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Alien: Out of the Shadows

Written by: Tim Lebbon
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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As a child Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man.

When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating - and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors....

Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.

©2016 Tim Lebbon (P)2016 Audible Studios

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Solid!

Solid listen here. Did not miss the sound effect of some of the other titles, great job by the narrator! #Audible1

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Great!

Great listen! Really captures the Alien atmosphere, and makes you feel like you're there. #Audible1

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Liked it better than the Dramatization

I'll go with unabridged before a flashy dramatization any day. This was roughly twice as long as the Audible drama, which was more like a radio play than an audiobook, Good production quality and almost as good as something like Afghanada, but I still prefer this. I'm partial to Simon Vance so basically any audiobook not read by him, I just don't like as much, but that's my preference, not a dig on Harding. He was fine. Alien is a mess of canon and retcon so despite some continuity problems with this story to the truly nerdy Alien fan, it was a pretty good retcon. Definitely recommend this to any alien fan, and this version over the audio drama.

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  • Flavius Krakdaddius
  • 2017-01-09

A Serviceable Aliens Story

I wasn't thrilled with "Alien: Out of the Shadows: Book 1" overall, but there's a lot that I liked about it.

The narrator is great. His voice seemed perfectly suited for the subject matter, and he performed a number of recognizable, credible male and female Voices. Jeff Harding's contribution is the highlight of the production.

Also, it's well-written. It's a testament to Lebbon's skill as an author that he's able to make the actual writing almost an afterthought--the writing is unobtrusive and serves the story perfectly.

However, I didn't find the story all that exciting. Lebbon knows how to write action, but there's quite a bit of downtime that never is as suspenseful as it could or should be.

Lastly, although I suspect it might have been a decision outside of the author's hands, I think the addition of movie characters Ripley and Ash into this story was particularly unfortunate, as I never believed that these canonical characters would be in any way changed by the time the story was through. But hey--no spoilers--maybe it turned out that I was wrong,.

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  • Jason
  • 2016-08-24

A very good listen.

I don't usually write reviews, I normally just rate them, but this book was so unexpectedly different from what I thought it would be, I had to write.
I expected the book to be the same story from all the other books or movies, with different words and character names, but I was very surprised. The book was very good, I didn't want to pause it when I had to, and I stayed up until 6am just to finish it. If you like the Alien stuff, or Sci-fi stuff, I definitely recommend giving this book a go, my personal opinion was, it was very good, and very much worth the credit. Oh, and I hope you enjoy Alien: Out of the Shadows as much as I did.

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  • Nicolas Smith
  • 2017-08-17

if you like the franchise get this

my only complaint was too many ripley dreams, only needed 4 at most. but overall the story wad amazing, characters interesting, overall a great book, and a must have for any fan of the series.

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  • Curtis O Thompson
  • 2016-07-30

Amazing

Absolutely awesome experience. Starting chapters are a little too fast on content (need more time to like the characters), but otherwise really good.

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  • JEFF STILLMAN
  • 2017-11-10

This book should have been adapted as the sequel.

After having binged this book I believe it would have made a far superior sequel to Alien. The story is far more involving and has a greater level of fear and tension. I can’t recommend this book enough if your a fan of the Alien anthology.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-12-28

Great story. Wonky timeline

This was a great alien novel. Full of suspense and blood pumping thrills. (Not a spoiler) The only issue I have with the book is the timeline. Set between the first and second movies...with Ripley as a main character. Feels more like a retcon than a serial story in the series.

Still very good.

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  • Edgar Flores
  • 2016-07-29

excellent narration. big fan of the Alien series

loved it. great story. great app.great narration. looking to get the other series as soon as I'm done with this book.

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  • Kurogosane
  • 2017-04-05

Good story

I've listened to the audio drama version and this audiobook. There is differences in the story. But I'm glad I've heard this. It's a great drama and I think that bringing in Ripley was unnecessary but I liked out how it fitted in the alien movies timeline.
Recommend it to listen to this and the drama version as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-05

pretty cool buuuuut.

it's a good story but doesn't seem to have the gravity and feeling of horror that the films and comics inspired. Bit still an ok listen.

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  • Reid Yonce
  • 2019-01-12

It's not where your It's how you get there !

Was put onto this Story by a wonderful friend and lover of Alien. Even though followers of the motion picture saga know the eventual outcome , the story is an excellent weaving of plots and subplots interjected into the Alien story before the beginning scenes of Aliens . I hold the second film as my favorite of the first three. The author does an excellent job of getting the listener invested early in the story. With having the Sigourney Weaver films so well made and acted my imagination immediately took seeing the characters as a matter of fact, and that includes Jonesie . Also Ashes' homage to a previous SyFy classic with his ending remarks, "Will I Dream" was priceless!

A Very Good Audible exclusive..