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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-09-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "SAD KING BILLIE"

    I IGNORE RELIGIONS, I DO NOT SUCCUMB TO THEM
    Twice, maybe thrice, I have endeavored to devour this Odyssey of Dan Simmons (modern day Keats). Hark, soon my AMBIGUITY of this PARODY, BEFUDDLES me, leading to REMORSE and the chore becomes PERFUNCTURY. Simmons has a huge following, of which I have a good friend who still reads the hardback copies. He seems to be more preferred by the scholarly types. Tastes differ and I usually find Simmons to be too long winded. Followers of the Octopus or the lounging man will eat this up. My tastes lead more to the simpler and faster, as anyone who follows me knows. I am the king of sophomoric reviews about sophomoric books. You know which camp you fall in. Having said that, I really did try.

    23 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 01-27-13
    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Im actually Christines husband piggybacking n her Amazon account. That said, I am a bit of a geek, and work in the engineering field.

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    "Befuddled"

    This story is clumsily populated with anachronisms, and non-essentials juxtaposed with obvious scientific understanding.

    The author, at times leaves the story behind, apparrently for no other reason than to showcase his abilities as a writer, The story moves extremly slowly, and the only reason that I trugded through it was the overwhelmingly positive reviews that it got and that I already spent the credit on it.

    In the end, it was worth the credit but just barely. as abruptly as the first book ended, I dont know that I am interested in the main characters enough to find out what happened to them. I may or may not get it.

    This has caused me to question the reviews that a book gets.

    26 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    T. Mcpherson Illinois 02-13-09
    T. Mcpherson Illinois 02-13-09 Member Since 2017

    csjt04

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    "Definitely worth a listen."

    Excellent book. I've seen this title on the shelf, but I never picked it up. Once I noticed it was available from audible, I figured I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed. This was just an outstanding story. It was well read by the cast and Dan Simmons is at the top of his game as he weaves the different threads of the story together. Also, it is Unabridged!! Seriously, give it a try, I'm betting you won't be disappointed. If you are like me, you will be hooked and you will need to get the other 3 books in this series! Actually, if I ever get a free moment, I might try to read them as well as listen.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Berger Houston, TX 03-21-09
    Eric Berger Houston, TX 03-21-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    This was really an enjoyable read, and some of the pilgrims' tales were utterly captivating. Narration is good, not great.

    Highly recommended for those who can appreciate good storytelling and aren't looking for a run-of-the-mill thriller for those with short attention spans.

    My thanks to audible for bringing this book to the audio format.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 05-30-09
    Richard Carolina Beach, NC, United States 05-30-09 Member Since 2007

    I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.

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    "Uncertain but maybe..."

    I wanted to like this book so much. I love long books, I love a series of long books. Overall, however, I'm very disappointed. Simmons is a very good writer, uses language well, etc. I don't mind the sex scenes, although they seem at times gratuitous and don';t add much to the characters, and may just be a bit much. The pilgrim's individual stories, for the most part, were good and, as another reviewer said, one (in my case the story of Rachel growing younger and losing her memories) was very emotionally moving for me. And I agree that one of the stories (the last one, I think) was a bit confusing and not very interesting. I frequently felt like I was not paying as close attention as I wanted to, and finally realized that what kept running through my head was "When does the REAL story start?" It does seem like this is a giant "back story" telling how these characters got to where they are presently. I would have preferred at least starting the action with what (I presume) is in the second book, and then flashback to these backstories, but that is a personal preference.

    The ending is not what I'd want, but I guess the author and all the readers knew a sequel (or many) were coming. It didn't disappoint me nearly as much as Stephen King's ending to the Dark Tower series, but then again I enjoyed every single thing in the Dark Tower series EXCEPT the ending, so it's a little different matter.

    I'm putting any further downloads of this series on hold for the moment. I might actually re-listen to part or all of Hyperion (fast-forwarding occasionally) and then decide if I want more.

    20 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    mix579 Sudbury, MA 02-27-16
    mix579 Sudbury, MA 02-27-16

    mix579

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    "I understand why it's a classic, but..."

