Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien and Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. He is also a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author in his own right, including the popular Pip & Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.
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Be yourself to the maximum.
Awesome time listening to and remembering this story all at once. True to the iconic film with very little deviation from what I could recall. Just as exciting too. Wish all movies were given audio novelizations. Great way the experience new worlds while at work.
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I jumped at the chance to read it and was not disappointed!
From what I understand this was created from the movie. So, if you have seen the movie, you know what is going to happen. That does not take the terror out of the book though! It is still just as intense, maybe even more so, than the movie.
Getting to read how this all started and the ins and outs of the crew is what made this even more special. There are just not things that the movie tells you about. There is more in here about Ripley and a lot about the corporation behind all of the choices made.
I just rewatched the movie so I could really critique how closely these two are based. It is as if I was watching the movie. I realize that is the purpose but it still surprised me just how closely these two were. A lot more in the book than the movie, which is expected. So much background!
I love this! If you enjoyed the movie, you will enjoy this book. Outstanding novelization and the acting was incredible. I already have a voice for Ripley and the crew but the narration was spot on. Peter Guinness did a great job of bringing the terror out of the book and allowed me to feel as if I were really in this.
The production quality was also superb. I did not hear one misstep. I would have preferred a full production with this being a story that is so well known, but that does not take away from how good this was. Very well done!
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It's been at least 25 years since I saw Alien & Aliens. I was fan enough to name my cats Ripley & Newt (RIP, you two). I just noticed this audiobook, saw the rave reviews & snapped it up. It's been my greatest audio disappointment ever, and I've listened to a lot of books between Audible & the public library.
The story begins with ~2 hours of communications about mechanical damage & repairs to the ship. Dialogue was cryptic & contributed little to the plot or character development.
About character development... there was little of it. The movie may not be suited to novelization. In the movie, much of the atmosphere and characterization would be hard to convey in writing because it took place visually, without much dialogue.
Poor choice of narrator... Most of the characters were street smart, lower middle-class American types. (Think of World War II movies showing interactions in a platoon of American soldiers.) An English accent just didn't work in the situation.
Loved the movie, so of course totally loved this book. It's in the details.
The voice could have been more dramatic, up beat or intense, but i was able to get though it pretty good.
Must admit there were more details in the book than the movie so that made this book worth while to me since its my all time favorite
I love a great story.
I love the movie and I love the audible book, which is the official movie novelization, so there are no surprises here if you are a fan of the movie. The audible book is just good solid writing and storytelling, which I found highly entertaining.
I love this movie and after starwars this is my favorite. This might not scare you like the movie but you will certainly understand the movie more. You will understand evvery nook and cranny and might get haunted by this ghastly tale forever.
"Classic story, crummy narrator"
Alien is one of the few novelisations that is as good as the source, delivering the story faithfully while fleshing out the characters just a little more. No unnecessary backstories or side plots, it complements the Scott film admirably, and is a cracking good read in its own right.
So why this particular narrator? I haven't the foggiest. A few chapters in and I'm regretting the purchase. The tempo is more appropriate to an uplifting comedy, the characters distinguished only by a half-remembered change in volume. Some narrators like the excellent Simon Vance affect a decent falsetto if needed or with Frank Muller, subtle accent and pitch changes to distinguish female and male characters. No such luck. If I didn't know better I'd venture the narrator is reading the book for the first time and not really getting the hang of the mood.
Overall I feel deflated. The narrator sounds very much like Sean Pertwee, who under any circumstances would be an ideal choice for the tale of the doomed crew. Yet instead of using that great voice to good effect it's as enticing as a shopping list of things that happened at school the other day, told in no particular order by a breathless twelve year old. Buyer beware
"Not quite as good as the movie"
Whilst it can't hold a candle to the movie, this is still a decent effort. I think the main problem is the distinct lack of alien description. Nothing regards how it looks, moves or kills. Most of us have a clear mental vision of the alien, but if you don't, I'm not convinced the book leads the listener in the right direction.
Peter's accents are almost comical too, and you cant help but compare his phrasing to the movie and think to yourself, 'Ripley wouldn't say it like that'.
So, coming from someone who loves the alien series, a decent effort but didn't really get my pulse racing.
"V GOOD, BUT NOVEL DIFFERS FROM FILM SOMEWHAT"
Yes, actually. There are some timely atmospheric sound effects in the background here and there, which I usually find annoying. But they work well here.
It's a great, creepy sci-fi tale in itself, but the novelisation differs somewhat from the movie. Alan Dean Foster was obviously asked to write it half-way through the 1979 film's production, and it is based on an early version of the movie script, as he seemingly has no idea what the movie's 'alien' is supposed to look like - he's very, very vague when he comes to describing it's appearance. There are also several scenes that differ a great deal from the movie version - there's no 'Space Jockey' in this, for example. Would be great to see an updated version of the tale, that ties in closer with the visuals of the movie and the final script. Hint, hint.
Ripley and Lambert - for the wrong reasons. When he puts on a female voice he sounds very, very camp. Brought a smile or two.
When the pace quickens in the last third, it all gets quite creepy and I had to put the bedroom light on.
Still very good, despite the above points I mentioned. Any chance of a 'Prometheus' audiobook, to complete the 'Alien saga' set?
I was totally transported into the story through vivid prose and so could you be - just so long as you've seen the movie once or twice. My imagination had to make one or two adjustments when the narrative departed from the screenplay but I was sucked in and thoroughly entertained.
I very much enjoyed this.. A much loved film now an audio book ... I listened through in one sitting. Not a terrifying as the movie but the added ability to hear the characters thoughts added a new dimension .. Would listen again
"Not too bad"
The film is so iconic and had such an impact for those of us of a certain age that the book was always going to struggle. Probably more enjoyable or scary for those who can enjoy the book as a stand alone project. I know this is heresy, particularly me being a Brit, but the the British narration was just too polite sounding. I think a good old common Yankee voice is required.
"Classic movie and classic novel"
The movie is a classic in the sci-fi horror genre. The novel is well written and quite faithfully recreates the movie with many subtle differences. If you loved the movie, you'll love this. Peter Guinness is a great choice for the reader and does a great job of pacing the story nicely as well as being clear and comfortable on the ear.
"a big fan of the Alien films"
this reading is true to the movie yet brings a new dimension. highly recommended audiobook!
"Excellent version of a classic. "
Alan Dean Foster does a cracking job converting the book to a film. The characters are as strong and sharp as ever, the tension as gripping.
I particularly loved Peter Guiness' narration. While i could understand his selection for the third book, as he was in the film, it was great that they went with an English voice for this, the first. He has a super rich voice, beautiful animation and pace.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Equal to the movie loved loved it"
Peter made it an immersive experince so it felt like you were living the fear just like the crew.
Yes I did, but I also didn't want it to end.
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