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Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston.

The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures, eliciting the help of Alan Decker, who is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation lurking deep beneath the planet's toxic desert, dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.

Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe - a living Xenomorph. Decker doesn't understand why the company needs him until his genetic heritage comes back to haunt him. Centuries ago one of his ancestors fought the Aliens, launching a bloody vendetta that was never satisfied. That was when the creatures swore revenge on his forbear, 'the Destroyer', Ellen Ripley...and all her descendants.

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multiaward-winning Dirk Maggs, best known for his adaptations of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for the BBC - is the sequel to Audible Originals' Alien: Out of the Shadows (nominated for Best Audio Drama at the 2017 Audies) and Alien: River of Pain.

Full cast: Tom Alexander, Mark Arnold, Sagar Arya, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Laurence Bouvard, Philip Bullcock, John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Cedric Cirotteau, Simon Darwen, Andrea Deck, Oris Erhuero, Tony Gardner, Walles Hamonde, Andrew James Spooner, Lorelei King, Tayla Kovacevic Ebong, Laurel Lefkow, Sandra-Mae Luyck, Theo Maggs, Alan Marriott, Gary Martin, Pauline Mclynn, Eric Meyers, Naoko Mori, Sarah Pitard, Kerry Shale, Thomas Stroppell, Emma Swan, Martin T Sherman, Steve Toussaint and Ryan Wichert.

©2018 20th Century Fox (P)2018 Audible, Ltd.

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another great performance

another great performance, wish there were more new performances. I am excited to see what's next.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The legacy continues

Another chapter in which Weyland-Yutani is desperately trying to acquire a live specimen of the Xenomorph 121. However, the company’s efforts on this journey bear fruits. They finally get their hands on a Xeno which happens to be a Queen embryo. The loss of life is catastrophic, one may say even borderline evil. Wetland-Yutani see human life as expandable and only value the acquirement of a live specimen at all costs; the never ending legacy of Special Order 937 which the Android Ash fought for so long to accomplish and the severe expense of LT. Ridley behest. A must have for any fan of the franchise.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Way to leave me hangin’!

I have been waiting for a few weeks for the release date, purchased it first thing this morning, finished it 😬, and left with a cliffhanger. Gaaah! The storyline wasn’t as strong as the other two, but I’m looking forward to purchasing the next installment. I love these full cast audio productions! Cheers

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Great performances but story is weakest of the 3

I've really loved all the Alien audible dramas. Unfortunately, I couldnt really like this one except for the performances. The length is short, the story feels very generic (almost like the author just wanted to turn a generic horror novel into an alien book), and I couldnt really connect with any of the characters. The performances, like the other Alien audible dramas, were top notch but I couldn't help but feel I like the performance far more than the story and narrative. I hope they make more of these but I hope they choose the narrative material with more care for originality

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Not bad but the rest of the trilogy is better

Good story. Intense climax. Great production. 2 complaints: it's very far removed from the movies and doesn't add much we haven't seen in other entries. River of Pain is the best,

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Meh

Stockard Channing is excellent, as is the actor who plays Decker, but the story barely advances the Alien universe and lacks originality. Much of the book is spent listening to forgettable characters die. For a fresher and more interesting take, read Tim Lennon’s Alien vs. Predator trilogy.

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Great production. Too familiar story.

Enjoyed another Alien story. Excellent voice word and sound. I'm tired of the learning the same facts about Xenomorphs. Facehuggers impregnating victims can only be an amazing revelation so many times.

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Worst of the 3

The story was weak, far weaker than the other two. Characters were nondescript and for the most part interchangeable. The premise was stupid (a 300 yr ancestral grudge?) and adding a “psychic” to the mix makes even less sense than the 4th Alien movie. Absolutely regret wasting a credit on this. The first book was awesome... 2nd book ok... this one just a horrible waste.

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What an incredible production!

I have listened to all of Audible's Alien productions, and this one is definitely up there with the original. Fantastic production values, an incredible cast, and a great follow up to Out of the Shadows. I wound love to listen to a sequel to this.

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Just Ok

I guess if they plan on continuing with this story line, it will be alright.

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  • Simon
  • 04-26-18

Drowning in Aliens!

Yes Audible have done it again. Another great Alien production with a top notch cast playing everything from tough grunts to scheming corporate execs. There's very little new here as once again a group of humans rapidly lose their wits when facing the Alien peril. Once again they discover gradually what the aliens are and how they work and suffer for being slow on the uptake.

However, this is definitely another one for the darkened room and headphones approach. There's great sound, lots of action and some delicious alien creepiness. I've said the story doesn't have much new to say though there is some additional insight into the alien minds and some of the supporting characters are somewhat stereotyped. So I wouldn't say it's perfect but the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts!

It's fast, exciting and perfect for people who just want more of that super-charged alien creepiness!

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • David Cardiff
  • 04-26-18

A Welcome Return...

