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Alien III

An Audible Original Drama
Written by: William Gibson
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Audible is bringing William Gibson’s uncovered Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien franchise.  

Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.   

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online. 

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience. 

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop. 

We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone....

Starring: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Cliff Chapman, Samantha Coughlan, Ben Cura, Dar Dash, Harry Ditson, Mairead Doherty, Lance Henriksen, Graham Hoadly, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Martin McDougall, Sarah Pitard, Michael Roberts, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner, Siri Steinmo, Dai Tabuchi, Keith Wickham, Rebecca Yeo.

©2019 20th Century Fox (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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it's a fun listen, but not an exceptional story

I'm glad it exists, and that I listened to it. I wish it were a better story, just wasn't a fan.

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Unexpectedly disappointed.

I was eager to grab this as I liked the previous 3 installments and am overall a big Alien franchise fan. However, the only good thing about this piece is the cast and performance. The story is all over the place and gets you confused and constantly wondering what the hell is going on... I ended up refunding this book. Quite the disappointment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This should be a movie

This would have been a much better installment in the movie series than basically everything after Aliens.
The ending could have been better but over all I really liked the story and performances.

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Lot's of potential

So here's the thing... the cast does a great job... seriously. I's great to hear Bishop and Hicks' voices again, and the actress playing Ripley does a great job conveying Sigourney Weaver's iconic character, and while there are some moments where the other cast members can sometimes sound a little hammy, for the most part they do a great job as well... however... the plot is disjointed, the characters don't sound like they should due to dialogue being out of character compared to the film Aliens, and while the audio production is top level, there are times where what is happening gets very confusing due to too many sounds all at once... You can tell this was a film script originally, but its conversion to an audio script didn't seem to go to deeply or thoughtfully... It starts with Bishop narrating the ending of Aliens, including iconic sounds and dialogue, THAT does a fantastic job, but then the narration is abandoned for the most part and that's where it becomes harder to follow. I feel it would have done better to have been novelized first and THEN turned into an audio production, perhaps it was, but it just feels unfinished, though very well polished. All in all, I was glad to listen to it. Is it a suitable replacement for Alien3? Not yet... it could be, but its not there yet... Is it a great audio production for all fans of the franchise? It's close, but just not quite there... Is it a good idea to recast the original actors to reprise their iconic roles for whatever new additions to the Alien franchise that ignore Alien3 and its sequels there might be in the future? Absolutely.

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Better than the Movie I guess

never heard a production like this. Pretty cool, story is okay, better than movie 😊

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Wow!!!! An Alien fan that has regained hope for this franchise.

I loved this alt version of Alien 3. From an early age the alien saga has been a favourite of mine until it went a downward spiral by being infected from studio heads interfering with production and when Alien 3 hit theatres we were all witness to its deterioration. This is revitalizing and breathtaking. This is the story that should have been told and I hope the best for the franchise future.

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The Alien 3 I Wish The 3rd Movie Was

*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This was a great follow up to Aliens. Some would be disappointed at Ripley not really being a part of the story but I’ll just chalk it up to Sigourney Weaver not being available for this. Besides this allowed others to shine. I like the development of both Bishop and Hicks and getting to know them more. It would be interesting to see how the character of Ripley would fit into this story if they made it into a movie since they would have to give her an actual part.
I have read some reviewers were disappointed with this version as it lacked enough descriptive narration to properly describe the hybrids however I believe this was adapted from a script or screenplay? Anyway, it played like an audio movie for me and I liked that. I feel that if there was descriptive narrative it would ruin the immersion especially since the hybrids usually appeared during tense moments - it would be out of place for someone to be describing them in those moments.

Also someone else said a lot of the same plot: man tries to exploit alien, loses containment, gets overrun and a few barely make it out. I’m not sure what these people are expecting - that is exactly the story of these aliens. This is what happens every time and men will keep trying to exploit them. Plus this story introduces us to another faction and a war and concludes with the hint that humans have found the true enemy and need to band together and stop warring against themselves.

Bottom line: I found it gripping, intense and thrilling and worthy as the better follow up to Aliens than the movie we got. Great voice acting made it that much better!

