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Publisher's Summary

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron.

Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope. Anne and Russell Jorden — two colonists who are seeking a fortune that eluded them on Earth — are expecting their firstborn child.

The birth of Rebecca Jorden, known to her family as Newt, is a cause for celebration. But as the colony grows and expands, so, too, do the political struggles between a small detachment of Colonial Marines and the Weyland-Yutani scientists posted on Acheron. Willing to overlook their orders in order to serve the Company's interests, these scientists have another far more sinister agenda — to covertly capture a living Alien.

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 Russell find onboard proves to be the stuff not of dreams but of nightmares.

This terrifying, cinematic, multicast dramatization — 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 Original's Alien: Out of the Shadows (nominated for Best Audio Drama at the 2017 Audies).

Starring Golden Globe-nominated Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies, Limitless), Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Game of Thrones), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, Doctor Who), Colin Salmon (Alien vs Predator, Arrow, James Bond), Marc Warren (Mad Dogs, Saving Private Ryan, Hustle) and Philip Glenister (Outcast, Life on Mars), with special guest star William Hope returning as Lt. Gorman from James Cameron's Aliens.

©2017 20th Century Fox (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

What the critics say

"Filled with tension and stellar voice performances, River Of Pain is edge of your seat good." ( Buzzfeed)
"Frightening." ( Yahoo Movies)
"Dirk Maggs continues to create masterful audio drama that only gets better.... Maggs coaxes fantastic performances from his cast to convey the characters' dread while also creating a good balance of sound effects. Listeners will remain on high alert about what may be around the next corner." ( AudioFile)
"Superbly detailed sound-design and remarkable sonic effects... a truly unique listening experience." ( HeyUGuys)
"Terrifying." ( NME)
"The cast is an outstanding smorgasbord of familiar genre talent." ( Starburst)
"No expense has been spared on this blockbuster Aliens sequel." ( Loaded)

What listeners say about Alien: River of Pain

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mindgasm

stop your life.
crawl in a safe space
close the lights
put on headphone
try not to pee on yourself

this is mind blowing.

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Great Addition to the Full Cast Alien Novels

#Audible1 This is yet another great full cast audio from audible. There are three in the Alien world and they go together quite well. Good acting and sound effects. I think a lot comes from the Alien Isolation computer game which I also have so. Four hour running time is perfect for me and I hope we can see more of these full cast audios coming from Audible.

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  • Mat
  • 2018-06-18

Absolutely amazing! A must for any Aliens fan.

I can't express how much I love it. Will be listening to it again and again. Given how the reboot movies turned out. This is a much appreciated dive back into what makes Alien so good.

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Decent overall story with terrible voice acting

Pros:
The setting of LV426 post colony pre aliens(ie alien 2) is great and offers a lot of potential.

The strain between the marines and the company is a dynamic we haven’t really explored in depth and it pays off

The voice actors for ripley and newt do a very good job approximating the original actors voices.

Cons:
The voice acting is very bad for a lot of the secondary characters (especially newts mother)

A LOT of time is spent on newts family which is unfortunate given their dialogue is VERY poorly written.

There is a love triangle side plot which does not pay off in a satisfying way

Many characters do not react in intuitive ways and often leave you thinking, “thats not how people talk”
Or “no one in that situation would do that unless a writer needed them to for the plot”


Im not going to go into detail on my problems with the aliens or the plot to avoid spoilers but i would suggest you give this a miss unless you are a die hard alien fan and you don’t mind skipping through pointless dialogue.

If you want a great alien audiobook (with an admittedly weak ending) id suggest alien: out of the shadows instead.

A real disappointment.

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A well acted audio book.

Great performances by the audio actors and an entertaining story. Nicely fills in the blanks between Alien and Aliens. Recommend listening to Alien: River of Sorrow first (timeline is between Alien (1st movie) and this book), but not necessary. 👽

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Good backstory to Aliens

Top notch performances, tense story. My only quibble is that it's a lot of characters to keep track of, but that becomes less of a problem the further along the story goes. :) Another great Alien audio drama.

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Great Entertainment

The production was great. The sounds and story were immersive. Definitely felt like Aliens.
Thank you.

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It’s just Aliens again

Except Newt’s parents are idiots, her brother is annoying and Newt herself is not enough of a character to base this on.

So I guess if you want Aliens with a new, less memorable cast and a bunch of unnecessary callbacks you’ll still enjoy it.

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Great story

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Gave me the feels though 😢 Newts story....oh man. Really would love to see this series as a couple of films. would be sick. Definitely worth the listen. High quality.

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I didn't get the story. You guys should make the story more clear. Always assume that he/she forgets 🙃 the story and you say it again

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  • Brian
  • 2017-04-28

Please make more of these! These are excellent!

Would you listen to Alien: River of Pain again? Why?

Yes. The story was very compelling - I loved how it detailed the events that occurred offscreen in the beginning of Aliens and detailed exactly what had happened at LV-426. It played like a movie in my head (especially with all of the effects) and like a good movie, I usually like to rewatch (in this case, relisten). I really think the Aliens franchise lends itself very well to the audio drama format, due all the tension, terror, and suspense the stories bring. Like Out of the Shadows, I will probably listen to this several more times. I really am hoping for more Alien audio dramas as I am a huge fan of both the Alien franchise and of audio dramas in general.

What did you like best about this story?

