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.
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)
The ending was disappointing.
It was a kind of trite.
Look for more SF.
The nod to Canterbury Tales was clever and several of them really fun. Overall it was OK, but I was disappointed by the ending.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Good premise and good format. But drags quite a bit. Much of the sex and language didn't forward the story. Terrible ending.
Maybe the editor should have cut 100 pages or so.
A great beginning to the series. Simmons style of character development with exciting subplots gives individual stories while weaving the storyline of the novel. Great narration with goodcharacter differentiation. Transitions well to the next book in the series. Exciting read.
I have will continue listening to this series. The previous comments are true, this book has spoiled me and all other books will always fall short in so many ways.
It has been some time since I've read a classic science-fiction novel, so when I stumbled upon this book it was almost as if I was thrown back to my younger years when I was reading Isaac Asimovs amazing sci-fi novels. After years of reading cyber-punk and fantasy it feels refreshing to be back in space and read about space battles, space portals and familiar solar systems. It is almost like playing Frontier again.
The frame story is simple - seven persons brought together for a journey, and within this frame each person tells their story so that the book almost turns into a collection of novels that are loosely bound together by their journey. The book is read by several people and it really increases the enjoyment of the book.
If you haven't been in space for some time, then it is a warm welcome back.
All I mean by awkward is...you have to get the back-story on some characters - and those back stories are great - but you have to cut the author a little bit of slack on how you get them - they all decide to tell their stories after dinner each night...and you'd expect that to be in 1st person, and when you're reading from a hand written journal...someone probably wouldn't have written feverish moaning..., etc. - but as I mentioned, the back stories are really good and...and the main story ends up being awesome...
This book pretty much requires book 2 to be a "complete" story, but book 2 is even better than this one - so you'll want to get that one too anyway. After book 2, you could probably stop if you wanted, as the story comes to a reasonable-enough stop... But I'm almost through book 3, and loving it. Completely hooked on this series.
I can only speak for books 1-3 so far, but they are all an excellent use of a credit.
I'm not surprised to find that Dan Simmons also writes horror stories. This well-crafted tale is punctuated by grisly and gruesome scenes that make you gasp in horror. I sometimes found the descriptions so disturbing that I would have to stop listening, and come back to it, when I had gotten over the impact.
Simmons has few equals, if any, in story-telling. Instead of having haunting images presented to me as I read, I would have preferred a PG-13 version.
Note: I hate horror movies, murder mysteries, slasher movies, and anything involving macabre depictions of torture and death. So, this is written not as a warning for the general listener, but for anyone who might think twice about listening to or reading a horror tale.
The narration in this story is excellent.
It's an excellent "read." It is in the top 25% of books I've listened to. It has been a long time since I've listened to such overt science fiction. I'd forgotten how much I like it.
I enjoyed this story very much. The characters were compelling and the richness of their lives communicated well.
I loved the entire section about the Maui Covenant. It was well-told...I could imagine being there.
I would have liked to listen to it all at once, but it was very long. I like that in a book.
The writer is from my hometown, so I guess that's why I gave it a listen. I'm glad I did.
I loved this book. It is beautifully written with brilliant characterisation and a really good storyline. The format means that there are six interesting stories narrated by each of the main characters and these in themselves are well-constructed sci-fi. The over-arching story kept me interested throughout and made me immediately order the sequel "Fall of Hyperion", which I also read and loved. Very highly recommended to people who like the genre - it is one of the best of it's kind. Well read.
"Fantastic...but only as good as the narrators"
This story is probably one of the best sci fi books I have ever read (listened to!). The stories within the story are likewise fantastic.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that an audiobook is only as good as the narrator. This book is read by numerous narrators and the lady who narrates M. Brawne Lamia has one of the most annoying accents ever! It was more frustrating as Brawne Lamia is a really interesting character.
An exceptional book, a very good recording and an enjoyable and engrossing experience from beginning to end.
If you can find the time please try to read the book, but if that isn't possible then this is the next best thing, a story of stupefying complexity and subtlety.
The best thing is that the second book is as good if not better than the first, so enjoy.
