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Alien III

An Audible Original Drama
Series: Alien
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (7,020 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Audible is bringing William Gibson’s uncovered Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien franchise.  

Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.   

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online. 

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience. 

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop. 

We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone....

Starring: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Cliff Chapman, Samantha Coughlan, Ben Cura, Dar Dash, Harry Ditson, Mairead Doherty, Lance Henriksen, Graham Hoadly, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Martin McDougall, Sarah Pitard, Michael Roberts, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner, Siri Steinmo, Dai Tabuchi, Keith Wickham, Rebecca Yeo.

©2019 20th Century Fox (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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A fitting continuation

This was a great one, want more like it. It really caught the feel of the Aliens universe. While there were some predictable plot devices it was true to the source. I wish this one had been made into the movie rather than what we got.

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This should have been the movie that got made.

The voice acting is fantastic! Great sound effects and score. I would have loved to see this as Alien 3. Hopefully Audible will complete the planned two sequels for this with the original actors and current voice actors.

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Good production, weak source material

So, yeah. The story is all over the place and very inncoherent. The choises Gibson did with the xenomorphs are... odd. The motivation of the main (human) villain is nonexistant. Overall - I'm glad they didn't shoot this as a movie. say what you will about the current Alien 3 - it is way better than this mess (I am actually a huge fan of it).

All said: really glad Audible did this dramatization, it's a cool idea and us Alien-fans are greatful for having a version of a could-have-been script, nevermind the quality of the story.

Acting is top notch, glad they got two of the original actors to reprise their roles. Good production, good (albeit somewhat overly fastpaced) direction.

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should have been the film

this is an awesome continuation of Aliens. if you love what the Alien franchise is really aboitnyou need this is your life.

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Way better plot than the movie we got.

This was closer to the Aliens plot than the crappy movie we got. Very enjoyable mini show on it's own.

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Only for the fans

Interesting concept for alien 3 , the effects and acting was solid , story started great , but then got a little weak , but overall still enjoyable , worth a listen

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Excellent story, well casted!

This story would have made a far better film than the one that we were given. Lots of surprises are in store for new listeners who have been long time fans of the Alien franchise.

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Fantastic narration. Typical alien plot.

I got this as a freebie. Maybe I'm biased because alien books aren't my go-to for reading/listening, but nonetheless, it was good. The narration was absolutely phenomenal with extra noises just like I was watching a movie with my eyes closed lol
There weren't any surprises or unique twists that could have possibly added to the story but it's a short story, so that probably would have been difficult.
Overall, good read if you like fiction, but I probably wouldn't listen again if I knew how the story went.

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If you love Alien, then you will enjoy this!

I am a big fan of the movies and have become a huge fan of the Audible series - this is another great production! Enjoy!

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The Alien III that never was!

A tremendous effort by a talented cast, including Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen returning from Aliens, brings William Gibson's unused masterpiece to life!

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  • Simon
  • 05-30-19

So, Alien 3 Could have been MUCH better!


Alien was one of my favourite films of all time, few films have had me riveted to the screen quite so absolutely. Aliens, while different in character, was a fine follow-up and since then I've lost count of the number of discussions I've had with friends about which is the better film with us being split fairly well down the middle. What happens if you add Alien 3 into the mix? Well, the answer is that we're still evenly split, half of us with Alien being the best and the other half with Aliens. No-one but no-one ever tries to make a case for Alien 3! It's hard to imagine what they were thinking of choosing the script that they did and now I think we have a definite answer to the big question, yes there were better options out there!

What's great about this is that it delivers another action flick like Aliens albeit only in audio. Maggs / Audible throw their considerable expertise and experience with the franchise at it. There is a lovely solidity to the sound effects, really crunchy, solid sound with the noises made by the aliens particularly impressive. I can't wait to try this again through quality headphones, it sounded great through the Bluetooth so when I put a real bit of oomph behind it I think it will rock! The acting is also extremely good for the most part.

On the other hand, it does rely heavily on repeating things that have been done before and I don't think the story quite hits the heights, nor does Gibson's script use all the surviving characters as well as he could have done. It's also of course quite short for an audiobook though that's not surprising - it is a film script after all!

So, no doubt in my mind that while this isn't perfect, it's a class above the story / script they used for Alien 3 the film. I can possibly see why they didn't plump for this one, what I can't see is why they chose the one they did above it. In any case, I'm more than happy to have spent a credit on it and I am going to enjoy listening to it again at home!

