My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
Got this audiobook on a whim and I am very glad I did. Im definately going to have to listen to the other three in the series. Each member of the Shrike pilgrimage tells their own tale, and in someway they have all come into contact with the shrike. If your imagination can create vivid pictures from the wonderful descriptions of the scenes this will make for one memorable listen.
The ending was disappointing.
It was a kind of trite.
Look for more SF.
The nod to Canterbury Tales was clever and several of them really fun. Overall it was OK, but I was disappointed by the ending.
Good premise and good format. But drags quite a bit. Much of the sex and language didn't forward the story. Terrible ending.
Maybe the editor should have cut 100 pages or so.
I first got this book about two years ago and halfway through the priest's story I stopped listening. The story was brilliantly written but it was just not interesting, I couldn't imagine forcing myself through another six stories if all of them were as devoid of interest as Father Duray's story.
I finished my audiobook for April soon and decided to give this book another try, I had another three weeks to wait for my next credit. I forced myself through Duray's story and by the time Fedmahn Kassan's story started I was hooked. All of the stories touch on the Shrike so as to give the reader a taste of what they are travelling to confront and Simmons writes each story brilliantly.
The best story for me was Weintraub's story about his daughter and his quest to try and save her. I think any parent will understand the emotions involved which Simmons caught so perfectly.
The whole book would have gotten a solid five stars from me, if it had not been for the Priest's story which was the hardest to get through.
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
The whole story was very interesting, and the narration was fantastic. The book builds to a huge climax at the end, and then ---SPOILER---
... well, I guess not a spoiler, because I have no idea what the end was. It was the strangest thing. It was sort of like watching most of a movie, and then walking out of the theater and asking a homeless man to tell you a story for 10 minutes, and use that as the ending of the movie. I'm not even convinced it was the same characters.
All that being said, it was still a very amusing book. I have come to terms with the ending, and decided the whole book was still worth the story I got out of it on the way to the ending.
Since this book just came up to me as a top of the class book I decided I better review it. I always have an audio book going and sorry but I have been working on this one for 2 years. Maybe it is a better read than listen. I never read the book. The narrator's voice is just so dull I guess. I do love sci fi. Well, just thought I'd put in my two cents worth. Maybe my problem is that I am tending towards fantasy more these days. One of my sci fi favorites is
Yes. Once it got going at least... the first hour or so was a bit slow as there is a lot of jargon that isn't really explained off the bat, though it was all filled in before to long. But once the individual stories started being told it was very hard to put down.The second book is a must as well (Just got credits so I can start the 3rd book)
Hyperion is one of my all-time favorite books. It ranks for me with Bleak House and Vanity Fair and maybe even Don Quixote as a great, sprawling, intelligent, absorbing *story.*
But the narration is only passable. Hyperion is the beginning of the story of seven pilgrims who are journeying to visit the mysterious, terrifying Shrike. As they travel, each pilgrim tells their own backstory. The producers chose to use different voices for each of the pilgrims.
Some of the narrators were spot-on (Kassad, Father Hoyt). But the narrator for Brawne Lamia was so wrong for the part that I couldn't listen to it. For her story, I finally had to pull out the book and re-read it myself. Brawne is supposed to be a hard-boiled private investigator; this narrator has a mellifluous, smooth, delivery that sounds like she's doing the safety announcements on an airplane. And the narrator for the non-character bits read so slowly that I ended up using the 'faster' option on my iPod to get through it.
But even that isn't enough to ruin the story. This is still a great listen. Also, if you're new to the book, you should know that Hyperion is just the set-up. Each of the seven pilgrims' back-story is worth reading on its own, so it's still a great read and definitely not a waste of time, but the story of the pilgrimage doesn't really happen until the next book.
the generals fight
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this was a very exciting and enjoyable listen throughout the whole story. the characters and story line develop well but the end comes very quickly and resolves nothing. the epilogue feels like the author got so many negative comments about the end that he felt he needed to add something. it is weak also. i was ready for some brilliant, genius, twisting at the end but it never came. that was a disappointment...