Alien: River of Pain : Alien

  • by Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, Alexander Siddig, Marc Warren, Michelle Ryan, William Hope
  • Series: Alien
  • 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron.
Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope. Anne and Russell Jorden — two colonists who are seeking a fortune that eluded them on Earth — are expecting their firstborn child.
The birth of Rebecca Jorden, known to her family as Newt, is a cause for celebration. But as the colony grows and expands, so, too, do the political struggles between a small detachment of Colonial Marines and the Weyland-Yutani scientists posted on Acheron. Willing to overlook their orders in order to serve the Company's interests, these scientists have another far more sinister agenda — to covertly capture a living Alien.
The wildcatters discover a vast, decaying spaceship. The horseshoe-shaped vessel is of particular interest to Weyland-Yutani and may be the answer to their dreams. But what Anne and Russell find onboard proves to be the stuff not of dreams but of nightmares.
This terrifying, cinematic, multicast dramatization — directed by the multiaward-winning Dirk Maggs, best known for his adaptations of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for the BBC — is the sequel to Audible Original's Alien: Out of the Shadows (nominated for Best Audio Drama at the 2017 Audies).
Starring Golden Globe-nominated Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies, Limitless), Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Game of Thrones), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, Doctor Who), Colin Salmon (Alien vs Predator, Arrow, James Bond), Marc Warren (Mad Dogs, Saving Private Ryan, Hustle) and Philip Glenister (Outcast, Life on Mars), with special guest star William Hope returning as Lt. Gorman from James Cameron's Aliens.

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What the Critics Say

"Filled with tension and stellar voice performances, River Of Pain is edge of your seat good." (Buzzfeed)
"Frightening." (Yahoo Movies)
"Dirk Maggs continues to create masterful audio drama that only gets better.... Maggs coaxes fantastic performances from his cast to convey the characters' dread while also creating a good balance of sound effects. Listeners will remain on high alert about what may be around the next corner." (AudioFile)
"Superbly detailed sound-design and remarkable sonic effects... a truly unique listening experience." (HeyUGuys)
"Terrifying." (NME)
"The cast is an outstanding smorgasbord of familiar genre talent." (Starburst)
"No expense has been spared on this blockbuster Aliens sequel." (Loaded)

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Out of this World!

Just prepare a darkened room, maybe inject a minor sedative into your credulity for added effect and you're ready for five hours of Alien-inspired adventure. Filling in more of the gaps between the first two Alien films the five star cast propel this story at a simply steaming pace. With top notch production values just let your mind conjure those iconic images; the horse shoe space-ship, the Alien, the pods and test your sanity against the results. An epic in five hours!

Audible . . . one question . . . when's the next one coming out?
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- Simon

Great production, poor encoding.

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)

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- Southville

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-04-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios