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Hyperion

Auteur(s): Dan Simmons
Narrateur(s): Marc Vietor,Allyson Johnson,Kevin Pariseau,Jay Snyder,Victor Bevine
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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.

Ce que les critiques en disent

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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Simmons is a complete hack

This story is mixed. it starts fine enough, but you quickly pick up on something if you're as well read into fantasy as I. Dan Simmons does not give the impression of taking inspiration, he outright snatches concepts from other series by name, just slides them into his story, and goes on his merry way. This book turned into a Frankenstein's monster of shitty references and unsubtle namedrops by chapter 2, and the 'soldiers tale' effectively neutered my enjoyment to where I stopped listening.

literally over a hour of some middle aged guy narrating a military psycho with a serious case of waifu fever. this series might get better, I don't care it starts as total dog$#!&.

If you want a good sci Fi series, get dune, way more tasteful (at least until heretics) and much more well written, with characters that sound like people, and none of the incredibly bad taste (Simmons's has no problem reflecting deplorable attitudes in his characters, and while I could interpret that as him making them more complex, they all seem to just be the same shallow self obsessed fop and frankly it comes off in tone more like listening to the uncle in your family nobody likes go on about LGBT people.

hard pass, this book sucks.

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It is a single story, told by many characters

I really enjoyed this book. It was a single story, but you hear parts of it from several different perspectives. There is mystery, action, and adventure. The characters themselves are interesting and unique. The main antagonist is pretty terrifying, and very mysterious. The story is also a lot different from other sci fi's I have listened to and lists many different sci fi concepts I haven't read before.

I am pretty excited to listen to the other books in the series as well to see where the story goes from here.

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It was too ponderous for me

I wanted to enjoy this book. It is obviously well-written and full of details that only an intelligent and gifted author could provide but it was just too boring for me. I managed to finish it (took months) but I didn’t care about any of the characters nor did I care how it ended.

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some oddly place music

but everything else was great. I now need to buy the second one. oh well.

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Too much unnecessary detail.

My favorite books are space operas (Bobiverse, Red Rising, Expeditionary Force, Dune, etc...) so I figured a classic like this would keep me busy for some time. Not at all.
I kept loosing interest, they're is simply too much unecesseray details. More than half of the time I just kept saying "get on with the story and stop telling me the room as 3 pictures and what they are, the color of the carpet, etc..."

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excellent

loved it. more please.....i can't wait to read the next book in this series. yes

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Absolutely phenomenal audiobook

I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone interested in science fiction. The idea of the book fits perfectly with the audiobook format with different characters telling their stories to each other. The book was enthralling to listen to and it is expertly narrated.

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  • Kk
  • 2018-03-08

fantastic performance/ indulgent story

This book is really just a weave of short stories with a grand unsatisfying ending

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Pure creative science fiction

The intertwining of 5 pilgrims to Hyperion, each with a gasp inducing story of why they were drawn to the Shrike ravaged outer planet, is singular in its consistent tension. Loved it, wanted more, and immediately bought book 2.

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Amazing!

The story was so interesting. It came together in a mind-blowing way the end. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-15

Convoluted mystical story

Dived into it thinking it was science fiction. Lots of mysticism and sentimentalism. No real denoument at the end, story is incomplete and just a hook for the sequel.

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  • Nicolas
  • 2017-04-22

great audiobool

easily understandable for foreigners, the acting is great, the stort and universe is nice but you'll have to continue with the second book or it'll feel just like half a book

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  • Michael
  • 2012-10-13

The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

I read this series back in its first published hardcovers, so I look at this book with a judgmental eye - Is it a worthy listen, and its subsequent writings? Here's my take on this audiobook.

This is outstanding scifi, to the point. It reminds me of "The Mote In God's Eye," in its depth, solid character backstories and various perspectives. As in the mentioned comparison, this is complex storytelling that makes you consider as you listen. Each character has purpose and propels the story along, often in unexpected ways. This is THOUGHTFUL scifi, with tremendous respect for the reader's/listener's time, intellect, and maturity. If you want pulp scifi, go listen to Heinlein - This one's for those hungry for a story with meat on its bones, one that makes you want more. One that makes you want to listen to it again, in case you missed something important, and that's quite possible, with this fantastic scifi audiobook.

