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.
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A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin.
Just prepare a darkened room, maybe inject a minor sedative into your credulity for added effect and you're ready for five hours of Alien-inspired adventure. Filling in more of the gaps between the first two Alien films the five star cast propel this story at a simply steaming pace. With top notch production values just let your mind conjure those iconic images; the horse shoe space-ship, the Alien, the pods and test your sanity against the results. An epic in five hours!
Audible . . . one question . . . when's the next one coming out?
it's basically a rehash of aliens with its colonial marines and cast of cliché heavy clones of the main film series - to be fair so was the previous offering from Audible, good production but that can't save it sadly....
Love fantasy & science fiction but not averse to a generous smattering of random genres!
This dramatisation fits in between 'Alien' and 'Aliens' and essentially provides the backstory for Newt and planet LV-426. As such, if you're a fan of the films (which you presumably are to be considering this) you pretty much know where the story is heading. However, much like Star Wars' Rogue One, although the outcome is predetermined, the journey is still well worth making. It has a couple of minor flaws-some of the characters are sketchy stereotypes (the two company scientists in particular are one dimensional and almost comically evil) and on occasion some of the protagonists (particularly the children) seem jarringly blase about the horror and loss around them. These remain petty quibbles only in the face of the gripping narrative which grabs you by the throat and gallops along with you. The central figures are well realised with excellent voice acting and the tension builds with the claustrophobia and terror that the films portrayed so well. It is seamlessly intercut with what sound like extracts from the original 'Aliens' movie featuring Ripley before she leaves for the planet and this adds an authenticity that in my mind has now cemented this as being THE actual sequence of events linking the films. It all makes for engrossing and chilling listening. I warn you also that listening to this audiobook also leads to the risk of you annoying the hell out of those around you for a couple of days by responding 'copy that' to everything!
This is a totally compelling and completely engrossing sci fi horror drama, it's nail biting, I've read the novel a few times and that was brilliant but this is the next level, if your a fan of Aliens you will be able to picture the setting, the tension builds and builds, until the inevitable final, the performances are wonderful, excellent casting choices, I recommend to all, you won't be disappointed!!
Audio drama addict - Audible, Bafflegab, BBC, Big Finish, Wireless Theatre
Relistened to ‘Alien: Out of the Shadows’ beforehand to reacquaint myself with the story. Whilst that wasn’t perfect, it was vastly better than this.
The Alien stories for me are about suspense - waiting for the impending doom. This I appreciate may be difficult to do whilst keeping the listener interested in an audio book, but with the fast pace it sounds more like a 1980’s action movie. And just like an 80’s movie the script reads like an endless cliche, with added pseudo accents.
With two hours to go I was hoping the Aliens would kill off most of the cast as the plot was far to drawn out. And where were the emotions, so many lines sounded as they were simply read without understanding their meaning.
I feel bad typing this review as I absolutely love audio dramas and I know Dirk Maggs can produce some fine work, take his recent adaptation with the BBC of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, but this simply isn’t worth your time to listen too. Sorry Dirk/Audible.
A wonderful and gripping story. Follows the alien series perfect. Fingers crossed for a film to me made of this story.
Performances are spot on and had me gripped the whole time.
Well worth the listen.
enjoyable book but story was a bit poor sadly. performances were exelent however the production seemed to overrake the plot with sound effects etc
This was a brilliant take on the Alien to Aliens story. Having never read the comics, I don't know if this was how they went but I really enjoyed this and wish there was an actual movie version of this made to show the events of Hadleys hope and its colonists. worth the listen!
A decidedly average story with an over-reliance on the plot of the film Aliens; the fate of the colonists of LV-426 could have been left untold for greater impact.
However, it's the performance which lets this down the most. After the excellent Out of the Shadows audio drama with superb voice acting all-round, this has surprisingly disappointing acting from normally quality actors and cringeworthy child actors. Laurel Lefkow makes a very welcome return as Ripley but is sidelined to performing scenes from the film Aliens. Michelle Ryan and Alexander Siddig are the standout actors here, but they are clearly struggling against an unnatural script which is only held together by the familiarity of the films and the top-notch atmospheric music and sound effects.
Entertaining, but not particularly good.
A good second story. Not as good as out of the shadows but still enjoyable. The kids voice acting was sometimes questionable but getting Mac Macdonald to reprise his roll from the extended cut of the Aliens movie was a very nice touch.
"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.
"Worth a listen"
Taking place just before aliens this sci-fi adventure answers what exactly happens to the colonists on lv426.
I did notice that there were a few areas of the story that happen to be mirrored off of an old dark horse comic telling a much similar story such as newts families demise.
The cast was excellently played even bringing back a couple of the original cast members from the Cameron film.
I hope audible does more just like this notnonly for this franchise but others that are popular in mainstream pop culture.
"Another fun listen."
You can imagine this as a movie going on, it's so well done. There needs to be more of these.
"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.
"Happy 426 Day"
Omg i love this ! This must have audiobook if your a fan of the Alien Series.
"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!
"nice to finally hear the fate of Hadley's hope"
As a long time Alien fan, this narration helped to fill the gap in Alien 2 of the fate of Hadley's Hope and its collinists. I truely felt the terror as the Marines fought against overwhelming odds to protect the collinists. A must read for any Alien fan.
I don't think there's anything to dislike about this story other than I want to hear more in this format used for the other books in the alien saga.
I would like to hear more books in general to be done like this. Love the full cast.
"good alien fun"
besides a few voice actors this was a top shelf production. if you like sci-fi, radio dramas, or aliens then you will love it. I am going to listen to more than once for sure
"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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