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Alien: Isolation

The Alien™ Series
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The action-packed official adaptation of Alien: Isolation and a revealing look into the lives of Ellen Ripley and her daughter, Amanda Ripley.

The product of a troubled and violent youth, Amanda Ripley is hellbent to discover what happened to her missing mother, Ellen Ripley. She accepts an assignment with a Weyland-Yutani team being sent to retrieve the Nostromo flight recorder from space station Sevastopol, which they find out of control due to a Xenomorph that was brought there with the recorder. A conspiracy unfolds, revealing ever greater threats - including an entire Xenomorph hive. Over the course of the novel, Amanda’s history is revealed beginning with her childhood. Her father Alex’s battle with alcoholism caused her mother, Ellen Ripley, to sue for divorce. Ellen was forced to take off-world assignments, ultimately leading to her assignment aboard the Nostromo. Left behind, Amanda became determined to find out what happened to her mother, learning more and more about Ellen and the events that led up to her disappearance. Along the way, Amanda develops a fast friendship with Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks (from the Alien: Defiance Dark Horse series). 

©2019 Keith R. A. DeCandido (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Top notch

Sarah Mollo -christensen was exceptional reading the story of the excellent game inspired Alien isolation. With added back story the book matches the intensity of the movies. And is as well written as Alan Dean Foster's novelisations

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Good adaptation, but game is far better!!!

I enjoyed this as a companion book - it moves Amanda's role in the expanded universe into a more accessible platform than just the gaming, but it just doesn't do the game justice!

Story is good and fleshes out Amanda's history more, which is nice. Narration is good overall. Dialogue is a bit clumsy, with over the top, unnecessary swearing - at times, it's like listening to a group of young teenagers who have just learnt a new "naughty word"! 🤣
Don't get me wrong, I swear all the time, but it feels like it's thrown in there just for the sake of it.

When the game was coming out, I was so worried; I thought the whole concept that Ripley's daughter also encountered the xenomorphs was absolute heracy! Then I played it - the story is great and fits well with the movies, and you actually experience the story.

If you are not a gamer, listen to this book, it's enjoyable and ties neatly into the movie lore. However, I think many will say it was an unnecessary addition and not get why it was ever made - you have to play the game to understand why Isolation is a key chapter in the Alien story.

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Any story with the Alien badge stuck on!

I was waiting for this to get going but it never did. Apart from a few references this didn't feel like a book in the Alien Franchise let alone Alien Isolation. The voice actor was quite good, making male voices believable. All too often some male actors try to pull off a female voice and it sounds horrendous! This however was fairly good, but the narration part of the reading came across a bit flat, stale with no emotion.

The story was pretty bland, I thought it could have been a generic story about a young girl with a childhood troubles. For some strange reason most of the men in her life were either dumb or arseholes, quite a one dimensional narrative with some references to Alien Isolation tacked on in places.

It really didn't feel like an Alien story at all.

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Pretty disappointing

The main character is one big cliché. The "vulnerable, far too clever but plucky heroine" who despite the odds braves the aliens while having flashbacks about abandonment "Mommy... noooo..." got tedious really quickly. This is just lazy writing.
The narration on the other hand was ok - Sarah did a pretty good job given the terrible material she had to work with.

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Awesome book and cliff hanger ending

A great story gripping throughout please make a second part. This is really awesome. Great characters and similar agendas as the movie

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Good story, annoying narrator

interesting addition to the universe but I'd personally avoid the narrator in the future. just too kookie.

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Good book but..

Great book, would have been better if more voice actors as it was sometimes difficult to tell who was who as they sounded similar.

That being said it was a good listen, did find myself loosing concentration from time to time but otherwise another good title

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Terrible

The most boring Aliens story yet. Nothing happens, zero tension, pointless flash backs. Don’t bother

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Very clearly a conversion of a computer game

I love the Alien books but did not enjoy this one. Lacking in depth, too many characters appearing and disappearing without any link to the plot. Clearly a conversion of a game with the only major differences being some quite lengthy flashbacks which attempt to provide depth of character for Amanda Ripley, which are understandable but too frequent and too long. I have enjoyed and not enjoyed audio books previously but this one managed to do something to me that I had not yet experienced from an audio book, which was to irritate me!
There are several messages/communication logs that are read by the narrator from start to finish in this book and every single time the narrator completes the full the dialogue script at the end of these communications eg "If you are not the intended recipient of this communication please delete and inform someone...etc"

This was (possibly) needed once in the first communication of this type (taken from the game where Amanda looks at diary entries & maps on various computer terminals) to give the feel of the type of communication being described but to then continue to do read the exact same lengthy disclaimer script at the end of every communication announcement is infuriating and unnecessary.

In summary I do not recommend this book. I am currently 3/4 of the way through Alien Prototype, which is read by the same narrator and is brilliant - gripping in terms of the story. I think the fact that this book is based on a computer game is the main problem and not the idea or performance. It just lacks depth and story.


