Despite my best efforts, I found this book difficult to get into and even more difficult to become absorbed in. In fact, it became so painful to follow that I erased it from my audio player.
It was meandering and many times off-point - quite a miserable endeavor
Stunning, fantastic and gripping sci-fi in the format of a frame narrative ala The Canterbury Tales. Hyperion is a masterwork and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
I fell for the must read sci-fi reviews here. I have enjoyed listening to the Peter F Hamilton epic sci fi books on audible, but these Hyperion books were a chore to get through. No characters to have hope for here. A posse of sad people set out on a seemingly pointless quest to save a miserable human race. Humanity owes the universe and dolphins an apology. I get it. String us all up on the tree of pain.
Hyperion and The Fall Of Hyperion are one story split into 2 books, so be warned and don't complain about an abrupt ending.
I own the Emperion books (bought all 4 at once based on reviews), but don't know if/when I'll feel up to listening to them.
I generally prefer SciFi over fantasy. This leans toward the fantasy side, but it held my interest. The narration was excellent. This book stops rather than ends, so be prepared to get the next book if you like this one.
Hyperion is that rarest of SF novels -- one that combines believable character you care about with galaxy spanning elements of science fiction. Everything in this book was pitch perfect, including the excellent narration. I highly recommend this Simmons' offering and its sequel.
This is the first in a series of three novels, and one of the finest science fiction books ever written. The story is unique, and unlike most science fiction books, the characters, both human and mechanical, are deep and multidimensional. The Shrike may well be the most interesting of all the characters. Why does this creature exist? Is the Shrike evil or a savior of humanity? Hyperion explores some fundamental issues of the human condition from a unique perspective that spans the full evolution of humans. Not to be missed by any fan of hard science fiction.
I very much enjoyed this novel, though it was a bit of a slow start. I think that most space opera fans will basically enjoy this novel. I liked the readers with the notable exception of Allyson Johnson. She wasn't technically bad, but poorly cast for the character of Brawne Lamia.
If you are looking for a stand alone book do not get this one. This is meant as a beginning and has to go with Fall of Hyperion to make complete sense so don't complain about the ending when it really isn't the ending. (the last two books are only related and not required as the first 2 books are, but are enjoyable and finish up the story nicely). To all the people complaining about the short stories, you have to know what has happened to fully understand what is happening (which you won't really find out until book 2). I actually liked that we get to know the characters in depth before all the crazy happens. If you want spoonfed science fiction with no thinking required don't get this book. If you like to think and use your imagination then the bottom line is, this is one of the best science fiction stories ever written.
WOW! I love science fiction and was surprised and delighted with Hyperion. It is unique and written in a way I think of as a work by "a writers' writer" which for me is not only a creative story that carries me away it is also elegantly written. Dan Simmons pulls elements into his story that weave surprise and intellect throughout. To me Dan Simmons wrote this book because he loves to write and create, the style reminded me what it is to seek knowledge for knowledges' sake. The characters pulled me in and kept me riveted. I listened to this twice through (back to back), very well done!
Do not be disuaded by the reviews that say to end after this book. In my opinion, all four books in the series are amazing, and none should stand alone. I actually cannot imagine having read any of them without knowing all of them. If you like Simmons style of speculative fiction, and you are a sci-fi/fantasy geek like me, you will enjoy these.