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Hyperion

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Publisher's Summary

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it.

In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope - and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

©1989 Dan Simmons; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1990
Locus Award, Best Novel, 1990
"Dan Simmons has the Midas touch: Every genre he writes - whether SF, horror, mystery, historical, or thriller - he turns to gold. Hyperion and The Fall Of Hyperion set a new standard for grand-scale science fiction." (Kevin J. Anderson, author of The Saga of Seven Suns)
"Dan Simmons was a star from the outset. It was the Hyperion books that made him a superstar. The man, quite simply, is what we in the trade call a writer's writer." (Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author)
Each of [the pilgrim's] stories would make a superb novella on its own. (The New York Times Book Review, Gerald Jonas)

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-04-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-04-12

    But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "BIG S, Big F, Science Fiction"

    John Keats
    John Keats
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    Please get your Shrike on.

    This SF novel absolutely surpassed my expectations. I loved the framing (see: The Canterbury Tales); loved the multiple styles and voices; loved the complexity; and loved the characters. There were times when I could hear echos of Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy and Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Anyway, it was brilliantly executed BIG S, Big F, Science Fiction.

    35 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Thinh Port Orchard, WA, United States 01-16-16
    Thinh Port Orchard, WA, United States 01-16-16 Member Since 2011

    I like fantasy and sci fi.

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    "a struggle to finish"

    The pacing is slow. The performance was ok. It is not an action or thriller sci fi book. It was more like a mystery. I don't usually give up on series, I'm still trying to decide if I want to burn my free credit on the sequel. there is just enough mystery to make me consider it though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kat67 02-08-13
    kat67 02-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really tried!"

    I really tried to like this book. Based on the reviews, I bought all 4 books of the series. At the end of the first book, I disliked all the characters and could not care less what happened. The other 3 books will remain unread.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 05-30-09
    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 05-30-09 Member Since 2007

    I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.

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    "Uncertain but maybe..."

    I wanted to like this book so much. I love long books, I love a series of long books. Overall, however, I'm very disappointed. Simmons is a very good writer, uses language well, etc. I don't mind the sex scenes, although they seem at times gratuitous and don';t add much to the characters, and may just be a bit much. The pilgrim's individual stories, for the most part, were good and, as another reviewer said, one (in my case the story of Rachel growing younger and losing her memories) was very emotionally moving for me. And I agree that one of the stories (the last one, I think) was a bit confusing and not very interesting. I frequently felt like I was not paying as close attention as I wanted to, and finally realized that what kept running through my head was "When does the REAL story start?" It does seem like this is a giant "back story" telling how these characters got to where they are presently. I would have preferred at least starting the action with what (I presume) is in the second book, and then flashback to these backstories, but that is a personal preference.

    The ending is not what I'd want, but I guess the author and all the readers knew a sequel (or many) were coming. It didn't disappoint me nearly as much as Stephen King's ending to the Dark Tower series, but then again I enjoyed every single thing in the Dark Tower series EXCEPT the ending, so it's a little different matter.

    I'm putting any further downloads of this series on hold for the moment. I might actually re-listen to part or all of Hyperion (fast-forwarding occasionally) and then decide if I want more.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie 11-14-11
    Valerie 11-14-11
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    "Very ambitious series"

    This series tries to combine an examination of weighty issues - such as individual vs collective good, the relationship between human and artificial intelligence, the question of what humans might evolve into, religion vs state - while at the same time providing an entertaining plot. It's successful enough for me to have thoroughly enjoyed both the print and audio versions. I like listening to long books with a bit of heft so this 4 volume series has been great.

    Unlike many others commentators I didn't find the main narrator smooth sailing, though this might be a stylistic preference for the most part. He's not terrible, just that sometimes he sounds as though he's voicing a commercial. One major irritation was his failure to produce an English accent for the voice of John Keats - the attempt interferred with pleasurable listening of those parts (this is more of an issue in the next book than this one).

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    garth 06-11-16
    garth 06-11-16
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    "Needs end of story."

    The story stopped without any conclusion. it would be better if any one thing had truly been finished.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-09-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "SAD KING BILLIE"

    I IGNORE RELIGIONS, I DO NOT SUCCUMB TO THEM
    Twice, maybe thrice, I have endeavored to devour this Odyssey of Dan Simmons (modern day Keats). Hark, soon my AMBIGUITY of this PARODY, BEFUDDLES me, leading to REMORSE and the chore becomes PERFUNCTURY. Simmons has a huge following, of which I have a good friend who still reads the hardback copies. He seems to be more preferred by the scholarly types. Tastes differ and I usually find Simmons to be too long winded. Followers of the Octopus or the lounging man will eat this up. My tastes lead more to the simpler and faster, as anyone who follows me knows. I am the king of sophomoric reviews about sophomoric books. You know which camp you fall in. Having said that, I really did try.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rock 05-05-16
    Rock 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't believe the Hype-rion about this book!"

    Simply not on the level of other sci-fi greats. Lots of cool ideas, but... It's so drawn out only to end before the ending! Honestly, no disrespect to mr simmons, this book does not belong on anyone's top sci-fi lists, which is unbelievably where I heard about it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mix579 Sudbury, MA 02-27-16
    mix579 Sudbury, MA 02-27-16

    mix579

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    "I understand why it's a classic, but..."