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Few redeeming features aside from the narrator

WARNING, MILD SPOILERS........
This book started off well, and having just finished ‘Alien: Prototype’ I had high hopes. The narrator is brilliant, she creates voices for each character and reads with a performance and authenticity I really like. The story is where this book falls flat. More and more it begins to read just like a video game, and various tasks pop up unexpectedly that the character has to
complete before the story continues. I made it through to the end only to find that the whole book had been utterly and completely pointless. What a waste of a good premise and of an outstanding narrator.

Advice: Don’t bother, just really don’t bother. It’s a good bit of escapism for a few hours but rapidly becomes tedious and ultimately unsatisfying. If you want something good, go for ‘Alien: Prototype’ instead.

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  • D&D Gamer
  • 21-08-19

To many flashbacks

First off preface this review as someone who has played the game and seen it played half a dozen times.
That said the core story on the station even the changes made to make it fit better into a book WAS GREAT.

Seriously I enjoyed all the time that Ripley is trying to move forward and survive, but it is ruined by the constant nonstop flashbacks pulling you out of the action every time there is a climax. It builds up then *bam* boring flashback, then back to the station, tensions rising then *bam* flashback!
A few were fine they let you get into Ripley's character better especially the cryo dream. However why is the author trying to establish her character an hour from the end of the book? We get it she is a great engineer and people suck move on with it...

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  • David
  • 01-12-19

Eh

The backstory about a girl who wants details about her mom interlaced in is totally boring, useless as a plot device. Don’t read this one (but keep writing them, just make them gory and give us different versions of the Xenonorphs dogs tigers lions whatever!

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  • Maine
  • 29-10-19

Too Many Flashbacks

I have to agree with some of the other reviewers who mentioned that the book has too many flash backs...way more than needed. I wanted to hear more about her career and trying to find her mother...not hours apon hours of hearing about her drunken Step father. I would've also liked a full cast of narrators for the characters ...although the narrator did ok.. a full cast would've made this book much better. I would also suggest you play the video game to as it closely fallows this book

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  • jcmwbjs
  • 17-08-19

It has its moments, but ends poorly, disappointing

I’m a huge Alien fan, and while it starts off well, it ends poorly. Alien Isolation is more alien covenant than Alien. Plot holes are everywhere, and the flashbacks to the crappy childhood of Amanda Ripley become a nuisance and completely unnecessary, talk about beating a dead horse, we get it, the kid had a lousy childhood and misses mommy. Again there are a few moments early, then it loses coherence. Narrator is above average. I have one big issue, it’s an Zenomorph, or an Alien don’t keep referring to it as a monster, or a big cockroach that needs to be squished! My suggestion is to play the game, it’s terrifyingly great.

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  • Andrew
  • 20-08-19

great story but...

I really wished this was done as a full production as the last several alien stories. I adore everything to do with the movies and books. building better worlds

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  • Admiralu
  • 18-08-19

Not as Good as the Original Alien Trilogy

I am a fan of the Alien series, especially the books, audiobooks and audio dramas. I am not a gamer and am not familiar with the Isolation story. I'm coming to this particular story as a newbie.

Amanda shares many traits with her mother and I enjoy the the fact that she is an engineer in all but name. Parts of the backstory were interesting, but became tedious after a while. Part of this were implausible as well. Lots of moving through vents of the crazy infected station. Little food or rest and constantly having to keep going. This just didn't hold my interest the way Alien books normally do. The encrypted transmission communications between didn't really pick up until nearly the end of the book. There were so many different things happening, it got difficult to follow. The machinations of the company are some of my favorite parts of the Alien books. Little of that is here. I also don't feel the immersion in a future world like I normally do. The Alien Covenant prequel book was a great book that really gave a sense of how the company operates. The book didn't so much as end, but stop, leaving the possibility of another book. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. The narrator was ok, I would've preferred the excellent Tom Taylorson who did both Covenant books. This book was just meh for me.

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  • Cary
  • 30-08-19

Alien goodness.

Interesting fill in regarding Ripley's daughter. Really enjoyed Sarah's reading. Nice to have e woman talking into my ears instead of Scott Brick. Sarah did a fantastic job emulating the other characters voices both male and female.

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  • randall
  • 07-02-20

decent

disappointed about her not making the sacrifice for the greater good like her mom and asking for rescue and bringing the company to her.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-02-20

great story plagued by mundane backstories

alien isolation is a game i still have ptsd from - amazingly well crafted story atmosphere and gameplay melded into one to create the perfect alien game and arguably the scariest survivor horror games to date - so this was a no brainer right? this book glosses over the main action points to delve into the most boring long winded backstory tales for amanda which offer very little in interesting lore or have anything to do with the current story. i was waiting for something to tie the last flashback into the main story in some fulfilling way but that was not the case. not sure what the author or producers were thinking when they thought "YES alien fans will love the 7th flashback of amanda drinking coffee and worrying about money" yikes man

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  • Nicole St Germain
  • 15-01-20

Not the game but not far off.

There was a lot of flashbacks. A lot. Those weren't in the game, and they didn't add much to the story. Otherwise well done!