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As a child Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man.

When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating - and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors....

Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.

©2016 Tim Lebbon (P)2016 Audible Studios

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A Serviceable Aliens Story

I wasn't thrilled with "Alien: Out of the Shadows: Book 1" overall, but there's a lot that I liked about it.

The narrator is great. His voice seemed perfectly suited for the subject matter, and he performed a number of recognizable, credible male and female Voices. Jeff Harding's contribution is the highlight of the production.

Also, it's well-written. It's a testament to Lebbon's skill as an author that he's able to make the actual writing almost an afterthought--the writing is unobtrusive and serves the story perfectly.

However, I didn't find the story all that exciting. Lebbon knows how to write action, but there's quite a bit of downtime that never is as suspenseful as it could or should be.

Lastly, although I suspect it might have been a decision outside of the author's hands, I think the addition of movie characters Ripley and Ash into this story was particularly unfortunate, as I never believed that these canonical characters would be in any way changed by the time the story was through. But hey--no spoilers--maybe it turned out that I was wrong,.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A very good listen.

I don't usually write reviews, I normally just rate them, but this book was so unexpectedly different from what I thought it would be, I had to write.
I expected the book to be the same story from all the other books or movies, with different words and character names, but I was very surprised. The book was very good, I didn't want to pause it when I had to, and I stayed up until 6am just to finish it. If you like the Alien stuff, or Sci-fi stuff, I definitely recommend giving this book a go, my personal opinion was, it was very good, and very much worth the credit. Oh, and I hope you enjoy Alien: Out of the Shadows as much as I did.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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if you like the franchise get this

my only complaint was too many ripley dreams, only needed 4 at most. but overall the story wad amazing, characters interesting, overall a great book, and a must have for any fan of the series.

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This book should have been adapted as the sequel.

After having binged this book I believe it would have made a far superior sequel to Alien. The story is far more involving and has a greater level of fear and tension. I can’t recommend this book enough if your a fan of the Alien anthology.

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Great story. Wonky timeline

This was a great alien novel. Full of suspense and blood pumping thrills. (Not a spoiler) The only issue I have with the book is the timeline. Set between the first and second movies...with Ripley as a main character. Feels more like a retcon than a serial story in the series.

Still very good.

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Amazing

Absolutely awesome experience. Starting chapters are a little too fast on content (need more time to like the characters), but otherwise really good.

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excellent narration. big fan of the Alien series

loved it. great story. great app.great narration. looking to get the other series as soon as I'm done with this book.

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Good story

I've listened to the audio drama version and this audiobook. There is differences in the story. But I'm glad I've heard this. It's a great drama and I think that bringing in Ripley was unnecessary but I liked out how it fitted in the alien movies timeline.
Recommend it to listen to this and the drama version as well

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great story set in Alien Universe

You might think that at some point movies from the 'Alien' franchise somehow lost it, and thus I was very sceptical when I was buying this title. Luckily, book writers seem to do better jobs these days than screenwriters, and this is a worthwhile addition for any 'Alien' fan. The narrator is good, his voice is well matched with the whole thing. What makes it even better is that there are 2 more books that follow this one. I really liked it.

#Alien #Xenomorph #EllenRipley #Dystopian #Military #ScienceFiction #Horror #SpaceTravel #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Too little of a good thing

Let's get this part out of the way, the narration is great, I love the voices Jeff Harding pulls off and how they distinguish each character pretty well. Snetton and Ripley sound a little similar when they're stressed, but otherwise a pretty good performance.

I just wish the source material was less repetitive.

I don't mind the bickering or the arguments that tend to repeat themselves. That works for the setting and plot. The characters are trapped and panicking. It makes sense.

By about the fifth dream sequence I was ready to stop listening altogether.

The book itself has a slow start, but again, that sort of works in it's favor and is similar to how most of the films are paced. The difference here is that EVERY CHAPTER Ripley has some variation of the same dream, regardless if she's awake, passed out, wounded or medicated. Each chapter during the main action of this book is preceded by them and they don't affect her at all in the actual story until near the end. And then we get the same dream with a happy ending, which really wasn't necessary at all given how many times I'd heard it the other way. I could just assume that she had a better version. Actually it makes more sense for her not to have it all, given the way they make this canon to the films, which I won't spoil here.

Unfortunately one of my favorite parts is also a spoiler I can't go into detail about, other than saying some of the bad luck Ripley seems to have going forward makes a bit more sense now.

LeChance is my favorite character and the French accent is done wonderfully without becoming too ridiculous, except when it's supposed to.

An okay listen, but feel free to skip the first minute of every chapter in the 2nd half of the book.

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  • Lewis MacDonald
  • 07-19-16

Guys voice

Really enjoyed the story but the narrator has a terrible.upward inflection which after time.is a pain.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • SRH
  • 09-13-17

Brilliant

Fantastic story and well read. I would strongly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of the Alien franchise.

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  • 07-31-17

Excellent

Really enjoy it just like watching the films would recommend this to everyone and listen to again

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  • Brian
  • 01-09-17

Predictable

I found the book predictable with no real plot twist or anything new to bring to the alien universe. I did finish the book however this was just to make sure I had guessed correctly regarding the plot.

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  • Barbara
  • 04-13-17

worst alien story yet...

clearly never watch any of the films other wise you'd know THAT is not an alien book... jokes are try hard and American story is piss poor.

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  • robert brooks
  • 07-18-16

better than the dramatisation

good story well performed by the reader
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  • J. McHugh
  • 01-24-18

Decent. But has issues.

The story is good, however I feel certain character parts were not necessarily needed.
I will not go into to detail for the benefit of spoilers.
Having said that I did enjoy the book hence the four stars.

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  • Badger
  • 11-15-16

Lebbon and Harding fantastic

Lebbon has fanboy respect and Harding rocks. intense scary fun. listen to with lights out