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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.

    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.

    ©2016 Audible, Ltd. (P)2016 20th Century Fox
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Episodes
  • Episode 1

    Dec 7 2018

    Unconscious, unaware, Ripley is the last human survivor of the Nostromo, her shuttle lost in deep space. Meanwhile, the crew aboard the mining ship Marion, faces a catastrophic collision with one of its own dropships and has to contend with the alien infestation on board.

    Marooned in a decaying orbit above the planetoid LV-178, the crew struggle to tackle the threat at hand, when an unexpected visitor makes her presence known.

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    29 mins
  • Episode 2

    Dec 7 2018

    Ripley’s shuttle has docked with the Marion. She arrives traumatised, only to find her rescuers under attack by a familiar foe. To make matters worse, it seems that Ash, an android she’d thought killed aboard the Nostromo, has uploaded his AI routines into her shuttle’s computer.

    Outside, the ship’s orbit is decaying faster than expected. The crew has just days to escape before they burn up in LV-178’s atmosphere.

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    27 mins
  • Episode 3

    Dec 7 2018

    Ripley and the crew aboard the Marion are running out of options to escape certain death. Their orbit is decaying rapidly. With only a few days to decide, they settle on a plan. If they can deal with the alien infestation on board the Samson, their remaining undamaged dropship, they may be able to return to LV-178’s mining installation and retrieve the vital fuel they need to escape on Ripley’s shuttle.

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    32 mins

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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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Well executed

Strong story and all the music and effects amplified it to the next level. Well worth a listen.

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An audio movie

This could only be described as an audio film. Rather the usual audio book with a nice voice reading it, this has actors playing all characters with cool sound effects. Im visually impaired and this book was better than most films.

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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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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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Scary, engaging, excellent

I enjoyed being taken along on this scary, action/alien adventure with Ripley and the others

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Thought I knew the story - I didn't

Not the script of the film and well characterised. Rutger is a big name for a relatively small part. Ripley well acted.

listened to chapters in isolation to start then book gathers pace, last four chapters listened en bloc.

No complaints except the episodes didn't follow on automatically which was a pain - especially if listening on an echo device - since Alexa didn't seem to recognise the book.

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Gripping and intriguing

I have enjoyed this book so much. I was so surprised and pleased with how Laurel Lefkow sounded so similar to Sigourney Weaver because it was this similarity that made the whole listening experience even more gripping.
I highly recommend this book and to make it even better, it was FREE!

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Was class, loved it from start to finish,it was like watching a movie, hope there's more

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An amazing feel!

Really feels like you are there!
A good quality sound work !
Great actors !

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  • Gireesh
  • 16-11-20

Perhaps the best alien audio adaptation yet.

For those who’ve been disappointed with alien 3 and it’s sequels, I think alien out of shadows is a welcome return to the alien universe. It’s well plotted perhaps not up to the standard of Alien but that was not only ground breaking but it’s pure visceral impact has yet to be matched. Voice acting is better than good as well as sounds effects. The actress playing Ripley inhabits her persona well and her voice sounds like sigourney weaver. And the antagonist is introduced a little too early. A more than worthy listen.

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  • michelle
  • 11-12-20

excellent, cannot praise enough

i listened to the alien trilogy (out of the shadows, river of pain, sea of sorrows) in the wrong order. i listened to river of pain first, out of the shadows second and i am currently going through sea of sorrows. out of the shadows is by far the best of the three - and that's a pretty strong statement given how good the other two are. the writing is just so perfect, the voice acting of the cast could literally not get any better. rutger hauer was an absolute pleasure to listen to - though the entire cast really did do an amazing job.

i fell so in love with the crew, i really was dreading the end of the the story because (possible spoiler) due to my jumbled listening order i knew that river of pain was another chapter in the universe through new eyes. would recommend this to anyone who has even just a vague idea of the alien universe. the sound design, the soundtrack - all the technical stuff - was mind blowing.

