Alien 3

  • by Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by Lance Henriksen
  • 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here, even the wind screams. Abandoned hulks of machinery rust in the colorless landscape. Dark, oily seas beat against a jagged black shore. And the remnants of a reentry space vehicle crash into the rough waves. In it sleeps Ripley, a woman who has battled the enemy twice. It killed her whole crew the first time. The second time, it slaughtered a spaceload of death-dealing Marines.Now on this prison planet that houses only a horde of defiant, captive men, she will have to fight the ultimate alien horror one more time.

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Not Bad For A Human...

Alan Dean Foster's attempt to rough out the edges of ALIEN 3's script makes for an interesting juxtaposition between the movie and the film. Even with the special edition of the film available, this one is worth a spin for hardcore ALIEN nuts, especially given Lance Henriksen's reading (which is excellent).
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- Isaac Oden

The audiobook was much better than the film.

If you could sum up Alien 3 in three words, what would they be?

Underappreciated, well-written, excellent


What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the setting and the conflict established. By placing the protagonoist (Ripley) on a new world, surrounded by prisioners (all male), and with no weapons it created an interesting delima in dealing with the Alien akin to the first film. The survivors are then forced to work together and use their surroundings to take on the Alien.


What about Lance Henriksen’s performance did you like?

This is one of my favorite audio books because of Mr. Henriksen's performance. It was nice to have an Alien alum perform the book in the first place, but I felt he did a good job. Some of his different character's voices are poorly done, but was able to forgive it because of the overall performance.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There wasn't a particularly "moving" part of a survival-horror/sci-fi tale.


Any additional comments?

I first listened to this audiobook on a two cassette tape set that I had for years. I have always like the story of Alien 3 and feel that the "original cut" of the film didn't do it justice. The novilization filled in a lot of holes and created a more complete story. As a fan of the franchise I would say this is my second favorite Alien story behind the second film. I would recommend a listen to anyone who may not have really enjoyed the film but would like a better "telling" of the story.

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- Danny Burke

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-13-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books