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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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    Amazon Customer 08-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed by the ending "

    Loved it until the ending, seemed unfinished. So many threads that did not come together it's like the author couldn't think of a great ending so he just didn’t end it.

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    my3scape Santa Clara, California United States 08-03-16
    my3scape Santa Clara, California United States 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "20+ hours of The Breakfast Club in space"

    If you like The Breakfast Club and you like Scifi you may like this book. If you can't stand things with little to no resolution, run far, far away.

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    Kari 08-02-16
    Kari 08-02-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Complex and Intriguing"

    This book is very ambitious. There are multiple story tellers contributing information to the over all plot. Everytime a new story began I lost a little energy and missed hearing about the main story. However if you give the stories a little time to develop each one is an incredible novella on its own and combined this is mind bending scifi. Looking forward to the next book and maybe joining a Shrike temple....

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    Kunal 08-02-16
    Kunal 08-02-16
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    "Great story and amazing narration from everyone"

    As the title says, this is an awesome book performed equally by powerful narration from all the artists. This a Sci-fi classic so I expected it to be good but the narration took it to the next level. I got a little bored towards the end with counsel's story but that's probably because I wanted to get to the end quickly.

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    Nick 07-29-16
    Nick 07-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Dan Simmons is Awesome, Great Narration"

    I've read this book a couple of times and hearing it narrated is a completely new experience and brought another dimension to what is already a masterpiece of storytelling.

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    Cole 07-25-16
    Cole 07-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "terrible book"

    A bunch of short stories jammed together. Author had a burnt praying midget fixation and a scrotum lifting fixation. Story drones on for hours and nothing happens.

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    jeffypop 07-22-16
    jeffypop 07-22-16
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    "Terrible Narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was horrendous. It made the audiobook unlistenable. The story was promising, but after a few hours, I had to stop. The narrator speaks at a slow pace. Extremely slow. I had to accelerate the playback to bring it to normal conversational speed, but it made it an unpleasant experience.

    Perhaps the story was great, but this is an audiobook. The narrator must at least be serviceable.


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    Nay Naing 07-16-16
    Nay Naing 07-16-16
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    "One bad narration"

    The performance for Brawne Lamia was terrible. It's like the narrator does not care about the context at all. She uses this chippy school girl voice even in very serious situations.

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    Catherine 07-13-16
    Catherine 07-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A chronicle of the mundane and crude"

    The detail of the world building was fantastic. If you're a fan of huge sci-fi universes, you might like this book.

    For me, there were too many useless details that did nothing to further the story. It annoyed me that the narration switched between past and present tense, and it seemed like there were far too many references to "old" or "ancient" Earth that were included strictly for the reader - nobody really talks that much about the history of their species. After all, how much do people talk about ancient Rome or the Mayan civilizations in conversation today? It just seemed way too forced and unnatural for the characters to be so obsessed with their supposedly ancient history instead of their actual current lives.

    The resolution was also unsatisfying. I found myself rewinding and listening to some sections 3 or 4 times because they just droned on and on and suddenly I realized I'd zoned out and missed a detail that probably related to the plot, and then when it finally got to the end and the spy/traitor was revealed, it was SUCH an anti-climax after all the head exploding, gratuitous sex, and manufactured tension that I couldn't really believe that was the big reveal. "Hey, are you the traitor we were warned about?" "Yes." "Well, okay then, I guess that's that. Let's do literally nothing about it." After spending several days slogging through this book with waxing and waning interest, I'm kind of mad that I wasted the time.

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    Regan J. Coussan Lafayette, LA USA 07-12-16
    Regan J. Coussan Lafayette, LA USA 07-12-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful story, bad narration"

    I have been re-reading this book for years. Some time ago, I was privileged to hear the unabridged version recorded for the Federal Library for the Blind. *That* was a good reader, who helped one become enveloped in the story. None of these multiple narrators, especially the woman, even came close. At best, I give them, and the producers, a low "C" for effort.

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