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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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    Christopher GULF BREEZE, FL, United States 01-30-14
    Christopher GULF BREEZE, FL, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2016

    Sci-fi, fantasy, and mil fic. I like space ships, goblins, dragons, and thing that go BOOM. That being said, I also enjoy the classics.

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    "Good book, looking forward to the next."
    Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?

    I'm not one to read or listen to many books multiple times. I'd not read this one again unless it was to remember certain quotes and contexts


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hyperion?

    Ohhhhh, hard to say really.


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

    First time listening to these narrators. All did very well with their specific parts.


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

    The Canterbury tales...IN SPAAAAACE. Haha, not really. Though the style is similar, I'd say this makes for a very good space drama.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a very good book. I felt lost at the beginning of each section not having any previous knowledge of the universe in which this book is set. I'm glad I stuck with it. It doesn't take long to be engrossed by the story and pick up the setting.

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    Nick 01-08-14
    Nick 01-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "mind blowing concepts - bad narration"

    What I love about this book is the amazing creations the author comes up with for the future. In every section of there is some new technological or fantastic wonder which is totally original from any other fantasy sci fi I've experienced. Unlike most futuristic sci-fi this doesn't feel derivative of any other work. And some of the author's amazing ideas left me dreaming and wondering for days.

    Unfortunately it was hard to find myself immersed in this book because of the poor narration. This audio has a different narrator playing each major character, and some are good while others are not good. If you're attracted to women you'll find yourself really attracted by one particular female, until she speaks, voiced by a male, which wrecks the sexy image completely. In me mind she went from hot porn star to drag queen in a matter of seconds. Why couldn't they just get one of the female cast members to voice that part? That really bugged me.

    Another thing about this type of narration is that with audiobooks I find it takes a while of listening to get used to the narrators voice and really sink in to the story. When the narration changes abruptly, it has a way of shocking me out of the story and instead paying attention to the new narrator. Anyway, thats just me, I would still recommend this story for anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy, but you might want to get the printed version for this book.

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    James Sparks, NV, United States 11-07-13
    James Sparks, NV, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfectly Interwoven Story"

    This story is great in that it takes into account the very nature of our humanity that will never change despite drastic changes in time, space, technology, or political environment. The characters are clear and strong. It is easy to find and root for the character you relate to the most. This is a great adventure full of twists turns and they didn't leave out the emotional connection that makes you care what happens to the people in this tale.
    If you love sci-fi; but, want a story that brings romance, family duty, heroism, and sarcasm, together, then this is the book for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Portage, IN, United States 10-19-13
    Brian Portage, IN, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Much More than Pilgrims' Tales"

    At first, it seems like the bulk of the story will be several more or less separate tales, told by pilgrims on their journey. This book is so much more than that. The tales themselves are there, but they are not anywhere near as disconnected as they first appear.

    Also there is quite a bit happening with the Pilgrims and also the rest of the galaxy between the tales.

    The multiple narrators work fine . . . each voicing both their character's tale whole, and also their individual characters in the scenes between. Some of them are quite good, but the rest of the series is narrated by Victor Bevine alone. He did a great job on those three books, but there is of course a notable shift when the first book ends with multiple narrators and the second picks up with just one of them. From a series perspective, I think I'd have preferred him alone on this book as well for continuity.

    And the second book certainly picks up from this one. The only form of ending in this book is the reaching of the destination of the pilgrimage. All the rest of the story threads remain open for "Fall of Hyperion." I like reading (listening) to series, so this isn't a problem from my perspective, but if you're looking for a stand alone book this isn't one.

    I very much recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 10-15-13
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2011

    UncleHammy

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    "Interesting Sci Fi/Fantasy combo"
    Where does Hyperion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a pretty good story. Kind of a modern retelling of Canterbury tales (sort of).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Broun Lamia


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 09-11-13
    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 09-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Justin Meek

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    "Great story, but not a great mechanic (for me)"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story is quite good. It is an interesting plot with good world building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of the time tombs was an interesting twist on the time travel motif. Also, loved the tale of Rachel and the backwards travel.


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

    Probably. A couple of the voices spend familiar.


