The dialog goes back and forth between the various characters seamlessly, and the narrators give perfectly understated performances that bring across the characterisation without allowing it to take centre stage away from the stories.
And the story is why we're here and what a story it is.
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 truck driver who listens to a lot of Audiobooks
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.
What I love about this book is the amazing creations the author comes up with for the future. In every section of there is some new technological or fantastic wonder which is totally original from any other fantasy sci fi I've experienced. Unlike most futuristic sci-fi this doesn't feel derivative of any other work. And some of the author's amazing ideas left me dreaming and wondering for days.
Unfortunately it was hard to find myself immersed in this book because of the poor narration. This audio has a different narrator playing each major character, and some are good while others are not good. If you're attracted to women you'll find yourself really attracted by one particular female, until she speaks, voiced by a male, which wrecks the sexy image completely. In me mind she went from hot porn star to drag queen in a matter of seconds. Why couldn't they just get one of the female cast members to voice that part? That really bugged me.
Another thing about this type of narration is that with audiobooks I find it takes a while of listening to get used to the narrators voice and really sink in to the story. When the narration changes abruptly, it has a way of shocking me out of the story and instead paying attention to the new narrator. Anyway, thats just me, I would still recommend this story for anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy, but you might want to get the printed version for this book.