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Ellen Ripley awakens onboard the space station Auriga. Her last memory is of her own fiery death. And yet she is somehow alive.

Ripley discovers that her "resurrection" is a result of an incredible experiment that has altered both her and the creature she has been carrying. To combat the incalculable alien menace, she teams up with a renegade band of space smugglers.

©2015 A. C. Crispin (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Probably the best of the first four novelizations.

A while back I decided to punish myself for some reason by reading through the novelizations of the first four Alien movies for reasons I won't go into here. I generally dislike novelizations -- at least I dislike them unless they add something to the experience of the movie. Too often they simply sweep you through the movie and don't even bother to stop and provide good descriptions (relying on the fact that you already have the visuals in your head). What I'm really looking for, of course, is more detail about the world and some of the internal dialogue of the characters. Alien 4: Alien Resurrection really came through on that score. Here's the good and the bad.

The good. You get some internal dialogue from the characters and from the aliens themselves! You also get a look into the world of an artificial human, two actually - an android and a semi-human clone. I especially enjoyed the sub-plot surrounding the artificial human (android). The reading by Hope is generally good and Crispin's writing is fine too. There are a couple of things going for the movie that really translated well into the novelization - the spooky atmosphere and the huge variety of interesting characters.

The bad. Well, there's not much negative worth saying. The book does indeed suffer some of the typical problems of a novelization - lazy description, for instance - but not as much as was the case with Foster's novelizations (Alien and Aliens). You also don't get a lot of extra plot detail that wasn't apparent in the movie, but you get a little.

Overall, I'd say it was a satisfying read.

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Fan freaking tastic story

I really like that I have not seen this movies in such a long time. The books made the stories come back to life for me. Not only that but also brought to focus many things that I may not have noticed while just watching the movie. Yet again, the book out does the movie, and this is a novelization!

For book four, Ripley is dealing with something completely different. They have cloned her (how they got her out of lava from book three is not really talked about, but somehow they were able to) and they also cloned her alien baby. OF COURSE THEY DID! I mean why not clone this horrific alien that eats people, bleeds and spits acid, and can survive the apocalypse like huge, carnivorous cockroaches? Makes sense to me! Well, they do and it's Ripley that is left with the implications of having to choose between races.

I loved being able to hear the alien's thoughts. The narration and audio did a fantastic job of bringing this hive like creature to life. I talk about cockroaches but in reality, it's like they are bees. Carnivorous bees that want to do a lot more than just pollinate flowers! It was amazing getting a feel for who they were and how they thought. I did not know until the very end which way Ripley would choose. The narration just made it all the more intriguing to listen to.

I would definitely recommend listening to this. The narration by William Hope is incredible. And, although I would have loved to hear it with a full cast, the story and the narrator really leads this into a great direction. Fans will love this even more than the already fantastic movies. The voices were easily discernible, even when they are in terror, or like when another android goes on the fritz. I loved listening to that portion, although it did freak me out a little!

In short: Fan freaking tastic story. Even better than the movies.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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Ripley is More Alien Than The Xenomorphs

This is the most unique installment of the series. I always thought that the most alien thing in the movie was Sigourney Weaver’s resurrected Ripley character. This A.C. Crispin novelization is faithful to the director’s cut of the movie and gives much more detail than any of the other novelizations.

William Hope must have had fun performing this book because his performance is wonderfully engaging and dramatic.

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 05-09-18

Getting better.

In my opinion this is the best novelization out of Alien, Aliens, and Aliens 3. I felt more in tuned with the characters. I especially like Ripley’s point of view in the story, it gave a bit more depth to what was happening. Don’t get me wrong it still is a novelization and so you can only expect so much. I suspect the only people buying these books are avid fans of the series anyway, otherwise I wouldn’t recommend them. Narrator was okay, but I didn’t like his voice he used for Johnner, it sounded like Hudson from Aliens a bit too whiney.

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I just love this movie and the book was great

This is my most favorite movie of the alien series and the book on tap and is really good. I am missing any place or a jewel boys it would be really great to have it in there but otherwise five stars forever I think definitely recommend

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Ripley gets better and better.

Didn't think it could get better. but it did! I enjoyed this book very much.

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Decent, not exceptional.

Great narrator and performance. Script parallels the movie, but drones on in too much detail towards the end.

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  • Steven
  • Hillside, NJ, United States
  • 07-25-16

How the French Say....It Sucks..

