On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.
©1990 Dan Simmons; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"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)
"State of the art science fiction...A landmark novel." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
This is a great book, but an absolute epic so you must have control! (Yes you must go to work, you must eat, you mustn't sit listening all day - well that's what I kept telling myself). This is a very compelling anthology.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
This is the 2nd in the Hyperion saga & it finishes the story of 7 pilgrims that went to Hyperion to face the Shrike, the alien creature that controls the Time Tombs. The author is extremely descriptive, which I like however be warned that this may not be for everyone. The story line is complex & detailed with many unseen developments. Book 1 won The Hugo award & was outstanding. This finale is very good but has more description of detail than even book 1 and sometimes it seemed if the author digressed without a point. I definitely recommend this especially if you are a Dan Simmons fan.
Epic, Satisfying, Addictive
As much as I enjoyed the first book, this one just seemed to be much more beautifully done. Weaving together everything from the first book and this one was masterfully achieved, creating such a satisfying experience overall which is something I have not felt in quite some time. Very hard to not want to sit and hear this all in one sitting!
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So glad I started this series! Wow! Just an amazing story, I love it. Cant wait to start the third book!
I was almost furious with the first book, feeling that it was disjointed, verbose and scientifically ambiguous.
It was only my near obssesive personality that made me continue the duology. Thank goodness for personality quirks. This book was great! It explained many of the issues that I had with the first book (something that the first book should have done).
This was a geat listening experience, though a little heavy on the poetic flourish
I tend to consider this book and Hyperion as a single book. Broken in two because it would be too heavy as a single book, or too intimidating for many people. So, my review for Hyperion is also my review for Fall of Hyperion.
I first read this book years and years ago. One of my first forays into "hard" sci-fi. I loved it. I've revisited many books I read way-back-when, and sometimes find myself disappointed. Not Hyperion or Fall of Hyperion. Still as good. Still as thought provoking. I liked how each character had their own voice, it was well done. Very smooth transitions, voices at the same volume. Not at all like the "dramatic readings" I've listened to before. I did not like the voice of Martin Silenus, the poet. He annoyed me. But maybe that was the point of casting that particular voice actor, Martin Silenus is a very annoying character.
I love all things sci fi, fantasy, history, and philosophical. I have read many books on all these subjects, but audible opens everything up in a whole new light for me. Love it!!!!
A perfect sequel to Hyperion. You can't ask for a better follow up!
The speech between Uman, Keets, and Lamia. It really opens up the true depth of the story and bends your mind to a new way of thought.
He does a great job of bringing each character to life and really helps to keep you inline on who's who.
There is another.
"Fall of Hyperion" is something you probably should-buy if the first volume of the series left you interested enough to finish the original story. That said, either Mr. Simmons' editor should have used a heavier hand or the structure of this novel inherently does not translate well into the audiobook format.
Unlike "Hyperon", "Fall of Hyperion" departs from the frame story structure and meanders among a large cast of parallel characters and locations. While many of these diversions and discussions help to flesh out the overall Hyperion universe and provide nuance and detailed background to the happenings they do not do much to move the main plot forward.
To put it simply - I found much of "Fall of Hyperion" to be boring. The overall story and universe are fantastic and very well realized but the author's general wordiness, the passive nature of the majority of the scenes in the book, and the number of parallel background storylines and characters really made feel a bit apathetic about novel as a whole. There was just too much 'downtime' to hold my interest in the main story for almost 30 hours and it was a bit of a struggle to get through.
To help you calibrate to my probably simplistic tastes and love of instant gratification, I will admit to feeling the same way about "Fall of Hyperion" as I do about much of the Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. It's an epic story that unforunately gets bogged down by the sometimes lengthy and unecessary description of the surrounding universe and background details.
Hyperion is a great introduction, but the reader is left wanting to know what actually HAPPENS on the journey these folks are making. This book addresses that, and does so in a very exciting manner.
I found my self not wanting to hear anything of a lesser caliber after I finished this.
If you have read the first book do not hesitate to read this sequel. This book is absolutely require to finish the story of Hyperion. I thoroughly enjoyed this one couldn't stop listening.
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