The book doesn't draw to a conclusion. If you want to know how the story ends, you apparently have to get the next book(s) in the series, but I don't care enough about the characters to want to do that.
The narration was fine. It's the story that fell short.
Lots of needless detail that didn't further the story or help you empathize with the characters. And the book needed a credible ending rather than a cliffhanger.
It ranks in the top 3 of the audiobooks I have listened to so far.
It felt similar to
Later on in the book, just before the 5th tale, there is a description of the sea of grass which is fantastic.
Yes it was. The different stories were connected beatifully and together they are interwoven creating a great sense of wonder fo the universe.
For the reader who is thinking of buying this audio book. It’s worth the listen! Simmons is no doubt a very good writer. Hyperion is a continuation of the legacy of epic writers like Asimov and Herbert…sci-fi with a lot of detailed character stories and complex plot. The narration is excellent…a dream team of narrators that makes the story even better. Longer book, so might not be for the weak…but, the writing and ideas keep the book entertaining through out. The sci-fi fan will enjoy the experience.
I'm currently listening to the third book in the Hyperion Series by Dan Simmons. I'd like to tell you how wonderful it is, perhaps by referencing the meticulous detail given to the description of scenery, but perhaps an example would serve better. Other books I've listened to tend to make my mind wander, because they are written of a dull texture and can't hold my attention, thus forcing me to re-listen to passages frequently. That is not the case here. Maybe it's only due to the fact that the portrait he paints on the canvas of my mind beckons me with an intensity I've hitherto never experienced, or it may just be that Dan Simmons has a gift. The Narration by Victor Bevine must play a role in my total immersion. He expertly gives voice to many different characters without overdoing it. Perhaps another could do as good a job, but I wouldn't risk it. This is a story that starts as several threads that are patiently woven into an epic spanning hundreds of years and thousands of light years. The characters personalities are as varied as you might find in life, but their goal is common and not at once obvious. I didn't find myself constantly trying to predict what would happen next because I at once both could not do so and felt no need to try. If you enjoy any of the following: space travel, creative advanced technology, alien worlds, malevolent forces with unclear motives, intense battles (single combat, squads, space ships), suspense and mystery from multiple angles, detective work (for one character), diverse characters with complex motivations; then this is definitely the book you've been waiting for. Even those types that rarely jump genres could find purchase here. The series touches on all aspects of culture and the human experience.
If you love science fiction, love tales of the future and high technology, love originality, and love a well crafted plausible and fantastical plot, read this. I’m unsure how this author eluded me for so long.
Literate (extremely, in the best possible way), Mr. Simmons' education, intelligence, and love lf literature shine through.
*Thank you, Mr. Simmons, for making a nod to the Canterbury Tales, and for loving poetry--you write this book with the voices of The Cannon, fading from so many, close to your heart.*
One of my all-time favorite SF series. It has stood the time since publication, and since my first reading, extremely well. I loved the pace of hearing these books again, read aloud--read well enough that I wasn't bothered by it, and the main narrator is excellent.
[Possible caveat: if you're offended by (What euphemism should I use? Mr. Carlin? Any ideas?) rough language, there is one character that uses it consistently, but it fits in with his character's history, and also has a nice ironic edge to it, considering the character's profession. Mr. Simmons did not use it because he's too lazy to think of something else.]
These books inspire that "sense of wonder" I find too infrequently at my age and upon my more mature palate. (Ah, Mr. Seldon, you've grown old since I was 12.)
Too few SF fans have discovered these, and they will not fail to delight. Wins my highest award for audio book most likely to distract me from whatever else I'm doing and set me dreaming.
Buy some hard copies and give them to your SF-reading friends. Or an Audible if they've read it before.
Let's get my biases out there now: HYPERION is my favorite book of all time, and I have read it several times since its first publication, therefore I had high expectations for this audiobook.
I was mostly pleased by the book. They used multiple readers, always a plus when you are dealing with so many characters. There was only one weak link among them: the woman who takes the part of Brawne Lamia. Her interpretation was a bit too arch for how I pictured the character, and the attempt to recreate the British accent of John Keats fell very short of the mark, enough so to be distracting, rather than drawing me into the character.
This audio interpretation did change my feelings about the book to a not-inconsiderable degree. In the past, my favorite tale from the novel was "The Detective's Tale" due to its hard-science/cyberpunk genre and the fact that I love mysteries, but when read aloud, the impact of "The Scholar's Tale" and the tragedy, agony, and heartbreak of Saul as he watches his daughter's inevitable fate play out before him really threw a curveball at me. "The Detective's Tale" is now an intellectually challenging story, certainly great science fiction and not without its emotionally effective bits, but "The Scholar's Tale," a section of the book I always plodded through, is now the emotional center of the entire book and had me in tears through most of the latter part. If you have children of your own, especially a daughter, you will find yourself in agony, but in a good way, if there is such a thing.
Kudos to those who chose to make a multiple-reader Frontiers title out of this book. It deserves nothing but the best, and it almost gets it.
I average three books a week, but as I cannot afford to purchase that many books I frequently re-read those I already have. If you are here looking for reviews, I typically only review those books I feel particularly strongly about or have some insight that hasn't yet been posted in a review.
Many reviews talk about how terrible the end of this book is, and it is extremely abrupt, however it might as well end with "To be continued" because the second book picks up immediately where the first ends. If you get this book (and enjoy it), just be aware that you will be buying two books, not one.
Book 2 does a VERY good job of wrapping up the plot, so much so that books 3 & 4 are essentially a different series set in the same universe. A few characters transition the gap, but the story is much different and (in my opinion) does not add much, if anything, to the work as a whole.
From a story-telling perspective books 1 & 2 are near perfect. however books 3 & 4 have technical issues that make the story less believable. Part of the problem is that some "retconning" ("Retroactive Continuity") takes place, and though there is plot-justifiable reasoning and mechanics behind it, it feels cheap. Also the author develops a bad habit of appearing to ignore huge plot holes (things you would think the characters would mention) only to explain them off-handedly a quarter of the book later. I think they were intended as "mysteries to be solved" but since we the reader "eye-witnessed" the facts suddenly brought into question, the only conclusion we can draw is that the author/narrator outright lied to us, which doesn't work as a story-telling device (deceptive narration is fine, but saying "that apple I gave you earlier was actually an orange" is just a retcon, even if it the retcon itself does fit into the plot). In the end it works, but there are long periods of time where you will just be left hanging.
I would recommend books 1 & 2 to anyone that likes a good story, not just Sci-Fi fans, and more-so to anyone that knows how to appreciate a story for the way it is told; 3 & 4 I would only recommend to more casual readers.
You will love this book or hate it. It is a bit like cured shark, you will either spit it out or learn to love it. If you like this book then this is just the start of an audio adventure that is about 100 hours!
I read this book on a friend's recommendation, and I'm glad I did. I haven't read a great deal of science fiction, and much of what I have read was unimpressive. This book makes me think I may have been reading the wrong stuff. It's smart, well-written and gripping. Definitely worth hearing.