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.
Not your typical sci-fi novel. In 100 years, kids will have to read this in American Lit class. A must listen.
This series (including Endymion) has helped to define my life. I have slowly read the series throughout the last 6 years of my life and it has changed me for the better. The series gives you a very interesting perspective on the future as well as an excellent adventure through this fictional universe. A space opera with no rival based on a poet with no rival (imo). This series has helped me delve deeper into poetry and literature in general. It has helped me to become more open minded. I was ecstatic when I found this book transferred to audio. I recently traveled across the united states and these books helped to keep me entertained. What I do not like is certain pronunciations of words such as "Hegemony" or "The Shrike" by some of the characters. Im used to pronouncing it like "shreek" but nevertheless its a great audiobook. Acting is a little dry but so is the series.
AWESOME! This audiobook started out slow, and even with the Awesome narration I was going to quit listening to it, BUT my friend who had read the entire series told me to stick it out. I am so GLAD that I listened to him because Hyperion turned out to be AWESOME! I just finished the 2nd book "Fall of Hyperion" and am on the 3rd book "Endymion".
This is a collection of short stories which are interesting in isolation but put together seem pointless. The ending proves beyond any doubt this is actually one very long book broken up to maximize profits. The futuristic technology description is inconsistent and unbelievable.
I am not a fan of the ensemble cast method of narrating books and this read reinforces my opinion. This would have been a much more enjoyable listen if it had been narrated by one competent professional. Allyson Johnson is simply awful. Her character is the most powerful of the lot but Ms. Johnson's rendition is so weak as to make the character into a misguided teenager.
I've just started the sequel and will likely finish the series, but I do a lot of driving and my time in the car is free.
If you value your time and money (I purchased this book with audible's 3 for 2 offer) buy Peter Hamilton's Dreaming Void series instead.