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Alien: Isolation

The Alien™ Series
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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The action-packed official adaptation of Alien: Isolation and a revealing look into the lives of Ellen Ripley and her daughter, Amanda Ripley.

The product of a troubled and violent youth, Amanda Ripley is hellbent to discover what happened to her missing mother, Ellen Ripley. She accepts an assignment with a Weyland-Yutani team being sent to retrieve the Nostromo flight recorder from space station Sevastopol, which they find out of control due to a Xenomorph that was brought there with the recorder. A conspiracy unfolds, revealing ever greater threats - including an entire Xenomorph hive. Over the course of the novel, Amanda’s history is revealed beginning with her childhood. Her father Alex’s battle with alcoholism caused her mother, Ellen Ripley, to sue for divorce. Ellen was forced to take off-world assignments, ultimately leading to her assignment aboard the Nostromo. Left behind, Amanda became determined to find out what happened to her mother, learning more and more about Ellen and the events that led up to her disappearance. Along the way, Amanda develops a fast friendship with Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks (from the Alien: Defiance Dark Horse series). 

©2019 Keith R. A. DeCandido (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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great story but...

I really wished this was done as a full production as the last several alien stories. I adore everything to do with the movies and books. building better worlds

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To many flashbacks

First off preface this review as someone who has played the game and seen it played half a dozen times.
That said the core story on the station even the changes made to make it fit better into a book WAS GREAT.

Seriously I enjoyed all the time that Ripley is trying to move forward and survive, but it is ruined by the constant nonstop flashbacks pulling you out of the action every time there is a climax. It builds up then *bam* boring flashback, then back to the station, tensions rising then *bam* flashback!
A few were fine they let you get into Ripley's character better especially the cryo dream. However why is the author trying to establish her character an hour from the end of the book? We get it she is a great engineer and people suck move on with it...

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A total waste of my time. I was never more bored with a book .

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 08-18-19

Not as Good as the Original Alien Trilogy

I am a fan of the Alien series, especially the books, audiobooks and audio dramas. I am not a gamer and am not familiar with the Isolation story. I'm coming to this particular story as a newbie.

Amanda shares many traits with her mother and I enjoy the the fact that she is an engineer in all but name. Parts of the backstory were interesting, but became tedious after a while. Part of this were implausible as well. Lots of moving through vents of the crazy infected station. Little food or rest and constantly having to keep going. This just didn't hold my interest the way Alien books normally do. The encrypted transmission communications between didn't really pick up until nearly the end of the book. There were so many different things happening, it got difficult to follow. The machinations of the company are some of my favorite parts of the Alien books. Little of that is here. I also don't feel the immersion in a future world like I normally do. The Alien Covenant prequel book was a great book that really gave a sense of how the company operates. The book didn't so much as end, but stop, leaving the possibility of another book. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. The narrator was ok, I would've preferred the excellent Tom Taylorson who did both Covenant books. This book was just meh for me.

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It has its moments, but ends poorly, disappointing

I’m a huge Alien fan, and while it starts off well, it ends poorly. Alien Isolation is more alien covenant than Alien. Plot holes are everywhere, and the flashbacks to the crappy childhood of Amanda Ripley become a nuisance and completely unnecessary, talk about beating a dead horse, we get it, the kid had a lousy childhood and misses mommy. Again there are a few moments early, then it loses coherence. Narrator is above average. I have one big issue, it’s an Zenomorph, or an Alien don’t keep referring to it as a monster, or a big cockroach that needs to be squished! My suggestion is to play the game, it’s terrifyingly great.

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ug!

hate intriguing, captivating, dramatic, cliff hanging, what the crap gonna happen next books! Why! why!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-19

Top notch

Sarah Mollo -christensen was exceptional reading the story of the excellent game inspired Alien isolation. With added back story the book matches the intensity of the movies. And is as well written as Alan Dean Foster's novelisations

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  • Alexander Sutherland
  • 08-20-19

Pretty disappointing

The main character is one big cliché. The "vulnerable, far too clever but plucky heroine" who despite the odds braves the aliens while having flashbacks about abandonment "Mommy... noooo..." got tedious really quickly. This is just lazy writing.
The narration on the other hand was ok - Sarah did a pretty good job given the terrible material she had to work with.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-19

Awesome book and cliff hanger ending

A great story gripping throughout please make a second part. This is really awesome. Great characters and similar agendas as the movie

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  • Mr M W Fluke
  • 08-20-19

Loved it!

I am a huge fan of the computer game Alien Isolation so I may be a little biased. However, if you didn’t know this book was extremely close to the story line in a computer game I bet you would not tell. Also if you’re a fan of the Alien universe it is a must!

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  • craig prest
  • 08-19-19

Amazing back story

Amazing back story for any alien fan. read very well and at good pace. looking for more

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  • Wibble
  • 08-13-19

Inexplicable encoding choices at Audible.

This book is encoded 128kbps for a single-voice mono production with no music or sound effects resulting in a file that nearly HALF A GIGABYTE. And yet... Alien: River of Pain and Alien: Out of the Shadows, both full-cast stereo with both music and sound effects languish at 64kbps and sound dreadful.

I have tried complaining to Audible about this to be met with complete indifference or worse still, insistence that 64kbps is adequate for that type of content.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-19-19

Love Alien, but this story is mediocre.

No atmosphere or suspence. Performance is monotone throughout. Should've gotten Laural Lefkow to read it. She does an amazing Ellen Ripley impersonation.

There's too many flashbacks that add nothing to the story. All they do is pad out an empty story with flat characters and kill any possible momentum.