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Reading is a different experience, couldn't be "better or worse", but what I will say is that the production was spectacular. The only other audible production I can compare it to is Dune. It was just great from the main narrator to the different characters just great. I wouldn't have enjoyed a movie more, which I think is a better comparison.
Rachel has to be one of the most interesting and compelling characters I have encountered. A close second would be Father Hoyt...all in all the character development is very well done.
I have not, but he (they) did an awesome job.
"go listen to the audible version first, they did it better"
Simmons is just a great writer, I would compare him to Arthur C. Clarke and Ursula LeGuin.. He is descriptive, develops characters very well and presents a multi layered story that draws you in. the basic story premise is based on systems theory, religion, poetry and a complex science fiction space opera. Detractors will maintain that Simmons spend too much time describing minute items. But I enjoy getting lost in the details of a good story so I personally enjoy that. I plan on listening to the remainder of the series. I cannot say enough about the production and overall delivery of this great book. My favorite (besides Dune and the Dispossessed) on audible in the SciFi category thus far. Thanks!
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I really enjoyed the story structure of 6 separate character back-stories being told, and the reader being left to perform the synthesis. It was rewarding to find small areas where one or more of the back-stories referenced one another, and impressive how each was told in a truly unique style & voice. One of the back-stories, for example, is an homage to the hard-boiled private investigator noir played out across multiple worlds linked by public instant teleportation system. Another story is practically devoid of any fast-paced action altogether while it explores the slow-motion heartache of very personal drama within one family losing their daughter to a mysterious ailment. Naturally, all readers will prefer one or more of the storylines while finding others less engaging, but I won't opine here, as it seems there is intentionally something provided for all readers. There is an interwoven theme of literary appreciation that I feel I would have appreciated more if I had more familiarity with 19th-century poetry, but it doesn't prevent one from enjoying the SF. One distraction I found in the multiple narrations was how equally eloquent and poetic they all seemed despite their varied origins. An example of this would be the overly patient and floral detail given to the language of a lowly space construction worker from the final back-story narrative. Still, I found the layering of detail that resulted from hearing the tales sequentially was gripping and made each moment more urgently interesting than the last. I disagree with the opinion that the novel is indigestible in isolation from its sequel by the simple fact that I could quite contentedly walk away from the series after just this first book (although I doubt I will). Unresolved mysteries and cliffhanger endings are commonplace in short stories and novelettes, which I read voraciously, and focus the attention instead to the concept questions, rather than the answers. What would it be like to watch your child age in reverse, knowing each day brings her closer to oblivion? How does one maintain a relationship when travel at relativistic speeds causes one partner to age at a vastly different pace than the other? How must a homogenous human society that erases the cultural distinctness of each new colony world it incorporates appear to another branch of humanity that avoids the comfortable familiarity with planet-based life for one between the stars? Can the ancient authority of religious tradition, in this case Judaism and Catholicism, be maintained in a post-diaspora following the destruction of Earth and it's Holy Lands? The great ambition of this novel is to tie together such disparate storylines in a way which feels quite natural to the reader, and to provide a universe big enough to accommodate them all believably. In that regard, Hyperion is quite successful, and remains a wholly enjoyable stand-alone work.
I first read Hyperion when I was a teenager (and when I'd never heard of John Keats), and I was wondering if it would still hold up (and whether it's more fun if you've read some Keats). The answer is yes!
At first I was doubtful. The first chapter is very awkward because the 5 voice artists are conversing with each other and there are irksome pauses between their lines that should have been edited out - it sounds very stilted.
But hang on in there, because the meat of "Hyperion" is the five lengthy tales told by individual narrators, and this is where the novel really takes hold. Each of the stories is wonderfully engrossing and moving, and each evokes the novel's many worlds and societies in thrilling detail. They are little masterpieces of storytelling and each could stand alone in their own right; but linked together, they illuminate and develop each other beautifully. As the novel comes to its close, you realize that it's a masterpiece of formal perfection. Despite ending on a cliffhanger it's entirely satisfying.
