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The Fall of Hyperion Audiobook
The Fall of Hyperion
Written by: 
Dan Simmons
Narrated by: 
Victor Bevine
The Fall of Hyperion Audiobook

The Fall of Hyperion

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Publisher's Summary

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Glen Manly West, Australia 04-03-13
    Glen Manly West, Australia 04-03-13
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    "Excellent read - do the series!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Skitique 03-14-13
    Skitique 03-14-13 Member Since 2015

    I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.

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    "Supporting Actor Nomination to Hyperion"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel 03-07-13
    Samuel 03-07-13
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    "Amazing"
    If you could sum up The Fall of Hyperion in three words, what would they be?

    Epic, Satisfying, Addictive


    Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favorite?

    All


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TIMOTHY Manheim, PA, United States 02-22-13
    TIMOTHY Manheim, PA, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Wow!"

    So glad I started this series! Wow! Just an amazing story, I love it. Cant wait to start the third book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 02-06-13
    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Glad I stuck with it"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kii 12-11-12
    Kii 12-11-12

    Kii

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    "Just as good as when I read it years ago"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Stienhatchee, FL, United States 11-23-12
    Charles Stienhatchee, FL, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2016

    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!!!!

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    "The Cantos rules!"
    What did you love best about The Fall of Hyperion?

    A perfect sequel to Hyperion. You can't ask for a better follow up!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fall of Hyperion?

    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.


    What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job of bringing each character to life and really helps to keep you inline on who's who.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is another.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Double_J 11-05-12
    Double_J 11-05-12
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    "Universe well realized but needs an edit"

    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan United States 10-31-12
    Ryan United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally...the characters DO something!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lee MABELVALE, AR, United States 10-22-12
    lee MABELVALE, AR, United States 10-22-12
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    "This will Raise your expectations!!!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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