That it detailed the events of LV-426 very consistently with the events in Aliens, yet still had a few surprises in store for me. The suspense, tension, and terror usually associated with an Aliens story were very much present and well done. The presence of both very likable and despicable characters made the story experience good as well.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Demian Brackett. I'm a fan of Colin Salmon's work and his character was the most likable in the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Enthusiastic yes! But I had to restrain myself. Instead of finishing off a nice, tasty dessert too quickly, I wanted to savor it. So over the last five drives to and from work, I listened to the story. I certainly looked forward to those drives more than usual the last few days!

Any additional comments?

Great production, great casting (In addition to Salmon, Alexander Siddig was excellent in his role.) Hoping for more!

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  • Robert M Gambill
  • 2019-05-01

Ehhh...

Out of the Shadows, the first of this trilogy, was much better. It's cool to get a picture of what happened to Hadley's Hope prior to the the arrival of Ripley and the Marines, but dear god, this thing takes a while to get going. You'll be about half way through the story before the Aliens show up and probably about 75% done before things really start to get going. Not that there's anything wrong with telling a slower story in the Aliens EU, but when those long periods of tension building lack any real tension and are filled with characters as deep as rain puddle, the whole thing gets a little tedious. Also, the dialogue for Newt and the other kids is f***ing UNBEARABLE!

I know that I'm being harsh on this, but I'm genuinely glad it exists. Problems aside, it's an enjoyable listen and I'll take most any excuse to hop back LV-426 or any other world of the Aliens EU. And I think that's the key takeaway here. This definitely is a die-hards only type of affair. I can't recommend this story I honestly can't imagine anyone without a vested interest in this franchise sticking with it too the end.

Please don't stop telling Alien stories! Just tell better ones! :)

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  • Frae
  • 2017-04-27

Into the Frey, again.

I am a huge Lovecraft fan, and as such was exposed to the Alien franchise much later in life (2012ish). Because of my feelings for this series I was very concerned about things like continuity, accurate characterization, and proper voice acting. I am a remarkably brutal purist when it comes to canon and I really was concerned about how these audio dramas would live up to my expectation. So mostly, I avoided them.

Then they announced the release of River of Pain, and put the other drama on a "Daily Deal". I figured its under $5 and a moderate length so it isn't too much investment.

I'm glad I made that choice.

The voice of Ripley is very close, and fairly consistent with the original casting. The rest of the cast is also superb and I could never say enough good things about Marc Warren, who is highly underrated.

If you are a fan, these are incredible, if you are someone just looking for a fast paced quick listen, these are incredible. If you generally hate everything, these are still freaking amazing.

I had high expectations, I never expected my expectations to be met. Not only were they met, they were shattered.

Listen to both these dramas now, and thank yourself later.

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  • Jynx2501
  • 2017-04-28

Another masterpiece, and future of audio books.

if you dont know, this book and Alien: Out of The Shadows, are full production stories. Complete with music, sound effects, and wonderful voice actors.

It's like listening to a movie! Out of the Shadows was a bit better, but both are must buys. You will not regret it!

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  • Kurogosane
  • 2017-04-27

A good prequel to Aliens

To those who want to know. This takes place before the events of Aliens movie. I listened to the Audio drama before this one Aliens out of the shadow. Those who have listened to it will find mentions of the audio drama.
Although by novel wise this is from book number three. I believe this fit right perfectly with the timeline. Those who know the Alien franchise know that the Aliens were never the main villain but rather Wayland Yutani. It shows those who follow their orders can cause serious consequences. The characters buildup is nice but I don't really get how the first third of the chapters fit but it was nice but I believe they just took too long to build the characters. However, if you want xenomorphs in your story then you'll find in the remaining half of the movie.
All in all it's still a Alien audio drama and the way they can build up tension is through slow buildup. I recommend this. Good job Audible and I hope to listen to the third drama you may produce.

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  • The Kindler
  • 2017-04-27

Return to the Origins

First, I need to explain the 4 stars. I was hoping for an ending with more twists. Other than that I really enjoyed the characters and the way that some of the situations were handled. The acting was engaging and kept you informed as to locations and what was happening.

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  • Grant
  • 2019-04-09

Great story

Everything is great, but man, the girl who plays Newt is awful. Her performance is so over-acted it's distracting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-03

not as good as the other alien stories

This story didn't really feel fully developed. The child characters were annoying and didn't really seem to serve much purpose.

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  • goallnations
  • 2018-12-20

Entertaining entry, flawed performance

The story was entertaining enough, if not a little too predictable. Overall, the experience was hindered by occasionally clunky performances from the voice actors. Robotic dialogue plagued the audiobook, unnatural throughout. Worth a listen if you're a fan of the series, but don't expect anything approaching realism.

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  • Robert Davis
  • 2018-12-18

Disappointing

the first book in the series was really good. As soon as I finished it, I downloaded this one. I was disappointed. the voice actors in it were poor, in the story itself was just lacking.now I'm very torn if I want to continue the series or not, and chance getting a book that I disliked as much as I did this one. I was also very disappointed in myself, as the kids acting was so poor in it, I found myself hoping that they get killed by the aliens, just so I wouldn't have to listen to them anymore, after watching a alien drip from someone's chest, children would be a little more frightened, and a little more urgent about getting out of that situation, it just seems as though they were concentrating on trying to act younger than they actually were instead.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2022-01-08

Oui mais

Hyper bien réalisé avec bruitages au top
mais histoire un poil ennuyante : peu de nuances, de complexité...
Mais ça reste un bon livre audio à glisser entre les deux premiers films :)

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  • Calmont Eric
  • 2022-01-05

Brilliant

if you want to know about what happened right before Aliens...edge of your seat story.