The use of time travel as a way to get a drama published.
That I quit listening in the middle when I figured out this isn't science fiction.
It was very clever in masking it wasn't Sci-Fi. There was enough prelude or innuendo of maybe something interesting would happen, but it just kept going on and on about boring relationships an internal struggles.
Cheated. This is one of those books if a refund were available, I would be in line.
I wish I had been warned that hyperion was merely the first half of a book. The (non) ending is abrupt and jarring. The book creates a fascinating universe but chooses instead to focus in on specific people and small stories. All that said, these small stories are compelling and beautiful. I am sure they will each be stuck in my mind forever. Now on to the next book!
This is one of the better books I've listened to on audible. The production quality was top notch; multiple narrators and a musical score, yea it's wonderful.
The story is excellent too; It's really, really good. Each of the pilgrim's tales are wonderful and could stand alone among fine tales in each of their respective genres (romance, adventure, detective, and others).
The author's imagination is grand and sweeping. His ability to create worlds and communicate action is stellar. His descriptions of future combat outdoes the first chapter of Heinlein's starship troopers.
I wanted to listen to this book all the time, and I did. And when I was finished I quickly obtained the sequel with my last credit.
You will not regret this book!
As I've read from another reviewer, "If I'm not completely lost and confused in the first ten pages, it's not good science fiction." This book certainly meets that criteria. However, give it a chapter or two and you find yourself strangely at home in this world, yet even more lost, but lost in your own imagination.
Comment on writing style in the first story: Before going on my current sci-fi binge, I spent quite a lot of time reading and listening to quite a few 17th- and 18th-century "wilderness journals." This author adapts the style so perfectly that, for fleeting moments, I forgot that I wasn't listening to actual history. This book is a dream for me--in every sense of the expression.
1. Finish the book
2. Lay off the sappy humanity is doomed approach.
3. Make the characters less self righteous.
4. There are instances where simple solutions would present themselves. Simmons tortures the reader with long, drawn out, and over-described solutions.
5. Unless I just got too bored to pay attention, the characters were boring in general.
Mostly, but every time the female voice chimed in, it somewhat suprises you and throws off your concentration.
Don't think so.
This is a wonderfully smart and well thought out adventure through time. I not really a science fiction lover, but this book is addictive. Dan Simmons is a master. Long live the Shrike.
I never read long books because I don't have time so I never read this in print.
If they were the right type of listener - willing to be patient and follow a choppy story.
I liked the book and the readers' voices (except for the chopped in female voices at times, that sounded like the type of dubbing we did on home cassettes back in the 70s). HOWEVER, when it came to an end, really a beginning, I was left thinking the author was lazy in choosing the format of each character telling their story at length. It was like, "This is ___'s story, so now I don't have to write clever interactions to develop this character, you have the whole back story in GREAT DETAIL. " The whole book is just character back ground with a little world building thrown in. So I feel either the author was lazy, incapable of editing, or distrustful of readers' ability to fill in any gaps with personal impressions. Again-HOWEVER- some of the personal stories were great on their own. I got very involved in them and thought some could stand alone with a not much change. The sarcastic poet was my favorite, which was a clever way to depict a poet: as a wise soul and a good story teller. I probably will listen to the next book because I am curious to see if anything actually happens in a present setting. But I'm glad I got this one on sale.