    After reading it way back when it was first published in print, I recently listened to the audiobook version and had pretty much the same reaction to it. I feel almost obligated to admire the author for his skillful weaving of a complex, multi-layered web of tales, all written in totally different styles, each of them contributing in an ingenious way to our understanding of the world that forms the backdrop to this story. Really, really well done, and I fully understand why this book is a sci-fi classic.

    Alas, in the end it all sort of falls flat for me, a classic example of arts for art's sake. Some of the tales are gripping (Detective, Poet, Soldier, ) but the others just meander on without much purpose (in particular the Consul's tale). At times it feels like a sophomore in English studies trying to squeeze as many "big" words, as many memes as possible into a paragraph to impress the professor. If someone had seriously edited the book and cut 25% out, it would have been a masterpiece. Well, there's still the issue that it really ends just when it's about to become really interesting. I'm not huge fan of blatant cliffhangers books that leave essentially everything open and bring nothing to a (at least partial) conclusion.

    The narration cast is outstanding. Having different characters narrated by different actors works extremely well here.The person reading the poet is brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 07-28-15
    G. Parish 07-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "An unusual tale"

    This is one of the more unusual tales I have seen. I loved having different cast members reading each one, but was frustrated by the tale not ending in this book. In the end I want more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 11-05-12
    Anita 11-05-12
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    "Very good, strange ending"
    Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?

    Yes. it's complicated in a good way. I think listening twice would make one understand the story/stories (and the characteres) better


    What other book might you compare Hyperion to and why?

    Canterbury tales


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The consul


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arlinjordan. United States 11-05-12
    Arlinjordan. United States 11-05-12
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    "Sci-fi fans will love it"
    Where does Hyperion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amoung best. Readers are very good.


    What other book might you compare Hyperion to and why?

    Arthur c Clark's .......The star. Also forever war (joe halter an).


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very nicely done. More than one (1) reader


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

    Defferent @ exciting. Original


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written. Can't put it down..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 10-31-12
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Reading Fantasy and SCI-FI on audible.

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    "Good Story, Great Reading"

    I had not heard about this story until I started reading through Hugo Award winners I had not read (many recent ones). I was driving alot during vacation and this was the book I had on the player. The reading is great. There are seven voices and they are all great. They really bring out a pretty confusing story by their taking on the characters. The story has a kind of weak ending, but most of it is very intriguing. Great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    12/2/09
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    "Inspired Sci-fi"

    I loved this book. It is beautifully written with brilliant characterisation and a really good storyline. The format means that there are six interesting stories narrated by each of the main characters and these in themselves are well-constructed sci-fi. The over-arching story kept me interested throughout and made me immediately order the sequel "Fall of Hyperion", which I also read and loved. Very highly recommended to people who like the genre - it is one of the best of it's kind. Well read.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. G. J. Walker
    Leicester, UK
    11/10/09
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    "Fantastic...but only as good as the narrators"

    This story is probably one of the best sci fi books I have ever read (listened to!). The stories within the story are likewise fantastic.

    The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that an audiobook is only as good as the narrator. This book is read by numerous narrators and the lady who narrates M. Brawne Lamia has one of the most annoying accents ever! It was more frustrating as Brawne Lamia is a really interesting character.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. Gibson
    Southampton, UK
    8/15/10
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    "A fantastic combination"

    We all have our favourite authors and when listening to them as an audiobook we either fall more in love with them or end up slightly disappointed that they don't meet our expectations - we don't like the reader or it doesn't fire our imagination the same as with our own reading. With this in mind, when I have been selecting new authors, I have done so on the basis of comments people have made, playing a sample of the narrator and how well it has been rated here and elsewhere online.

    Dan Simmons and Victor Bevine et al have been a find! This has book has depth in all sorts of unexpected areas and the narration is first rate. Lots of different themes are covered from different perspectives as the story unfold before you - you'll love some characters, hate others and see still others in a new way. It makes you think about certain things that are relevant and wonder how you might have chosen to deal with it.