So. I love the Alien series. I grew up watching these movies. (see my Alien 3 review) The unique, bizarre, grotesque and horrid look and feel of the the first and 2nd movies really stuck with me when I was younger. When I think sci fi horror, the alien theme and "look" of the movies is what really comes to mind. As much as I love other settings like Star Wars and Star Trek, their pretty, glamous, new and shiny worlds just lack the gritty, realism that the alien franchise has captures and run with.
Anywho I've vouched for myself enough. So let me just state off the bat, this book is a piece of garbage. I'll compare this directly with the Alien 3 novel. Alien 3 was a horrible movie. But the novelization of it, was so well written, that you wouldn't have known it. THIS waste of paper, is not the same ilk. It, in all seriousness feels as though it was written by a teenage boy, for his teenage friends. As though they watched the movie, remembered parts that stuck out, elaborated on those scenes and everything else is swept by with such random disregard. You can really tell this is a novelization of a motion picture. And perhaps this is the fault with some movies, or scenes. They just don't lend themselves well to writing. Or let me correct that... some movies or scenes take actual skill to turn them into cohesive writing that doesn't sound like it's directly pulled from a movie scene. Skill that Mr. Crispin, does not possess. The writing (not the story necessarily) is told in a very flat, "This happens, that happens" method. No elaboration, no metaphoric use of the English language, nothing in excess. Emotion doesn't even come through very well. Plus I really detest the character that Ripley has become. Her new "all knowing" god like attitude is just cheesy and cliche. What made Ripley so amazing, in the first two movies, is that was was a normal woman. Put in extraordinarily scary and bad scenarios which she used her creativity, and instinct to overcome. The last two movies, made her into this omnipotent matyr where she no longer relied on herself for survival, but was seemingly given super powers that gets her out of her messes.

What this does is reduce the credit that she's given as a person, and just overall makes me not care about her anymore. The author doesn't nothing humanize her, and just makes her into a walking robot. Seriously, Call the actual robot ((Oh i'm sorry, "Artificial person) has more emotion that Ripley.

I wasn't a fan of this movie by any stretch. But the book offers absolutely zero redeeming factors that the novelization of Alien 3 provided. It made a crap movie, into an absolute crap book. At least with the movie, I got to see Wionna Ryder... :\

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Without question the best of the series

I read all four books in a row or rather I listen to them without question this one is the best one the best writing the best story and the best of the series

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Amazingly better than the movie!

I was very hesitant to buy this book after the movie left a very poor impression, though was pleasantly surprised. A major component that was missing in the movie that is present here is the thoughts of Ripley and the Aliens (portrayed through her cloned genetic link to them). It makes scenes that came off as nonsensical and just weird or out of character in the movie make a lot more sense in the book and offer a unique experience for the Aliens franchise where you get to see inside the minds of the alien warriors and Queen and have a glimpse at their social structure.

The audio book itself is helped by very talented narration. The narrator varries his voice for the different characters and never once had me cringing or bored which can easily happen when the best of books gets a bad or uninterested narrator.

If you like the Aliens franchise I strongly recommend giving this book a look and redeem your opinion of Alien Resurrection. The writer and narrator managed to make the weakest Aliens movie into an amazing entry into the series.

Lastly if you enjoy this book or the series I strongly suggest checking out Aliens: Out of the Shadows, the audible drama, which basically plays out like a movie without video and is a very engaging/unique Aliens audio book experience with a fully voiced cast.

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  • Mr Robert Browne
  • 02-15-17

So much better than the movie

Excellent story. Well delivered and much more depth than the weak movie. A great addition to the aliens audiobooks.

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  • LORD BANE
  • 02-21-16

Alien Resurrection by A. C. Crispin.....

This was Brilliant !!! I am a HUGE fan of the "Alien" franchise, and of course having watched the movies, I knew the story........BUT as with the other Alien Audiobooks I've listened to recently I found it Very easy to get lost in my OWN imagination and bring to life the story in my own visualisations !!! (*It does help to have a vivid & lively imagination, which at 41 I'm still blessed (or cursed) with !!)
I'm not one for spoilers, so WON'T go into any details, just give my honest opinion.....If you're a fan of the "Alien" saga then the whole Aliens Audiobook series is a MUST !!!! The narration by William Hope (*who played LT Gorman in "Aliens") is Great !! and adds some genuine connection. All said and done this is a BRILLIANT Sci-Fi story, whether read as part of the Alien series OR as a stand-alone book !!!

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  • ADW
  • 01-12-17

Fair

I enjoyed Alien 3 more because the novelization differed from the movie in many ways and filled in a few plot holes. Alien Resurrection does have its moments nevertheless and it is ably narrated by William Hope.

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  • Sean
  • 04-16-17

loved it!

this audio book was very much like the film, however it gives you more depth in the character emotional process which just makes it such a good listen and i would really recommend it

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  • alan
  • 07-12-16

great adaptation, well read..a pleasurable listen.

loved it, it's been so long since I watched the movie, enjoyed the ab more than the film

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  • Ana Silva
  • 07-12-18

Not the best one<br />...

...but not the best movie. Still a good adaptation with some enjoyable back fill. worth a listen, especially if you've listened to the preceding books.

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  • Mrs.
  • 07-09-18

Surprised ..... I really enjoyed it

Filled in a lot of gaps which enhanced the story.
I will watch the film again with my new knowledge.

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  • Gregory
  • 06-08-18

Alll alien books completed!

All the main ones at least.
loved all 4 books, listening at night when driving.
Great story from beginning to end.

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  • Arran Feltham
  • 02-01-18

brilliant

loved it like living through it all . like like like like like like like like

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-24-18

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loved this, great story telling and truly compelling plot described in detail perfectly. A *