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.
The book started out with a diplomat arriving from his sleep in a technologically advanced far-flung future of ours. The person who woke him was largely inhuman and the environment so full of jargon that it was hard to understand anything that was going on. With all of the above said, it was actually challenging to get into this book, however, after 3 separate attempts of falling asleep to the seemingly random placement of events that have not yet happened, the realignment of the concept of time, the jargon, and the unfamiliar descriptions, it was a great book!
Worth the wait and the understanding if you can get into it. Its full of suspence, intrigue, and a bit of time disconjunction. I think this actually helps us understand the fluidity of time a bit better than the old school books in highschool science class.
A great buy!
I really enjoyed the book. The author does a good job of fleshing out his characters and I genuinely began to care about them as each of their stories began to unfold. The galaxy that the author creates was a rich one that added to my enjoyment of the book. There were a few moments that were terrifying and they made the book all the more enjoyable. Be warned that you should have "The Fall of Hyperion" ready to listen to after this book as it ends on a cliff hanger.
I have read this book and loved it. The characters are so engaging, flawed, and while they are not "loveable" as another reviewer put it you find yourself caring for them.
For the most part the Narration is terrific. I really liked having different voices for each character. It made the story come alive more and it highlighted Dan Simmons' ability to write in multiple styles. Each characters has their own way of telling a story. However, the narrator for Braun Lamia was awful. She did not come even close to capturing the character as I remember her from the books. While the other narrators might not have sounded exactly the same as the voices I imagined while reading the book the first time each of them made their performance believable. Not so for Braun's narrator. This is the only reason I did not give it a 5 out of 5. Still worth a listen as Braun Lamia's story is only one of 6 told.
I give 5 stars to Hyperion and 2 stars to Fall of Hyperion, which are really a single book published in two parts.
The stories of the individual characters in Hyperion are inventive and fascinating, and really drew me in. Hyperion is one of the most intriguing books I've read, but it doesn't end there. Unfortunately, "Fall of Hyperion," is confusing in the extreme, wandering off to dozens of different storylines. It felt like a too-grand project that wasn't possible to tie together or finish. Some of the major elements of the story (like the Shrike) were still beyond my comprehension at the end. (Does this mean I have to read yet another book before I understand what is going on?) Other elements finished up but seemed lame or pointlessly complex.