    I don't wish to give any plot away and I hope that you might discover this wonderful combination of first rate narration with a fantastic author.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Wells, Somerset, United Kingdom
    3/22/09
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    "Wonderful Sci Fi"

    This has got to be one of the best science fiction books I have read. The listener follows seven pilgrims who are on a quest to meet a mythical monster - the 'shrike' on the planet 'Hyperion'. Each pilgrim shares his story with the others, and each story is told in a different style which reflects the individuals' characters. The stories are sometimes harrowing, sometimes sensual and sometimes touching, but always riveting. Dan Simmons has created an incredible, multifaceted world (worlds!) with history, politics, mysticism and religion all mixed in. It is thoroughly captivating - buy 'The Fall of Hyperion' at the same time as you'll want to read on.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Sully, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    9/18/09
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    "As fine a Science Fiction Novel as Dune"

    Every so often you come across something really special when reading or listening. This is not "like" Dune There were times when listening the to this novel when the words flowed over the ear like quicksilver. It has real characters, great action and a unique storyline, it is complex but not obscure and it is epic without being pretentious. In short it is a real gem, listen to it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sophia
    Stanhope, United Kingdom
    1/27/12
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    "The Best Sci Fi Series in Audiotape"

    This was an eye-opener! The whole series is exquisitely crafted and sensitively narrated and so good I hope it wins many many awards. The ONLY writer to rival Ian M Banks.
    It takes just a little while to engage with the story, but then you realise that you are in love with this strange but fascinating world with astonishing yet poignant tales.
    Highly addictive, I bought the whole series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Chatham, United Kingdom
    9/24/09
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    "Superb"

    This is without doubt, the best series of books I have downloaded from Audible so far. Epic sci-fi with amazing characters that you will really feel for as the story unfolds. I had of course read the books a long time ago but hearing them brings a whole new dimension to the story, beautifully narrated by the reader, my only tiny complaint was some of the American pronounciation of word and names but it never gets in the way of the huge, complex, and very rewarding story. I've just finished listening to Fall of Hyperion and have to admit to tears in my eyes at certain points. About to start Endymion, plenty of tears to come as I remember. Highly recommended even if you don't like sci-fi!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dean
    ParisFrance
    5/3/09
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    "Exceptional"

    An exceptional book, a very good recording and an enjoyable and engrossing experience from beginning to end.

    If you can find the time please try to read the book, but if that isn't possible then this is the next best thing, a story of stupefying complexity and subtlety.

    The best thing is that the second book is as good if not better than the first, so enjoy.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    8/11/11
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    "Brilliant!"

    On the book...
    I really liked this book - and have recently finished listening to all of the series. Iain M Banks is still my favourite sci-fi author, but I'd listened to all of his audio books and wanted some more epic contemporary sci-fi and people seemed to recommend this - and rightly so. As a whole the story is definitely epic, has great characters and a really great story. In this one, the sex scenes were a bit perverse and unnecessary. I could see the idea he was going for with it - but it didn't play out well really and was pretty cheesy at times. Other than that, the story is really good and well worth reading.

    On narration...
    I didn't really think much of the narrator - it sounded like English wasn't his first language maybe. He pronounced every single word - like 'to' and 'a' - fully, which - when you actually hear it done - is quite strange. He occasionally made little errors in pronunciation - saying the 'chasm' with a soft 'ch' sound - which is a bit weird - or maybe he just did the whole thing in one take without bothering to fix the error. He also pronounced 'Aargh' exactly as it is written, with a clear 'r' and then a hard 'g' sound on the end. No-one really says that when they scream - that's just obvious - again - weird. The thing I disliked the most though was his inability to portray anything other than a small range of emotions. Whenever he took on a woman's voice - there was one set tone - and any emotion - such as anger - was not portrayed at all - it was always just 'the soft woman tone'. The range of accents for the different characters was good - just a bit more attention to tone and emotion was needed.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    United Kingdom
    6/11/13
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    "My new favourite book."

    I have been listening to Audiobooks for many years now. In all that time this is undoubtedly the best book I have "discovered" - absolute must for Science Fiction fans. If you just stumble across this review and like the genre then take a chance on this book (and the three following), I am sure you will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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