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Publisher's Summary

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention.

On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

©1990 Dan Simmons; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)
"State of the art science fiction...A landmark novel." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)

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  • Dan
  • El Paso, TX, United States
  • 03-07-09

Bought Part 3 ¼way into Part 2

Great Story Telling, Good decision going to one(1) narrator

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ginger
  • Birmingham, Al USA
  • 03-02-09

This series is among the best Sci-Fi ever written

Absolutely astounding in its scope and the depth of the reflection. This is one of those books and ultimately series that transcends the genre and becomes true literature.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • john
  • DEL VALLE, TX, United States
  • 03-28-09

thanks for the new narrator

i really found this one good. the first book in the series with multi narrators was not that good and the story was okay, but when you get into this book the story takes over the narrator does a great job and it leaves you s dan simmons fan dont judge until you listen to both books in this series.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Very different from Hyperion.

This is a very different book from Hyperion. Where Hyperion was intimate and haunting, Fall goes in an altogether different direction, with a much larger cast of characters and a tangled and somewhat convoluted storyline.

Although it doesn't pack the punch Hyperion does, it's a must read to learn the fate of the pilgrims whose stories were so compelling.

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Wrap it up already

It just keeps going on and on. The scenes that are supposed to be gripping barely hold my attention.

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A fitting end

This is an amazing and a unique second book in the series. It truly improved on the first one and together both deserve to be in lexicon of every serious sci-fi fan.

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Wow. Just wow.

What a masterpiece! I might've liked this more than the first. Amazing. Simply amazing. Great performance too.

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Great follow up

A must read series for any science fiction lover. Let's just hope Hollywood doesn't ruin it.

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wow, one of the best sci-fi books of all time

sometimes a science-fiction writer has great imagination and just Okay writing skills. Here Dan has and a super creative imagination and a gifted writing style equal or better than the best modern day authors.

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good, different than first but still lots of prose

the author's pace can be excruciatingly slow sometimes, but the concept and the story are pretty cool.

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  • Bad Monkey
  • 11-11-16

Part two of an epic

Epic space opera, reflecting on art, philosophy, religion and humanity.
This and book 1 are the books I wish I could write.

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  • J. Bush
  • 11-11-16

Truly engrossing; excellently read

An immensely satisfying conclusion to the wonderfully intriguing story halted abruptly at the end of Hyperion. Bevine's delivery is perfect. Although this book lacks the variety provided by the first novel's multiple readers, the single reader format works here.

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  • thomas thompson
  • 10-13-16

Truly epic in tale in breadth and complexity

Wonderful follow up to the first novel with relevant messages re our current issues and an imagination unfettered which abounds with creative genius. Looking forward to listening to the rest of his novels in this series.

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  • Gerbil
  • 10-05-16

A great sprawling sci-fi story.

A great story set in an enthralling and believable universe. Often complex but always engrossing, highly recommended.

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  • Steve
  • 07-27-16

Best sci fi read so far

After the superb but slow story of Hyperion, this was a rise in pace and action. The many unanswered questions I had after the first book were answered here, resulting in a huge story and a satisfying ending. There are a few sex scenes but these are kept to a tasteful and minimal level, as is the poetry which the author clearly loves. Religion, the folly of war, a future humanity which has become totally dependant on it's AI creation the 'core', its all here. Hyperion ended mid-story so I consider this an essential read. No spoilers here. I will just say that these two books are a must read for the sci fi lover. Great stuff.

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  • Asbjørn
  • 07-15-16

Enjoyable Space Drama

It is already a science fiction classic. The scientific imaginings and the characters are strong and believable. It is a second installment that delivers on the promise of the first. Unfortunately the story does not captivate throughout. There are a few boring patches.

Again I'm struggling with my personal dislike of narration in an American accent. Victor Bevine does an ok job, but even well enunciated American English does not work well with audio books.

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  • David
  • 06-29-16

Fantastic! Even better than the first one.

Loved it, if you liked the first in the series I highly recommend this sequel.

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  • Mr Stephen Davies
  • 03-16-16

One of the all time Classics of Sci fi.

I would say this second half of the story is even better than the original!
The action definitely picks up, The Real adventure begins.
This Novel has more than a few truly awe inspiring moments which are very thought provoking.
What an awesome imagination!

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  • decco999
  • 02-23-16

Brilliant Conclusion to the First Half of an Epic

Hyperion, the first book in a series of four, is nothing short of perfect. Don’t anyone be put off by the publisher’s synopsis of the plot. There is a lot more to Dan Simmons’s space opera than you will ever imagine. The Fall of Hyperion is a continuation of the saga though the author has changed his narrative style somewhat, running the different storylines of existing and new characters in parallel rather than sequentially as heretofore. The twists, turns and mysteries introduced throughout the first book are further deepened and then resolved very satisfactorily.

Dan Simmons isn’t afraid to tackle very big subjects: religion; humanity; war; politics and more. He does so with great intelligence, knowledge and interest. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Chloe
  • 10-10-15

amazing but a tad sleepy

amazing book, amazing series, though the narration is so soft and lilting it is sometimes hard to stay awake and concentrate on the story!