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A while back I decided to punish myself for some reason by reading through the novelizations of the first four Alien movies for reasons I won't go into here. I generally dislike novelizations -- at least I dislike them unless they add something to the experience of the movie. Too often they simply sweep you through the movie and don't even bother to stop and provide good descriptions (relying on the fact that you already have the visuals in your head). What I'm really looking for, of course, is more detail about the world and some of the internal dialogue of the characters. Alien 4: Alien Resurrection really came through on that score. Here's the good and the bad.
The good. You get some internal dialogue from the characters and from the aliens themselves! You also get a look into the world of an artificial human, two actually - an android and a semi-human clone. I especially enjoyed the sub-plot surrounding the artificial human (android). The reading by Hope is generally good and Crispin's writing is fine too. There are a couple of things going for the movie that really translated well into the novelization - the spooky atmosphere and the huge variety of interesting characters.
The bad. Well, there's not much negative worth saying. The book does indeed suffer some of the typical problems of a novelization - lazy description, for instance - but not as much as was the case with Foster's novelizations (Alien and Aliens). You also don't get a lot of extra plot detail that wasn't apparent in the movie, but you get a little.
Overall, I'd say it was a satisfying read.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really like that I have not seen this movies in such a long time. The books made the stories come back to life for me. Not only that but also brought to focus many things that I may not have noticed while just watching the movie. Yet again, the book out does the movie, and this is a novelization!
For book four, Ripley is dealing with something completely different. They have cloned her (how they got her out of lava from book three is not really talked about, but somehow they were able to) and they also cloned her alien baby. OF COURSE THEY DID! I mean why not clone this horrific alien that eats people, bleeds and spits acid, and can survive the apocalypse like huge, carnivorous cockroaches? Makes sense to me! Well, they do and it's Ripley that is left with the implications of having to choose between races.
I loved being able to hear the alien's thoughts. The narration and audio did a fantastic job of bringing this hive like creature to life. I talk about cockroaches but in reality, it's like they are bees. Carnivorous bees that want to do a lot more than just pollinate flowers! It was amazing getting a feel for who they were and how they thought. I did not know until the very end which way Ripley would choose. The narration just made it all the more intriguing to listen to.
I would definitely recommend listening to this. The narration by William Hope is incredible. And, although I would have loved to hear it with a full cast, the story and the narrator really leads this into a great direction. Fans will love this even more than the already fantastic movies. The voices were easily discernible, even when they are in terror, or like when another android goes on the fritz. I loved listening to that portion, although it did freak me out a little!
In short: Fan freaking tastic story. Even better than the movies.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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14 of 18 people found this review helpful
Excellent story. Well delivered and much more depth than the weak movie. A great addition to the aliens audiobooks.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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 other 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 !!!
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