Anyone who can get past expletives used as punctuation, would have a better chance of finishing the book. I was unable to get past the poets tale in the first part of the book.
I will be looking for a book who's author is capable of using a vocabulary void of profanity.
The part where I hit the stop and delete buttons on my phone.
Outrage. This book should come with a warning for those who have not totally seared their conscience and do not wish to have their ears and minds assaulted by this type of trash.
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I am so thankful I listened. It is a first rate science fiction novel, but more than that, it is eloquently written. It mines rich literary and poetic works by fusing history and legend into an unlikely, but compelling space opera. The characters are at once intimate and epic and Dan Simmons makes you love every one of them. I cannot recommend this highly enough. If I have a critique it is the actors chosen to read the book. None of them are bad per se, however, the choices they made in reading these characters would occasionally strike me as odd given the context of the work, and would sometimes pull me out of the story. Also the vocal characterizations came off as a little goofy in places, but these were often short lived.
A true masterpiece indeed. It is almost too promising in the first stories. If it could only deliver at the very end some of what it points towards all the time!
I suspect that this is not humanly possible. At least not without satisfying some readers, and disappointing others.
The very strength of this book lies in the different transcendentals being confronted or even abused by the Lord of Pain. Is there any higher purpose to this, or does the maximization of pain await the pilgrims at travel's end? We shall never know.
Granted, though, the ending as it stands is very intriguing.
I listened to the whole book while commuting and working. It won a couple of awards so I was interested. Maybe I have bad taste, because I don't like award winning wine either. The story had some good moments but seemed like it had a lot of filler. I've listened to Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained twice, even with the painful narration the story was more engrossing. I only mention those because they were very long books with a lot of filler. Hyperion was an ok listen, but not a second listen. That's just my opinion. Maybe the next in this series is better...
Performance is a number of narrators for the different characters, all excellent. This ensemble performance puts this audiobook above the bar of even some classic audiobooks like Snow Crash, it's like some of the BBC dramatizations of Douglas Adams except unabridged. I've been an audible subscriber for a couple years now and this is possibly the best performance for an audiobook that I have ever heard.
Book is an old classic, I don't really want to review it, just make a note for how over the top awesome the performance is in case you're on the fence.
Interesting telling of a tale. Very much in the style of Canterbery Tales. Interesting emough to buy book 2 in the series. Though I did skip through the poets tale. I didnin the original too.
Great story, although the ending left me wishing for a bit more closure. The multi narrator cast worked very well for the individual stories but was a mixed bag during the group dialogue. I suspect the parts were recorded individually because they did not always flow well. Don't let that discourage you from listening! This a great story well told. I'd give the narration overall a five but the production values fell just short of real greatness.
It was just a long, long book about mild character development. Like "10 Little Indians", everybody tells their story, but unlike the Christie novel, nothing actually happens and the story isn't resolved.