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Hyperion Audiobook

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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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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    John DRAPER, UT, United States 01-07-15
    John DRAPER, UT, United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2015

    buy junk yo

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    "Great science"

    I loved the science and futuristic views of what may be. Cool stories that I found myself thinking about later. Crappy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DeMorrian 01-03-15
    DeMorrian 01-03-15
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    "A Tale for the Ages Transcending Time and Space."

    Beautifully narrated by a great cast for each tale. Perfect pacing and tone as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Hartman 12-31-14
    Tom Hartman 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Mickey Spillane detective meets Firefly story."
    What did you like best about Hyperion? What did you like least?

    Great story teller, but he has too many “Old Earth” references, Catholic, Jewish, Abraham Lincoln, the Poet John Keats…


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The off to see the Wizard of Oz interlude/ abrupt ending of this book means you better buy and download book two or you will be very disappointed and frustrated.


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

    Narrators did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable, but so full of current slang and references that it was distracting and a little disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. F. C. Cerqueira 12-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book of Short Stories"

    English/Portuguese

    Despite Hyperion being basically a book of short stories, which I personally do not really like, I have to admit that it is very engaging. There are aspects of some stories that are not very good , but good enough to engage in its plot to the point of not letting you want to put the book down. And although some of them are a bit melodramatic, like the tale of the Consul, each brings a new thing in this universe .

    Simmons must be congratulated for bringing the details of the universe calmly. He does not hurry. He introduces the technology, culture, geography and interplanetary politics in a slow pace, as it is essential to understand for the proper functioning of the story, and it captivates the reader .

    Apesar de Hyperion basicamente ser um livro de contos, o que eu particularmente não gosto muito, tenho que admitir que ele é muito envolvente. Apesar de haverem aspectos de alguns contos que não são muito bons, eles são bons o suficiente para envolverem em sua história ao ponto de não deixarem que você queira largar o livro. E apesar de alguns deles serem um pouco melodramáticos, como o conto do Consul, cada um deles traz um coisa nova sobre esse universo.

    Simmons tem que ser parabenizado também por saber trazer os detalhes do universo com calma. Ele não apressa. Ele introduz a tecnologia, a cultura e mesmo a geografia e política interplanetária com muita calma, à medida que é fundamental compreender para o bom funcionamento da história, e isso cativa o leitor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Overton 12-10-14
    Ian Overton 12-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What is this book about?"
    Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?

    No....I don't remember any of the characters or understand with any of them and I just got done listening to 10 hours of the book....


    What could Dan Simmons have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think he did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike any other book I've read I couldn't find any flow in this book. It flips between different characters that are not related at all to one another in any way I could think of. It had great reviews which I don't understand at all...I think this book was just something for the author to show off his random writing skills or short stories that he just taped together and sold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 11-03-14
    Brian 11-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    Basically it is a group of people going on a walk each telling us their back story. The individual back stories are good to okay. But in the end reading/listening to the back stories covers like 85% of the book.

    Very, very little happens to the party "now" as most of the book is about the back stories. By the time I finished the book I was thinking "Well now I have to read/listen to another book to find out what is happening 'now'".

    I don't care enough to find out because the first book was exposition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trace Gurss 10-29-14
    Trace Gurss 10-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor Voice Acting In Place Of Narration"
    Would you try another book from Dan Simmons and/or the narrators?

    I would like to read the following books in the series one of these days, but will certainly stray from the audiobook versions.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Let me preface by saying that I love sci-fi and, as an English History major, I also enjoy literature, so I thought this book would be the perfect combination. I know the terrible narration had much to do with it, but I felt no interest in most of the characters. Their individual stories were very interesting (with the exception of the 5th tale about the detective and the android) but it still somehow fell flat.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I listen to 2 or 3 audiobooks a month and these are some of the worst narrators I've encountered. The main narrator delivers every sentence as if he's hyperbolizing at a poetry reading, even when the events taking place call for something much more mundane. It came off as almost farcical with these vocal inflections. I thought the female narrator did good until her character's tale came up then quickly changed my mind...she tries to "act" every line of dialogue and does it very poorly. Her English accent for Keats is appalling. Even with narrators that I initially dislike, I can usually get into the story enough to ignore their imperfections by the end of the book, but I had no such luck with this one.


    Was Hyperion worth the listening time?

    No. Please read this so you don't taint this interesting story by having these amateur narrators read it to you.


    Any additional comments?

    I never write negative reviews, but since this is a book worth reading I felt it might be valuable to state my opinion so that others might opt for the book instead of the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Atlanta , GA, USA 10-21-14
    Dave Atlanta , GA, USA 10-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Mildly entertaining, disappointing and forgettable"

    Based on rave reviews I was expecting something on the level of Dune, or at least a better Heinlein novel. The collection of stories here are fairly entertaining and/or intriguing. But the overall frame story is weak. Basically, there's a lot of dabbling around in different ideas and themes, but nothing of substance in any of them. It felt like Simmons' own self-gratifying literary romp, which wasn't so much fun for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Cook UK 08-04-14
    J. Cook UK 08-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "After 5 attempts I had to give up"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Its just not the type of book I enjoy


    What was most disappointing about Dan Simmons’s story?

    too much about tech and little story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the narrator tone did not grab me


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disinterest


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tash 07-15-14
    Tash 07-15-14
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    "Good book."

    I would have given the narration a 5 star review if it wasn't for Allyson Johnson. Her narration was particularly bad. She manages to read every line as if she's asking a question. Luckily, her parts are limited.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    12/2/09
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    "Inspired Sci-fi"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. G. J. Walker
    Leicester, UK
    11/10/09
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dean
    ParisFrance
    5/3/09
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    "Exceptional"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. Gibson
    Southampton, UK
    8/15/10
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Wells, Somerset, United Kingdom
    3/22/09
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sophia
    Stanhope, United Kingdom
    1/27/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    8/11/11
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    "Brilliant!"

    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.

    On narration...
    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    11/19/09
    Overall
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Chatham, United Kingdom
    9/24/09
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    "Superb"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Sully, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    9/18/09
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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