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'm not surprised to find that Dan Simmons also writes horror stories. This well-crafted tale is punctuated by grisly and gruesome scenes that make you gasp in horror. I sometimes found the descriptions so disturbing that I would have to stop listening, and come back to it, when I had gotten over the impact.
Simmons has few equals, if any, in story-telling. Instead of having haunting images presented to me as I read, I would have preferred a PG-13 version.
Note: I hate horror movies, murder mysteries, slasher movies, and anything involving macabre depictions of torture and death. So, this is written not as a warning for the general listener, but for anyone who might think twice about listening to or reading a horror tale.
The narration in this story is excellent.
It's an excellent "read." It is in the top 25% of books I've listened to. It has been a long time since I've listened to such overt science fiction. I'd forgotten how much I like it.
I enjoyed this story very much. The characters were compelling and the richness of their lives communicated well.
I loved the entire section about the Maui Covenant. It was well-told...I could imagine being there.
I would have liked to listen to it all at once, but it was very long. I like that in a book.
The writer is from my hometown, so I guess that's why I gave it a listen. I'm glad I did.
This is intelligent sci-fi set in a universe that keeps you wondering what happened - and what is going to happen. This book revolves around the key characters and their stories, and each of the characters grows on you as the minutes pass.
I haven't read or listened to any book like this before.
This production is great! Each of the main characters have their own voice and their dialogue is acted like a radio play.
Time is running out for humanity
I will immediately begin on the next book in the series
I love reading and I love Audible. Their fantasy and Sci-Fi selection is excellent!
I really enjoyed how the author tells the story through the individual stories of the seven characters. The only thing I wasn't too keen on was the female narrator, on 1.5 speed she kinda sounds like a robot but it isn't too bad at normal speed.
I just couldn't stop laughing out loud at Taco Bell when I was reading the part when the Poet first landed on the planet where he had to work so hard, it is priceless if a little coarse.
I was really hoping the story was going to wrap up at the end, but instead it sets up the sequel. I loved Dan's writing style and I definitely plan on reading the next one also.
Dreamer and Weaver of Dreams - which means I like some fiction especially if it fits my world view: there is evil in the world and good must ALWAYS overcome it.
Gripping riveting fiction
I actually learned to care about the multiple story lines and characters. They pushed me to run the entire series and learn the culmination of their narratives in the Great narrative. It reminded me of my own story and its relationship to the overall Epic that God is telling about existence.
OH my the narrators! They are EVERYTHING! They open the world of other people's experiences to my own. They make the characters into people and the experiences into more than just words. My own head can really do a lot with that but when i am driving or working or need a break; when I am ready for bed.. they urge my mind into relaxation and into very sharp focus. They are the sauce that simmers the writer's work into .... what more can be said? Reality.
Oh Yes it would have been glorious but the anticipation of each session over time was more than rewarding.
to like this you will need to like Sci-Fiction. To enjoy this you will need to love people. To know this you will need to listen.
The mystery and the satisfying revelations.
Kassad's battle with the Shrike.
Martin Silenus, of course. He turns out to be the most interesting character in the whole series.
Very extreme. I laughed, cried, felt anger, sadness, elation, satisfaction and intellectual stimulation.
This is the first of a series of 4. The first two are an omnibus, meant to be read as one story. If you felt this first one is incomplete, that's because it is without the second book. Even the second book feels incomplete. The third and fourth are some of the most compelling, thought provoking and satisfying tales I have ever experienced. The first two books feel more like the back-story to the thrilling two part conclusion. The series is over 90 hours total. If you liked the first two, the next two (Endymion and The Rise of Endymion) will absolutely blow you away. Simmons leaves no loose ends, no unanswered questions, and no revelations unrevealed.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I enjoyed this book for the most part. There were times and characters that the book cycled through that were not always very interesting and would lose my focus. This book was hard for me to get into as well and I wasn't sure at first if I cared for the approach the author went about to introducting the characters. That is, until I finished the first story of the seven travelers. It was hard understanding everything going on outside of the individual biographies the travelers would tell about what led them to their pilgrimage to the time tombs until we get to the last few tales. There are some really good side stories told that are very intricate and eventually connections can be made to other events told by the traveling crew and give us insight to the mystery of this pilgramage. My main criticism is we don't get to hear from the 7th traveler and we are left with a conlusion mid tale before they reach their destination.
I read Hyperion many years ago and loved it. This audio version is also excellent. The narrators all do a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. While I'll admit two of the tales lost my interest a bit, I still really enjoyed the (audio) book. Highly recommended!
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“Prologue. The Hegemony Consul sat on the balcony of his ebony spaceship and played Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp Minor on an ancient but well-maintained Steinway while great, green, saurian things surged and bellowed in the swamps below."
In print the opening sentence of Dan Simmons’ novel Hyperion packs a potent punch. Listening to the same sentence in the audiobook version by Audible, the same strong oomph is lent by the prose, yet now new dimensions are added. Instantly there is a haunting quality to the very first words which is downright exhilarating.
I listened to the first few evocative paragraphs of the book five times in awe before I was able to wrench my thumb away from the rewind button. It is not merely narrators that read this book, it is truly voice artists. The bass/baritone voices of the male narrators and the contralto of the female narrator is like fine quality paint brushes. They use inflection, pitch, pause, falsetto, strength, whisper and timbre to paint and colour the picture of the story so masterfully written by Dan Simmons. I travel a lot and usually listen to my books using the text-to-speech function on my Amazon Kindle. I have grown quite accustomed to the monotone computer generated voice on the Kindle and perhaps that is the reason why I was blown away by the quality of this audio book…
As to actual the story… I have read all four books of the Hyperion Cantos before. I have always wanted to re-read it.
Dan Simmons tells a Chaucer-esque story of seven pilgrims making their way to the strange planet Hyperion. Unexplained forces surround their final destination, the time tombs, which makes it impossible for space- and aircraft to land close by. So begins the long trek of the seven pilgrims to the mysterious time tombs.
By not quite mutual agreement the pilgrims decide to tell their stories as they travel. I was disappointed at the end of each story, wanting to know more, but soon became engrossed in the next tale. As each pilgrim tells their story, the background of the Hyperion universe unfolds and one learns the chronicle of how Old Earth was destroyed and how humans fleeing in seed ships colonized the galaxy.
I am not going to pen down any plot spoilers here, but if you are into Sci-Fi (with a little fantasy mixed in) get the book, it is mind blowing to say the least.
I have always loved the Hyperion Cantos and was excited to find an audio version of the two books. The first book, "Hyperion" has a great cast of voice talent which makes it seem like a radio drama (without sound effects). With so many characters, having multiple voices helps keep them straight and makes the story seem more real.
Unfortunately, if you get the second book in this series, "Fall of Hyperion," there is only one narrator doing all of the voices. It's jarring after the wonderful job they did on "Hyperion."
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