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)
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
The whole story was very interesting, and the narration was fantastic. The book builds to a huge climax at the end, and then ---SPOILER---
... well, I guess not a spoiler, because I have no idea what the end was. It was the strangest thing. It was sort of like watching most of a movie, and then walking out of the theater and asking a homeless man to tell you a story for 10 minutes, and use that as the ending of the movie. I'm not even convinced it was the same characters.
All that being said, it was still a very amusing book. I have come to terms with the ending, and decided the whole book was still worth the story I got out of it on the way to the ending.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
Easily one of the best, if not the very best.
The imagery of Father Dure being crucified and re-constructed on the Tesla tree over and over for seven years was extremely powerful.
All of the narrators perform an excellent job with the exception of the main narrator being a tad overly dramatic in some areas, but that's a minor quibble.
When Colonel Kassad is moving through time at an extremely high rate of speed (causing everything else to seem in slow motion) it reminded me immediately of The Matrix and to realize that this book was written ten years before that movie came out caused me to wonder how much The Matrix took from ideas in Hyperion.
I had procrastinated getting this book for far too long - constantly choosing other books to devote my time or promising myself that Hyperion would be the next book. What a mistake to not get this book the first instant I came across it. It is easily one of the best I have experienced and I would highly recommend it to any lover of sci-fi.
Since this book just came up to me as a top of the class book I decided I better review it. I always have an audio book going and sorry but I have been working on this one for 2 years. Maybe it is a better read than listen. I never read the book. The narrator's voice is just so dull I guess. I do love sci fi. Well, just thought I'd put in my two cents worth. Maybe my problem is that I am tending towards fantasy more these days. One of my sci fi favorites is
Yes. Once it got going at least... the first hour or so was a bit slow as there is a lot of jargon that isn't really explained off the bat, though it was all filled in before to long. But once the individual stories started being told it was very hard to put down.The second book is a must as well (Just got credits so I can start the 3rd book)
Hyperion is one of my all-time favorite books. It ranks for me with Bleak House and Vanity Fair and maybe even Don Quixote as a great, sprawling, intelligent, absorbing *story.*
But the narration is only passable. Hyperion is the beginning of the story of seven pilgrims who are journeying to visit the mysterious, terrifying Shrike. As they travel, each pilgrim tells their own backstory. The producers chose to use different voices for each of the pilgrims.
Some of the narrators were spot-on (Kassad, Father Hoyt). But the narrator for Brawne Lamia was so wrong for the part that I couldn't listen to it. For her story, I finally had to pull out the book and re-read it myself. Brawne is supposed to be a hard-boiled private investigator; this narrator has a mellifluous, smooth, delivery that sounds like she's doing the safety announcements on an airplane. And the narrator for the non-character bits read so slowly that I ended up using the 'faster' option on my iPod to get through it.
But even that isn't enough to ruin the story. This is still a great listen. Also, if you're new to the book, you should know that Hyperion is just the set-up. Each of the seven pilgrims' back-story is worth reading on its own, so it's still a great read and definitely not a waste of time, but the story of the pilgrimage doesn't really happen until the next book.
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this was a very exciting and enjoyable listen throughout the whole story. the characters and story line develop well but the end comes very quickly and resolves nothing. the epilogue feels like the author got so many negative comments about the end that he felt he needed to add something. it is weak also. i was ready for some brilliant, genius, twisting at the end but it never came. that was a disappointment...
This is an enjoyable listen. Although each story took a little for me to be engaged, they are all fully enjoyable and propel the main storyline well. If you enjoy futuristic fantasies that incorporate heroism, romanticism, piety, sacrifice, love, loyalty and politics, this is a must read.
The story moves forward by different pilgrims telling theirs, much like the Canterbury Tales.
I enjoyed the fact that there were different performers speaking different stories.
What would you do...or did you do...to be part of the pilgrimage?
It ranks in the top 3 of the audiobooks I have listened to so far.
It felt similar to
Later on in the book, just before the 5th tale, there is a description of the sea of grass which is fantastic.
Yes it was. The different stories were connected beatifully and together they are interwoven creating a great sense of wonder fo the universe.
For the reader who is thinking of buying this audio book. It’s worth the listen! Simmons is no doubt a very good writer. Hyperion is a continuation of the legacy of epic writers like Asimov and Herbert…sci-fi with a lot of detailed character stories and complex plot. The narration is excellent…a dream team of narrators that makes the story even better. Longer book, so might not be for the weak…but, the writing and ideas keep the book entertaining through out. The sci-fi fan will enjoy the experience.
I'm currently listening to the third book in the Hyperion Series by Dan Simmons. I'd like to tell you how wonderful it is, perhaps by referencing the meticulous detail given to the description of scenery, but perhaps an example would serve better. Other books I've listened to tend to make my mind wander, because they are written of a dull texture and can't hold my attention, thus forcing me to re-listen to passages frequently. That is not the case here. Maybe it's only due to the fact that the portrait he paints on the canvas of my mind beckons me with an intensity I've hitherto never experienced, or it may just be that Dan Simmons has a gift. The Narration by Victor Bevine must play a role in my total immersion. He expertly gives voice to many different characters without overdoing it. Perhaps another could do as good a job, but I wouldn't risk it. This is a story that starts as several threads that are patiently woven into an epic spanning hundreds of years and thousands of light years. The characters personalities are as varied as you might find in life, but their goal is common and not at once obvious. I didn't find myself constantly trying to predict what would happen next because I at once both could not do so and felt no need to try. If you enjoy any of the following: space travel, creative advanced technology, alien worlds, malevolent forces with unclear motives, intense battles (single combat, squads, space ships), suspense and mystery from multiple angles, detective work (for one character), diverse characters with complex motivations; then this is definitely the book you've been waiting for. Even those types that rarely jump genres could find purchase here. The series touches on all aspects of culture and the human experience.
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.
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.
"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!
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