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Summary

As a child Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man.

When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating - and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors....

Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.

©2016 Tim Lebbon (P)2016 Audible Studios

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Bad Narration

I've listened to the prequel to Covenant, Covenant and the original film novel back to back over the last week. The others I've finished in a couple of days each with hours of solid listening, all thoroughly enjoyable even though I'm very familiar with the films they're based on they were still engaging. Not so this abomination. I've had to take a break from it often, sometimes mid chapter. All criticism of the narration is entirely justified. The only aspects punctuating a largely monotone delivery are awful female voices, Ripley (recognised as not just a feminist icon but a brilliant action film protagonist regardless of gender) is reduced to a breathy, girly voice, as are other characters (even a certain male one) and, as others have stated, the horrible upward inflection. This serves only to irritate and distract from the writing itself. Speaking of the writing, much of the story is a repetition of either "he said" or "she said". A randomly selected two minute sample will largely sound as follows: Monotone blaaaahh blaaahh blaaah *sudden upward inflection* blah. "Blah blah" he said, *breathy girly voice* "blah blah blah" she said, "blah blah" he said,"blah blah" she said, "blah" he said, "blah blah" she said. and so forth. The audio drama adaptation helmed by Dirk Maggs, however, is excellent. Get that instead and don't bother with this. I've since removed any other books narrated by Jeff Harding from my wishlist, including the other two in this series.

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Really enjoyed the story but the narrator has a terrible.upward inflection which after time.is a pain.

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cheesy

i gave up after 3hrs.
the story seems fine and there's a bit of character psychology. but...
this book reads more like a graphic novel rather than real fiction. i would probably liked it as a teenager. but it's weak writing for an adult audience.

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Predictable Ending

A good listen, very well narrated. But having Ripley in the story, made me think how it would fit with what I knew already, really spoiled the last chapter or two for me...

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Brilliant

Fantastic story and well read. I would strongly recommend this for anyone who is a fan of the Alien franchise.

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some good some bad

story was very good, what i didnt kike like in the beginning is the reading it self. The person reading the book had a funny way of finishing sentences with a question. But i guess i got used to it and it stopped bothering me by the middle of the book

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Good story but doesn't quite fit

I really liked the story and the characters but I think it would have been better without the addition of Ripley.... I spent the whole time wondering how the author was going to get around explaining exactly how these events fitted into the existing timeline, only to be eventually somewhat disappointed by it. Not the best Alien book but certainly not the worst.

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Good story clumsily shoe-horned into canon

This book takes place between Alien, when Ripley and Jones the cat have safely escaped the clutches of the xenomorph, and Aliens, when her escape pod is intercepted and she awakes. I am fine with this story taking place in the chronology, and that there are other places in the universe where the xenomorphs have made their home. However, there was no need for Ripley to be in the book. Any other strong female character would have filled this role perfectly. Using Ripley, but there being no mention of her second, unlikely, interaction with the xenomorphs in the Aliens story just lead to a ludicrous conclusion. For me, this was totally unnecessary and just an attempt to snare a few readers using her name. Any reasonable reader would just spend the whole book wondering why on earth (or rather, off earth) this episode wasn't mentioned in Aliens if this is ahem "canon".
The story itself is good, with the textbook discovery of a nest and the cast being whittled away one by one. I'll be honest, i've listened to so many of these books over the last couple of months that i can't quite remember the specifics, but i remember enjoying it on the whole. Until that conclusion. I really felt like saying to Lebbon "get away from her you ... author".
I think the book would stand up really well on its own without Ripley being there.

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Not bad, not great

Fairly predictable story which felt like it rehashed tropes from the movies rather than create original storylines. The narrators attempts at female voices were jarring too. That said it was entertaining and I did listen through to the end.

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Awful narration put me off

I got about a third of the way through this book and had to give it up. The narration sucked all the life out of it. This weird upward inflection, in a monotonous tone with every sentence sounding the same as the previous one, drove me crazy. I went instead to the Audible version with actors. It was excellent – 10 episodes and really worth a listen.

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  • KTritan
  • 04-11-19

Great Story, annoying narrator

Narrator has great enunciation, good characterizations, good pacing, consistent level, decent accents. So why only two stars? Picture if you will a world class actor, let's say Sean Connery, giving a tremendous awesome performance, wearing a clown nose and big pink bunny ears. No matter how good the performance it is ridiculously annoying with clown nose and bunny ears. It is like that with Jeff Harding. He reads every line with a sing song tone rise and drop, rise and drop. da da Da DAH, da da Da DAH, da da Da DAH, da da Da DAH. Most. Every. Line.