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  • Zelda
  • 14-11-20

Ripley's Believe it or not

The novel was a welcome addition to the Alien franchise but Ripley's presence was odd and unnecessary. The author made a good attempt at salvaging a need for her presence between the first and second films but still, the conflict in the Alien universe remains the same, the real threat are the synthetics and Weyland-Yutani; the Aliens are only the weapon used by these nefarious wielders.

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  • Matt
  • 25-10-20

Good, compelling, but I found myself wishing...

... that this was the Alien story that William Gibson wrote. Trying to communicate a historically visual story world is tricky as an audio drama, understandably. Much description of protocol and procedure become necessary—for the plot, blocking, mapping to all make sense. Few can do—describe, thematize—such things as Gibson can, to say nothing of what he can do with “problematic” artificial intelligences.

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  • Mr. Pattison's Class@a_??90000∅ⁿ
  • 23-10-20

Great listen

After listening to this podcast I would love for the powers that be to make an Alien tv series.

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  • Shereen Ward
  • 22-09-21

Best of the Trilogy

They’re Bugs. They lay eggs, they hatch, they takeover…

Amazing Production, outstanding story, all in all the best Aliens audio book to date imo.

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  • william b stanton
  • 09-09-21

Laurel Lefkow as Sigourney Weaver

Her cadence, her speech pattern, her breath pauses, if it didn't say Laurel Lefkow as Ripley after each episode, I would have just assumed it was Sigourney Weaver. Speaking of, why is this a 10 part series rather than a single download? It works though. Using Ruger Hauer was almost distracting, I kept waiting for him to go into his Blade Runner monolog, but he did a great reading. I like that the story wrapped back into the 2nd movie, but almost as a cop out, I'd liked to have seen it done different.

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  • Colleen Gabriel
  • 07-09-21

Alien: Out of the Shadows

If you are a fan of the first 2 Alien movies you will love this. I could not stop listening to it. Wow give this a chance you will not be disappointed.

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  • Ian R.
  • 26-08-21

Enjoyable but unnecessary

This is the first dramatization I can recall listening to - and I really liked it! It helps that I'm a die-hard Alien fan, but I found the performances enjoyable and Ripley's voice actress does a pretty fantastic impersonation. I have not read the text or heard it read, so I can only comment on the story as it was performed. I thought it was a pretty decent story... except that its draw of having Ellen Ripley as a character is a more of a detriment than anything.

This could have been an excellent stand-alone story but Ripley's presence sets it between Alien and Aliens. Automatically, this limits any tension involving her character because the story is determined that she make it to Aliens. The rest of our cast is new, even if they do fall into well known tropes. They're all competently presented and likable to different degrees, despite some very blatant nods to the original Nostromo crew. Some characters do feel too similar to one another - it's a lot of the same glib tone in interactions. It can make remembering characters later difficult - I listened to it within a week and honestly I've forgotten most of the character names. This might be a downside of the dramatization, although I'm leaning toward it being the writing.

As for the conflict, it's very out-of-the-frying-pan, into-the-fire but with aliens! It feels like a combination of comic stories, primarily Aliens: Dead Orbit. The antagonist is introduced early and brought a smile to my face, but like Ripley, could be replaced or not included. Pacing felt like a problem with few plot beats having time to breathe, partly a necessity as our cast is working against the clock, and I suspect partly a result of being a performance without the descriptive text between dialogue. I like a slower pace with higher tension. Which brings me to the issue with our alien menace: there are too many when a pair or singular creature would've satisfied and had more weight - this is probably more of a personal preference/"how I would have done it" criticism.

Ultimately, this is a fine Alien story (insofar as I remember them being) with a couple of unnecessary characters.

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  • Harrison Contesti
  • 23-07-21

Can’t even Explain

My lord. I loved this. I legit felt like there was a movie playing in my head. I wish they’d make movie adaptations of this and I can’t wait to listen to the rest