Alien : Alien

  • by Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by Peter Guinness
  • Series: Alien
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien and Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. He is also a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author in his own right, including the popular Pip & Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.

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V GOOD, BUT NOVEL DIFFERS FROM FILM SOMEWHAT

Would you consider the audio edition of Alien to be better than the print version?

Yes, actually. There are some timely atmospheric sound effects in the background here and there, which I usually find annoying. But they work well here.


What did you like best about this story?

It's a great, creepy sci-fi tale in itself, but the novelisation differs somewhat from the movie. Alan Dean Foster was obviously asked to write it half-way through the 1979 film's production, and it is based on an early version of the movie script, as he seemingly has no idea what the movie's 'alien' is supposed to look like - he's very, very vague when he comes to describing it's appearance. There are also several scenes that differ a great deal from the movie version - there's no 'Space Jockey' in this, for example. Would be great to see an updated version of the tale, that ties in closer with the visuals of the movie and the final script. Hint, hint.


Which character – as performed by Peter Guinness – was your favourite?

Ripley and Lambert - for the wrong reasons. When he puts on a female voice he sounds very, very camp. Brought a smile or two.


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

When the pace quickens in the last third, it all gets quite creepy and I had to put the bedroom light on.


Any additional comments?

Still very good, despite the above points I mentioned. Any chance of a 'Prometheus' audiobook, to complete the 'Alien saga' set?

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- Reviews101

Classic movie and classic novel

The movie is a classic in the sci-fi horror genre. The novel is well written and quite faithfully recreates the movie with many subtle differences. If you loved the movie, you'll love this. Peter Guinness is a great choice for the reader and does a great job of pacing the story nicely as well as being clear and comfortable on the ear.
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- Steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios