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  • The Fall of Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (410 ratings)

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The Fall of Hyperion

By: Dan Simmons
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
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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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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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The best

The best science fiction writing I have ever read, bar none! The interweaving of past and future was both seamless and added a dimension that I have yet to experience.

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  • Tom
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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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Hard to explain how great this book is...

Words, tones, paintings in the mind. A truly tactile and wonderful experience. Sumptuous. Brilliant.

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Doesn’t get much better

Read this series way back in the day, still astounding series. So good to have it read back to me this time

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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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Just as intriguing as Hyperion with twice the acti

Rich world building and dynamic elements of this story give all the alien vastness of a sci-fi with a carefully crafted narrative that demands attention from the reader and every last citizen of the explored in-book universe and the perfect pairing to the first Hyperion story.

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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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Really good

This is a worthwhile sequel to Hyperion. If you like the first this does a good job expanding the story.

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Great followup on the first book

I really loved the story but also felt it would trail on at times. Because the audiobooks length maybe the voice actor should of had a few other people

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