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The Fall of Hyperion

Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Series: Hyperion, Book 2
Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
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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.

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"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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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 06-15-12

Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?

Am I to leave this haven of my rest,
This cradle of my glory, this soft clime,
This calm luxuriance of blissful light,
These crystalline pavilions, and pure fanes,
Of all my lucent empire?

It is hard to restrain myself and not be overly poetic in my response to this SF masterpiece. This second novel in Simmons' Hyperion Cantos dances between magic and good old fashioned Hard SF. It isn't that I don't have critical issues with the novel. Please, Simmons, please find another way to describe the sky/heavens that doesn't involve Lapis lazuli. However, not many novelests have the skill to allude to epic poetry while dealing with issues like pain, death, time, God, gods, poetry, empathy. Simmons not only kept these threads alive, but wove them beautifully and tied them all off. Just for THAT this novel deserves five stars.

For me the Hyperion novels are on the same level as Lord of the Rings, Dune, the Foundation trilogy, the Book Of The New Sun, etc. Definitely worth the time and effort. Bevine does a great job narrating the second book. I think it made sense to switch from multiple narrators in Hyperion to a single narrator in the Fall of Hyperion (seems to me to fit with the change of narrative structure Simmons intended). Enjoy.

46 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story, Excellent Narration.

I couldn't be happier with this purchase. I reviewed Hyperion immediately after I finished it because it left me very excited about this series. I decided to wait until I finished the remaining 3 books before reviewing any of them individually. It is not very often that you come across a story that is so promising and I was afraid that the remaing books in the series would fall flat, or even worse, tank completely. I am very relieved to say that this is not the case at all. Simmons continues to weave a fantasic world in this second book and it leaves you hungry for more. The narration truly is excellent. After the first book, there was a slight transition in getting used to hearing a single narrator rather than a full cast, but Victor Bevine is definitely the correct choice for this project. As I listen to more and more audiobooks, I'm beginning to realize that narrators fall into roughly three categories. Class "C" would be the ones who are terrible and should not be allowed anywhere near a microphone. Class "B" are the ones who do a competent job, but don't really stand out or excell at their craft. And the class "A" narrators who provide truly excellent performances and who display an abundance of talent. Bevine is definitely a class "A" in every way. With audiobooks, when you have the combo of a good book helmed by an outstanding narrator, it just doesn't get much better than that.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Necessary after You Enjoyed Hyperion

Single narrator this time, but excellent. When he goes over-the-top (rarely), it's where my inner voice would have as well while reading.

This, simply put, is Part II of a novel that wouldn't fit in one jacket. Again [See my review of Hyperion if you wish.] I've enjoyed the pace of this being read aloud immensely.

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  • Robert
  • Yamhill, OR, United States
  • 03-08-11

This will spoil you for anything less

I don't write separate reviews for books in a series. Especially here, where Hyperion has been called the prologue to the Fall of Hyperion (FoH), it's been intimated that the former cannot stand on its own and I agree. Some have compared and contrasted the two connoting that there is perhaps a lack of cohesion and that they are very dissimilar. To that end, I disagree. The "prologue" smoothly transitions into the main body of the work and feels completely natural. Taken together, the two seem very much a part of a cohesive whole.

I was skeptical that the stellar cast of narrators of Hyperion could be equaled by a single actor, albeit Victor Bevine in FoH. Mr. Bevine was phenomenal and I never, at any point in the listening, felt like the work was diminished.

It is good that I have listened to this author later in life. Having been brought up reading the classics of all genre of literature, it is often difficult to appreciate lesser works after having experienced the masters. Dan Simmons is a master when compared to authors of any genre. I have heard Simmons compared to Dickens. Truly in his development of characters, the comparison seems a fair one. It would be hard to compare the plot of this work to that of any other.

Often fraught with and characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions, the work is almost too much to be believed. But somehow Simmons makes it all believable for some time in the future. Unlike some classic, older SciFi which seemed futuristic when it was written but then later became seemingly dated, this piece is fresh, modern or hopefully even timeless. There's religion, technology, philosophy, excitement, a great deal of love and caring among seven pilgrim strangers and funny, now that I think about it, only one real villain in a world that is more vast than I can even imagine. This is truly a magnum opus in every sense of the word.