By the way, if you can't remember how Alien 2 finished up then don't worry there is a good reprise of how it panned out at the start of this.

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  • HP_Follett
  • 06-04-19

Fox made the right choice

I read Gibson’s Alien3 script 20 or so years ago - it’s still widely available on the internet - and gave this a go for old times’ sake.

Sadly, I was reminded of what I thought back then. Gibson’s Alien3 is quite derivative and dull in comparison to the brave decisions made in the theatrical release. It just gives audiences a load more of the same. In fact it’s easy to spot which tired elements were reused in the truly awful Alien: Resurrection.

Far more interesting would be to hear an audio version of Vincent Ward’s original Alien3 script which was superbly challenging and gave life to many of the stronger elements in the released movie.

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  • Heinz57
  • 05-31-19

He's coming in. I feel safer already........

As a 16 year old, my first experience of the Alien series came from watching Aliens on ye olde VHS at a friends house. I was entranced and have been in awe of it ever since. I have bored countless friends and family stupid, reciting lines and reiterating how good it is.

I then watched Alien and subsequently and most depressingly of all Alien 3. Alien 3 just left me feeling hollow. Dead. Apart from a few of Fiorina "Fury" 161’s finest inmates; they just killed everyone. Of the film itself, there were some good performances. I thought Charles Dance was very good. It was different film, some may argue it’s merits but for me, not in a way that either equalled or improved upon it’s predecessors.

Imagine my interest then at Niell Blomkamp’s idea at an alternative Alien 3 – which unfortunately hasn’t gone anywhere – and then the Dark Horse and Audible interpretations of Gibson’s alternative Alien 3 screenplay.

For the Audible version, it’s great to have Hicks (Michael Biehn) and Bishop (Lance Heriksen) back. Since we last saw him; Bishop has developed something of a whistle when he speaks, probably something to do with being ripped asunder by an Alien Queen. Teeth not quite what they used to be. Ripley (Lauren Leftkow) is given little air time in this production by when she’s there, her Ripley is spot on as it is in the other Audible Alien titles.

The story is interesting, I’m glad Gibson introduced some new ideas both political and of the Alien’s adaptability amidst the ever present somewhat pantomime face of the villainous “company” and we all know what they are after.

My only disappointment is there isn’t more of it. It is woefully short and a shame the screenplay couldn’t have been given the novelisation treatment. I have geek-ely (not a word) been waiting 33 years for someone to finally bring this together; the alternative which should have been so thanks Audible but can we please have more.

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  • Mark Nevett
  • 05-30-19

The sequel Aliens deserved.

To hear Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their roles as Cpl. Dwayne Hicks and Bishop respectively filled me with joy. Although a much shorter audible original compared to the others in the series, it was still very enjoyable from start to finish. I just hope that there is more to come.

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  • sean-c
  • 05-31-19

Good

A good addition to Alien its a lot better than the movie version highly recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-31-19

Alien III

Really enjoyed the story and, as always, the production was great. I only wish it had been longer!

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  • Mr csayer
  • 05-30-19

Retcon the alien franchise.

It’s easy to see why this ambitious unproduced screenplay was pushed aside in favour of more traditional and cheaper movie . The sets would have been bigger and the ships more detailed. The story moves towards the polictical and ethical implications of weaponising the Alien.
If you read this alongside the comic book (recently released under dark horse) it will truly bring the movie to life.
It takes the franchise in provocative and interesting directions. It’s great to have the characters back again and Hicks and Bishop take more of a lead role. I think they were unsure if sigourney would return or maybe fox wanted a male audience.
So let’s forget about Alien 3 and obviously Alien resurrection and cuddle up to some familiar friends and enemies.

Maybe next Audible could explore the wooden planet script and the religious iconography of Vincent Wards script.

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  • SlothUK
  • 05-30-19

Enjoyed, Albeit Short

Great to hear the return of Michael Biehn and lance Henrickson the Aliens universe and a worthy return. Sadly I do feel it was rather short, hope they continue the story line of the end of the audiobook with new material.

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  • AIMEE FERRIER
  • 06-01-19

disappointing

This sadly plays out like they're just reading the stage directions from the script and not an actual drama at all. It's not been very well adapted as an audio drama, and the script has some terrible clunking lines in it. The use of Bishop as a narrator doesn't work very well as he is too disapassionately removed. The story itself is also not terribly exciting or as interesting as it's been hyped up to be; certainly no better than the original Alien 3 film.

