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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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    Brandon 05-17-15
    Brandon 05-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth the time. "

    Sure it's well written and the characters have depth. He didn't finish the story. Even if you choose to be generous and say that he left the ending open to interpretation, there is no climax. Unless you count the moment when the main characters choose to continue the story. The book ends right after that"cliff-hanger." Complete waste of a good setting and buildup. The voice work is great.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    james newport news, va, United States 05-12-15
    james newport news, va, United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2017
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    "20hrs of background filler for the next book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    only to those who can afford the second book .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hyperion?

    The prolog for the next book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 04-22-15
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2017

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "Good, not great."

    The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was I felt like it was bait and switch. I thought this was a novel but it turns out to be a collection of (very good) short stories all relating to an overall plot line. I enjoyed it but I'm looking forward to the second book. Hopefully it's more about "present day" than the this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 04-11-15
    Justin 04-11-15
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    "Amazing!"

    If you love Sci-fi with emotional depth, download this book! The story and performance are both wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayson Akers Phoenix, AZ 04-09-15
    Jayson Akers Phoenix, AZ 04-09-15 Member Since 2015

    Nerd. Father. Lover (rowr). BOOK-lover (oh, meh). Gamer. Maker. Fixer.

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    "Wow - what an incredibly rich story!"

    An enjoyable tapestry of human misery, delight, action, romance and space battles. Rich characters, engrossing story telling, picturesque descriptions of far away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    __barnett 04-04-15
    __barnett 04-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Chapter"

    Clearly a partial story. You're taken through a number of stories to build up the primary plot but then it is simply abandoned, presumably to be picked up in the next novel. Definitely worth your time, so long as you're in it for the long haul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    undrwo 04-02-15
    undrwo 04-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "some of the scariest scifi I've ever read"
    Where does Hyperion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High! I immediately had to recommend it to everyone I know just to have someone to talk to about it, and then promptly picked up the sequel. It's a creepy, sophisticated, sinister book, and I can't wait to hear how the series ends. Burning through them hard and fast right now!


    What other book might you compare Hyperion to and why?

    It's like Heinlein fused with Lovecraft, except instead of dysfunctional and trite it's just genuinely freaky.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first experience.


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

    Actually, this is one of those books that I took a vacation from. It's weird, I don't know if this happens to other people, but sometimes when I'm in a heavy book I need to pause it, and walk away fro a month, listen to other things, then come back and tackle the second half. I don't think it means I enjoyed it any the less, maybe it's just a sign that it contains some heavy theories, philosophies, connections- but no, this isn't a binge-listen book, it's too complex- though the suspense of the last chapter kept me up way past my bedtime.


    Any additional comments?

    Be patient with this one, it creeps up on you, but a staple on the shelf of any hardcore scifi fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Guilherme 04-01-15
    Guilherme 04-01-15 Member Since 2013

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    "Not what I expected, in a good way"
    What made the experience of listening to Hyperion the most enjoyable?

    The storyline is what captured my attention the most. It is written in a nonlinear fashion, very different from most of the books of the genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Given what our current state of technology most of the future predicted in tis book could come into fruition. I can easily imagine a future where google reins as the absolute authority over mankind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm not sure which scene I liked the best. But I'm sure I liked the last chapter the least.


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

    Maybe if I was high on energy drinks and coffee I could listen to all 20 hours in one sitting. Not sure if I would be paying much attention after the 10th hour though


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda M. 04-01-15
    Glenda M. 04-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Concept, Pretentious Dialogue and Narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am torn. I liked the idea of this series but found it hard to make it through the dialogue and some of the characters. I am glad I listened but I have no desire to continue the series.


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

    The rich detail of a post-Earth civilization is fascinating. The author uses a very heavy hand when his characters recite poetry almost incessantly.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Pretentious. Overacted. Disharmonious.


    Did Hyperion inspire you to do anything?

    Not particularly.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, great concept. However, I feel like the author let his literary influences play too heavy a hand, especially in regards to the poetic sections. While I enjoyed most of the voice acting, I found it hard to listen to the poet and the private detective. Worst of all was the private detective. Her voice lacked any emotion and it was clear she was reading a script, rather than trying to emulate a character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cope hayden 03-31-15
    cope hayden 03-31-15
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    "Great!"

    Science fiction and space opera at their best! Well written by Dan Simmons and well performed by the audible cast. Best audio book that I have ever listened to, and I have heard quite a few!

    0 of 0 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.

    17 of 17 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.

    14 of 14 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!

    9 of 9 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.

    9 of 9 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.

    15 of 16 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!

    7 of 7 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • j
    stone, United Kingdom
    5/8/17
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    "Words words words"

    What a con written with the sole intent of making you buy the second book. Teach them a lesson don't buy the first. Yes, it's not a bad story but it has a beginning, middle and........... 'send us your money'! There is nothing wrong with a follow up book or 10 but only after there is an end to a.............

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Ireland
    1/21/17
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    "Brilliant Story Let Down By Monotone Narration"
    Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?

    No. I'd prefer to listen to the other books in the series. I also found the main narration to be boring and monotone. It was just the strength of the story that held my attention.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The separate story lines are all unique and very engaging. Thankfully they also gave my ears a break from the main narrator as they were narrated by different voice actors.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Everything! The main narration is so monotone I almost stopped listening to the book. I decided to give the book until the end of the first mini story (which starts at about the 2 hour mark) before deciding if the entire book was a lemon. Luckily, the first story was very enjoyable and after that the other voice actors who narrated the other stories really saved the audio for me. Had I stopped listening I would have missed out on a very good book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The first narration from a different voice actor!


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book could have been so much better with a different narrator (such as R.C. Bray). With better narration I would have given 5 stars across the board. The other narrators were very good I just didn't like the main narration.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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