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Hyperion Audiobook

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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    melanie United States 12-19-12
    melanie United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Sci-fi"

    I've read some of Dan Simmons other works (The Terror, and Summer of Night) and thought they were extremely well written and I am impressed with his sci-fi as well. I would highly recommend any of the books of his I've read of his.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Hampton, VA 12-16-12
    Brian Hampton, VA 12-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hands down the best Sci-Fi book I've listened to!"
    Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?

    Without a doubt. I remember seeing this book in the stores when I was a kid. (how could you not notice that cover?) I forgot about it for a long time, but it came up as a recommendation for me from Audible. It was so highly rated that I decided I had to listen to it. Audible listeners rarely let me down and Hyperion was no exception. The style of this book is like no other Sci-Fi book I've read. It tells stories from a first person narrative style that pulls you in from the beginning.The narration is also the best I've ever listened to. There is a score of narrators who each perform one character. This gives Hyperion more of a theatrical feel, and all of the narrators are excellent. They each bring their characters to life in their own unique style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I generally don't get too emotional listening to books. The exception is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy (I challenge anyone to listen to that book without getting emotional!) and Hyperion. Each character tells their own unique story. There are tragedies, comedies, love stories, and action stories. Each one draws a response from you that you have to experience to appreciate.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a long book but one well worth the time. I'm looking forward to listening to the next in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Davis Cibolo, TX 12-12-12
    Charles Davis Cibolo, TX 12-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dark but Entertaining"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The overall tone was a little too despairing.


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

    Not unless they really liked this flavor of novel.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They did what they could


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

    Yes--the end is a bit of a cliffhanger.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kii 12-11-12
    Kii 12-11-12

    Kii

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    "Just as good as when I read it years ago"

    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. 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.
    In any case. I really enjoyed both this and its twin, the Fall of Hyperion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rwg 12-07-12
    rwg 12-07-12
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    "Complex and Intense and Tight"
    If you could sum up Hyperion in three words, what would they be?

    Complex Intense Tight


    Any additional comments?

    This is a complex, intense and tightly written story involving many cultures and lifestyles. The story hold together tightly with all parts leading to a conclusion. It does not have a 'feel good' ending, but the bad guys were, at least, stopped. Of course, determining who are the bad guys is quiet a chore.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BucNasty Houston, TX United States 12-05-12
    BucNasty Houston, TX United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I enjoyed it overall."
    What did you love best about Hyperion?

    The way the story is written in a "Canterbury Tales" fashion. Each character's story is distinct both in style and substance but each adds information to the overall story arc.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hyperion?

    SPOILER!!!:That the infant was aging in reverse after the adult had been attacked in and escaped the Time Tombs.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Whichever narrator read the Priest's Tale.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending seemed rushed and left a lot hanging. Yes, it is the first of a series. But I feel like more could have happened in this novel. It is very much a setup for the other books in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    The P.I.'s tale was fairly dry and grammatically un-stimulating. I realize this is a style choice base on the character telling the story and so is a testament to Simmon's abilities. Just personally it got tedious to listen to, I can't imagine reading it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jon LOUISVILLE, TN, United States 11-26-12
    Jon LOUISVILLE, TN, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Divisive, but hard not to respect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on the friend. There's a ridiculous amount going on in this novel, but most open minded people should be able to appreciate the boldness, the originality, and diversity of this novel. Every emotion in the world is touched on, which is admirable even if occasionally disorienting. .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sol Weintraub was the easiest to identify with. Brawne Lamia had probably my favorite of the individual stories. But really they all have their interesting qualities.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Father Paul Dure, because I thought the narrator did I really good job making you empathize with this complex character as he experienced a living nightmare.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Priest's Tale. My god, what a powerful, captivating, revolting, disturbing, haunting piece. That part of the book will stick with me for a long time. The Soldier's Tale was also memorable, but not really in a good way. The explicit sex seemed to serve a narrative purpose, but wasn't terribly tasteful. I don't normally have a problem with this sort of thing, when done right. I don't feel like this was.


    Any additional comments?

    This definitely felt like one of the those books that anyone remotely interested in science fiction or literature must experience. Even if you ultimately decide that it's not your cup of tea, I don't see how you could regret reading (or listening to) Hyperion. I can promise you'll find something in the book you have an opinion on, which, to me is (whether that opinion is good or bad), much better than a book that leaves no impression at all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Stienhatchee, FL, United States 11-23-12
    Charles Stienhatchee, FL, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2016

    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!!!!

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    "One of the best series of sci fi books ever!"
    If you could sum up Hyperion in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely mind blowing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Saul would be my favorite. He is faced with what he calls ("Abraham dilemma") and finds that love is the reason for all necessary sacrifice's. He keeps his resolve through all that is thrown at him, and is put in situations most husbands and fathers would shudder at the thought of.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked the fact that there were multiple narrators. It really helps you connect with the identities of all the characters.


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

    You will be of the cruciform for all of your days!


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    william spinetti Ipswich, MA, US 11-06-12
    william spinetti Ipswich, MA, US 11-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Premium Space Opera told with personal stories"
    Where does Hyperion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is actually the first book I have listened to. It was such a good experience that I will listen to many more books. I both read and listened to this book and sometimes read while I listened.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development in this book is tremendous. Told as 6 personal stories I found everyone of them compelling.
    I enjoyed the future world depicted in Hyperion.


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

    The narrating, or should I say acting added to the story in a way that I cannot by reading. The characters were so clearly defined by the voices I could visualize the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was awesome!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan United States 10-31-12
    Ryan United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good start...but gotta read the next one"

    This book is a great warmup to the Hyperion series, but really leaves you wanting to read the next book. Great introduction to the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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