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  • M T Drinkwater
  • 05-30-19

it was ok...

Still good, but perhaps the weakest of the Alien Audibles. Nice to have Bishop and Hicks in Aliens again!

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  • Sean Beckman
  • 06-18-19

The movie we deserved

I have a complicated relationship with how the alien series turned out and the directions it has gone since James Cameron's Aliens.

William Gibson successfully captured the essence of the predecessor and crafted a compelling story with the remains. I am unsure of the decision to not include Ripley but at the time this script was written it might have been a reality with Sigourney Weavers schedule.

Pacing is well tuned, turns in the story are compelling. The introduction of the UPP adds a depth to the universe I never knew I wanted and explains so much of the back story of all the world building James Cameron did. Gibson sets up what would have eventually been akin to Prometheus and Covenent and the series would have been in much better hands going forward as such with this writing than it eventually did.

Listen to this for more than your curiosity of what a difference Alien 3 could have been. It's the difference the entire series could have been.

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  • Carl Golenberg
  • 06-15-19

Short but good

Ok, it’s short but feels like a movie. The movie we were owed. They use a full cast of actors and run through an adaptation of the screen play, music and all.

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  • MasterDownUnder
  • 06-15-19

Awesome, but too short... However a must have!!!

I enjoyed this and recommend it for any real fan of Aliens who felt ripped off by the way they went with the Alien3 movie.
I saw a few excerpts of the comics that came out previously for this and thought they were ok. I have had this in a word file for years now, and always wondered why they never chose it as the follow up film. Obviously when you hear it, you will perhaps understand why, I won't spoil you, but some of the plot points and ideas didn't really work post Aliens (I think anyway) however the story is great, and however much they destroyed the build up from Aliens when they eventually chose the dramatically different script and made poor David Fincher's much maligned project instead.
This story does lend itself to this kind of production and I liked the way they did it, and as I mention first up, the length was too short I felt for something like this, but it is a film script after all, and with the return of Michael Biehn and Lance Henrickisen as their respective characters, it makes up in spades.
Well worth it I feel and makes you enjoy it because those two are there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-19

Not really an improvement on the original movie

The Good: Most of the voice acting (the original actors are great!). The atmosphere created by music and sound effects. Doesn't rely on Ripley to (yet again) fight the Alien. It's interesting to hear a new take on a sequel to 'Aliens'.

The Bad: When the story tries new and original ideas they just come off as silly (a lot like in Alien Resurrection). Then, when the story goes with the tried-and-true elements of Alien and Aliens, it doesn't really ever get very exciting or interesting. Put simply, there's just nowhere near enough action or fear.

Keep in mind there's also a graphic novel adaptation that was inspired by this original script, so that might be a better route.

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  • KanO
  • 06-10-19

Amazing book and it needs a film

They need to make this into another movie.
Not hard to imagine what it'll look like on screen.

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  • Loki Einarsson
  • 06-05-19

Boring... not a great story!

i felt like i was ripped off with this one... only 2 hours long. A complete and utter let down considering River of Pain was nothing short of spectacular. I prefer the alien 3 movie to be honest, although it was awesome to have Hicks and Bishop around!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-19

Much more of same same - but I always enjoy it

Feels like I've heard / read / this story a dozen times. Anyhow, I always enjoy more encounters with the Xenomorph.

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  • Sean Daly
  • 06-03-19

From one fan to another..this was amazing

Wasn’t expecting this but it still felt like Aliens. At times it’s hard to know which setting a scene is happening in and which voice belongs to who. Clearly the fingerprints of these ideas are present in the Alien Res scripts but this one is way way way better in execution. The voice acting and sounds are all on par with the best.
Now I’m off to read the comics!!

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  • Aditya Maharaj
  • 06-03-19

Arfirmative

Pretty fun alternative story line to the beloved franchise. Although I enjoyed it a lot and the spin of events, I can understand why this version may have been dropped from Hollywood. Although still a gripping story piece compared to the theatrical Alien 3 release.

Great voice acting, and a nostalgic blast hanging out with Hicks again. Definitely worth adding to your collection.

If you're a first time Alien Audible listener, I'd highly recommend the Alien Audible drama trilogy, starting with Sea of Sorrows or River of Pain.

Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-19

Awesome

Great story. Wish Ripley had been in it more and that it was longer. Still awesome though.