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Fury 161 is a wretched planet - a penal colony and an industrial complex manned by violent prisoners. When an escape pod from the USS Sulaco crash-lands there, Ellen Ripley appears to be the only passenger left alive.

Then inmates begin to die, all at the hands of another survivor - a creature which encounters Ripley and spares her life! Desperate to know why, she seeks out an answer - and discovers terror unlike any she's ever known.

Science fiction master Alan Dean Foster returns to the Alien universe to reveal the ultimate destinies of Ellen Ripley and her eternal foe, the xenomorph known as the Alien.

©2014 Alan Dean Foster (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Brilliant work, yet again

This is the movie I did not remember as well as the first two. I know I have seen it at some point but after listening to the first three books, now I really want to watch it again.

The great part about these novelizations is that I can already see the characters. I know them and have know them for years. This book made me have all the feels. The beginning was tragic, yet again, and Ripley is set on another quest to kill aliens. Thank goodness she is more determined than ever but the beginning of this really made me feel for her.

Not having an idea of this book made it all the more scary. I was on the edge of my seat wondering where there danger was going to come from. Surprisingly there are quite a few characters in this that are heroic and even outshine the marines! I was worried at times but at others so glad that Ripley had some of these individuals around her. Although, she gets herself into quite a few messes in this one. Being on a prison world filled with me, what else would Ripley do?

This book held up to the first two, which is surprising. The second is still my favorite but the plot twists and the things that happen in this one were not foreseen. Brilliant work, yet again, by Peter Guinness. His voice lets the listener fall into the story and forget that there is a real world around them. The terror is really felt when the alien shows its ugly head!

Not my favorite of the three but still on par with the first. Great storytelling and very good narration.

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If you're seen the movie, you're good.

Peter Guinness's performance was the best part of the book. He makes the story interesting.

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Better than the theatrical release.

It's essentially the rare (until recently) assembly cut of the film, with a few surprises and additions along the way. Considering the film went through production hell, I'm impressed it ended up as cohesive as it did, and the book only serves to help fill in the gaps even the assembly couldn't fix.
As a side note, the narrator sounds almost exactly like Warden Andrews from the film. Awesome! :D

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Ripley has been ended

But the story doesn't end, great series and I recommend the series for any aliens franchise

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Good narrator, but the story was okay

The narrator was good if you dont mind accents. Couldn't tell if it was Brittish or Australian still very understandable and didn't take anything away from the story. The story, however, left much to be desired. The beginning was super depressing, there was multiple mentions of rape(not into that) and the end was super depressing.

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A decent adaptation

This is a decent adaptation, but with enough changes to keep you guessing as to exactly how things will play out. If you liked Alien 3, you will like this.

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Much better than the film.

For once a film novelization adds some gems not in the film which was refreshing especially since the film was somewhat meh to begin with.

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Adds meat and potatoes to the Assembly Cut story

Alien 3 (Theatrical Version) was a disappointment, but the later released "Assembly Cut" was far more enjoyable. This audio book is basically the Assembly Cut with more dialogue. It's quite insightful and enjoyable to listen to. It is a must listen for any true Alien fan. :-) Enjoy!

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A Surprisingly Good Adaptation of a Dull Film

I know this is a review for the novel of Alien3, but the book is based on the movie, so I unfortunately have to provide insight into both.

So, I remember seeing Alien 3 back when I was much younger. I had seen and fell in love with Aliens 2. The military/commandos storming the rogue planet of LV426, from the drop ship, just left me enamored. I went back and watch the first Alien movie, it was good, more suspense, but at that time there was something about the tactical marines with the assault rifles, and gear that just "made" aliens for me. So that being said I went to watch the next installment...Seems logical, yea?

Boy does this film garner a lot of hate. Back then, I just couldn't get into it. It looked, felt, and just came off as being sub-par to the last movie. The cgi (or attempt there to) of the alien, made me cringe, and I came away bored, uncaring about the characters, and weirded out by the sudden ending decision. Overall? 15 year old Chris wanted nothing to do with it...

Fast forward to where I am now 28...I was in the mood for a good sci fi book that wasn't something too new but had some history. So I was sifting through Barnes n Noble aimless in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section and came across an Aliens Omnibus. While this thick book is a collection of non-movie stories, it got my wheels turning, that I should read the alien series.
Well figuring that the movie that I've seen the least of, should be what I read. Since I'll go into it with less cinematographic references. So...I chose Alien 3.