What's it all about, you ask? Again, Audible listener, I give only hints in reviews, neither plots nor spoilers here. Here's a taste of what your hear...

Knights Templar traveling across the galaxy in living trees. A undying priest carries
a nightmarish secret from an abandoned zombie-like congregation, a woman becomes younger each day, and races to beat the clock, literally. A virtual reality-trained military leader seeks the love of a woman haunting him in his computer-driven landscape. A drunken writer seeks the final and ultimate story. A spacefaring horde, soon to arrive in the known space of man, to conquer and enslave the billions that fear their arrival. And of course, they all seek the Shrike, a man-shaped judge and jury covered in blades, riding the currents of the time tombs, bringing death to most, and life to some.

And that just scratches the surface.

These various stories and their perspectives come together to create a great tale, and you'll definitely want more.

The narration team does a good job to bring this audiobook to life - If you read my other reviews, you know I'm BRUTAL on narrators. The can make or break the author's work. So, "good" is high praise coming from me.

All in all, this is an audiobook that you'll like.

So the Shrike awaits. Enter the Time Tombs, Audible listener, and be judged!

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  • Lore
  • 2012-05-05

Excellent start to a series that finds religion.

Dan Simmons creates an amazing future with interesting technology where man's impact on the universe has some pretty significant ramifications for their own survival. This book kicks off the series in fine style and keeps you interested right up until the very bizarro ending.

The main story arc is about a pilgrimage to a distant planet to visit the Time Tombs. As you listen you know there is a lot at stake on the pilgrimage and you try to put together the pieces of the puzzle as you learn about each of the characters. Each one has their own significant reason for going to Hyperion and the future of mankind will be impacted by the outcome.

You will have to pick up book 2 if you really want to know how that all turns out as this book abruptly ends after all the build up. I was a big fan right until the ending which felt severely out of place to me. Book two wasn't nearly as good and for me all the excellent build up was wasted.

As the series goes on it finds religion and that is when it started to lose me. Combine the extremely complicated world of the AIs with the focus on Christianity for the humans and I found myself wishing I was listening to something else. I wasn't offended by it, I just didn't find the whole religous aspect of the books to be that interesting. Sadly it became the major focus of the series and my enjoyment dropped off significantly. I did listen to all 4 books and I enjoyed the first and last books more than books 2 and 3.

I enjoyed the narration and liked the ensemble cast used in book 1.



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  • Nancy
  • 2009-02-25

Bleak & Intense Sci-Fi

The first of two books in the series focuses on a universe where a far flung civilization is in decline. Seven disparate people embark on a reluctant pilgrimage to an ambiguous and malignant entity.

During the journey they tell their stories in an effort to puzzle out why they've been chosen, and how they can use their shared experiences to achieve their individual goals.

Wonderfully written characters make this bleak, intense book worth reading. But be forewarned, the experiences they share are dark! This is not a joyful read, but an extremely memorable one. Definitely a must for Sci-Fi fans.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-06-09

SAD KING BILLIE

I IGNORE RELIGIONS, I DO NOT SUCCUMB TO THEM
Twice, maybe thrice, I have endeavored to devour this Odyssey of Dan Simmons (modern day Keats). Hark, soon my AMBIGUITY of this PARODY, BEFUDDLES me, leading to REMORSE and the chore becomes PERFUNCTURY. Simmons has a huge following, of which I have a good friend who still reads the hardback copies. He seems to be more preferred by the scholarly types. Tastes differ and I usually find Simmons to be too long winded. Followers of the Octopus or the lounging man will eat this up. My tastes lead more to the simpler and faster, as anyone who follows me knows. I am the king of sophomoric reviews about sophomoric books. You know which camp you fall in. Having said that, I really did try.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • cestakey
  • 2009-01-27

Brilliant and Well Crafted

After reading the other reviews of this book, I am compelled to submit my own. First, this is a very well crafted science fiction classic. It creates an entire future universe that is both plausible and fascinating. Second, the story and characters are well developed, intriguing and real. I highly recommend this book. I agree that the female narrator was initially irritating, but once her story begins, becomes more interesting and you get lost in her tale. Be warned however, this only one-half of the book. For complete closure, you will need to read The Fall of Hyperion. Read back to back, this is a brilliant tale of the future with real and unique characters and storyline. This book is well deserving of both the Hugo Award and Locus Award for Best Novel of 1990.

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  • Aerindel
  • 2009-04-25

More than a book

The important thing to understand is that is the first part of series and in reality this book is little more than a prologue. That being said it is a gripping first chapter. The hyperion series is more than a story, it is a work of philosophical and religious fiction that explores the meaning of life and the universe. Don't take that to mean its not full of action, it is. This series has everything in it from medieval sword fights to massive space battles and the destruction of worlds.

At its heart this is the story of mankind's struggle for true transcendence. The plot is deep and convoluted involving substantial time travel and is its secrets cannot be fully understood until the last book. This is a work that you have to begin with some faith that at some point it will all make sense. Trust me, it does and the final revelation in The Rise of Endymion is remarkable.
Christians beware, this book may challenge many of your belifes in uncomfortable ways.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Robert
  • 2011-03-08

Astonishingly good

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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  • mix579
  • 2016-02-27

I understand why it's a classic, but...

After reading it way back when it was first published in print, I recently listened to the audiobook version and had pretty much the same reaction to it. I feel almost obligated to admire the author for his skillful weaving of a complex, multi-layered web of tales, all written in totally different styles, each of them contributing in an ingenious way to our understanding of the world that forms the backdrop to this story. Really, really well done, and I fully understand why this book is a sci-fi classic.

Alas, in the end it all sort of falls flat for me, a classic example of arts for art's sake. Some of the tales are gripping (Detective, Poet, Soldier, ) but the others just meander on without much purpose (in particular the Consul's tale). At times it feels like a sophomore in English studies trying to squeeze as many "big" words, as many memes as possible into a paragraph to impress the professor. If someone had seriously edited the book and cut 25% out, it would have been a masterpiece. Well, there's still the issue that it really ends just when it's about to become really interesting. I'm not huge fan of blatant cliffhangers books that leave essentially everything open and bring nothing to a (at least partial) conclusion.

The narration cast is outstanding. Having different characters narrated by different actors works extremely well here.The person reading the poet is brilliant!

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  • Konrad
  • 2013-01-27

Befuddled

This story is clumsily populated with anachronisms, and non-essentials juxtaposed with obvious scientific understanding.

The author, at times leaves the story behind, apparrently for no other reason than to showcase his abilities as a writer, The story moves extremly slowly, and the only reason that I trugded through it was the overwhelmingly positive reviews that it got and that I already spent the credit on it.

In the end, it was worth the credit but just barely. as abruptly as the first book ended, I dont know that I am interested in the main characters enough to find out what happened to them. I may or may not get it.

This has caused me to question the reviews that a book gets.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Richard
  • 2009-05-30

Uncertain but maybe...

I wanted to like this book so much. I love long books, I love a series of long books. Overall, however, I'm very disappointed. Simmons is a very good writer, uses language well, etc. I don't mind the sex scenes, although they seem at times gratuitous and don';t add much to the characters, and may just be a bit much. The pilgrim's individual stories, for the most part, were good and, as another reviewer said, one (in my case the story of Rachel growing younger and losing her memories) was very emotionally moving for me. And I agree that one of the stories (the last one, I think) was a bit confusing and not very interesting. I frequently felt like I was not paying as close attention as I wanted to, and finally realized that what kept running through my head was "When does the REAL story start?" It does seem like this is a giant "back story" telling how these characters got to where they are presently. I would have preferred at least starting the action with what (I presume) is in the second book, and then flashback to these backstories, but that is a personal preference.

The ending is not what I'd want, but I guess the author and all the readers knew a sequel (or many) were coming. It didn't disappoint me nearly as much as Stephen King's ending to the Dark Tower series, but then again I enjoyed every single thing in the Dark Tower series EXCEPT the ending, so it's a little different matter.

I'm putting any further downloads of this series on hold for the moment. I might actually re-listen to part or all of Hyperion (fast-forwarding occasionally) and then decide if I want more.

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