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The Fall of Hyperion

Written by: Dan Simmons
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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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.

What the critics say

"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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What a series so far

So many layers, gotta get to the next one ! Don’t know where it’s going, but well worth it so far

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Wish I’d read this years ago!

I’m not going to write a whole lot of hookah about how this was the best Sci Fi ever written, but I will say I thoroughly enjoyed it, and now have the whole series on audiobook.
Dan Simmons first work I ever read, was the last book I ever read with my eyes, when it became clear that no matter how great my bifocals might be, it’s just not going to get read that way any longer. that was The Terror, which is a fun and strange romp written back before any of the Terrors crew were ever found. It’s more almost horror, anyway, I enjoyed it. but this is way more my speed. Very good series, considering that Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion came out in 1989. Before most of us had personal computers and the Internet. What Simmons does well is translate to the spoken word, with enough descriptors to paint a picture fairly well and allow us to see what is happening. Switching to first person when we hear Johnny speak, and making use of different actors to read the narration. This is a good series, you need to read Hyperion in order to get this one, but if you choose I think you could stop here. I’m going to listen to another book on the go and then come back and do Endymion.

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Excellent follow-up

Nothing could really live up to the first 'Hyperion', but this vomes close. Simmonds puts in a very very good effort in this. Worth a listen

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  • lee
  • 2018-08-08

FOR LIBERTY

loved the build up of the first book but was disappointed at how few answers there were, and as much as i loved the mystery of the Shrike i wanted to hear more of it, this book ties it all up in a beautiful knot with just enough Shrike to satisfy, but still keep it mysterious

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Great sequel, one of the best!!

This story never ceases to impress.. the worlds created are unique and interesting.. and the function of the galaxy as a whole is so well thought out. My one gripe is that I wish there were a few more alien species.. even non sentient ones that would interact and affect the story. Aliens it appears have mostly been written out of the galaxy, explained briefly by quick exposition.

In terms of performance.. the narrator does a very good job juggling all the characters and sexes.. but I really wish it was a full cast. The full cast audio recordings just seem to immerse the listener in the story that much more.

If you like science fiction at all, with elements of time travel, mysticism, technology, love, warfare, and betrayal you will love this story.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 2012-06-15

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.

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  • OldDog
  • Western USA
  • 2010-01-13

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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  • T. Mcpherson
  • Illinois
  • 2009-04-10

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.

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  • Robert
  • Yamhill, OR, United States
  • 2011-03-08

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
  • 2013-05-26

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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  • Olaf
  • 2013-10-24

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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  • Ronald Albury
  • Cincinnati, OH USA
  • 2015-02-09

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.

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  • Benny
  • 2015-02-05

Tried to be too deep.

Unsatisfying ending. So much left unexplained. And I feel like that's because it was just essentially unexplainable. Between the time traveling and cyber metaphysics....

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  • James McGinley
  • 2009-10-25

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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  • Allison
  • 2015-02-08

Worth every penny.

This is a masterwork of far future science fiction. Manages to tell intimate personal stories about characters without losing sight of the bigger world picture. Excellent voice performance.

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  • Nicolas
  • 2017-06-06

great sequel

the narrator is sometimes hard to hear, the tone of voice is not constent enough. Despite that it's a really good book.