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  • Alan
  • 2019-05-31

Audio Dramatization of the Movie that never was

The original Alien III screenplay (1987) by cyberpunk author William Gibson never reached production. Early director Renny Harlin had rejected it and by the time the final Alien³ (1992) reached production with director David Fincher, the 1987 script (with its Soviet-Union-inspired United Progressive Peoples component of characters) was out-dated. David Fincher had his own ideas on top of an interim Vincent Ward screenplay. The final product ended up being a mixed bag with the studio taking the production away from Fincher to the point that he has disavowed it along with the later re-edits that were made.

For the 40th Anniversary of the original Alien (1979) movie, Audible Studios commissioned an audio dramatization of the Gibson screenplay. Dramatist and director Dirk Maggs has made a fantastic audio enactment of the screenplay and has enhanced it considerably with added scenes and characters. Producing a screenplay without the visuals requires an increased amount of narration and description that was not present on the page*. The main addition is a full 12-minutes of introductory backstory that basically recreates the entire conclusion of the Aliens (1986) film. That may sound unnecessary, until you find out [mild spoiler] that fan favourite Ripley spends most of the Alien III screenplay in a non-speaking comatose state. So that action set-piece was the only way to give Ripley a stronger cameo. Actress Laura Lefkow does a spot-on impersonation of Sigourney Weaver in this role.

No spoilers about the rest of the plot. I will say however, especially in this age of disrespecting fan favourite characters (e.g. Disney Star Wars, Season 8 Game of Thrones etc.), that the Aliens characters get a proper continuing story here (although the reduced Ripley role was surprising, did Gibson think Sigourney Weaver wasn't returning?). Original Aliens actors Michael Biehn and Lance Henrickson return as Hicks and Bishop, with the child character Newt voiced by Mairead Doherty. I did find the increased cast (22/23 voice parts) a bit hard to follow, so I ended up assembling the following Cast of Characters (in order of appearance as best as I could work out) Listing:

Returning Characters from Aliens
Bishop, an android, survivor from LV-426 (Lance Henriksen)
Ripley, 3rd Officer & survivor of Nostromo & survivor of LV-426 (Laurel Lefkow)
Carter Burke, a Weyland-Yutani executive (in brief flashback scene) (Tom Alexander)
Corporal Dwayne Hicks, a Colonial Marine, survivor from LV-426 (Michael Biehn)
Newt (nickname of Rebecca Jordan), child survivor from LV-426 (Mairead Doherty)
Mother, voice of Computer (Lorelei King)

United Progressive Peoples (UPP) Commandos who board Sulaco when it drifts into the UPP Sector
Kurtz, UPP Commando Captain (David Seddon)
Desolas, UPP Commando (called Juanito by the Captain) (Cliff Chapman)
Chang, UPP Commando (Rebecca Yeo)

Crew at Anchorpoint Station, a Weyland-Yutani facility
Jackson, Operations Chief at Anchorpoint (Siri Steinmo)
Tully, Charles A., biolab tech, a crew member on Anchorpoint (Dar Dash)
Spence, crew member on Anchorpoint (Samantha Coughlan)
Rosetti, senior scientist, crew member on Anchorpoint (Martin McDougall)

Weyland-Yutani Weapons Division visitors to Anchorpoint Station from Gateway Station
Kevin Fox, a Weyland-Yutani Corp Weapons Division officer (Keith Wickham)
Susan Wells, a Weyland-Yutani Corp Weapons Division officer (Barbara Barnes)

Further Crew at Anchorpoint Station
Walker, Chief Mechanic, crew member on Anchorpoint (Harry Ditson)
Sterling, biolab team, crew member on Anchorpoint (Andrew James Spooner)
Tatsumi, biolab team, crew member on Anchorpoint (Dai Tabuchi)

UPP Crew at a Cybernetics Laboratory in Rodina Station, a UPP facility
Colonel Doctor Suslov, principal science officer at Rodina Station (Michael Roberts)

Voice Communication from Gateway
Stoddard (voiced by ?)

Further UPP Crew at Rodina Station
Jorje Rivera, Diplomatic Officer at Rodina Station (Ben Cura)
Nevsky, a Science Officer at Rodina Station (Graham Hoadly)

Further Crew at Anchorpoint Station
Halliday, ecotech at the ecomodule in Anchorpoint (Sarah Pitard)

The audio production, foley effects, ambiance and soundtrack music for this was excellent. It would certainly rate a [5] along with the cast performances. I would just bump it down a notch for not providing a cast of characters.

Alien III was available as a free Audible Original for members as of May 30, 2019. It is expected to be one of the free Audible Originals for members in June 2019 (available June 6, 2019) after which it revert to a standard price.

