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  • Alien: Covenant Origins

  • The Official Prequel to the Blockbuster Film
  • Written by: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani. A ship bound for Origae-6, carrying 2,000 colonists beyond the limits of known space, this is a make-or-break investment for the corporation - and for the future of all mankind.

Yet there are those who would die to stop the mission. As the colony ship hovers in Earth orbit, several violent events reveal a deadly conspiracy to sabotage the launch. While Captain Jacob Branson and his wife, Daniels, complete their preparations, security chief Daniel Lope recruits the final key member of his team. Together they seek to stop the perpetrators before the ship and its passengers can be destroyed.

An original novel by the acclaimed Alan Dean Foster, author of the groundbreaking Alien novelization, Alien: Covenant Origins is the official chronicle of the events that led up to Alien: Covenant. It also reveals the world the colonists left behind.

©2017 Alan Dean Foster (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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No Alien

I enjoyed the story and it breathes new life into the characters in Alien Covenant.

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No complaints.

Of course there is no Alien, but the backstory is great. I very much enjoyed Alien Covenant. So this prequel was a great addition to the film. The Narrator was simply amazing. He does a great job portraying characters, and does a fine job of doing different accents.

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No aliens

Good if you are a real alien fan. My 2nd alien novel and I was waiting for the carnage that didn’t come

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Overall ok.

Well read, story ok. Prequel where not much happens. Not an essential read before Covenant, but introduces main characters.

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Kept my interest all the way

Really like this and if it's indicative of the series, I'll have a great time listening. The characters are easy to imagine and not overly detailed to constrict the images. The action is a good pace too, enough to make my long drives as a long distance truck driver fly by.

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NOT an Alien story

This is a detective story pure an simple. I know it’s an origins theme, but I would have expected something in line with the theme.

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Pretty good

It's a good book. It was interesting to get some insight into Weyland-Yutani, and have Yutani featured as a character, I just didn't get into the book as much as the other audiobook tie-ins to the Alien franchise.

This was the first Alien story I've read without an Alien in it, so it had a hard task in overcoming that, and ultimately never did in my opinion.

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Decent part of the universe

the story does well to flesh out the covenant characters and paint a picture of society in the Prometheus/ covenant universe.
the narrator dropped the ball on pronunciation of "Origae 6".
Would it have killed the guy to watch the alien covenant film before recording this?

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An interesting idea?

an aliens novel with no aliens. it is more like a cyberpunk novel then an out and out aliens book. if you like the idea of a romp in the aliens world, it is very cool and has some interesting background to what earth looks like in that universe. this book adds a lot of interesting depth to characters the movie never developed or did anything with.

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  • Tobie
  • 2018-06-28

Great narrator, lackluster writing

The story is merely backstory of how Weyland-Yutani came about getting the Covenant mission to take place. There's violent employees, there's a lot of dialogue for the sake of dialogue, and there's minimal character development of the crew of the Covenant. Save yourself 8 hours and don't listen to this; you'll thank me later.

What kept me engaged in this book was the narrator and his artistic ability to have distinct accents and tonality per character (male and female). I'd listen to other books he's narrated simply because it's a talent for sure.

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  • Admiralu
  • 2018-02-13

Corporate Espionage, No Monsters

I've been a fan of the Alien films for a long time. I didn't have the opportunity to see Alien Covenant in theaters, but have the film on Blu Ray, though I haven't seen it yet. I decided to wait until the prequel Book was published and read it and the film novelization before watching the movie. It is unusual that the prequel book, which should've been published first, was actually last.
There are no monsters in this book, as it is a tale of corporate espionage regarding the mission of the colony ship Covenant. The intrigue is well written and interesting, though not all questions are answered. Weyland -Yutani is not quite the corporate powerhouse in this book, though they are a conglomerate. The head Hideo Yutani is interesting. The organization that opposes him, the Earth Savers has a "prophet" who seemingly knows what monsters like in the dark. His nightmares have given the Earth Savers fuel for their fire. This plot point is similar to one in an earlier book, Alien Sea of Shadows. Please note: Spoilers.
Duncan Fields, the prophet, seems to have an empathetic link to the Alien warriors, similar to Ripley's descendant in Sea of Shadows. He had the ability to see through the Alien warriors eyes. Duncan Fields seems to have this ability as well, though the background is not explained fully. Still a great read. I read this book using Immersion Reading. Narrator Tom Taylorson, is excellent, with a beautiful, clear voice and is gifted with accents. It was definitely a highlight to hear this book as well as read it. Worth your time.

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  • Freddy
  • 2017-10-08

Pointless

I am a big fan of the Alien Universe especially the last two movies. I am intrigued by the story and ideology way more than the horror part of it. This book is pointless. Yes I understand the title of the book but, it is so generic. It's like if I wrote down a 200 page book of my experience and preparations for a vacation involving planes and airport traveling. There is very little substance of anything pertaining to the Alien Universe. As Trump likes to tweet.... SAD, so SAD.

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  • Standard Computer
  • 2019-07-22

nothing happens

this is an entire story about a ship taking off despite people not wanting it to take off. it starts that way in ends that way with absolutely no story arc. just a collection of about a dozen attempts to prevent the ship from taking off.

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  • bringdapain
  • 2017-11-24

Good preview into earth

Well the preview into earths conditions was nice. There was some slow parts but overall some nice info about the universe. Would have been hard to keep interest as there was not much action. Good thing this story was created after already being a fan. If it was first story in order...I don’t know if it would create fans.

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  • Kate
  • 2017-10-03

Hard sci-fi political intrigue in Alien Universe

If you haven't already - listen to this BEFORE the Alien: Covenant novelization!

Great reader, great writer - I love the Alien universe and and really happy to have an expansion of life on earth at the time of the Covenant launch with well voiced, interesting characters.

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  • JayThel
  • 2018-11-20

Bland and Uneventful

This story adds more depth to the political/business aspect of events on earth, however it does not seem to be interested in telling any actual story. This is filler of the mythos just for filler purposes; something to be told and put into the Wikia page. I'm disappointed in this purchase. There are much more interesting stories available on Audible concerning the Alien franchise and I'd recommend seeking out those.

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  • Jason Barber
  • 2017-10-30

good

nice edition to the timeline. no aliens are involved but i expected as much. still great though.

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  • Labor Lawyer
  • 2017-10-25

Disappointing-only makes you dislike movie more.

The movie for which the prequel is intended is too dark and unsatisfying. This prequel answers few, if any questions, and only makes you fond of characters with excellent back stories, only to cavalierly and swiftly kill them off in movie. Aliens' movies are supposed to be dark, but dark for a reason - not just maliciously and sadistically so.

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  • Jack A. Johnson Jr.
  • 2019-01-31

Bored stiff

I gave up on this book about halfway through. skipped to the end. I'm wondering why this book was even written. added nothing to the series

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