Hours upon hours of rattling poetry to get to the end of the story that was only pretty good. I did want to know what happened in the end but I'm not sure it was worth the effort.
The Fall of Hyperion, even more than the first book, is simply too long. Simmons spends many unnecessary words describing the mundane and unimportant rather than advancing the story. The entire book covers the span of just a week or so, but spends almost 22 hours doing so.
The conclusion was satisfying, but certainly not worth the journey.
Bevine did an admirable job of taking on the job of the 6 narrators of the first Hyperion single-handedly, but the first book, with narrators for each part, was clearly better in that regard.
I wanted so much to like the Hyperion series, but after 40 hours of listening, it was clear that these books should have been significantly shorter than they were. The conclusion was satisfying, but at least a portion of one of the "big reveals" was telegraphed simply through the focus placed on the character throughout the book.
The universe that Simmons built up was interesting, but I'm struggling to imagine investing yet another 40+ hours to continue in it with the Endymion series. If I do, it won't be anytime soon.
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The Fourth Realm Trilogy might be of interest to those who enjoyed this series as it provokes similar musings related to the possible dangers of too closely incorporating technology with humanity.
The Ultimate Quest for Truth
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Yes. Wonderful ideas, crisp writing.
The world-building and some of the characters like the Hegemony CEO.
Great ability to capture the unique voice of each (of many) characters.
The conclusion, don't want to spoil it.
This is a great book, but an absolute epic so you must have control! (Yes you must go to work, you must eat, you mustn't sit listening all day - well that's what I kept telling myself). This is a very compelling anthology.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
This is the 2nd in the Hyperion saga & it finishes the story of 7 pilgrims that went to Hyperion to face the Shrike, the alien creature that controls the Time Tombs. The author is extremely descriptive, which I like however be warned that this may not be for everyone. The story line is complex & detailed with many unseen developments. Book 1 won The Hugo award & was outstanding. This finale is very good but has more description of detail than even book 1 and sometimes it seemed if the author digressed without a point. I definitely recommend this especially if you are a Dan Simmons fan.
I was almost furious with the first book, feeling that it was disjointed, verbose and scientifically ambiguous.
It was only my near obssesive personality that made me continue the duology. Thank goodness for personality quirks. This book was great! It explained many of the issues that I had with the first book (something that the first book should have done).
This was a geat listening experience, though a little heavy on the poetic flourish
I tend to consider this book and Hyperion as a single book. Broken in two because it would be too heavy as a single book, or too intimidating for many people. So, my review for Hyperion is also my review for Fall of Hyperion.
I first read this book years and years ago. One of my first forays into "hard" sci-fi. I loved it. I've revisited many books I read way-back-when, and sometimes find myself disappointed. Not Hyperion or Fall of Hyperion. Still as good. Still as thought provoking. I liked how each character had their own voice, it was well done. Very smooth transitions, voices at the same volume. Not at all like the "dramatic readings" I've listened to before. I did not like the voice of Martin Silenus, the poet. He annoyed me. But maybe that was the point of casting that particular voice actor, Martin Silenus is a very annoying character.
I love all things sci fi, fantasy, history, and philosophical. I have read many books on all these subjects, but audible opens everything up in a whole new light for me. Love it!!!!
A perfect sequel to Hyperion. You can't ask for a better follow up!
The speech between Uman, Keets, and Lamia. It really opens up the true depth of the story and bends your mind to a new way of thought.
He does a great job of bringing each character to life and really helps to keep you inline on who's who.
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