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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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    Jarmen 02-05-15
    Jarmen 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "definitely worth your credit"

    Heck, I'd even buy this one! Several voice actors, and an enrapturing plot. take your time and thoroughly enjoy it

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    Amazon Customer 02-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Leading nowhere, ending the same😞"

    Waited for the plot, oh wait no real plot, to thicken. Good starting out stories that got lost and dead ended. Sorry I spent the $

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    Brett 01-07-15
    Brett 01-07-15 Member Since 2012

    Writer, actor, improviser, and family man working as a content writer/editor in a SaaS Marketing Department.

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    "1/6 of the book is read by Apple's Siri"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they are hardcore sci-fi fans. It's deep and interesting and vast and engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The vividness and the way he describes the worlds in which these characters live is unlike anything I've read. Worth the investment for sci-fi fans.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but the poet is too forced and over-the-top and Brawne Lamia sounded like a computer reading program or GPS.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


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    John DRAPER, UT, United States 01-07-15
    John DRAPER, UT, United States 01-07-15 Member Since 2015

    buy junk yo

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    "Great science"

    I loved the science and futuristic views of what may be. Cool stories that I found myself thinking about later. Crappy ending.

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    Tom Hartman 12-31-14
    Tom Hartman 12-31-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Mickey Spillane detective meets Firefly story."
    What did you like best about Hyperion? What did you like least?

    Great story teller, but he has too many “Old Earth” references, Catholic, Jewish, Abraham Lincoln, the Poet John Keats…


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The off to see the Wizard of Oz interlude/ abrupt ending of this book means you better buy and download book two or you will be very disappointed and frustrated.


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

    Narrators did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable, but so full of current slang and references that it was distracting and a little disappointing.

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    Ian Overton 12-10-14
    Ian Overton 12-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What is this book about?"
    Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?

    No....I don't remember any of the characters or understand with any of them and I just got done listening to 10 hours of the book....


    What could Dan Simmons have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think he did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike any other book I've read I couldn't find any flow in this book. It flips between different characters that are not related at all to one another in any way I could think of. It had great reviews which I don't understand at all...I think this book was just something for the author to show off his random writing skills or short stories that he just taped together and sold.

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    Brian 11-03-14
    Brian 11-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    Basically it is a group of people going on a walk each telling us their back story. The individual back stories are good to okay. But in the end reading/listening to the back stories covers like 85% of the book.

    Very, very little happens to the party "now" as most of the book is about the back stories. By the time I finished the book I was thinking "Well now I have to read/listen to another book to find out what is happening 'now'".

    I don't care enough to find out because the first book was exposition.

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    Trace Gurss 10-29-14
    Trace Gurss 10-29-14
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    "Poor Voice Acting In Place Of Narration"
    Would you try another book from Dan Simmons and/or the narrators?

    I would like to read the following books in the series one of these days, but will certainly stray from the audiobook versions.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Let me preface by saying that I love sci-fi and, as an English History major, I also enjoy literature, so I thought this book would be the perfect combination. I know the terrible narration had much to do with it, but I felt no interest in most of the characters. Their individual stories were very interesting (with the exception of the 5th tale about the detective and the android) but it still somehow fell flat.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I listen to 2 or 3 audiobooks a month and these are some of the worst narrators I've encountered. The main narrator delivers every sentence as if he's hyperbolizing at a poetry reading, even when the events taking place call for something much more mundane. It came off as almost farcical with these vocal inflections. I thought the female narrator did good until her character's tale came up then quickly changed my mind...she tries to "act" every line of dialogue and does it very poorly. Her English accent for Keats is appalling. Even with narrators that I initially dislike, I can usually get into the story enough to ignore their imperfections by the end of the book, but I had no such luck with this one.


    Was Hyperion worth the listening time?

    No. Please read this so you don't taint this interesting story by having these amateur narrators read it to you.


    Any additional comments?

    I never write negative reviews, but since this is a book worth reading I felt it might be valuable to state my opinion so that others might opt for the book instead of the audiobook.

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    Dave Atlanta , GA, USA 10-21-14
    Dave Atlanta , GA, USA 10-21-14 Member Since 2016

    I enjoy mostly classics, sci-fi, and sci-fi classics

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    "Mildly entertaining, disappointing and forgettable"

    Based on rave reviews I was expecting something on the level of Dune, or at least a better Heinlein novel. The collection of stories here are fairly entertaining and/or intriguing. But the overall frame story is weak. Basically, there's a lot of dabbling around in different ideas and themes, but nothing of substance in any of them. It felt like Simmons' own self-gratifying literary romp, which wasn't so much fun for me.

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    David 08-05-14
    David 08-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very very very good Science fiction"

    I'll hold back the word great until I read the sequel and see how the author ties up the lose ends.

    If you ever wondered if there was a literary place where The wizard of Oz, the Canterbury tales, and Rosencranz and Guildenstern are dead meet. There is and its here.

    Simmons does an excellent job an area where most Sci Fi writers fall desperately short. He brings us into a complex future world and describes it to us while telling the story rather than taking breaks from the story to tell us how the technology, society and government function. (Orson Scott card really needs to study a book like this so he can avoid his characters annoying dialogs about how the magic or the science works, but I digress).

    The story about the Pilgrims headed to certain death but they each work hard to get there, are they doing so of there own decision or have they been pawns of greater power. Is this their fate or can they alter their own destiny? They learn as they approach the inevitable they only have each other, hope and maybe even faith. Is there fate a senseless death? a final atonement? Retribution? an answer to an unknowable question, or maybe just maybe they will survive.

    The book does try make a point against industrialism, and for conservationism toward the end, but its not overly political. Published in 1989 way before the Web, his insights into the "Data Sphere" and "commlogs" (read internet and google devices) is fascinating.

    I found Allyson Johnson's performance to be lacking, the others were very good to outstanding.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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