Overall I found this to be a welcome return of one of my favourite audio book series. As always the series maintains a high level of audio production and this one I would say is amongst the best.

The book felt well paced and was really more of the same type of glorious Aliens story that fans will revel in.

My only issue was that the story didn't feel completely finished, while well paced I would have enjoyed a longer book to tie the ending up a little better. With that said however I honestly can't wait for the next book in this series.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Luke Vaughan
  • 04-26-18

Love it

Love it. Been a fan of the series since the first one that came out.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-26-18

Amazing a must for any alien fan happy aliens day

fantastic follow-on from book one also leave the door open for another one super stuff can't wait

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-18

Incoherent nonsense

If you have any respect for the Alien franchise, it's universe, it's lore and the expertly crafted story of the first two films, you'll get nothing but rage from this book.
Having no appreciation for what made Giger's xenomorphs effectively scary and interesting, Moore and Maggs did what every hack does when given creative control over a piece of official Alien fiction: They tried to humanise the xenomorphs. This is done through the introduction of a descendant of Ripley, named Decker who is an "empath" capable of detecting emotions (Don't know if it's ever explained how he became an empath, I became too frustrated to keep listening about half way through.) Through Decker, we hear some of the xenomorph's internal monologue. If that sounds like a horrible idea to you then, congratulations; You have a better understanding of the Alien universe than the writers of this official work of Alien fiction do.
A huge part of what made Giger's xenomorphs scary was how completely, unmitigatedly ALIEN they are. Giving them dialogue we can understand could only possibly detract from that, even if it wasn't the most generic, hackneyed villain monologue you could imagine (Which, incidentally, it is.)
[SPOILER AHEAD FOR THIS BOOK AND ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS]
The cherry on top of this five-flavor sunday of incompetence is that, in gallant defiance of common sense, the writers are still labouring under the delusion that anyone liked Out of the Shadows, and consequently, are STILL trying to reconcile the cringe-inducing retcon that OotS is built on with the rest of the Alien universe. The exact moment I stopped listening and deleted this book was when it was revealed that a medical pod some of the characters were examining had been used to treat Ripley between the first and second movies.
Now, if you're thinking to yourself "But that doesn't make any sense, she was in cryo-sleep between movies", then congratulations once again: You have more respect for the masterpieces of Ridley Scott and James Cameron than the hacks who wrote this and Out of the Shadows

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  • David M.
  • 06-03-18

Not good enough

I personally don’t think this story was very good, it seemed to jump around a lot, a disappointing listen

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  • Richard S. Gregory
  • 05-31-18

Better than any of the other sequels post-Aliens.

A great end to this audiobook trilogy with the acting being a little cheesy in places.

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  • Philip
  • 05-30-18

ok

not as good as the last two, a little disappointed to be honest as the first two were extremely good.

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  • Giorgio Guglielmino
  • 05-10-18

So exciting

Great story, fantastic casts, can't wait for a follow up. Enjoyed every minutes of it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-18

great story

great story. Well acted. thoroughly enjoyed it. can't wait for more. can't wait to see where this story line takes the franchise

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-18

Magnificent

I loved this Book so much! I could not put it down as all I wanted to know was more! It was filled with thrill, adventure and even more!

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  • MR C S HUMPHREY
  • 06-06-18

Great extension to the Alien ongoing storyline

Loved it. Even leaves us opportunity for further in series so stay listening, can't wait.

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  • Mark J Schipper
  • 05-25-18

Simply Amazing.

I am almost finished listening to this audiobook and i am simply amazed by the quality of the performances and ambience. I've listened to dozens of audible books and this is by far the best one yet. I am a huge Alien(s) fan and it transported me back to the movies but in a way i've never experienced to this level. I can really explain it, but do yourself a favour and get this book.

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  • Sean Daly
  • 05-09-18

Not as good as the others

Story is actually pretty weak when compared to Out of the Shadows and River Of Pain. Still ..production and sounds are great, music and all the cast are good. It’s as much as part of the series but just..the weakest link. Not an essential listen like the others but..glad I heard it.

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  • Caroline Parker
  • 05-08-18

There is nowhere to scream in space!

If you loved Ripley you will love this new instalment of the Alien series!
Gripping to the last scene and I couldn't stop listening.....
All the cast were brilliant and I envisioned every moment...nail biting stuff!

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  • Kevin McGuiness
  • 05-06-18

The horrors continue and people still don't learn

The performance was great but the story line for it being a few hundred years in the future, it was pretty much the same as always. A corrupt corporation with an Android/synthetic person deep in the plot and stupid greedy people hired in key positions and after all this time and with all the information about the Aliens they still know nothing about how they reproduce and how to catch them and yet they still send under prepared people in the retrieval positions with absolutely no hope of success (sound familiar). Yup! no change just different names with the same habits and results. But like I said the performance was terrific, like being at the movies but with no screen. I did enjoy it.