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Publisher's Summary

Returned to Earth, Ellen Ripley learns that a colony has been established on LV-426, the planet where the crew of the Nostromo found the original Alien.
But contact with the colonists has been lost, so she must accompany a unit of colonial marines to discover their fate. And to destroy any Aliens found on the planet known as Acheron.
This is a groundbreaking sequel by science fiction legend Alan Dean Foster, with the wonderful characters and rapid-fire action that make Aliens one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.
©2014 Alan Dean Foster (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Troy on 07-08-16

"Get away from her, You." - Really?!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I love the first two movies in this franchise so much! So how can a book that essentially follows the movie scene for scene be disappointing? Let me explain how.

1. It has been sanitized. As indicated by my review title, nearly all the expletives have been omitted. Instead of the most loved line in the movie, "Get away from her you bitch!" we are given "Get away from her YOU!" Now I'm not that attached to swearing; I'm not a 12-year old on the playground trying to sound grown up. But many of the best lines from the movie completely lose their force, rhythm, and impact from being sanitized. C'mon. These are marines and blue collar workers (Ripley). They need to swear to sound natural.

2. The reader struggles with doing multiple voices. I think a reading with less-differentiated voices would be much better. There is no way a single narrator can imitate all the great voices in the movie exactly. This narrator (Hope) tries, and/or invents voices for ones he can't approximate, but it really doesn't work. It's an impossible task to measure up to a full cast of actors in this regard and I wish Hope or the person who produced/directed this audiobook hadn't tried.

3. Sensory descriptions are missing and the novel is flat without having seen the movie. If the reading/writing had tried to be more stand-alone, the book might be more successful. But lots of bits that you would put in for a stand-alone work just aren't there; the author seems to be relying on the reader to have seen the movie. Mostly I am talking about solid description. Foster doesn't help you visualize the aliens much. Textures, colors, smells, sounds, and visuals aren't not given much text at all and the novelization feels pretty flat as a result.

4. The scope is the movie and only the movie. You get very little detail/background for the story that isn't supplied on-screen. I think the major reason for reading a novelization of a movie is to get interior thoughts/feelings for the characters and to pick up more in-depth explanations of character motives, technical details, etc.

Foster basically just wrote down the movie. Hope tried to (unsuccessfully) imitate the movie voices and was hampered by sanitized dialogue. The result is disappointing.

Who might enjoy this? Well, I was 10 years old when Alien came out and my parents wouldn't take me to see it. So I read the book. That worked, until I could see the movie. The only people who I think would really enjoy this book are kids in the same situation. :) If you can see the movie, just do that and only that. The book isn't worth it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Doug on 07-18-16

Game Over, Man....

The first novelization, 'Alien' was excellent, but this version falls short. Here's why:

1) No swear words! 'Aliens' is just one of those movies that you can't dumb down. The effective use of illicit language is in itself a character in the story. Great, anticipated moments fall flat with lines like: "Get away from her, you!"
2) The author adds unnecessary length to scenes. He adds nothing new to the existing story.
3) The narrator is not up to the task of delivering 'Aliens.'

That's it. Re-imagining the movie over nine hours was the best part.

So when Frost asks, "What the hell are we supposed to use, man, harsh language?" This audio book says 'no.'

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4 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 12-30-15

This time it's more

Where does Aliens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely one of the better ones. I read the book many years ago and was delighted to see it being released in audio book form.

What other book might you compare Aliens to, and why?

Alien obviously because it has the same writer and is the first part of the story.

Have you listened to any of William Hope’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I'd not heard William Hope (AKA Gorman in the movie) before and was pleasantly surprised by the tone and pace he reads at.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ummm... this time it's war? :)

Any additional comments?

A great book. My only real disappointment is that the language seems to have been sanitised. I'm not a prude and can accept bad language in context but the fact that a line like "F**k that" has been replaced with "Forget that" gets quite distracting over time. A bad decision by whoever made it. It's an 18 rated movie/story and removing that language is as laughable as the ITV late 1980s dub. It's a small point but I do find that marines fearing imminent death would probably lose their composure and swear.

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5 out of 5 stars
By kmcca5 on 12-14-15

Stop your grinnin and drop your linen!

Any additional comments?

I read these books as a an Alien series obsessive child and was overjoyed to see they have burst through some poor unsuspecting victims chest and on to Audible.

Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 are all worth a listen for fans of the films as they do then justice and then some. Acid for blood what is not to love. A nice touch is that the narrator is the actor that plays Gorman from the Aliens Film and he is extremely effective.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 01-25-17

Fantastic

If you could sum up Aliens in three words, what would they be?

An engaging listen

What other book might you compare Aliens to, and why?

Alien

What does William Hope bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He tries to emulate the voices of the characters and does quite well!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great listen, narrator did well in copying the characters voices from the film which in my opinion was terrific. Only complaint was the a lot of the dialogue was changed/missing compared to the film, it is a movie novelisation so I'm unsure why this happened. Also they cut all swearing, I found this odd as it's a horror book and some of the best lines had a cheeky curse word in, I could get past this until the iconic line "Get away from her you B*TCH" was changed to "Get away from her.....YOU!" lol bit anti climatic ;) overall a great listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Samantha on 04-21-16

Excellent as always

Thoroughly enjoyed it, will narrated and I love the preview for the next book at the end. Can't wait to get the next book. Thank you

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