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Alien: Covenant

A Novel
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
Series: Alien, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
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Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.

©2017 Alan Dean Foster (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great story marred by recording gaps

Would you listen to Alien: Covenant again? Why?

I've already listened to this story twice to make sure the audio gaps was not my imagination. It wasn't.

Any additional comments?

Shame on the producer for not hearing the errors before this went live.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Thankfully Better Than Movie

Other then that I simply can't say much. I'm a huge Alien fan so of course I was going to get this and I love Alan Dean Foster as well. Who by the way did a fantastic job flushing out the utter mess, confusion, and carnage Sir Ridley Scott's made of the very franchise he himself had a major role in creating! Low rating on story is due to Scott alone and reflects nothing whatsoever on Mr. Foster by the way. He could only write what was given to him to write. Thankfully he added a few things here that certainly helped flesh out the story and at least make it palatable! Certainly entertaining enough to listen to, to get one down the road, through a flight, or just as a proverbial bedtime story type of listen. Lady Anne ^^ö^^

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Not as great as I hoped

I've seen the movie and usually read the novels of movies I've seen to find out what changes were made or cut that could of made the story slightly different. In a way this novel plays out a lot like the movie and I'm not even completely done yet. There are lots of added dialogue and scenes that would of made the characters more enjoyable and not wasted like the film variant.
However the performance was rather dull almost flat. This would of helped with music or some sound effects to really feel like you're in a sci-fi horror genre but alas nothing.
Really disappointed since I can finish these in a day or two but this book has taken me now a week to listen and hard to finish.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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D. Foster, you can do better.

Story could 've been better. Prometheus storyline and Engineers should've been more prominent. Still, it is the Alien universe.

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Great story with an odd performance

The story is great, along with the movie. However; the narrators woman/screaming voice sometimes made this a comedic listen for a horror story.

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great book poorly performed

As far as the Alien series is concerned this book is very good. I couldn't get past the performance. his interpretation of a female's voice is annoying and very hard to get past.

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Very enjoyable!

This was my first audiobook to try out and definitely was a great choice. As I listened I was drawn into the story, it was very great. The alien franchise is a big favorite of mine so I enjoyed this a lot👍

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WOW! I didn't see that comming!

Well, those are five words you won't say with this story. There are absolutely NO surprises here; no real mystery, nothing that you don't see coming.

The story has potential, but it ends up as an insult your intelligence. Kinda like Halloween. For example. You’re on a deep space mission to another planet to start a colony. While in route you find what looks like another habitable planet. So you go to investigate. When you arrive there is a hurricane. You have one, exactly one, landing module. Do you send that landing module down to the planet in the hurricane? Or do you wait for good weather? Well these guys take their only landing module down in 200 mile an hour winds. Really!

Then you get to the planet and discover thesex foreign creatures that are almost indestructible and grow inside your body until they are ready to burst out, you remember the movie. You also discover one surviving android on the planet. He’s from earth. Very much like the Annedroids on your ship. But something's off with him. You are the captain go walking down into the cellars with this Android - ALONE. You discover the android has been experimenting with these alien creatures. Instead of going for help you stick your face into an alien pod because the android assures you the everything is OK. We all know humans do stupid things, it’s what we’re good at. But I think we have to agree that this is beyond stupid.

The story continues with more typical bad luck for the crew, and good luck for the alien monsters. I'm sure you'll be totally fooled when David, the android that's been on the planet and manipulating the creatures, defeats the good guy android and then impersonates him so he can get onboard the colony ship.

Truth is I am not sure how I'd write the story, but there are authors who could make it interesting.

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Like if the movie was right, but no more

It's like listening to a screen play of the movie, if they fixed all the inconsistencies of the movie. I don't feel the need to invest more time in the books because I don't think I will learn anything new or more.

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Nothing special

As far as I can tell there is nothing here that wasn't in the movie. No extra exploration of the philosophical themes. No extra information on "the engineers". No extra character development.

Main character is still paper thin. The story reads more like a screenplay than a novel. Movie spesific lines like "I'm out of ammo!" meant to clue in a watching audience are still very prevalent.

Adiquate performance by the narrator, but nothing special. Some good male accents, but female shout (of which there is a lot of) is annoyingly bad.

Not worth it in my opinion. Watch the movie instead.

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  • Andy
  • 05-31-17

Great addition

After seeing the film twice and liking it much better the second time and understanding it better I couldn't wait for the book to come out knowing it would have more detail in there and I wasn't disappointed.

The book is eloquently written and it really did help me understand the pitfalls of the film much better, the book drew up as much suspense as the film and like a good book I couldn't put it down... or stop listening...

Narrated well I thought, some narrators leave you with a dull thumping headache but Tom Taylorson does it justice.

I just hope the saga continues....

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  • W. McMillan
  • 05-27-17

The Perfect Companion

Having been slightly disappointed by the rushed feel of the movie which seemed purely driven by visceral delights this brilliantly narrated and written audio book reedresses the balance to show just how brilliant the film might have been. I would highly recommend the audio book as the perfect companion. I would also add that it stands tall on its own merits. In short - Brilliant!

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  • ADW
  • 06-06-17

An Improvement on the Film!

I really enjoyed this book which was superbly performed by Tom Taylorson. The film was something of a disappointment, but this version fleshes out the story more so that some, not all, elements are improved upon and make more sense.

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  • JD
  • 09-01-17

Foster does great, but underlying film is awful

Great novel by Foster, however the bad parts from the film come through. Characters are paper thin, story feels like it was made up during filming. Ignores previouse films and does its best to destroy what made the Xenomorphs great.

Foster does his best to try and fix these issues. Like trying to explain how David built his Xenomorphs using what the engineers had done previously. Unlike the film who says he created them out of thin air because he was bored.

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  • Nicholas
  • 07-24-17

Loved it.

Another excellent adaptation from Alan Dean Foster. Enjoyed it just as much as the Movie.
Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-20-17

Good book, terrible voice actor

Enjoyed the book although the voice actors female voices are horrendous!! seriously terrible!!! Made me cringe!

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  • Steve
  • 06-17-17

some good some errr

well in parts it tells you alittle more then the film and others slightly less.

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  • Justin K.
  • 06-09-17

Got me through some time on my hands!

Good story... crap narrator !! Hasn't put me off going to see the movie though.

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  • Mrs
  • 06-02-17

interesting story but v/o cannot do female voices

as about voice over artist's female voices border on annoying sometimes but otherwise a good listen

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  • James
  • 07-11-17

Better than the film!

It's astounding to hear that with a few minor tweaks already present in the book, the movie could've been significantly better!
Minor but crucial details are in this novel that go a huge way towards explaining or allowing the listeners to be more forgiving of the incredible stupidity shown by many of the crew.
Also, clarifies some details about finding / creation of the xenomorph, which would've fit better with the existing franchise lore.

My only real issue is it is set less than 100 years in the future, yet the writing is as if it was thousands of years. Conversations about "ancient" geographical boundaries in respects to countries today. Another bit has to explain what cheese was! Sorry, these people know about classical music, drink liqueur and know John Denver, but don't know what cheese was or that the Earth was made up of countries less than a hundred years ago!?! - ridiculous

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  • Katie
  • 07-24-17

Good book version of movie

How could the performance have been better?

Hahahah, the narrator needs to stop trying to do female voices, especially when the female is "shouting"... I honestly laughed out loud every single time he did a shouting female voice.... at least it was entertaining (although not in the good way haha)>
Otherwise, his narration was good.

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  • andy
  • 08-07-19

This book is the Prometheus movie

This book appears to be the exact plot of the Prometheus movie. That’s fine but I think it should be made clear in the description.
Personally I have no interest in repeating the same story in different media.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

Loved it

Just like the movie, but better! I love that the novelisation expands on characters and story. However the narrators execution of female screaming is pretty funny! He's got a strange idea of what a female sounds like when in distress (you'll know when you hear him). Otherwise a good book to expand the universe

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  • muthur9000
  • 05-28-17

Much better than the movie

Suspenseful, thrilling, a horrific and utterly enticing story filled with symbolism and life sought questions

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  • That guy who bought it!!!
  • 05-27-17

This book was exceptional. Alien fans it's a MUST!

If your an Alien fan which I'm sure you are then this is right up your alley. The narrator performs exceptionally well at delivering what Alan Dean Foster has worked so well to deliver. This is a MUST!!!!