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Alien: Sea of Sorrows

Written by: James A. Moore,Dirk Maggs
Narrated by: John Chancer,Stockard Channing,Walles Hamonde,Laurel Lefkow
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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.

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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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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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Great cast and sound stage

As close as you can get to enjoying an Alien movie. The story was familiar but the new characters wove into the Alien franchise history very well.

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Feel free to skip this one

This is my 4th or 5th in this series and this might be the worst. It’s hard to be too critical of the voice acting, as the script leaves them open to it, yet they also miss the mark imo.
Unless your phenomenal at suspending your sense of logic, you’ll be disappointed for sure.
“We’re being hunted by huge aliens we’ve never seen before, but we’re tired and need a nap in these suspended glass tubes protruding from an alien spacecraft”.
No joke.

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Good story, a bit predictable.

I have to say that Stockard Channing made this a more enjoyable listen. She was cold and conniving and I always wanted to hear what she had to say in the book. It was a bit predictable but now the less, a fun listen.

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Alien experience

This was a great book and very dark, the details were really well laid out and easy to understand.
Sometimes the story went back and fourth a bit too much with different characters but in all great audio.

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so good

I was so surprised at how good this story was and found myself cheering on the characters. I didn't even mind them leaving it off with aliens still kicking

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Ok performance, horrible writing

If you're a fan of the Alien franchise, you won't like this audio book. First off they throw psychic powers into the mix, for really no other reason then to give accounts from the perspective of the aliens. It ends up taking away from character development, which this book desperately needs. The performances are ok, but they are not enough to save the horrible writing. By the end I felt this whole thing could have been shortened into 2 hours. Save yourself some time and just read the synopsis on Wikipedia.

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excellent read

the performance, sound effects, and music were all on point. very enjoyable listening. I'm hoping the others on this series are likewise narrated

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Utterly gripping!

This continuation of the Alien Saga had awesome Acting and Sound. Fantastic! I hope there are more parts to come

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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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  • 2018-05-03

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 sees 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 at the severe expense of LT. Ripley behest. A must have for any fan of the franchise. Why this book is not a mini movie is beyond me.

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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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  • 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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  • Bikram Agarwal
  • 2018-08-22

All 3 books are almost same. Why bother?

I dunno why I keep buying books of this series. All 3 books (audible dramatizations) sound exactly same as the other. Just that the books reference events in the earlier book, only to repeat the same event. If you've read one book, you've read all of them.

And the gunfire sound in this series is the worst I've heard ever.

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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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  • 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).

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