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Would you listen to Alien: River of Pain again? Why?
Yes. The story was very compelling - I loved how it detailed the events that occurred offscreen in the beginning of Aliens and detailed exactly what had happened at LV-426. It played like a movie in my head (especially with all of the effects) and like a good movie, I usually like to rewatch (in this case, relisten). I really think the Aliens franchise lends itself very well to the audio drama format, due all the tension, terror, and suspense the stories bring. Like Out of the Shadows, I will probably listen to this several more times. I really am hoping for more Alien audio dramas as I am a huge fan of both the Alien franchise and of audio dramas in general.
What did you like best about this story?
That it detailed the events of LV-426 very consistently with the events in Aliens, yet still had a few surprises in store for me. The suspense, tension, and terror usually associated with an Aliens story were very much present and well done. The presence of both very likable and despicable characters made the story experience good as well.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?
Demian Brackett. I'm a fan of Colin Salmon's work and his character was the most likable in the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Enthusiastic yes! But I had to restrain myself. Instead of finishing off a nice, tasty dessert too quickly, I wanted to savor it. So over the last five drives to and from work, I listened to the story. I certainly looked forward to those drives more than usual the last few days!
Any additional comments?
Great production, great casting (In addition to Salmon, Alexander Siddig was excellent in his role.) Hoping for more!
29 of 30 people found this review helpful
I am a huge Lovecraft fan, and as such was exposed to the Alien franchise much later in life (2012ish). Because of my feelings for this series I was very concerned about things like continuity, accurate characterization, and proper voice acting. I am a remarkably brutal purist when it comes to canon and I really was concerned about how these audio dramas would live up to my expectation. So mostly, I avoided them.
Then they announced the release of River of Pain, and put the other drama on a "Daily Deal". I figured its under $5 and a moderate length so it isn't too much investment.
I'm glad I made that choice.
The voice of Ripley is very close, and fairly consistent with the original casting. The rest of the cast is also superb and I could never say enough good things about Marc Warren, who is highly underrated.
If you are a fan, these are incredible, if you are someone just looking for a fast paced quick listen, these are incredible. If you generally hate everything, these are still freaking amazing.
I had high expectations, I never expected my expectations to be met. Not only were they met, they were shattered.
Listen to both these dramas now, and thank yourself later.
29 of 32 people found this review helpful
This dramatisation fits in between 'Alien' and 'Aliens' and essentially provides the backstory for Newt and planet LV-426. As such, if you're a fan of the films (which you presumably are to be considering this) you pretty much know where the story is heading. However, much like Star Wars' Rogue One, although the outcome is predetermined, the journey is still well worth making. It has a couple of minor flaws-some of the characters are sketchy stereotypes (the two company scientists in particular are one dimensional and almost comically evil) and on occasion some of the protagonists (particularly the children) seem jarringly blase about the horror and loss around them. These remain petty quibbles only in the face of the gripping narrative which grabs you by the throat and gallops along with you. The central figures are well realised with excellent voice acting and the tension builds with the claustrophobia and terror that the films portrayed so well. It is seamlessly intercut with what sound like extracts from the original 'Aliens' movie featuring Ripley before she leaves for the planet and this adds an authenticity that in my mind has now cemented this as being THE actual sequence of events linking the films. It all makes for engrossing and chilling listening. I warn you also that listening to this audiobook also leads to the risk of you annoying the hell out of those around you for a couple of days by responding 'copy that' to everything!
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
I thought people might like to know that although Audible draws attention to the fact that 'special guest star' William Hope is returning as Lt. Gorman (little more than a cameo), they make no mention that three other actors reprise their roles from the film Aliens.
In a substantial role, Mac MacDonald returns playing Al Simpson (seen in the special edition cut). also, Stuart Milligan as the man who rescues Ripley from hyper-sleep at the beginning of the film "There goes our salvage guys!" and Alibe Parsons returns as the Med Tech on Gateway Station.
I thought it was pretty good. It suffers from the foreknowledge that everyone but Newt is doomed and it take two hours to get to the good stuff, but I can't fault the acting, and the unexpected appearance of Mac MacDonald, Stuart Milligan and Alibe Parsons raised goose-pimples as soon as I recognized their voices.
As for the 'poor encoding' of the review title... Productions like this should sound spectacular, I own several Dirk Maggs radio dramas on CD and they all sound as good as a modern movie. I'm sure that when he turned it over to Audible 'Alien: River of Pain' sounded great.
Unfortunately the BEST quality download offered here has been downsampled to 22.5kHz and then encoded at 64kbps. The result sounds mushy and riddled with sibilance, the background music being particularly badly effected. Sonic vandalism. And they have the cheek to compare this to CD quality.
Please, for full cast drama with music and sound effects, up the sample rate to 44.1kHz and the bitrate to at least 96kbps. You could call them Audible HD and at the rates I've suggested the files would only get 50% larger than the "Enhanced" download.
You won't regret it (mostly)
23 of 26 people found this review helpful
well acted and lots of fun. hope they make more of these audio dramas! 😀
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
great book with great tie-ins to the movie Aliens
action packed and great character development
1 of 1 people found this review helpful