Dialogue he does better with. But his general narration is very annoying and distracting. He appears to be channeling Duke Nukem. Which is not necessarily bad, but Duke only gives short phrases. Definitely not suited to a novel.

Note to author: If you're going to do another book, and we hope you do, get Jeff to do a better job, or get a new narrator.

Additionally, though I really want to hear your next two books in this series, I can NOT stand another minute of Jeff's buffoon style reading. Also, am returning this audiobook as I am very dissatisfied.

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  • Flavius Krakdaddius
  • 09-01-17

A Serviceable Aliens Story

I wasn't thrilled with "Alien: Out of the Shadows: Book 1" overall, but there's a lot that I liked about it.

The narrator is great. His voice seemed perfectly suited for the subject matter, and he performed a number of recognizable, credible male and female Voices. Jeff Harding's contribution is the highlight of the production.

Also, it's well-written. It's a testament to Lebbon's skill as an author that he's able to make the actual writing almost an afterthought--the writing is unobtrusive and serves the story perfectly.

However, I didn't find the story all that exciting. Lebbon knows how to write action, but there's quite a bit of downtime that never is as suspenseful as it could or should be.

Lastly, although I suspect it might have been a decision outside of the author's hands, I think the addition of movie characters Ripley and Ash into this story was particularly unfortunate, as I never believed that these canonical characters would be in any way changed by the time the story was through. But hey--no spoilers--maybe it turned out that I was wrong,.

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  • Jason
  • 24-08-16

A very good listen.

I don't usually write reviews, I normally just rate them, but this book was so unexpectedly different from what I thought it would be, I had to write.
I expected the book to be the same story from all the other books or movies, with different words and character names, but I was very surprised. The book was very good, I didn't want to pause it when I had to, and I stayed up until 6am just to finish it. If you like the Alien stuff, or Sci-fi stuff, I definitely recommend giving this book a go, my personal opinion was, it was very good, and very much worth the credit. Oh, and I hope you enjoy Alien: Out of the Shadows as much as I did.

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  • Craig J Moulard
  • 30-12-19

Annoying Narrator!

As someone above pointed out. The fella reading this ends each sentence with a obnoxious inflection. After a while it starts to get on your nerves!

Almost forgot: one of the characters sounds like Pepe Le Pew! Fella, if you can't do an accent, PLEASE don't try...it sounds really silly!

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  • JEFF STILLMAN
  • 10-11-17

This book should have been adapted as the sequel.

After having binged this book I believe it would have made a far superior sequel to Alien. The story is far more involving and has a greater level of fear and tension. I can’t recommend this book enough if your a fan of the Alien anthology.

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  • Jason Yates
  • 05-06-21

Voice Actor Sucks

The voice actor reads in a sing-song style that is just irritating and amateurish. I finished the audiobook but I hope I never listen to him read anything ever again.

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  • Nicolas Smith
  • 17-08-17

if you like the franchise get this

my only complaint was too many ripley dreams, only needed 4 at most. but overall the story wad amazing, characters interesting, overall a great book, and a must have for any fan of the series.

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  • Curtis O Thompson
  • 30-07-16

Amazing

Absolutely awesome experience. Starting chapters are a little too fast on content (need more time to like the characters), but otherwise really good.

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  • Alexander Sellers
  • 12-07-21

Good idea for the setting, bad ideas inside

Spoilers ahead.



Seriously what Africans me about this story is a big spoiler.



Ok so Ripley appears in this story. This was an incredibly unneeded aspect of the story. Like an editor told the writer that she had to be included. Don't get me wrong, I think Ripley as a character is amazing. But shoving her in as fanservice is garbage. All the elements introduced along side her are unnecessary or feel like an after thought to their inclusion.

The setting of the ship and the mine are what drew me into this story. Love regular people trying to survive against great odds. Ripley appears so suddenly i thought i had missed a chapter. what comes with her is Ash's AI fitted into the computer. Dope idea, didn't need Ripley for it though. So throughout the story the group of survivors are trying to get everything ready to escape the ship with it's decaying orbit. and every bad thing that happens turns out to be Ash pulling the strings revealed a chapter later.

A good story dirtied by fanservice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-12-16

Great story. Wonky timeline

This was a great alien novel. Full of suspense and blood pumping thrills. (Not a spoiler) The only issue I have with the book is the timeline. Set between the first and second movies...with Ripley as a main character. Feels more like a retcon than a serial story in the series.

Still very good.

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