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Alien: Out of the Shadows

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (174 ratings)
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"The mix of music, sound effects, and vocals is painstakingly orchestrated—from the creaks of the ship to the subtle shifts in atmospheric tone…add in a diverse ensemble of voices, and this production succeeds in keeping the listener in the center of the action."

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Our favorite moments from Alien: Out of the Shadows

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An unexpected visitor approaches.
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So Ripley...what happened to you?
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Ripley lashes out at Hoop.

  • An unexpected visitor approaches.
  • So Ripley...what happened to you?
  • Ripley lashes out at Hoop.

About the Creator

Dirk Maggs is an innovator in the world of radio and audio production. A prolific writer and director, he is known for his cinematic approach to audio, utilizing scripts and fine-tuned sound effects layered with music to create a near visual effect. Maggs has previously worked on BBC Radio adaptations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. He also excels at adapting graphic novels for radio. His award-winning credits include Judge Dredd, Superman Lives, and Batman: Knightfall. At Audible, Maggs has proven to be a breakout star, directing the groundbreaking original Alien series and adapting The X-Files: Cold Cases and The X-Files: Stolen Lives.

About the Creator

Tim Lebbon has made a career out of writing spine-chilling horror and dark fantasy stories. He released his first novel, Mesmer, in 1997 and has since published dozens of other titles in the genre. A UK native, he has won four British Fantasy Awards and a Bram Stoker Award for his 2002 story Reconstructing Amy. Lebbon’s work has also been adapted for the big screen; his novel The Silence was made into a 2018 film directed by John R. Leonetti, starring Stanley Tucci and Miranda Otto. He has written several novels rooted in legendary sci-fi franchises, including a Star Wars novel entitled Into the Void, Alien vs. Predator: Armageddon, and Alien: Out of the Shadows, the source material for this audio production.

About the Performer

Rutger Hauer is internationally known for his portrayal of characters ranging from the menacing to the romantic. A Dutch actor, he rose to fame in the United States as Roy Batty, the surprisingly sympathetic antagonist in 1982’s Blade Runner. He went on to star in audience-adored hits such as Batman Begins, Sin City, Ladyhawke, and The Hitcher. On the small screen, he has lent his talents to shows including The Last Kingdom, Alias, Smallville, True Blood, and Wilfred, and won a Golden Globe for his work on the made-for-television film Escape from Sobibor. In addition to his acting, Hauer is a noted activist, a fervent environmentalist, and the founder of the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association, an AIDS advocacy non-profit. His foreboding performance in Alien: Out of the Shadows marks his first venture into audiobooks.

About the Performer

The voice of Matthew Lewis will be familiar to Harry Potter fans; his endearing portrayal of the lovably unlucky Neville Longbottom in the eight-film series won the hearts of audiences globally. Beyond the world of witchcraft and wizardry, Lewis boasts an impressive repertoire. He went on to star in lauded British television dramas, including The Syndicate, Ripper Street, and Girlfriends, as well as big screen hits such as Me Before You and Terminal. He has also been featured in several stage performances, ranging from Agatha Christie’s Verdict to the 2012 revival of the dark, incisive Our Boys. Lewis makes his audio debut with Alien: Out of the Shadows.

About the Performer

Kathryn Drysdale is an English actress who has appeared in film, television, and theater. Her most notable performances include the portrayal of heiress Rhoda Swartz in the 2004 adaptation of Vanity Fair and her turn as the brash Taylor in the beloved British comedy St. Trinian’s. Her television work ranges from sci-fi favorite Doctor Who to tongue-in-cheek royal comedy The Windsors. Her stage credits include performances in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2008) and the West End revival of The Ruling Class opposite James McAvoy. Known for her narrations of acclaimed YA novels such as Fractured, Shattered, and Contagion, her bright and energetic voice shimmers in Alien: Out of the Shadows.

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.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Alien: Out of the Shadows to your library, you'll get all 10 episodes, each with a runtime of about 30 minutes.

©2018 Audible, Ltd. (P)2018 20th Century Fox

A gripping sci-fi original guaranteed to make your skin crawl.

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Super-charged Alien Creepiness!

Deliciously creepy tension and fast paced action, this was a blast! From the opening scenes through to the end this smashes through the storyline at a remarkable rate. The high quality cast and excellent production values make this an absolute joy to listen to. Eerie and solid sound effects genuinely do add to the unfolding drama, even the cat gets some lines!

Some will find problems with the fact that this deviates from the known Alien story that went before it but I think this does a good enough job to bend things the amount it does and indeed it does just bend things rather than break them. It’s a fine audio drama and while probably nothing could quite match the tension of the films this does a great job of evoking similar feelings of dread and panic. There are some clever story telling techniques including the “software interloper” whose identity I will not reveal as I don’t do spoilers!

In all this is a fine drama, if I have a complaint it’s that it simply wasn’t long enough!! I am sure I could have listened to this kind of action for several more hours! And I am delighted that after my previous experience with Audible Studios which was the awful Starling Project this is the best one that I have heard from them yet. The investment in the production values and the high quality cast has more than paid dividends!

Bravo!

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Wow just WOW!!!!!

This has been one of the best books I've listened to in a long time absolutely fantastic close your eyes sit back and your in the film cannot recommend enough what a great listen this was.

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Perfect

Absolutely perfect. Everything about this is 100% perfect entertainment. I loved every second of it.

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Gripping

I remember watching the film Alien, many years ago, so the thought of a freebie in the same genre appealed to me. This turned out to be one of the best things Ive listened to in ages.
The storyline plays along the similar Alien theme of picking off crew members one by one, but the plot kept me listening and gripped throughout the entire series.
Well worth a listen.

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Absolutely great.

Great. Puts you right at the heart of the action. Loved it. Would recommend easily

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A long time Alien fan's opinion

I was sceptical of this at first, but let me tell you that this was one of the best stories I've read/heard in recent memory that's set in the Alien universe.

After trying to wash the sour taste of Covenant from my mouth (yes even after years), this was probably the best thing that I could have found.

Lots of tension, the characters are multidimensional, the setting is intriguing and the story is surprising well written.

If you're an Alien fan, then there is no reason to not have a listen!

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Brilliant, highly recommended for Alien fans!

Great story, really well acted, fab sound effects. I have listened to some great Audible books, this is one of my favourites!

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Was hooked from the start

Will be listening to this and sequels over and over. great listen! Cant wait to see what other original dramas audible has to offer

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Not good

Simple, unbelievable story/scenario. Terrible dialogue. Sad the Alien franchise has come to this. At least it was free.

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Thrilling Dramatization!

This is a high level dramatization with excellent sound design. The hairs on the back of my neck were raised every time there was a *scuttling* in the ducts or a *crump* of the alien banging on the door. The dramatic musical score made this seem like a film. Top notch voice actor did an excellent impression of Ellen Ripley. Rutger Hauer in anything is amazing. The perfect balance of space horror and space action.

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