    After reading it way back when it was first published in print, I recently listened to the audiobook version and had pretty much the same reaction to it. I feel almost obligated to admire the author for his skillful weaving of a complex, multi-layered web of tales, all written in totally different styles, each of them contributing in an ingenious way to our understanding of the world that forms the backdrop to this story. Really, really well done, and I fully understand why this book is a sci-fi classic.

    Alas, in the end it all sort of falls flat for me, a classic example of arts for art's sake. Some of the tales are gripping (Detective, Poet, Soldier, ) but the others just meander on without much purpose (in particular the Consul's tale). At times it feels like a sophomore in English studies trying to squeeze as many "big" words, as many memes as possible into a paragraph to impress the professor. If someone had seriously edited the book and cut 25% out, it would have been a masterpiece. Well, there's still the issue that it really ends just when it's about to become really interesting. I'm not huge fan of blatant cliffhangers books that leave essentially everything open and bring nothing to a (at least partial) conclusion.

    The narration cast is outstanding. Having different characters narrated by different actors works extremely well here.The person reading the poet is brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    V. Boliew Cantonment, FL 09-03-15
    V. Boliew Cantonment, FL 09-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Yaaaaawn"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I usually do not have a problem paying attention to audiobooks, but I found myself zoning in and out as these characters blathered on and on telling each of their stories. I don't know if it was the story or the performance, but I couldn't pay attention to this really, really long book. And, I love scifi.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There needed to be more feeling and action in the tone. It was very dull, boring and monotonous.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not to me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mango Chutney
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    11/5/14
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    "Hmm... Tried to like this. Have failed so far."
    What would have made Hyperion better?

    Well, if you have ever found yourself saying "please can you get to the point?", then you might struggle to get into this like I have struggled. The prologue and first chapters are intriguing, but once the first of 7 characters (a priest) began to tell his tale by referring to the diary of yet another priest - it dawned on me after listening for 2 hrs into the 'diary entries' that nothing of any note had actually happened yet! Unfortunately I then became really conscious of Dan Simmons' need to describe superfluous details and embellish nearly every object or vista with elaborate similes - all this just for diary entries!?If I had listened to this whilst kicking back, I might have not have objected, but in the car I just found myself getting bored so I've not even made it to the end of the priests tale.Might give it another go, but at the moment I'm not fussed about it.
    Maybe if it had started with someone other than the boring priest?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
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    6/11/13
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    "My new favourite book."

    I have been listening to Audiobooks for many years now. In all that time this is undoubtedly the best book I have "discovered" - absolute must for Science Fiction fans. If you just stumble across this review and like the genre then take a chance on this book (and the three following), I am sure you will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    4/22/14
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    "Dull!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. This pilgrims progress style collection of linked short stories is painful. Multiple styles are applied, under a common context, but the characters were unsympathetic and the stories generally uninteresting. It is possible that it may just be dated but I think I am being generous. As if it wasn't a struggle to get through the dreary storylines the book had no proper conclusion and ended abruptly expecting the reader to move on to the next in the series. That's not going to happen.


    Would you recommend Hyperion to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It is awful.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    The one saving grace was the multiple narrators but it was mildly confusing and not enough to raise the product above lamentable.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Definitely not


    Any additional comments?

    I don't really understand why everyone has raved about this book. It is dry, stilted and just plain dull. I have asked myself if I am just not a Sci-fi fan but this type of thing is just so much better from Issac Asimov or Iain M Banks

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
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    "super
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    loved it. Was not expecting Keats. a counter point to the 'love in' of Bank's Culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
    7/31/16
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    "The Start of a Story"
    What did you like best about Hyperion? What did you like least?

    Some interesting pre-stories.
    This book is not the story, you have to read the next one for the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Simmons? Why or why not?

    Possibly. Depends how it is broken up.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The priests story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss DePlume
    England
    7/27/16
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    "Engrossing Adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to Hyperion the most enjoyable?

    What a story - what a world! Having seen Hyperion on the shelves of many a bookstore since it came out, I never picked it up to read but saw the great reviews and decided to take a chance. Dan Simmons creates a very engrossing and mystifying world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    So many questions, mysteries - this is a complex tale where questions aren't answered immediately.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to list - I was enthralled by the expansive universe and the mystery of Hyperion and The Shrike!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It would probably be a bit heavy to listen to in one sitting! I listened while working on detailed manual tasks at work over several days, and it was the perfect way to engage my brain while using my hands all day.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely preferred some of the readers over others, but overall I'd say it was an excellent performance from everyone involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR A S PRINCE
    6/21/16
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    "Loved every minute of it."

    great voices and well read. Wonderful story. Intriguing all the way through. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. M. Moon
    5/10/16
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    "Perfection."

    If you like a good romcoms then look no further. Pure comedic delivery and heart warming pros of what will prove to be a classic over time - or I'll eat my hat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SarahLM
    4/3/16
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    "Riveting"

    Hyperion was beautifully read and is a great story. Can't wait to hear the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vern
    3/20/16
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    "Decent audio, but let down by one bad voice"

    love the book and enjoyed it this reading, but voice of the woman was terrible - had to skip her chapters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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