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Hyperion Audiobook
Hyperion
Written by: 
Dan Simmons
Narrated by: 
Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, Jay Snyder, Victor Bevine
Hyperion Audiobook

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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    Kurtis 08-08-11
    Kurtis 08-08-11
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    "good but confusing"

    The mystery of this novel is great. However the understanding of time is so confusing I do not know how it passed the editors and got the Hugo award. If you ignore the concept of time and ignore some of the abbreviations the story is great. There is a whole cast of readers to help dramatist the story too. Just wish the author could explain the confusing aspect of time in the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Lindale, TX, United States 02-27-11
    William Lindale, TX, United States 02-27-11
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    "I REALLY tried....."

    I really tried to be open minded on this book. It certainly had a lot of great reviews, but the series of short stories format tends to wander without driving the overall plot line. One of the characters has a sailor's mouth...some heavy FOUL LANGUAGE. That pretty much did me iin. There are so many alternatives to stooping to high school F-bombs every other word. Oh well, I'm sure there was a compelling reason for using that language as profusely as the author did in this book. Gave up about 2./3 of the way through. i will definitely read EVERY review of a book before wasting my money in the future.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tony RAMSEY, MN, United States 01-02-11
    Tony RAMSEY, MN, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping, intense sci-fi"

    I can't believe I hadn't read this book until now... I am looking forward to reading the next one. I thought the characters were brilliant, and the narrators did a fantastic job. I loved it, best sci-fi book I have read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy 11-10-10
    Stacy 11-10-10
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    "Not cool!"

    Fine story but but but but but but but but but but but and but The ending is a complete let down. Basicaly you write it yourself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chris Highland Village, TX, United States 10-01-10
    chris Highland Village, TX, United States 10-01-10
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    "Slow book, slow narration"

    The book starts very slow and the narration is very slow through out. I actually listened to it on fast mode of my MP3 player. Maybe it is better if you read the hard copy. I just couldn't get into and I am a big Sci-Fi fan...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Kot New York 09-20-10
    R. Kot New York 09-20-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Impossible to like"

    Despite my best efforts, I found this book difficult to get into and even more difficult to become absorbed in. In fact, it became so painful to follow that I erased it from my audio player.

    It was meandering and many times off-point - quite a miserable endeavor

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Brentwood, MO, United States 08-05-10
    Benjamin Brentwood, MO, United States 08-05-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!"

    Stunning, fantastic and gripping sci-fi in the format of a frame narrative ala The Canterbury Tales. Hyperion is a masterwork and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 08-02-10
    Benjamin Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Books of pain"

    I fell for the must read sci-fi reviews here. I have enjoyed listening to the Peter F Hamilton epic sci fi books on audible, but these Hyperion books were a chore to get through. No characters to have hope for here. A posse of sad people set out on a seemingly pointless quest to save a miserable human race. Humanity owes the universe and dolphins an apology. I get it. String us all up on the tree of pain.

    Hyperion and The Fall Of Hyperion are one story split into 2 books, so be warned and don't complain about an abrupt ending.

    I own the Emperion books (bought all 4 at once based on reviews), but don't know if/when I'll feel up to listening to them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Bolesky Portland, OR 06-17-10
    Jeremy Bolesky Portland, OR 06-17-10 Member Since 2010

    Jerm

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    "SciFi, almost"

    I generally prefer SciFi over fantasy. This leans toward the fantasy side, but it held my interest. The narration was excellent. This book stops rather than ends, so be prepared to get the next book if you like this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Bowling Green, KY, United States 03-19-10
    Daniel Bowling Green, KY, United States 03-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Literature and Great Science Fiction"

    Hyperion is that rarest of SF novels -- one that combines believable character you care about with galaxy spanning elements of science fiction. Everything in this book was pitch perfect, including the excellent narration. I highly recommend this Simmons' offering and its sequel.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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