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 enjoyed the writing for the most part (see below), and the performance was excellent. But at the end of the story, I was left feeling that I'd completely wasted the 20+ hours because the ending was completely meaningless. No wrap-up whatsoever. Also, the endless praising of poetry is pretty annoying for those of us who don't really care for poetry. It's kind of like listening to your IT guy drone endlessly about the merits of computers, when you don't know or care about computers. If you love poetry, you may feel otherwise.
There's apparently sequels to this story, but I doubt I'll be investing the time and money to listen to another 70 hours before getting the whole story. In a GOOD series, each book should come to a reasonable stopping point and tell a story of it's own, and this one doesn't.
This was a great listen. Well narrated and an excellent story
The book follows different characters at different times. So one character becomes a favourite only to be replaced by another as the story evolves. Well constructed because of this writing style.
Clever the way a number of narrators join to give different dimensions to different characters.
Well written, an epic of different moments of drama and a range of characters that are spun out over the story and time.
I certainly enjoyed the performances from the cast of readers and the stories within the novel were all interesting. Unfortunately the stories often dragged on or got too bogged down in details and flowery writing to keep my interest up. Most of the stories are in one way or another tied to the poet John Keats. I have no doubt the connections are interesting and entertaining for those more fond of or familiar with Keats than I am but for me it just got kind of tedious after a while.
I don't mean to say I didn't enjoy the book. The unique setting and stories were all well written and performed and mostly pretty fascinating. The slow pacing and over-reliance on the Keats references just often made me want to scream "I get it, move on please!!"
I would give it a qualified recommendation. Not for everyone but I can certainly see it appealing to the right kind of reader.
Several good ones to pick from and hard to pick one favorite. Without giving too many details, I'd say the combat scenes in the story of the soldier were the most engaging.
No, and I wouldn't recommend it. It's over 20 hours long and it's a bit heavy to take on all at once even if it was shorter
Again, it was an interesting read and I don't regret listening to it at all. Great setting, great characters, and interesting stories. Just too slow at parts and too much Keats for someone who knows little about the poet. Probably the best way to sum up my feelings on the book is that it captured my attention enough to consider listening to the sequel but had enough drawbacks that the sequel is very low on my list of future purchases
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
Sci-fi isn't one of my first choices normally. In fact it has been years since I've chosen sci-fi over a mystery or fantasy book but this author has gotten such good ratings I had to see what the fuss was about. I was not disappointed.
The book centers around life on various planets in the web. The Hegemony, which is the ruling body over this coalition of planets ( for you Star Trek fans this would be akin to the Federation of planets), has been taking over worlds for centuries with little thought to the impact on the locals. Hyperion is a world on the fringes of the Hegemony borders & the old time tombs & the legend of the Shrike, which controls the tombs, are what all factions either want to control or destroy. The story follows 7 people chosen by the Hegemony to go to Hyperion on a pilgrimage to see the Shrike in a effort to avert war. The book tells each of their stories & their relation to the Shrike & ultimately each other.
The book narration is done by several people - all which are good. The writing is very descriptive & intense. Although it was a long listen it didn't seem that way as the story sucked me in & kept me wanting more. I will warn you this is the 1st in a 4 set series, however based on how interesting it was I will immediately listen to book 2. I see why this author won the Hugo award. Simply outstanding.
This is an Audible book that has been around since 2008, so I am sure everything has been said before. I listened to Dan Simmon's "Drood" book and loved it. A big SF fan, I was intrigued to hear a rendition of his series he wrote in the 1990s, something I assumed would be huge departure from the 19th-Century book that is "Drood."
"Hyperion" is a classic, award-winning story...and for good reason. While I wasn't familiar with the novel, I am glad I invested in it. The performance of this book is one of those multiple actor jobs, and the book lends itself very well to that kind of recorded performance. Similar to Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," we, the listener/reader, travel with a handful of "pilgrims" who provide all the backfill to the story by telling us why he or she is traveling to Hyperion.
Here's the rub: most of the character's voices are very good, the actors' readings are expressive, and, at least to this listener's ear, provide a reasonable rendering of the individual characters in sound. All save the one female reader, Allyson Johnson. She is not credible as a character in this story (a hard-boiled detective), and she is an extremely irritating reader. Her singsong delivery is like listening to someone reading the news early in the morning on an FM station...for an hour. I hear very little expression except mechanically crisp words. There is a huge difference between saying the words while inflecting your voice up and down in the same place every time and actually telling a story. I found myself looking for a way to gnaw my arm off and get away from this portion of the performance.
And now I'm stuck. I'm over half way through this 20+ hour story, but I can't stand to listen to her make her contribution to the plot. Do I quit? The story is engaging enough and so well written that I cannot bail out on it (plus, perhaps foolishly, I bought the other three audio books in the series). So, I guess I'll go find the book in hardcopy, read the Detective's Story, then fast forward to the rest of the performance. I only hope the other three installments are better.
The story is wonderful and I have read the book multiple times, this production was awful and I couldn't make it through more than the first 15 minutes. Very very disappointing.
Oregon Forester, audio book addict
Great story, fairly complex but it flows well and keeps you engaged. The book is made up of several stories that support the main theme. The only complaint is the ending, there is no conclusion. Without the following book the reader would be left with a quite unfinished story however having just read the second book in the series I have to say the books are great and I think you should read them if you like sci-fi books.
I loved this book. Concise and bold science fiction, a dash of horror, a number of emotionally touching moments, humor, and more. This book is well worth the time invested, as is the sequel, Fall of Hyperion.
My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
Got this audiobook on a whim and I am very glad I did. Im definately going to have to listen to the other three in the series. Each member of the Shrike pilgrimage tells their own tale, and in someway they have all come into contact with the shrike. If your imagination can create vivid pictures from the wonderful descriptions of the scenes this will make for one memorable listen.
Yes. Interesting story. Actually, stories. It reminded me of Canterbury Tales.
The story is about several travellers going on a common quest. Each person has a story regarding why he/she is going to Hyperion. Each of the tales were engaging. The overall story was also interesting. It ends too soon. Dang. Now I have to read the sequel.
It was great that there were multiple narrators. Each brought their person to life.
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