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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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    Nate 10-21-17
    Nate 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    Covers so many walks of life and believe system into the far future. Could not stop listening.

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    Tectonic 10-20-17
    Tectonic 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A solid setup for a good story that shows its age"

    An overall interesting book set in a fascinating world but it is essentially a prologue piece offering little resolution in the winding and multifaceted buildup woven together by the various perspectives. Some of the language and social structure shows some antiquated views that took me out of the story once or twice. Overall a good intro to a series but a poor choice for standalone or lighter reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kalin Blaskoff 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't finish the BORING book"

    The great review score promise good book. But it depends on what you are searching for. If you are looking for slow developing story with lots of describing - you gonna like it. If you are keen on story and action - better skip it. There's nothing much happening for a couple of hours.. I couldn't finish it.. sooo boring. The narrators are not bad, but they speak as if reading Shakespeare. So if you like Bobiverse/Expeditionary Force and similar - you better skip that one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-19-17
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    "This is science fiction as high literature."

    Dan Simmons is without doubt one of the best writers of our age. Frankly, of any age. This book series is to me the high water mark of the genre. It should be ranked among the great books of Western literature alongside the works of Shelley, Dickens, and Austen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Burman Toronto, Canada 10-16-17
    J. Burman Toronto, Canada 10-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Short stories on a theme"

    Hyperion feels like a collection of short stories. Some are wonderful; others, not. I often found myself wishing the author would get on with it. That, though, seems to be in the sequel. Still, it does have some transcendent moments if your wishlist is running low.

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    MSH 10-15-17
    MSH 10-15-17
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    "Narrative feels dragging several points, Engaging characters and concepts though"

    Honestly did not enjoy the book as much as the first one, The story seems to repeat itself over and over to a border line frustrating level at times (Rachel story). The repeated attempts on theological arguments did not seem to go anywhere, tended to be somewhat boring and overdone. Also I am not a big fan of sci-fis revolving around time travel. The characters and plots are still engaging and there are novel concepts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie M Armitage 10-14-17
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    "Amazing!"

    Great book. Very different than most books in the sci-fi genre and draws you into more than one story at once.

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    B. Downen 10-13-17
    B. Downen 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my favorite books but less than favorite voices"

    Great book and story but I felt it was slightly ruined by the voices telling the story. I won't listen again but I will rather just read the book.

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderfully told and a great story."

    i enjoyed the book and the different voice actors added a nice element that most audio books need.

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    Mr Dangerous Los Angeles, Ca 10-07-17
    Mr Dangerous Los Angeles, Ca 10-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Felt all over the place..."

    This didn't grab me. There was some interesting things that went on. But i was never engaged. I found myself wandering.

    The narrators did a good job.

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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!

    10 of 10 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
  • 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.............

    3 of 3 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
  • 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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