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)
I made it about halfway through this book before giving up due to lack of interest. There may be a fascinating story in there somewhere, but I was not motivated to find it. The audio production is very good.
Having a different person read for each character and then an additional one for the he said, she said and other narration didn't work for me at all. I have read the book a couple times and love it but this was almost impossible to listen to. Looking at the other books in the series they abandoned this style of recording after Hyperion, but I'm not going to risk it and try any of the others.
The concept presented in this book isn't ground breaking but it is the way the story is told that sets this book apart from others. I would give this book 5 stars except i think they could have added a prequel to the book or atleast a decent back story before plunging the listeners into the world of Hyperion. Still overall its a good book and worth the credit.
Bottom line: Enjoy the trip, because the ending will disappoint you!
This is actually a book of several short stories. A few of them are very good...several are terrible. For this alone I would have lowered the rating to a 3. However, the end is the absolute pits! Frankly, I think his deadline was suddenly moved up and he had to finish the book 15 minutes or less. So, he came up with the least imaginative ending humanly possible. For this reason, I gave it 2 stars.
As I listened to this book, i loved the way that it tied religion and human history with the sci-fi story line.. i hated the way that it ended with such a lack of closure.. BUT i guess thats why I'm onto "The fall of Hyperion". .. LOL . Well i'm off to see the wizard..
I read a few reviews that said that this book was terrible, but I didn't think it was too bad...at first. It's basically several short stories tied together by a really slipshod and poorly executed attempt at a framework. The short stories themselves are pretty good, one even brought tears. The setup for the stort stories is pretty weak, however. Everybody is on a pilgrimage together and they explain a part of their reason for going on the pilgrimage. We really get into their stories, which, it seems, will be resolved at the conclusion of the novel. This resolution never happens, not one of the stories is ever fully resolved. Then the author tacks on the very worst ending that I have ever read in my whole life. I hate authors that do that to me, and i will never read another book by this one again.
No, thank you. It is a remarkable indication of the shallowness of character of the author when he finds it necessary to introduce explicitly pornographic sex scenes into an otherwise interesting plot. I am tired of authors thinking that the only way that they can keep the interest of their audience is to produce filth as a substitute for intellectual depth and substance.
I love sci-fi. I am fed up with the all-too-popular perspective that not only will all future societies be devoid of morals, but that the reader really wants all of the disgusting details of that immorality.
The narrator was fine.
I was intrigued for the first 25% of the book, then disgusted when it took an unnecessary descent into the gutter. I didn't finish it.
I wish that Audible would provide some sort of rating system so that those of us who want to try out new authors need not be surprised by material that is embarrassing for us to listen to in front of our wives and children. Really, is it too much to ask that inappropriate material be flagged in some way?
Simmons drags us through 5 life stories, spending hours on each, providing the most pointless details such as the color of random, ancillary character's clothes and what they ate for lunch. In the end, 90% of the people you've been reading about are tossed asside and no longer part of the story (so that roast beef sandwich that everyone kept eating really didn't matter?). And not only does he NOT provide an explanation for the main plot device, he doesn't even let the reader know what happens to the very same 5 people. He just has skipping on down the road.
What a waste of money and time. Really, don't bother unless you like to read about clothing styles and lunch menus of the far future.
Yes, there was a lot of detail, it would be nice to read again to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Dune? The story just reminded me of the Dune story, although I have only seen the movie.
ONE narrator. That would have made all the difference.
I found this story quite entertaining and a good listen. The problem is it ended with no final conclusions or outcome. A very good way to sell the next book in the series.
I may or may not purchase the next volume after experiencing a very disappointing ending to the first one
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.
"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.
"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.
"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!
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.
No. This pilgrims progress style collection of linked short stories is painful. Multiple styles are applied, under a common context, but the characters were unsympathetic and the stories generally uninteresting. It is possible that it may just be dated but I think I am being generous. As if it wasn't a struggle to get through the dreary storylines the book had no proper conclusion and ended abruptly expecting the reader to move on to the next in the series. That's not going to happen.
No. It is awful.
The one saving grace was the multiple narrators but it was mildly confusing and not enough to raise the product above lamentable.
I don't really understand why everyone has raved about this book. It is dry, stilted and just plain dull. I have asked myself if I am just not a Sci-fi fan but this type of thing is just so much better from Issac Asimov or Iain M Banks
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