I enjoy mostly classics, sci-fi, and sci-fi classics
Based on rave reviews I was expecting something on the level of Dune, or at least a better Heinlein novel. The collection of stories here are fairly entertaining and/or intriguing. But the overall frame story is weak. Basically, there's a lot of dabbling around in different ideas and themes, but nothing of substance in any of them. It felt like Simmons' own self-gratifying literary romp, which wasn't so much fun for me.
I'll hold back the word great until I read the sequel and see how the author ties up the lose ends.
If you ever wondered if there was a literary place where The wizard of Oz, the Canterbury tales, and Rosencranz and Guildenstern are dead meet. There is and its here.
Simmons does an excellent job an area where most Sci Fi writers fall desperately short. He brings us into a complex future world and describes it to us while telling the story rather than taking breaks from the story to tell us how the technology, society and government function. (Orson Scott card really needs to study a book like this so he can avoid his characters annoying dialogs about how the magic or the science works, but I digress).
The story about the Pilgrims headed to certain death but they each work hard to get there, are they doing so of there own decision or have they been pawns of greater power. Is this their fate or can they alter their own destiny? They learn as they approach the inevitable they only have each other, hope and maybe even faith. Is there fate a senseless death? a final atonement? Retribution? an answer to an unknowable question, or maybe just maybe they will survive.
The book does try make a point against industrialism, and for conservationism toward the end, but its not overly political. Published in 1989 way before the Web, his insights into the "Data Sphere" and "commlogs" (read internet and google devices) is fascinating.
I found Allyson Johnson's performance to be lacking, the others were very good to outstanding.
The dialog goes back and forth between the various characters seamlessly, and the narrators give perfectly understated performances that bring across the characterisation without allowing it to take centre stage away from the stories.
And the story is why we're here and what a story it is.
I read this book many years ago, and was looking forward to rediscovering it as a listening experience, but the performances of the narrators are stunningly wooden, awful and distracting. The individual sub-stories when told by a single narrator are OK -- but when more than one narrator is part of the tale they're just laughably forced and frustrating to listen to. Never before have I been so turned off by an audiobook.
Never, never, never again. The ensemble narrating this story effectively ruined the book for me. It's as if each actor was a nervous high school student standing at a try-out for the school play - no nuance, no depth in the performance, just wooden, graceless reading. Worse, when these performances are combined (I suspect the parts were read in isolation from eachother) there's no cohesion. It's sad because you can tell they put some time, effort and money into the production - but whoever was running the show was unable to evoke good performances, and completely tone-deaf to the forced nature of the whole piece.
Tell us about yourself!
In my opinion, no.
This novel felt like a collection of short stories. They never connected to me. The book never really "ends". The Shrike is the principle antagonist, but in the book rarely antagonizes much of anything. In my mind, I kept picturing a petulant child doing random things to random people, usually impaling them at random. As a single entity on a single planet in a very large collection of planets in an empire, I didn't get the fuss.Of course, the short stories themselves are about the people around the Shrike, not the Shrike himself. Most of the short stories are okay, I didn't connect with them. I just couldn't get around the "silly" aspects of science.
A truck driver who listens to a lot of Audiobooks
A very boring person
That he is a published writer and so many others, who are surely better are not.
maybe, the narrator was okay, not great, but he was probably bored out of his mind, so I give him a pass.
All of them
Yes. Just to pick up missed plot points and connections as well as note (with a smile) ample foreshadowing. And just for the sheer enjoyment of revisiting that world.
The narrator for Brawne Lamia was horrific. She could not have "acted" in a more bland, unemotional and extremely unconvincing manner if she tried. ONLY point about the entire book and performances that was not superb.
The amazing story and the narrators. This was a first rate production with a great story line.
This is easily one of the best audio books I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. It's hard to compare it to other works.
All the narrators did a great job.
We had to cut so much out to make it fit in a movie; you really should check out the audio book!
I haven't read the print version, but this audiobook was so good that I downloaded "The Fall of Hyperion" as an e-book right after I finished listening.
The variety of narrators and their voices. I do, however, want to know which voice-actor voiced which character(s). Jay Snyder, in particular, is excellent.
Hyperion is long, but worth it. The author does an excellent job of grounding his future world(s) in a way that is recognizable to the reader. And even though the book was published in 1989, it doesn't at all feel dated.
This will be a repeat listen when I get back to the series. I will get back to it, that much is certain, but I was hoping for a story with a reasonable ending when I started listening.
The different perspectives gave a great introduction to the universe from many different perspectives.
There is an ending to each of the tales, but the overall story ending is dis-satisfying at best.