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Hyperion | [Dan Simmons]

Hyperion

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.
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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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    Phillip Lino Lakes, MN, United States 08-15-13
    Phillip Lino Lakes, MN, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Best book in the series"

    I wasn't sure about this book from the first few chapters, but it turned out pretty good. Although it's described as such, it isn't very firm science fiction. And it gets softer the further into the series you go. The characters are believable and organic, although some of their stories are excessively boring and sappy, but don't last too long. The later books in the series become annoyingly sentimental, and suggest Simmons has a New Age fixation of some kind.

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    Dan Balwyn North, Australia 06-15-13
    Dan Balwyn North, Australia 06-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Epic science fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended visionary science fiction. Told in the style of Canterbury Tales where each character recounts their story as they travel. Their stories are superb and reveal both their characters and motives and progress the story. However unlike Canterbury Tales this is no comedy.
    Be aware however that the story isn't finished at the end of this book in the series.
    I'm planning on reading the rest, this is must listen material for those who like science fiction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to identify a favorite character and although they were all quite different through the depth of the story telling and characterization I identified with parts of each of them.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Damn fine narration although Allyson Johnson sounds more feminine and attractive than I imagine fits her tough character. A very minor point.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who knows, but in the right hands what a fantastic film this could be.


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    Andrew Hobart, Australia 05-18-13
    Andrew Hobart, Australia 05-18-13
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    "Supurb writing, an one of the best Scifi ever."
    What made the experience of listening to Hyperion the most enjoyable?

    The Depth the writer goes to to explain the world around him in the tiniest of details he goes to to portray the image of the time. Most impressed


    What other book might you compare Hyperion to and why?

    Without any doubt this book equals the "The Reality Dysfunction" by Peter F Hamilton. Till Hyperion, was in my opinion the greatest Scifi I have ever read.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The World an the life going on in it. I think this statement explains it well enough because the narrator has done such a good job that its all that needs saying.


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

    Definitely yes, was hard to go to sleep at night while listening to it, because I wanted just "five more minutes"


    Any additional comments?

    A must have addition to anyone's lib, an cant recommend it enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Halifax, NS, Canada 04-09-13
    David Halifax, NS, Canada 04-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Engrossing"

    I first read Hyperion when I was a teenager (and when I'd never heard of John Keats), and I was wondering if it would still hold up (and whether it's more fun if you've read some Keats). The answer is yes!

    At first I was doubtful. The first chapter is very awkward because the 5 voice artists are conversing with each other and there are irksome pauses between their lines that should have been edited out - it sounds very stilted.

    But hang on in there, because the meat of "Hyperion" is the five lengthy tales told by individual narrators, and this is where the novel really takes hold. Each of the stories is wonderfully engrossing and moving, and each evokes the novel's many worlds and societies in thrilling detail. They are little masterpieces of storytelling and each could stand alone in their own right; but linked together, they illuminate and develop each other beautifully. As the novel comes to its close, you realize that it's a masterpiece of formal perfection. Despite ending on a cliffhanger it's entirely satisfying.

    The only disappointment for me was the reader of the Brawne Lamia tale, whose voice lacks the emotional depth of the other readers, and who lumbers the pivotal character of Johnnie with a truly awful attempt at a British accent. The other readers are all wonderful though.

    This is one of the great science fiction novels and well worth a listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan Firestone Albuquerque, NM USA 04-04-13
    Ethan Firestone Albuquerque, NM USA 04-04-13 Member Since 2014

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    "One of the greatest sic-fi books ever written"

    A decent performance of one of my favorite books. Still fantastic after nearly 25 years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence BAYTOWN, TEXAS, United States 03-27-13
    Lawrence BAYTOWN, TEXAS, United States 03-27-13
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    "A guy obsessed with Keats tried to write SF..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don' t think I would. I have read some of the longest, most dry sci fi in existence, and loved it. Hyperion turned out to be quite shallow in the "science" portion, and pretty simplistic and childlike in the "fiction" area. I found the narrators all to be poorly chosen, the universe shallow and less than believable, the plot uninteresting and non-engaging, and the characters all taken from books written for teenagers. Additionally, the author obviously has some kind of obsession with poetry and classical poets, and extremely clumsily inserts references to this are aof interest into the world. Maybe I am spoiled after listening to John Lee narrate all of Peter F. Hamilton's space operas, but the combination of horrible narration, shallow/boring plot material, and poorly visualized action sequences made this listen quite painful. It is 20 hours, and it took me a week to listen to all of it....while I could listen to 34 hours of a Peter F Hamilton novel in 3-4 days.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some better Sci-fi, after having listened to a sample of the narration beforehand.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Not in this lifetime.


    Do you think Hyperion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, obviously.....it already has one.


    Any additional comments?

    People who think this is decent sci-fi desperately need to listen to Peter F Hamiltons works narrated by John Lee, one of the best audiobook narrators of all time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Valar morghulis. We know.

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    "A Classic for a Reason"

    I think we all enjoy a book with a good story, well-developed characters and enough action and/or suspense to keep us turning to the next chapter. Hyperion has all that AND a marvelous structure akin to the oft-cited Canterbury Tales. I felt that this structure was what truly distinguishes this book apart from other works of classic science fiction. The outstanding job of the entire narration cast reinforces this, I believe, just as the author would have intended. Definitely be prepared to continue on your reading with Fall of Hyperion but I would stop there in the series. The Endymion books fall off in quality of writing and story in large measure.

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    Amanda West Valley, UT, United States 03-06-13
    Amanda West Valley, UT, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Quite Good, Very Surprising!"

    I had a "buy 3 for 2" special, and this was one of the books I selected. I didn't have high expectations, but I was really blown away. The story is told in parts, and each of the main characters tells thier backstory so there is potential to loose track of the story, but the way it is constructed I found that I didn't struggle at all to keep track. The story was interesting and in a few cases a little thrilling which I really enjoyed.

    The only thing that really bothered me was the naration. There were so many of them that I struggled to remember who was speaking, and it made the story a little choppy. Not really bad, just not good.

    I would recomend this book to others, and I'm listening to the second book now.

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    K. N. Smith 03-04-13
    K. N. Smith 03-04-13

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    "Dan Simmons at his best!!!"
    If you could sum up Hyperion in three words, what would they be?

    Everything :)) the story was full well rounded and not too out there for a new SF fan like myself. DS slowly led me into the light and now I look forward to listening to all his stories


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail and realism of the worlds and characters left me wanting more with each page


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh so many, the time tombs and their complexity, the 'evil' Shrike and it's purpose in humanities destiny, the use of the poet Keats and his prose, the Stephen Hawkings, Tesler and www references keeping the link to what we know now and it's possible use in a future so rich with detail!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Choose again :)


    Any additional comments?

    the story just got better as the books progressed and I loved the narration by Victor Bevine

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    AzDayton 02-25-13
    AzDayton 02-25-13 Member Since 2002

    - Dayton

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    "Well-Written, Well-Read, Ultimately Pointless"

    I enjoyed the writing for the most part (see below), and the performance was excellent. But at the end of the story, I was left feeling that I'd completely wasted the 20+ hours because the ending was completely meaningless. No wrap-up whatsoever. Also, the endless praising of poetry is pretty annoying for those of us who don't really care for poetry. It's kind of like listening to your IT guy drone endlessly about the merits of computers, when you don't know or care about computers. If you love poetry, you may feel otherwise.

    There's apparently sequels to this story, but I doubt I'll be investing the time and money to listen to another 70 hours before getting the whole story. In a GOOD series, each book should come to a reasonable stopping point and tell a story of it's own, and this one doesn't.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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