"A fantastic combination"
We all have our favourite authors and when listening to them as an audiobook we either fall more in love with them or end up slightly disappointed that they don't meet our expectations - we don't like the reader or it doesn't fire our imagination the same as with our own reading. With this in mind, when I have been selecting new authors, I have done so on the basis of comments people have made, playing a sample of the narrator and how well it has been rated here and elsewhere online.
Dan Simmons and Victor Bevine et al have been a find! This has book has depth in all sorts of unexpected areas and the narration is first rate. Lots of different themes are covered from different perspectives as the story unfold before you - you'll love some characters, hate others and see still others in a new way. It makes you think about certain things that are relevant and wonder how you might have chosen to deal with it.
I don't wish to give any plot away and I hope that you might discover this wonderful combination of first rate narration with a fantastic author.
"Wonderful Sci Fi"
This has got to be one of the best science fiction books I have read. The listener follows seven pilgrims who are on a quest to meet a mythical monster - the 'shrike' on the planet 'Hyperion'. Each pilgrim shares his story with the others, and each story is told in a different style which reflects the individuals' characters. The stories are sometimes harrowing, sometimes sensual and sometimes touching, but always riveting. Dan Simmons has created an incredible, multifaceted world (worlds!) with history, politics, mysticism and religion all mixed in. It is thoroughly captivating - buy 'The Fall of Hyperion' at the same time as you'll want to read on.
"The Best Sci Fi Series in Audiotape"
This was an eye-opener! The whole series is exquisitely crafted and sensitively narrated and so good I hope it wins many many awards. The ONLY writer to rival Ian M Banks.
It takes just a little while to engage with the story, but then you realise that you are in love with this strange but fascinating world with astonishing yet poignant tales.
Highly addictive, I bought the whole series.
"Brilliant and gripping story"
I've little to add to what previous reviewers have said except that this is a truly superb audiobook. I was gripped from the word go, and was engrossed right the way through despite the book's length. Probably in the top two or three audibooks I've listened to this year. Narration is excellent. Strongly recommended.
This is without doubt, the best series of books I have downloaded from Audible so far. Epic sci-fi with amazing characters that you will really feel for as the story unfolds. I had of course read the books a long time ago but hearing them brings a whole new dimension to the story, beautifully narrated by the reader, my only tiny complaint was some of the American pronounciation of word and names but it never gets in the way of the huge, complex, and very rewarding story. I've just finished listening to Fall of Hyperion and have to admit to tears in my eyes at certain points. About to start Endymion, plenty of tears to come as I remember. Highly recommended even if you don't like sci-fi!
"As fine a Science Fiction Novel as Dune"
Every so often you come across something really special when reading or listening. This is not "like" Dune There were times when listening the to this novel when the words flowed over the ear like quicksilver. It has real characters, great action and a unique storyline, it is complex but not obscure and it is epic without being pretentious. In short it is a real gem, listen to it!
On the book...
I really liked this book - and have recently finished listening to all of the series. Iain M Banks is still my favourite sci-fi author, but I'd listened to all of his audio books and wanted some more epic contemporary sci-fi and people seemed to recommend this - and rightly so. As a whole the story is definitely epic, has great characters and a really great story. In this one, the sex scenes were a bit perverse and unnecessary. I could see the idea he was going for with it - but it didn't play out well really and was pretty cheesy at times. Other than that, the story is really good and well worth reading.
I didn't really think much of the narrator - it sounded like English wasn't his first language maybe. He pronounced every single word - like 'to' and 'a' - fully, which - when you actually hear it done - is quite strange. He occasionally made little errors in pronunciation - saying the 'chasm' with a soft 'ch' sound - which is a bit weird - or maybe he just did the whole thing in one take without bothering to fix the error. He also pronounced 'Aargh' exactly as it is written, with a clear 'r' and then a hard 'g' sound on the end. No-one really says that when they scream - that's just obvious - again - weird. The thing I disliked the most though was his inability to portray anything other than a small range of emotions. Whenever he took on a woman's voice - there was one set tone - and any emotion - such as anger - was not portrayed at all - it was always just 'the soft woman tone'. The range of accents for the different characters was good - just a bit more attention to tone and emotion was needed.
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