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  • Trex
  • Wexford, Ireland
  • 05-26-13

If I'd wanted hours of rattling poetry . . .

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Hours upon hours of rattling poetry to get to the end of the story that was only pretty good. I did want to know what happened in the end but I'm not sure it was worth the effort.

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couldn't finish it

My introduction to Dan Simmons' books was Endymion. Apparently, the third book in the cycle, pretty good in my humble opinion, so imagine the excitement about three more books in the series that will keep me entertained for weeks.
If your patience can handle it, the author's imagination is wild and command of the language is impeccable. On the other hand, I listened to the Hyperion and if the ending had been anything but the cliffhanger it was, I would have stopped there. But I had to find out what would happen to the pilgrims, so I bought this one.
The book is long - I would have lost patience and skimmed through it if it was the printed copy. Infinite amount of details and monotonous descriptions that don't add anything to the story nor to the characters... Switching narration speed to x1.5 helped for awhile but I'm in the middle of the second part and I just can't go on...
I don't usually write such negative reviews but I'm upset enough to do so, despite a high overall rating for the book. Maybe it will stop someone with similar taste from unnecessary aggravation.

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Okay book - but I'm stopping the series

Whereas the first book in the series had boring gaps due to development of some unlikable boring characters - I think this book got carried away with mysticism. Now, I enjoy some mysticism blended into a good story, but not when it is 'in your face' like a blinking neon sign.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Science fiction must

This series is pure science fiction entertainment, with a prolific cast of characters, and one of the most evil antagonists ever designed by an author. The story is wrapped up nicely in the final volume, although the plot is excessively complicated, so there might be a couple of questions unanswered. Overall very satisfying and it keeps the reader hooked from beginning to end.

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I loved Hyperion, but...

Hyperion was solid sci fi. Well, a bit corny and odd in spots, but mostly inventive, engaging, and thoroughly fun. I even enjoyed the ending, which seems a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing.

I was excited to see what was going to happen in The Fall of Hyperion - the second chapter of the wild world of the Shrike!

As the story progressed, my anticipation was replaced with mild disappointment. The story lines muddled together in a complicated baroque jumble. Towards the middle of the book, I kept thinking that I'd accidentally rewound the story, but it was just that the author kept saying the same thing over and over. Plus, although I'm a fan of metafiction and allusions to classic literature, this book's heavy handed eruditism felt embarrassingly self conscious. Wasn't sure I cared about the characters anymore. Things just kept happening to them, and they didn't seem actively engaged in their future, so neither was I.

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  • Sandrine
  • Differdange, Luxembourg
  • 10-24-13

A very long fall

What did you like best about The Fall of Hyperion? What did you like least?

I was just curious on how the epic tale of Hyperion was going to be continued. I listened through it and I found it just a little bit too long. The story does however develop nicely and a new things come up just like in a good series.

Any additional comments?

I'll need a little break before listening to the next book. ;o)

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  • Thomas
  • 08-11-11

Great!

On the book...
The fall of Hyperion is well named, with each new calamity coming after the last. I've just finished all four audiobooks, so I can't remember the exact details of this one - but I really liked them all!

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I didn't really think much of the narrator - it sounded like English wasn't his first language maybe. He pronounced every single word - like 'to' and 'a' - fully, which - when you actually hear it done - is quite strange. He occasionally made little errors in pronunciation - saying the 'chasm' with a soft 'ch' sound - which is a bit weird - or maybe he just did the whole thing in one take without bothering to fix the error. He also pronounced 'Aargh' exactly as it is written, with a clear 'r' and then a hard 'g' sound on the end. No-one really says that when they scream - that's just obvious - again - weird. The thing I disliked the most though was his inability to portray anything other than a small range of emotions. Whenever he took on a woman's voice - there was one set tone - and any emotion - such as anger - was not portrayed at all - it was always just 'the soft woman tone'. The range of accents for the different characters was good - just a bit more attention to tone and emotion was needed.

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  • Keith Rogers
  • 01-30-11

Great book

Great book, and well read, but it is a shame that they didn't continue with the full cast recording from Hyperion

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  • Peter
  • 12-02-09

More great writing

Brilliant sequel to Hyperion. Continues pretty well where the last one left off and reveals what happens at the Shrike 'Time Tombs' to the pilgrims. Superb characterisations by both the author and the narrator make this a great listening experience that has some amazing sci-fi concepts embedded in a truly rivetting story. I will definitely be investing in the two "Endymion" sequels. Highly recommended to people who enjoy intelligent Sci-fi.

