator was great. I hope Simmons returns to these types of stories, his current approach are more horror and contemporary novels. His Sci Fi imagination is not only impressive but needed in the genre. Great stuff.
"Excellent story. Long complex and intelligent!"
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Between classical poets and heroes, futuristic technology and god like beings shaped time itself. What a great concept.
"A truly mind boggling enjoyable listen!"
I have listened to it twice already and will again...the interweaving of historical fiction with scifi is just so tasty to have only one helping...
"Disappointment after Ilium ;("
After listening to the excellent book of Ilium, my expectation were high for this sequel. Perhaps too high. The book drags on into meaningless detail. One wonders if an editor was too scared to tell the author what to cut out from the book. It also falters from a lack of a clear distict voice which was the main character in Ilium. Instead, it goes into multiple third-person perspectives to the point at which one starts to not care where the overall stroy is going. The only redeeming part of the book was the area that dealt with the Trojans, the Greeks, Achilles, Zeus, etc. The rest I could have fast forwarded through and not been any wiser as far as plot development.
I recommended the first book: Ilium. I'd recommend stopping there.
"Everything but the kitchen sink"
It'll be a long time before I'm ready for another Dan Simmons novel. And a long, long time before I'll listen to a Kevin Pariseau performance of a work of fiction.
Would not recommend. The book lacks focus, and is not a good example of Mr. Simmons' better writing.
Mr. Pariseau's inflections in dialogue were atrocious - I often wondered if he even read the descriptions of the way things were said. There was no nuance in his delivery - whispers, speculation, regrets, all were delivered in the same monotone. Except for once character . . .
I almost could not continue once the character of Moira appeared. She's a (SPOILER ALERT) young woman, but he makes her sound like my 85 year-old great aunt. A terrible, terrible misread of the character that threw me out of the story everytime he voiced a line.
Mild curiosity, the further I got into it. The story went everywhere (almost literally), without managing to imbue the characters with much that made me care what happened to them. But I was curious to see what else Mr. Simmons would cram into the book, and to see how - if - he pulled it all together.
This book contained some of the most cringe-inducing descriptions of sexual arousal and intercourse I've ever seen in a work of fiction (fortunately, there weren't many, but they were memorable for their awfulness). Mr. Pariseau's delivery of the scenes only made them worse - turgid prose delivered in a stentorian monotone is a combination to be avoided at all costs.
"As good as the first..."
I enjoyed the first book in this series, although it was a bit long winded at times. The second in the series continues where the first left off and answers many of the questions brought up but left unaddressed in the first novel. If you finished the first, you will want to finish the second to get a real sense of what many of mysteries in the story were all about.
"Very original, but too artsy fartsy for me"
There is no doubt that this is one of a kind. Very original and creative, but also too artsy and boring in many parts.
second time listening and still just as captivating as the first, please read Ilium which is the first part of this series. you won't regret buying this book.
"From such a huge book"
you expect an epic story and tension to the end. You get epic literary masturbation.
"Incredible story. So multifaceted."
Incredible story, how Simmons manages to weave sci fi and the classics together I will never know. This and the first book Ilium are modern classics. A must for any sci fi or indeed classics fans also.
"Best books I've ever read. An incredible sequel!"
Absolutely loved this book. A perfect mixture of fantasy and Sci fi. Ilium was so good I was worried about being let down by the sequel, but it didn't disappoint.
"Intersting in a way"
I would try another book by Dan Simmons but not narrated by Kevin
The narrator made the book so boring as if he is reading to half wits. I had to speed up the narration to be able to enjoy the book.
It was worth the listening time even with the slow narration
"Quite a disapointment"
Yeah, his Hyperion saga was excelent.
Oh man, lots and lots. It was to islamophobic, too rightwing, hostile towards women - and ultimatly dos not answer any of the interesting questions from the first book.
Yeah, read the hyperion saga - ifinetly better and a much more satisfying read.
"Hard work to finish"
Very difficult to follow the plot. Overlong. Probably two good books in there somewhere,
Narrator was fine and I really enjoyed 'Hyperion'.
Disappointed that I didn't enjoy the experience more.
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