The only disappointment for me was the reader of the Brawne Lamia tale, whose voice lacks the emotional depth of the other readers, and who lumbers the pivotal character of Johnnie with a truly awful attempt at a British accent. The other readers are all wonderful though.
This is one of the great science fiction novels and well worth a listen.
A decent performance of one of my favorite books. Still fantastic after nearly 25 years.
I don' t think I would. I have read some of the longest, most dry sci fi in existence, and loved it. Hyperion turned out to be quite shallow in the "science" portion, and pretty simplistic and childlike in the "fiction" area. I found the narrators all to be poorly chosen, the universe shallow and less than believable, the plot uninteresting and non-engaging, and the characters all taken from books written for teenagers. Additionally, the author obviously has some kind of obsession with poetry and classical poets, and extremely clumsily inserts references to this are aof interest into the world. Maybe I am spoiled after listening to John Lee narrate all of Peter F. Hamilton's space operas, but the combination of horrible narration, shallow/boring plot material, and poorly visualized action sequences made this listen quite painful. It is 20 hours, and it took me a week to listen to all of it....while I could listen to 34 hours of a Peter F Hamilton novel in 3-4 days.
Some better Sci-fi, after having listened to a sample of the narration beforehand.
Not in this lifetime.
Well, obviously.....it already has one.
People who think this is decent sci-fi desperately need to listen to Peter F Hamiltons works narrated by John Lee, one of the best audiobook narrators of all time.
Valar morghulis. We know.
I think we all enjoy a book with a good story, well-developed characters and enough action and/or suspense to keep us turning to the next chapter. Hyperion has all that AND a marvelous structure akin to the oft-cited Canterbury Tales. I felt that this structure was what truly distinguishes this book apart from other works of classic science fiction. The outstanding job of the entire narration cast reinforces this, I believe, just as the author would have intended. Definitely be prepared to continue on your reading with Fall of Hyperion but I would stop there in the series. The Endymion books fall off in quality of writing and story in large measure.
I had a "buy 3 for 2" special, and this was one of the books I selected. I didn't have high expectations, but I was really blown away. The story is told in parts, and each of the main characters tells thier backstory so there is potential to loose track of the story, but the way it is constructed I found that I didn't struggle at all to keep track. The story was interesting and in a few cases a little thrilling which I really enjoyed.
The only thing that really bothered me was the naration. There were so many of them that I struggled to remember who was speaking, and it made the story a little choppy. Not really bad, just not good.
I would recomend this book to others, and I'm listening to the second book now.
Everything :)) the story was full well rounded and not too out there for a new SF fan like myself. DS slowly led me into the light and now I look forward to listening to all his stories
The detail and realism of the worlds and characters left me wanting more with each page
Oh so many, the time tombs and their complexity, the 'evil' Shrike and it's purpose in humanities destiny, the use of the poet Keats and his prose, the Stephen Hawkings, Tesler and www references keeping the link to what we know now and it's possible use in a future so rich with detail!!
Choose again :)
the story just got better as the books progressed and I loved the narration by Victor Bevine
I enjoyed the writing for the most part (see below), and the performance was excellent. But at the end of the story, I was left feeling that I'd completely wasted the 20+ hours because the ending was completely meaningless. No wrap-up whatsoever. Also, the endless praising of poetry is pretty annoying for those of us who don't really care for poetry. It's kind of like listening to your IT guy drone endlessly about the merits of computers, when you don't know or care about computers. If you love poetry, you may feel otherwise.
There's apparently sequels to this story, but I doubt I'll be investing the time and money to listen to another 70 hours before getting the whole story. In a GOOD series, each book should come to a reasonable stopping point and tell a story of it's own, and this one doesn't.
This was a great listen. Well narrated and an excellent story
The book follows different characters at different times. So one character becomes a favourite only to be replaced by another as the story evolves. Well constructed because of this writing style.
Clever the way a number of narrators join to give different dimensions to different characters.
Well written, an epic of different moments of drama and a range of characters that are spun out over the story and time.