    Could you see Hyperion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    That would be tough.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike other, I didn't like the Canterbury Tales style of storytelling. I find the start of stories to be the hardest to read and this book gave me six beginnings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katya A new york 07-20-13
    Katya A new york 07-20-13
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    "Dark and Eminent Wizard of Oz"

    This novel is like an avalanche - starts slow and little confusing, but picks up speed and force as it moves forward. Wrapped in a stunning Sci-Fi backdrop, Hyperion is a story of a pilgrimage of a soul-

    -A Priest who dedicated his life to finding a proof of his faith finds a massive cathedral that should revive Catholicism but turns out to be something else completely.
    -A Soldier who is shaped and maimed by his military past, but not as much as by his love.
    -A Poet that lost all vocabulary but 7 words because of a head trauma.
    -A Scholar that must come to terms with the fact his daughter is aging backward, one day at a time.
    -A Detective who falls in love with her client, an AI reincarnation of John Keats.
    -A Consul who is not sure if survival of humanity is such a necessary thing.

    Each story takes the reader to another world and together they weave together a wonderfully detailed tapestry of the imaginary universe.
    The Priest's tale is presented as diary entries, the Poet's tale is told through lyrical prose, the military action-adventure-style story of Colonel Cassad is full of lasers and explosions, the Detective's story is a crime noir. Throughout each tale, one thing is evident: Dan Simmons is a terrific writer. Each style is well done (especially the Poet's tale), and even though there's so much variance in style, the novel always feels like a cohesive whole. And again, such heavy topics as individualism, love, parenthood, alcoholism, religion, morality, and art are all explored without a preachy voice.


    Chorus of narrators in the beginning is quite jarring, especially because of ‘he said’ and ‘she said’ inserts in a different voice, but as the novel branches out into 6 personal stories, the reason for multiple narrators becomes more understandable.
    Voice artists are terrific.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kbreezy Twin Cities, MN 06-17-13
    kbreezy Twin Cities, MN 06-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Canterbury Tales...In...Spaaaaaaaaaaaace!!!"

    Hyperion is the tale of pilgrims on a voyage to the planet Hyperion with the intention of encountering The Shrike, a being of almost godlike power who is said to grant one pilgrim in a group their heart's desire. But as with the Canterbury Tales, this is just the framework upon which to hang six tangentially related short stories - the tale of the Priest, the Soldier, the Poet, the Scholar, the Detective and The Consul.

    Each of the individual stories is told by the protagonist in their own voice. The Poet's tale is full of pompous farce, the Detective's Tale reads like a 31st-century Sam Spade mystery, and so on. Hanging over all the stories is the spectre of The Shrike and his mysterious homeworld, which have touched each of the travelers in some way.

    Some of the stories are more captivating than the others, but together they weave a mesmerizing whole. And like the Canterbury Tales, the point of the book is not the resolution awaiting the travelers at their destination, but the stories they tell as they make their way. Uniquely structured, captivating, and well worth a listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer Schaumburg, IL, United States 05-25-13
    Amazon Customer Schaumburg, IL, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2017

    Kugelblitz

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    "Masterpiece Novel, Excellent Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Hyperion the most enjoyable?

    The novel is a frame story; structured sort of like Canterbury Tales. The main characters proceed on a pilgrimage towards a deadly encounter with a kind of mythical creature which is alleged to come from the future to judge humanity. They each tell their tale in order to determine why it is that they were all chosen for the pilgrimage and to piece together the plot from their separate viewpoints. Each individual tale is quite compelling. Some emotionally moving, others exciting. The author allows the reader to almost survey various subgenres of SF within a single novel and a large, sophisticated fictional world. I found that aspect of the novel most enjoyable and original.

    Each tale is narrated by a narrator assigned to that character. During the scenes of the frame story, the narrators play their roles in dialog. When the character proceeds to tell his tale, the narration completely becomes the domain of that character's narrator. All of these narrators are extremely talented. I felt they greatly added to this audiobook. They took what really is an amazing novel and elevated it a great deal more.

    The novel has a most excellent balance between plot and character. While it is largely character driven, and the true drama is almost certainly existential and philosophical, the author provides plenty of action to drive the story forward, especially in the more action-oriented characters.

    The tale of the priest is theological SF. The tale of the military colonel is told in military SF. The tale of the poet is horror SF. The tale of the detective is pure cyberpunk. The tales of the scholar and consul are forms of time travel SF, but in the case of the consul, includes aspects of spy and mystery novels. All of these tales are seamlessly woven together in a frame plot that I found equally as compelling as the tales it frames. I rarely have encountered a novel structured in this way where the frame was anything more than thin bookends for the individual tale.

    The themes of all these tales are intensely existential and speak to the human condition. They deal in human pain and grief in several contexts and aspects of life. Each of these griefs do in the end weave together to make a kind of sense.

    I highly recommend this to hard SF readers who enjoy complex, intellectual plots and deep characters.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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