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  • Cubano343
  • 03-29-18

Great book but ditch the music

Excellent book, really gripping in parts and a sensitive continuation of the characters' fates as they prepare to meet the shrike.

The narration is hit and miss, with some passages moving me to tears but others sounding like he's turned the page and realised he should have intoned the first part of the sentence differently. This makes for a patchy experience.

Also, music fades in from time to time, without any apparent logic and to deleterious effect. It sounds cheesy and it takes the listener away from the world in which they were immersed. So seriously guys, remaster this and ditch the music.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-04-17

Makes me remember why I loved the first book

I enjoyed the Fall of Hyperion, just not as much as I enjoyed Hyperion. A lot of the elements that really made the previous book for me, the mysteries and the cast of different narrators for different characters, aren't in this book. It's still solid, I enjoyed the new characters and different viewpoints the book offered, but as the story went on it felt like the mysteries set up in the first book were just a lot more compelling without answers.

Out of the original cast I'm glad Victor Bevine was chosen to narrate. While he wasn't my favorite from the previous book there's a certain quality to his voice that I really enjoy. I've read reviews that call him monotone and dull and honestly those kind of reviews do make me hesitant about a book. I'd advise anyone unsure about him to listen to the audio sample in full if they're worried, I personally loved his performance and maybe you will too.

Overall it's a worthy successor to Hyperion. The original book remains one of my favorite audio books but this sequel is a solid and engaging follow up. Less a fall from Hyperion and more a very slight decline. I know that's a terrible joke, I just wanted to use it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr I S Walters
  • 04-14-18

Compared to Hyperion

Hyperion had many players voices, this has one ( however talented) which is a shame as you tend to identify with the original voices. Other audio Sci-Fi books have extensive music and effects this has none. The story however is compelling. If you listened to Hyperion this listen is essential.

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  • Mr. M. Bleck
  • 03-21-18

Hegemony fights back

I preferred the pace of revelation of wonderment and awe better in the first book but this one packs a huge amount of crazy good stuff in its second half. Can’t wait for book 3.

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  • Srjane
  • 01-18-18

Confusing

Firstly, this is a really complicated sci fi story. I’m not sure if I missed a few explanations but I had to let go a lot of the scientific detail. It’s hard to look back on an audible book for repeat info, especially one of this size.

One suggestion for the orator would be to have longer breaks between each point of view or scene. Often I didn’t know who or where I was as each paragraph seems to run on like a sentence.

The plot is complicated too with many characters and Ai tricks. But I particularly liked the Rachel and her dad story. Not quite sure what happened to her but I suppose it may be the focus for another book?

I think this book may be better enjoyed in its print form but well done for the depth of characters and plot lines.

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  • Tom
  • 11-19-09

Brilliant

Not much to add to other reviewers except that excellent doesn't begin to describe this book. But read "Hyperion" first as this book follows on right from the end of it. Narration was faultless too. What a great book. Strongly recommended.

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  • Michael
  • 02-13-17

Excellent Story. Dreary Narration

What made the experience of listening to The Fall of Hyperion the most enjoyable?

I think I would have enjoyed reading it more.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator does not pace the story at all. I found his narration monotone and boring. It wasn't until the third book that I realised that listening to the stories at double speed helped retain my attention on the narrative.

Any additional comments?

As with the rest of the books in this series (only the main narrative in book one as the other narrators were excellent) this would be much better with a different narrator or if the current narrator redone it at a higher pace.

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  • Rainer
  • 09-09-15

Great follow-up to the first book.

I won't go into the story or anything like that, but I will review the Audio book instead.

This is an immediate continuation of the story from the first book, which ended on a cliff-hanger.

The reader did a great job. The first thing I noticed was that he pronounced some words slightly different to the readers in the first book. Most notably, Lusus. I think the pronunciation in the second book was correct.

The other thing I noticed was the stark difference in the way Silenus talked. Not in a bad way, but I never got used to it. I think I preferred the reader from the first book for Martin.

The shifting narrative from first-person to 3rd person worked well.

