The description of the techno/electrocution/crucifixion of the father was both incredibly unexpected and disturbing because you just don't think of catholic priests when you think of science fiction. I feel okay in giving that away because well they start off telling you he did not "survive" and all that was left was his journals in the priests tale. Also there is so much more to that storyline I'm not really giving away anything that you won't see coming.
The effect of the time tombs on Rachel and her family was just incredibly sad. The narrator really just did an outstanding job portraying the pain and sadness of it all.
Great, great, great story. I am more of a horror/supernatural fan, but this story was so awesome. Book 2 was pretty good also, but didn't come close to as good as this one. The only reason I didn't give this all 5 stars was because of the narrator who portrayed Brawne Lamia. She did not do a good job at all in my opinion. Her voice was just off. She sounded happy/upbeat even through her fight scenes and her emotional scenes.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
Simmons is a very good writer. This book deserves to be called a classic. I couldn't decide between a 4 and a 5, so I will round to a 5 based on the interesting stories and quality of writing. I especially liked the Priest's Tale and the Scholar's Tale.
I read this book many years ago, and was looking forward to rediscovering it as a listening experience, but the performances of the narrators are stunningly wooden, awful and distracting. The individual sub-stories when told by a single narrator are OK -- but when more than one narrator is part of the tale they're just laughably forced and frustrating to listen to. Never before have I been so turned off by an audiobook.
Never, never, never again. The ensemble narrating this story effectively ruined the book for me. It's as if each actor was a nervous high school student standing at a try-out for the school play - no nuance, no depth in the performance, just wooden, graceless reading. Worse, when these performances are combined (I suspect the parts were read in isolation from eachother) there's no cohesion. It's sad because you can tell they put some time, effort and money into the production - but whoever was running the show was unable to evoke good performances, and completely tone-deaf to the forced nature of the whole piece.
Tell us about yourself!
In my opinion, no.
This novel felt like a collection of short stories. They never connected to me. The book never really "ends". The Shrike is the principle antagonist, but in the book rarely antagonizes much of anything. In my mind, I kept picturing a petulant child doing random things to random people, usually impaling them at random. As a single entity on a single planet in a very large collection of planets in an empire, I didn't get the fuss.Of course, the short stories themselves are about the people around the Shrike, not the Shrike himself. Most of the short stories are okay, I didn't connect with them. I just couldn't get around the "silly" aspects of science.
A very boring person
That he is a published writer and so many others, who are surely better are not.
maybe, the narrator was okay, not great, but he was probably bored out of his mind, so I give him a pass.
All of them
Yes. Just to pick up missed plot points and connections as well as note (with a smile) ample foreshadowing. And just for the sheer enjoyment of revisiting that world.
The narrator for Brawne Lamia was horrific. She could not have "acted" in a more bland, unemotional and extremely unconvincing manner if she tried. ONLY point about the entire book and performances that was not superb.
The amazing story and the narrators. This was a first rate production with a great story line.
This is easily one of the best audio books I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. It's hard to compare it to other works.
All the narrators did a great job.
We had to cut so much out to make it fit in a movie; you really should check out the audio book!
I haven't read the print version, but this audiobook was so good that I downloaded "The Fall of Hyperion" as an e-book right after I finished listening.
The variety of narrators and their voices. I do, however, want to know which voice-actor voiced which character(s). Jay Snyder, in particular, is excellent.
Hyperion is long, but worth it. The author does an excellent job of grounding his future world(s) in a way that is recognizable to the reader. And even though the book was published in 1989, it doesn't at all feel dated.
This will be a repeat listen when I get back to the series. I will get back to it, that much is certain, but I was hoping for a story with a reasonable ending when I started listening.
The different perspectives gave a great introduction to the universe from many different perspectives.
There is an ending to each of the tales, but the overall story ending is dis-satisfying at best.
Sci-fi, fantasy, and mil fic. I like space ships, goblins, dragons, and thing that go BOOM. That being said, I also enjoy the classics.
I'm not one to read or listen to many books multiple times. I'd not read this one again unless it was to remember certain quotes and contexts
Ohhhhh, hard to say really.
First time listening to these narrators. All did very well with their specific parts.
The Canterbury tales...IN SPAAAAACE. Haha, not really. Though the style is similar, I'd say this makes for a very good space drama.
Overall a very good book. I felt lost at the beginning of each section not having any previous knowledge of the universe in which this book is set. I'm glad I stuck with it. It doesn't take long to be engrossed by the story and pick up the setting.