A decent performance of one of my favorite books. Still fantastic after nearly 25 years.
I don' t think I would. I have read some of the longest, most dry sci fi in existence, and loved it. Hyperion turned out to be quite shallow in the "science" portion, and pretty simplistic and childlike in the "fiction" area. I found the narrators all to be poorly chosen, the universe shallow and less than believable, the plot uninteresting and non-engaging, and the characters all taken from books written for teenagers. Additionally, the author obviously has some kind of obsession with poetry and classical poets, and extremely clumsily inserts references to this are aof interest into the world. Maybe I am spoiled after listening to John Lee narrate all of Peter F. Hamilton's space operas, but the combination of horrible narration, shallow/boring plot material, and poorly visualized action sequences made this listen quite painful. It is 20 hours, and it took me a week to listen to all of it....while I could listen to 34 hours of a Peter F Hamilton novel in 3-4 days.
Some better Sci-fi, after having listened to a sample of the narration beforehand.
Not in this lifetime.
Well, obviously.....it already has one.
People who think this is decent sci-fi desperately need to listen to Peter F Hamiltons works narrated by John Lee, one of the best audiobook narrators of all time.
Valar morghulis. We know.
I think we all enjoy a book with a good story, well-developed characters and enough action and/or suspense to keep us turning to the next chapter. Hyperion has all that AND a marvelous structure akin to the oft-cited Canterbury Tales. I felt that this structure was what truly distinguishes this book apart from other works of classic science fiction. The outstanding job of the entire narration cast reinforces this, I believe, just as the author would have intended. Definitely be prepared to continue on your reading with Fall of Hyperion but I would stop there in the series. The Endymion books fall off in quality of writing and story in large measure.
I had a "buy 3 for 2" special, and this was one of the books I selected. I didn't have high expectations, but I was really blown away. The story is told in parts, and each of the main characters tells thier backstory so there is potential to loose track of the story, but the way it is constructed I found that I didn't struggle at all to keep track. The story was interesting and in a few cases a little thrilling which I really enjoyed.
The only thing that really bothered me was the naration. There were so many of them that I struggled to remember who was speaking, and it made the story a little choppy. Not really bad, just not good.
I would recomend this book to others, and I'm listening to the second book now.
Everything :)) the story was full well rounded and not too out there for a new SF fan like myself. DS slowly led me into the light and now I look forward to listening to all his stories
The detail and realism of the worlds and characters left me wanting more with each page
Oh so many, the time tombs and their complexity, the 'evil' Shrike and it's purpose in humanities destiny, the use of the poet Keats and his prose, the Stephen Hawkings, Tesler and www references keeping the link to what we know now and it's possible use in a future so rich with detail!!
Choose again :)
the story just got better as the books progressed and I loved the narration by Victor Bevine
I enjoyed the writing for the most part (see below), and the performance was excellent. But at the end of the story, I was left feeling that I'd completely wasted the 20+ hours because the ending was completely meaningless. No wrap-up whatsoever. Also, the endless praising of poetry is pretty annoying for those of us who don't really care for poetry. It's kind of like listening to your IT guy drone endlessly about the merits of computers, when you don't know or care about computers. If you love poetry, you may feel otherwise.
There's apparently sequels to this story, but I doubt I'll be investing the time and money to listen to another 70 hours before getting the whole story. In a GOOD series, each book should come to a reasonable stopping point and tell a story of it's own, and this one doesn't.
This was a great listen. Well narrated and an excellent story
The book follows different characters at different times. So one character becomes a favourite only to be replaced by another as the story evolves. Well constructed because of this writing style.
Clever the way a number of narrators join to give different dimensions to different characters.
Well written, an epic of different moments of drama and a range of characters that are spun out over the story and time.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
Sci-fi isn't one of my first choices normally. In fact it has been years since I've chosen sci-fi over a mystery or fantasy book but this author has gotten such good ratings I had to see what the fuss was about. I was not disappointed.
The book centers around life on various planets in the web. The Hegemony, which is the ruling body over this coalition of planets ( for you Star Trek fans this would be akin to the Federation of planets), has been taking over worlds for centuries with little thought to the impact on the locals. Hyperion is a world on the fringes of the Hegemony borders & the old time tombs & the legend of the Shrike, which controls the tombs, are what all factions either want to control or destroy. The story follows 7 people chosen by the Hegemony to go to Hyperion on a pilgrimage to see the Shrike in a effort to avert war. The book tells each of their stories & their relation to the Shrike & ultimately each other.
The book narration is done by several people - all which are good. The writing is very descriptive & intense. Although it was a long listen it didn't seem that way as the story sucked me in & kept me wanting more. I will warn you this is the 1st in a 4 set series, however based on how interesting it was I will immediately listen to book 2. I see why this author won the Hugo award. Simply outstanding.
This is an Audible book that has been around since 2008, so I am sure everything has been said before. I listened to Dan Simmon's "Drood" book and loved it. A big SF fan, I was intrigued to hear a rendition of his series he wrote in the 1990s, something I assumed would be huge departure from the 19th-Century book that is "Drood."
"Hyperion" is a classic, award-winning story...and for good reason. While I wasn't familiar with the novel, I am glad I invested in it. The performance of this book is one of those multiple actor jobs, and the book lends itself very well to that kind of recorded performance. Similar to Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," we, the listener/reader, travel with a handful of "pilgrims" who provide all the backfill to the story by telling us why he or she is traveling to Hyperion.
Here's the rub: most of the character's voices are very good, the actors' readings are expressive, and, at least to this listener's ear, provide a reasonable rendering of the individual characters in sound. All save the one female reader, Allyson Johnson. She is not credible as a character in this story (a hard-boiled detective), and she is an extremely irritating reader. Her singsong delivery is like listening to someone reading the news early in the morning on an FM station...for an hour. I hear very little expression except mechanically crisp words. There is a huge difference between saying the words while inflecting your voice up and down in the same place every time and actually telling a story. I found myself looking for a way to gnaw my arm off and get away from this portion of the performance.
And now I'm stuck. I'm over half way through this 20+ hour story, but I can't stand to listen to her make her contribution to the plot. Do I quit? The story is engaging enough and so well written that I cannot bail out on it (plus, perhaps foolishly, I bought the other three audio books in the series). So, I guess I'll go find the book in hardcopy, read the Detective's Story, then fast forward to the rest of the performance. I only hope the other three installments are better.
The story is wonderful and I have read the book multiple times, this production was awful and I couldn't make it through more than the first 15 minutes. Very very disappointing.