Alien is one of the few novelisations that is as good as the source, delivering the story faithfully while fleshing out the characters just a little m..Show More »ore. No unnecessary backstories or side plots, it complements the Scott film admirably, and is a cracking good read in its own right.
So why this particular narrator? I haven't the foggiest. A few chapters in and I'm regretting the purchase. The tempo is more appropriate to an uplifting comedy, the characters distinguished only by a half-remembered change in volume. Some narrators like the excellent Simon Vance affect a decent falsetto if needed or with Frank Muller, subtle accent and pitch changes to distinguish female and male characters. No such luck. If I didn't know better I'd venture the narrator is reading the book for the first time and not really getting the hang of the mood.
Overall I feel deflated. The narrator sounds very much like Sean Pertwee, who under any circumstances would be an ideal choice for the tale of the doomed crew. Yet instead of using that great voice to good effect it's as enticing as a shopping list of things that happened at school the other day, told in no particular order by a breathless twelve year old. Buyer beware
It's nice to get that little bit of extra narrative to support the pictures in your head. Alan Dean Foster does a great job. I loved the phrase "Inim..Show More »ical simultaneity" very much. Peter Guiness is particularly excellent narrating and a perfect choice as he played Gregor in the film. He has a wonderful voice and a beautiful rhythm. Perfect diction, I could listen to him reading the phone book. I wonder how he felt narrating his own demise?
This was Brilliant !!! I am a HUGE fan of the "Alien" franchise, and of course having watched the movies, I knew the story........BUT as with the othe..Show More »r Alien Audiobooks I've listened to recently I found it Very easy to get lost in my OWN imagination and bring to life the story in my own visualisations !!! (*It does help to have a vivid & lively imagination, which at 41 I'm still blessed (or cursed) with !!) I'm not one for spoilers, so WON'T go into any details, just give my honest opinion.....If you're a fan of the "Alien" saga then the whole Aliens Audiobook series is a MUST !!!! The narration by William Hope (*who played LT Gorman in "Aliens") is Great !! and adds some genuine connection. All said and done this is a BRILLIANT Sci-Fi story, whether read as part of the Alien series OR as a stand-alone book !!!