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Alien: Sea of Sorrows

An Audible Original Drama
Written by: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
Series: Alien, Book 5, Alien: The Audible Original Dramas, Book 3
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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Would have been better unabridged.

acting was good but I would have enjoyed it better if it had been unabridged. Got stuck listening to all of them this way because I bought the wrong version not knowing an unabridged version was available but unadvertised.

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Never a let down!

First, second or third each of them have their own charm and are equally amazing!

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I want more

I enjoy these books so much. I love that it adds more to the Alien series. I like listening to the books like this, it's like listening to a movie, so much more fun than one narrator. sound effects and music make it so much more entertaining.

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Nothing New Here

Same old story.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this isn’t part of cannon.
The voice actors are great, if you are looking for something that is playing in the background this could be it.

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Another amazing movie!

These are movies man, plain and simple. The audio production is so top notch, your basically listening to a feature film. Great job!

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Great addition to the Canon

what a great audio drama, the performances and sound effects are touch notch! Audible has been doing a phenomenal job with this series!

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Truly exceptional performance

I loved the story, and the acting and sound effects are excellent! I really hope to listen to more gems like this one in the future.

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Another charged road into hell.

Excellent performance and presentation of a somewhat predictable storyline. If you are looking into the depths of hell you may as well see if you can bring hell back with you like a good company stooge.

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  • Mat
  • 2018-08-03

Great addition to the books but a different

I enjoyed it and think it feels like a story in the alien universe but the ESP aspect doesn't work for me.

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Great work

I really enjoyed the story. I think audible needs to do more alien original stories. The alien series is very suspenseful and definitely needs more stories. Would love more predator stories as well.

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  • 2018-05-03

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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  • 2018-04-26

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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  • 2018-06-07

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-04-26

another great performance

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

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  • Chelsea
  • 2019-04-01

Better!

I enjoyed this more than Out of the Shadows and River of Pain although the plot bordered on a level of ridiculous only found in Alien Resurrection. This book takes place centuries after the events of River of Pain, meaning Weyland-Yutani has been around for hundreds of years and apparently the only way they can think of to capture an alien after all this time is to "employ" one of Ripley's relatives who can read the aliens' emotions (do they even have any?). Apparently the aliens also remember Ripley and carry a grudge. Wut.
Even though the story was unbelievable, I appreciated that it attempted to make out its own story instead of just slapping it in between the movies playing out events the audience already knows will happen. Performance was top notch. I'd recommend it over the over two in this series.

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  • Frederick C DeMarco
  • 2018-06-06

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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  • B. Fox
  • 2018-06-02

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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  • Carlos Gonzalez
  • 2018-05-04

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.

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  • C. Henderson
  • 2018-04-29

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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  • Kitsunelover
  • 2018-12-14

Probably my favorite of the three

After listening to all three of the books in this series, this is probably my favorite. The story is a slight stretch compared to the other stories but I loved how it played out. Still going to listen to them a few more times to see if I catch any little details I may have missed the first time.

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  • 2019-09-15

Great follow up to "out of the shadows"

An exciting story with a good idea since Ellen Ripley was not included.

Not as good as "out of the shadows" but still engaging and worth buying. Great performance from the actors (with a note to Stockard Channing, who is excellent).