Alien: River of Pain

Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, she learns that the planet LV-426 - now called Acheron - has been colonised. But LV-426 is where Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo found the original Xenomorph - the killing machine known as the Alien.

Protected by the Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet. Two such residents are Anne and Russell Jorden, seeking a fortune that eluded them on Earth. On Acheron, Anne gives birth to the colony's first newborn - Rebecca Jordan, also known as Newt.

The wildcatters discover a vast, decaying spaceship. The horseshoe-shaped vessel is of particular interest to Weyland-Yutani and may be the answer to their dreams. But what Anne and Russ find onboard proves to be the stuff not of dreams but of nightmares.

©2014 Christopher Golden (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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awesome!

This book filled in a lot of the gaps of what happened before the events of aliens and it was great!

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Great Book

I loved everything about this book and it open a new story line to bad there isn't a sequel

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They should make this one into a movie!

Of the aliens books I've listened to so far, this one is the best!

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Great story!

Loved it! If you love the Alien saga then you will love this. Basically it is what happens between Alien and Aliens. It is what happens to the colony on LV-426 before Ripley, Hicks, Hudson, and the rest of the Colonial Marines show up. Absolutely worth the price.

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awful narration

I liked the overall story. I cringed at the narration. The female voices was thre worse! The narrator should never try to narrate a female voice. It awful. I didn't care for way he narrated a number of the other characters either. Specifically the ones he was trying to give a country or "hick" accent. Came off as a bit insulting and distracting even to listen to. As if you have to be from the south to fit a space terraformer, like a space farmer... give a break.
Apart from the awful voice and character narration, it took over an hour to get somewhat use to the awful voices, again, the overall story was good.

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great story!!

I'm a huge Aliens fan and I love this story.
the characters are great and the narrator did a good job.
I highly recommend this book if you're an aliens fan.

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I Love Aliens!!

Good story and great reading. I enjoy the different voices. It makes the book come alive. I am looking forward to the next book.

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Enjoyable, but transitory

This story doesn’t really have a beginning or end of its own, so it can be a bit unsatisfying in some ways. But it was interesting and I enjoyed it nonetheless. Just keep in mind that you’ll probably want the other books as well. Out of the Shadows is well worth it.

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nice read <br />

nice pick up from alien good character development and deployment sticking well with original movie

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great prequel to aliens

great storyline nice to finally get a really good description of the derelict spacecraft in the events on lv-426

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  • Amazgem
  • 06-11-19

The untold story of Hadley's Hope

I really enjoy these looks into other parts of the Alien Universe. I couldn't help but feel sad listening to the colonists, knowing their fate. Great story. I'll never watch the Aliens movie the same again.

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  • steven dance
  • 10-28-17

Great story and excellently read

Really enjoyed it, I've already read the book and enjoyed the story, but I think that being able to listen to it being read to you gives your imagination more freedom to see the story .
The book is very well read.
I enjoyed this version even more than the audible original live action radio play version.

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  • James
  • 03-21-20

enjoyable

loved the link between Alien and Aliens, good story. I would recommend to any Alien universe fan.

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  • TrueBritGrit
  • 12-15-19

Great story

Great story that fills in on how the colonists succumb to the Aliens. I found the narrator a little hard going to start with but he grew on me as the story developed, otherwise a fantastic listen.

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  • Steve Dark
  • 04-04-19

Great!

it starts out slow and it builds up faster than lightning, must own for fans as you get back story!

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  • grumpylad22
  • 03-06-19

Amazing listen, Alien lovers will enjoy this

Amazing story and fills in the blanks that we see at the beginning of Aliens. Would have loved for this to be made into a film, rather than the odd deleted scenes of Hadley Hope.

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  • Jon S
  • 01-13-19

story was fanatic

hard to beat the dramatised version.
but this version is a must for hardened fans

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  • 05-27-18

classic aliens<br />

gripping tale well read. nice descriptions of events. developing characters hold engagement. easy listen not to gory.

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  • 04-09-18

Disappointed 80s child..

Not the best tale I've heard. As a fan of the Alien franchise I was hoping for a lot more to the story. Unfortunately fir me the narrator just got to me too much during the performance, especially when trying to put on female accents. Pretty much a meh story.

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  • 05-28-19

yet another Amazon rip off

So you have this mess and you have the one you can't buy . crap

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  • 02-12-19

Unreadable, unoriginal, derivative, ear grating.

Unpleasant and generic voices. Copies content from movies. From a huge Alien fan: don't bother.

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  • 12-19-18

Good Read about LV426

It's a good read. Good to finally know what happened to the colony on LV426