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.
Started out exciting and inspiring like good science fiction is, but suddenly the story lines divided into various auto biographies that never really recaptures the rythum and energy that the book started with, felt like my girl left the dance with someone else!
This book started a little slow, but after each member of the plot began telling their stories, it turned into five cliff hangers all in one book.
The storyline was very complete, and tied back into its self very well. The use of multiple narrators (male and female) made the plot easily understandable.
I realize that authors must sell their books, but the ending that brought no closure to the story at all, and left a lot to be desired.
I have purchased the next three sequels, hoping that I will find the endings that I am looking for. Otherwise I'm afraid that it was a trap, and I was caught....
Good telling of a story through other stories. Ending was a bit of a let down.
Bottom line: Enjoy the trip, because the ending will disappoint you!
This is actually a book of several short stories. A few of them are very good...several are terrible. For this alone I would have lowered the rating to a 3. However, the end is the absolute pits! Frankly, I think his deadline was suddenly moved up and he had to finish the book 15 minutes or less. So, he came up with the least imaginative ending humanly possible. For this reason, I gave it 2 stars.
No, thank you. It is a remarkable indication of the shallowness of character of the author when he finds it necessary to introduce explicitly pornographic sex scenes into an otherwise interesting plot. I am tired of authors thinking that the only way that they can keep the interest of their audience is to produce filth as a substitute for intellectual depth and substance.
I love sci-fi. I am fed up with the all-too-popular perspective that not only will all future societies be devoid of morals, but that the reader really wants all of the disgusting details of that immorality.
The narrator was fine.
I was intrigued for the first 25% of the book, then disgusted when it took an unnecessary descent into the gutter. I didn't finish it.
I wish that Audible would provide some sort of rating system so that those of us who want to try out new authors need not be surprised by material that is embarrassing for us to listen to in front of our wives and children. Really, is it too much to ask that inappropriate material be flagged in some way?
Did not go anywhere
I was 80% done and just couldn't do it anymore.
It was a great book...up until the end when it just kind of...stopped. I feel like he didn't finish the story. Was very disappointed. He spent a large quantity of time leading up to what could have been a great ending and then just quit on it. Maybe he continues it in the rest of the series, but honestly, I have no desire to find out. Most of the narrators were pretty good, except for the woman. She was not really that smooth or fluid. Her reading seemed forced and choppy, maybe due to the lack of lines in the book?
I was totally captivated by the story and listened daily to find out what happened. I was very disappointed. It seemed as though the author couldn't figure it out himself.