The only weird thing I found is that occasionally throughout the book all of the sudden music would just start playing in the background for no apparent reason. Weird.

Anyway, I don't need to recommend this book, if you read the first, then you'll probably read the second. If you enjoyed Hyperion, then you'll enjoy The Fall of Hyperion.

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  • Steven
  • 02-05-17

Well done, but I enjoyed the first a bit more.

The problem is that I feel like you need to have read John Keets's work to truly enjoy this book. The story from the first book is so well done, and this one glosses over a bit too much of what I would have actually like to have seen. Some things from the book are abandoned or left abstract like why the pilgrims went on the journey in the first place. Still, there are so many threads that nicely got tied together and I did enjoy it.

Probably my biggest complaint is that I wanted the book to hurry up and tie up loose ends and I wasn't actually enjoying it. Still love dan Simmons though.

Also disappointed that there's only one narrator, but it makes sense and he did a fine enough job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-19

Amazing

Read the kindle version a couple of years ago and just going the whole series again as audiobooks. Could not recommend more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-19

Not as good as the First

Same story, same characters but so much slower, at times mindless babbling that seemed to extend for light years. It picks up at the end and ties up all the lose ends. But definitely not as enjoyable as the first

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  • Thanh
  • 11-21-18

This series is like a thiccc onion… so many layers

enjoyed every bit of it. I'm going to listen to it again. words can't describe the scale the story is and how well crafted everything about the Dan Simmons universe is. love it love it love it.

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  • Bronn
  • 03-11-18

Great sequel!

I really enjoy the Hyperion series. This was the first time I had listened to/read this sequel and I thought it was really great. I love the author's description of the world and there is a huge revelation of the plot in this chapter of the Hyperion saga. Once again the voice narration was great, however in contrast to the narration of the original audiobook of Hyperion, this sequel does not feature multiple voice actors but only one voice actor. However the voice actor does a great job at narrating different character voices and I could feel that he was really getting into the saga himself. Overall I just really enjoyed this audiobook and I would definitely recommend it for any sci-fi fiction fan.

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  • Sasha
  • 01-22-18

Boring and irritating. Avoid.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Fundamental changes to everything. Nothing that I liked from the first book is here. Previously we had a tightly structured work set with interesting characters, and an intriguing supernatural force. Now we have a pathetically non-structured bore, with characters the literary equivalents of limp rags, and a nonsensical sci-fi-based "plot". There needs to be some semblance of plot, a few characters we can identify with, and a few relevant themes we can think about. How this turd of a novel won any awards is beyond me, and quite frankly, makes me think sci-fi is a bit of a joke (even though I love it!)

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

For a start, quit the fetish-like jabbering about Dan Keats. I don't give a flying tiddlesquatch about him, his work, or anything that happened to him, and writing the book in a way that assumes we've read his works (or know him) is irritating to the extreme. Next, give your characters some bloody, well, character. Having the leader of humanity respond to questions like a one-word robot is not compelling. It doesn't make them seem smart; it makes them seem boring. Thirdly, decide if you're writing a fantasy novel or a sci-fi novel. Currently, the sci-fi elements comprise of Simmons randomly inserting 3 science-y-sounding words in a row together when a future technology is called for. Ugh. I have complaints about basically everything else - the depressing tone that comes off a boring, the badly-written characters, the non-existent plot, the complete and utter lack of action... do I need to go on..?

What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s voice?

Not great. Does an alriiight job, but varies to much in dynamic range so you have to adjust the volume lots. Also doesn't do characters voices very well, and they come off quite "breathy". He can't do accents either.

What character would you cut from The Fall of Hyperion?

Every. Single. One. (Except maybe for that Poet guy who gets drunk and swears at people - at least created a little drama; pity he was mostly killed off...)

Any additional comments?

Avoid. I cannot think of a single part of this book I enjoyed. After happily listening to about 10 other audiobooks it was an absolute struggle to get to the end of this bore. This is the textbook example of a wildly ambitious novel that has completely and utterly fallen apart at the seams.

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  • Dave Baxter.
  • 11-15-17

A modern Science Fiction Classic.

Love this series, you have to read the books in order, this is the first time I have listened to audio. Good narrator, I first read this when young and I enjoyed revisiting the time tombs of Hyperion. Highly recommended.