This sequel to Hyperion neatly wraps up the adventures of our intrepid pilgrims as they face up to the future unknown being deposited at their feet, willing or not. Simmons keeps the listener glued to the book as the story unfolds and all the threads come together in a brilliant climax.
Definitely one of my best in a long history of science fiction reading. Characters with enormous development, technology and time shifts to spin the mind and a brilliant story to bind it all make this a "cannot press pause or stop" book.
Hyperion leaves you on the edge, thirsting for more. The Fall of Hyperion drowns you in the scale and breadth of the sequel.
A brilliant book with brilliant narration make this a modern day classic equal of the best in any genre.
I'm in to epic sword and sorcery more than futurist space series, however this was an increasdable book. I was hooked in the first 5 mins and it only gets better!!!
What an amazing story. This book really blows wide open the whole world that was started in Hyperion. Only complaint on this is that they switched to one narrator for this book, whereas Hyperion had several. This book is way better than Hyperion which was also quite good.
Absolutely astounding in its scope and the depth of the reflection. This is one of those books and ultimately series that transcends the genre and becomes true literature.
This is a very different book from Hyperion. Where Hyperion was intimate and haunting, Fall goes in an altogether different direction, with a much larger cast of characters and a tangled and somewhat convoluted storyline.
Although it doesn't pack the punch Hyperion does, it's a must read to learn the fate of the pilgrims whose stories were so compelling.
The Fall of Hyperion picks up almost exactly where its predecessor left us. Yet, instead of continuing the third-person frame story with the pilgrims telling their tales, Simmons adds a new first-person viewpoint character who, by way of his dreams, is able to observe the pilgrims at the Time Tombs on Hyperion while simultaneously being positioned within the Hegemony's inner circle of power brokers. I admit that it is a strange mechanism to tell a story but Simmons is an excellent writer and he pulls it off quite well.
Like in Hyperion, Simmons continues the story's obsessive interplay with John Keats. We get a lot more of Keats in this one, as our narrator is another cybrid clone of Keats who has taken on the name of Keats's poet friend. I have never really been a Keats fan and Simmons fails to make me one. Much of the poetry and philosophy Simmons includes did not translate very well into audibook form, not because the narrator lacked skill, but because the reading of poetry is a more laborious task intended for the eye and the ear rather than the ear alone.
Unlike its predecessor, The Fall of Hyperion finally gives us the conclusion we crave, and it is spectacular. All of the pilgrim's stories come into play now, with each pilgrim's role in the fate of the Hegemony unraveling at the Time Tombs with the Shrike in tow. The Time Tombs, the Shrike, Moneta, the Ousters, and the TechnoCore are all explained. Simmons is a true master of the craft and The Fall of Hyperion does not disappoint.
i really found this one good. the first book in the series with multi narrators was not that good and the story was okay, but when you get into this book the story takes over the narrator does a great job and it leaves you s dan simmons fan dont judge until you listen to both books in this series.
My introduction to Dan Simmons' books was Endymion. Apparently, the third book in the cycle, pretty good in my humble opinion, so imagine the excitement about three more books in the series that will keep me entertained for weeks.
If your patience can handle it, the author's imagination is wild and command of the language is impeccable. On the other hand, I listened to the Hyperion and if the ending had been anything but the cliffhanger it was, I would have stopped there. But I had to find out what would happen to the pilgrims, so I bought this one.
The book is long - I would have lost patience and skimmed through it if it was the printed copy. Infinite amount of details and monotonous descriptions that don't add anything to the story nor to the characters... Switching narration speed to x1.5 helped for awhile but I'm in the middle of the second part and I just can't go on...
I don't usually write such negative reviews but I'm upset enough to do so, despite a high overall rating for the book. Maybe it will stop someone with similar taste from unnecessary aggravation.
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
I was just curious on how the epic tale of Hyperion was going to be continued. I listened through it and I found it just a little bit too long. The story does however develop nicely and a new things come up just like in a good series.
I'll need a little break before listening to the next book. ;o)
This book and listening experience has to rank in my top 10 Bar None!
The vision of the future with all of its potential for good and dangers as put for by Dan Simmons can only be described as genius.
I have always rated audio books by the level of excitemet i feel when getting into my car and by the amount of time i will sit in my driveway when coming home because i want to hear what comes next! when it came to The Fall Of Hyperion i almost lived in my car until it was done. Which by the way was a long, long time. If there is negative concept with this book it is it's length. 3/4 of the way through you wonder if it will ever conclude...and yet, you want to know what happens with each and every character.
To describe this as an Epic story is an understatement; I think it almost borders on spiritual.
It is clear that Simmons has a fantatic grasp on some very diverse fields. He lost me about a dozen times with various concepts of quantom physics and time travel; he interjects poetry with excellent timing...he even seems to understand the machinations and theories of the Catholic Church!
His descriptive prose is so spot-on and yet so flowing and beautiful you really feel you are seeing his visions.
I highly recommend this book. Please note: you cannot read/listen to The Fall Of Hyperion without first taking on Hyperion...By the way, when you do make sure you look for the Wizard of Oz references!