Now here is where the great divide between the written word and film comes. The book/novelization of Alien3 is a well written book. It's not winning any awards, but the author creates a very creepy, world and given what he has to work with, makes one hell of a good attempt to flesh out the characters around our lead, Ripley. The great thing about the book is that the author allows for a bit more grieving period for her and her inner thoughts about the death of Newt, Hicks and even Bishop. The book really makes good use of this, as even prisoners introduced are given much more character in the novel than they are in the book. And because I hadn't seen the movie in so long, it was almost a new story to me. I knew what the basic plot was, but it left me so dry that I pretty much blanked the details out of my mind. So reading this was a much needed breath of fresh air to the story.

I got a bit too ahead of myself. I figured, oh let me go back and watch the movie again...Maybe I don't remember it right...or maybe with some years on me, I can appreciate it more... Um..no it's still as awful as I remember it. The music is cool, that's about it. The book of alien 3 fills in what the movie just couldn't / didn't do. It paints a much better "scene" to alien3 and allows the reader to fill in the gaps him or her self. The movie gives us a very raw film that is so distracting, it takes away from the story and just leaves me pondering how this film followed up Aliens 2. Honestly the whole story line of the egg on the drop ship puzzles me, and is such a stretch, that it already feels like alien3 is a big "what if" scenario. In fact in the book, I don't even believe the author touches on the 'how' of the alien being aboard.

Any who, the book is a good read. Seriously, if you're going to do the alien movies...skip 3, and read the book of it. You'll get a much better appreciation of the story and what the setting and world should have felt like. The visual crap fest that was the movie, was too much for me..

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Plot Holes Propped Up by Writing/Narration!

I have roundly criticized Foster's lackluster novelization of the near-perfect Aliens movie (the second in the franchise) but he really does a great job with the much-maligned third entry in the series. I have always liked the premise, aliens preying on XXY killers imprisoned in an abandoned mineworks and kept in check by asceticism. But (sigh) it is VERY hard to get past the meaningless deaths of Newt and Hicks in the first chapter, which steps on all the work the writers did in Aliens 2 to develop more characters for the franchise. Also disappointing is how the appearance and behavior of the aliens radically depart from the earlier movies in Aliens 3. The new developments/changes are both illogical and implausible. To complete this roller coaster ride, Guinness does and AMAZING job reading Aliens 3. So there are things to like and things to hate. I think most of us who love the Aliens movies (at least the first two) have made our peace with this one. If you have, you will enjoy listening to it. Some things make more sense in the hearing. (The various characters and their social dynamic are especially interesting.) Other things remain glaringly odd and frustrating.

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  • 09-18-20

Tense and exciting!

This is based on the Alien 3 screenplay, so no real surprises, but it is still exciting.

The narrator struggled with Ripley's voice and when attempting male US voices. However, he was ok when sticking to a variety of male English voices.

I enjoyed this, but not much as the dramatised Alien stories on Audible.

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  • 09-22-17

Beats the film...

I hate a lot of Alien3. It doesn't help it that I love Aliens. And my favourite character's role is, well, marginalised. No spoilers here.

But, the book makes a lot more sense as to why Paul McGann's character gets top billing in the film, as well as offering more of the motivations to what people are thinking.

That said, it does remind you that the two most interesting characters are removed from the plot too soon, and Ripley does feel a little bit of an afterthought until the finale, which feels a little bit undercooked compared to the screen.

Worth your time though.

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  • 06-17-16

Really Enjoyed It.

It's nice to get that little bit of extra narrative to support the pictures in your head. Alan Dean Foster does a great job. I loved the phrase "Inimical simultaneity" very much.
Peter Guiness is particularly excellent narrating and a perfect choice as he played Gregor in the film. He has a wonderful voice and a beautiful rhythm. Perfect diction, I could listen to him reading the phone book.
I wonder how he felt narrating his own demise?

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  • Paul Sampson
  • 07-09-20

Faithful Rendition of the Movie

I love a Movie adaption audio book that fleshes out the characters and adds to the backstop, unfortunately this audio book does neither.
Having said that it is a faithful rendition of the movie and the performance of the narrator is really, very good.

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  • Lupine 99
  • 10-29-19

Stasis interrupted, fire in cryogenic compartment.

As a long time fan of Alien 3, i've watched the movie dozens of times and read the book several times too, so naturally I was curious to see how the audiobook held up.
Overall, it was good - my only complaints are that some scenes did not have suitable pauses between them and that was a little jarring. Like a scene would end and the next would begin almost instantly without pause. Secondly, the narrator did not capture Ripley right - his version seemed too melodious an imitation.
Yet saying that, his narration of Superintendent Andrews was spot on, almost uncanny - so good and bad points there.
The story follows the 'Assembly Cut' version of the movie and overall does a good job of it. The bad points do not spoil the enjoyment of the listen enough to not recommend it. Try it. 😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-18-19

Fantastic

Alien 3 was my least favourite film, this book however is my favourite in the trilogy. Peter Guinness narration is outstanding, I couldn’t stop listening
Well done

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-25-19

Better than the film.

Better than the film. Goes more into the background of the world of alien. Worth the listen.

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  • Toadjuggler
  • 06-04-17

Suprisingly good

I really enjoyed this, it's a good reproduction of the movie's storyline (the Assembly Cut version) with plenty of extra detail and good characterisations. Alan Dean Foster is a bit of a hack and some of his word choices are a bit, well, odd but Peter Guiness's narration is superb, absolutely spot on,

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  • Adam
  • 09-02-21

Prison blues

Of all of Alan Dean Foster's novelisation adaptations this is the weakest. But given with what he had to work with, this is little wonder. A terribly troubled production history, with a revolving door of directors with their different visions for the story, in time the revolving door stop spinning and this queasy result staggered out.
The survivors on the Sulaco hits the skids as stubborn facehuggers rampage around the ship whilst the crew are in hyper-sleep. With acid blood spraying everywhere, there is a fire and the crew make an undignified exit from their mother ship via an EEV. Said EEV is damaged and spins down to the service of Furiona (Fury) 301 where the Company has killed two birds with one stone, and keep a disused mining facility on a bleak lice infested world ticking over with an all male (Double Y Chromo) prison population. They are ruled over by a glowering Superintendent Andrews and his dense factotum Aaron.
The rescue of the EEV finds a grim harvest and suffice to say only Ripley is around in this story. And yes, somehow, never coherently explained, yet another facehugger makes it down with them and impregnates a genetically modified OX, of all things, which births a vicious quadruped Alien that treats the prison population like a wandering buffet, as you'd expect. Ripley of course is there to spoil its day, and yet again give the Company the finger, whilst navigating a shaved head, attempted rape, and sundry other indignities. But things for Ripley are about to get even more unpleasant...
This is as incoherent on screen as it sounds here and the book does its best, and like the film delivers wonderfully entertaining set pieces and some decent characterisation amongst the Alien fodder, but just does not hold up. There's a distasteful and incoherent allusion towards Alien rape towards the end of the book that is as nonsensical as it is offensive, And yes it is unremittingly bleak. But, there is some fine Gallows humour and some sparks of imaginative fire. And Peter Guinness, in this audiobook, does his absolute bloody best, like Alan Dean Forster to help hold it all together. He channels the screen performances, and so you get really good Charles Dance and Brian Glover impressions that stand on their own. His reading is well paced and he sustains what dramatic tension there is well.
I like to think of the Alien franchise as multiverse of stories, with possible alternatives that play out and can be explored. So this is a very bleak 'what if' continuation of the second film. But for your own morale, keep everything crossed for a more coherent continuation to hit our screens one day. Neil Blokaamp made a valiant recent effort and tried. RIdley Scott meanwhile has descended into story telling senility with 'Alien:Covenant,' which makes this Alien 3 feel like the Citizen Kane of the franchise.
So worth a read/listen. Helps if you have seen the film as there are some entertaining differences, and it helps if you understand the context of the very troubled production history, as it explains the incoherence and weird WTF moments.

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  • Fin
  • 06-29-21

Big time Alien Fan Here

Yep…. You literally couldn’t ask for more from this. It’s the movie novelised. Great narrator, some bits are slightly fleshed out. Really enjoyed it. Will definitely listen again.

There are some Alien novels I wasn’t a fan of but this isn’t one of them.

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  • 09-13-21

waste of potential

I recall not liking this as a moive but I couldn't tell you why
After listening to this I can now tell you
The pervious story's did a good job of getting you involved with the people, here half the folks seemed to be Brett but with less charm. Add that to a story that does not seem to follow the others in any logical sense