Trivia and Links
*The original William Gibson screenplay is available online at http://www.awesomefilm.com/script/Alien3.txt.
You can read the rather long production story of Alien III (1987) to Alien3 (1992) on Wikipedia here href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_3#1987–1989"

128 of 143 people found this review helpful

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  • Doug
  • 2019-05-31

Stays Frosty

For two hours, this is awesome entertainment. The opening ten minutes, in which Bishop recounts the ending to Aliens, complete with sound effects, sets the best possible tone. I was in my car, heading to work and hit play. After a few minutes, I hear the blaring klaxons of LV-426 and a female voice annoucning "You now have two minutes to reach minimum safe distance." I can't lie. I felt a jolt of pure, almost boyish exuberance.

There are some downsides. The actual story is lacking in terms of scope and plot. Ripley is sleeping through the whole story and Newt, although definitely present, is shipped back to earth. Those are the biggest character arc problems I had with this version. Also, Alien III runs with the plot premises that made Alien Covenant so bad. Namely, airborne alien DNA can just recreate the Alien species. I think the queen-egg-chest gestation is still the most horrific biological construct ever, and I don't know why this franchise insists on moving away from it.

The upsides are here too. The new characters are actually pretty good, in my opinion, and the sound effects & production work excel. But there are two things that make this worth the purchase in full. One, Michael Beihn. Every time I heard the real Hicks giving a command, I smiled. It's Hicks, man! We never saw him again after Aliens, so it was instant pleasure to have him alive and well on this audiobook. Two, the book/script is rich with Alien-Aliens lore. The writer understands the Aliens universe and keeps that universe fresh in the settings and dialogue. Alien III "feels" like a true follow up to Aliens. I'll add that while Lance Henriksen doesn't blow me away, he's still an awesome compliment to the story in his reprisal of Bishop.

If you're like me...someone who is still waiting and chasing the thrill of 1986 Aliens...buy the audiobook. It has a little bit of that magic we've all been looking for and haven't found in a long time.

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  • Johan
  • 2019-06-06

Good production, weak source material

So, yeah. The story is all over the place and very inncoherent. The choises Gibson did with the xenomorphs are... odd. The motivation of the main (human) villain is nonexistant. Overall - I'm glad they didn't shoot this as a movie. say what you will about the current Alien 3 - it is way better than this mess (I am actually a huge fan of it).

All said: really glad Audible did this dramatization, it's a cool idea and us Alien-fans are greatful for having a version of a could-have-been script, nevermind the quality of the story.

Acting is top notch, glad they got two of the original actors to reprise their roles. Good production, good (albeit somewhat overly fastpaced) direction.

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  • Aaron Dvader
  • 2019-06-04

Only for the fans

Interesting concept for alien 3 , the effects and acting was solid , story started great , but then got a little weak , but overall still enjoyable , worth a listen

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  • Admiralu
  • 2019-06-04

Great Alternative Version

A great alternative version of Alien 3. I prefer this story to the film version. Wonderful to have Ripley, Hicks, Bishop and Newt back. Also love the political foil for Weyland Yutani. Great cast and excellent production. Only complaint is it’s too short.

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  • Thomas Furry
  • 2019-06-04

This should have been the movie that got made.

The voice acting is fantastic! Great sound effects and score. I would have loved to see this as Alien 3. Hopefully Audible will complete the planned two sequels for this with the original actors and current voice actors.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Acerock
  • 2019-06-04

should have been the film

this is an awesome continuation of Aliens. if you love what the Alien franchise is really aboitnyou need this is your life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • zachary sours
  • 2019-06-03

I'm addicted to anything Alien put on by Audible..

The performances were great. I loved having Hicks and Bishop back and the effects and music added a dimension to the story that made it all the more fun. The story can be a little confusing at times, and the solutions to some of the problems felt a little too convenient. But overall this was a fun ride and I hope they keep making more of these. I wish this was the movie they went with!

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  • LKNANML
  • 2019-05-30

Way better plot than the movie we got.

This was closer to the Aliens plot than the crappy movie we got. Very enjoyable mini show on it's own.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • E. Smith
  • 2019-06-04

A fitting continuation

This was a great one, want more like it. It really caught the feel of the Aliens universe. While there were some predictable plot devices it was true to the source. I wish this one had been made into the movie rather than what we got.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful