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Alien: Out of the Shadows

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Durée : 4 h et 28 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 notations)
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Description

"Laurel Lefkow shines as Ripley - her mature, sarcastic tone barely concealing her raw terror at reliving a nightmare. The mix of music, sound effects, and vocals is painstakingly orchestrated - from the creaks of the ship to the subtle shifts in atmospheric tone as the characters enter different situations. Add in a diverse ensemble of voices, and this production succeeds in keeping the listener in the center of the action. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award." (AudioFile magazine)

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. 

When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors.... 

Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo

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Loved it!

For those of you who, like me, are big fans of the Alien series, this is a must! :)

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 02/05/2016

a work that I highly recommend

In 2014, Titan Books released the first in a new series of books set in the Alien film franchise under the supervision of the movie studio 20th Century Fox. These novels are considered part of the film canon and help expand and flesh out the movie universe, and they launched with Tim Lebbon’s Alien: Out of the Shadows, set between the first two movies and featuring the series’ heroine, Lt. Ellen Ripley.

Following the destruction of the Nostromo in the first Alien movie, Ripley put herself into hypersleep and drifted through space. Movie buffs know that 57 years passed between Alien and Aliens, but Lebbon has crafted a nicely fitting story that slots itself directly into the middle of this time gap. In Out of the Shadows, the damaged mining vessel Marion picks up a distress call from Ripley’s lifeboat, while the crew contends with the discovery of a vicious life-form on the planet LV-178. It’s not long before Ripley is pressed back into action, haunted by the events aboard the Nostromo, and hellbent on saving the crew of the Marion.

Rather than taking Lebbon’s novel and producing a straight-up audiobook, Audible Studios and director Dirk Maggs have turned Out of the Shadows into a brilliant audio drama, crafting a production that may well be the best Alien production since James Cameron’s own Aliens. Using an ensemble cast of voice actors, including actor Rutger Hauer in his first audio performance as the now-disembodied ghost in the machine of the android Ash, and an array of sound effects and musical score, the production quality on display here is downright phenomenal.

Actor Corey Johnson brings to life Chief Engineering Hooper, while Laurel Lefkow voices Ripley. The chemistry between these two is terrific and you get a great sense of camaraderie as they form a fast friendship under the threat of the alien menace. Lefkow in particular wowed the heck out of me, and a few times I could have positively sworn that Maggs had gotten Sigourney Weaver to reprise her role. Lefkow absolutely nails the tone, inflection, and speech patterns of Weaver’s Ellen Ripley and it’s mighty damn impressive to listen to.

Rounding out the voice talent is the full-fledged sonic experience of the work itself. From the familiar not-quite dot matrix noises of the computers as they display text, to the ferocious grunts, hisses, and screams of the aliens, and the attendant instrumental score, Out of the Shadows is a frighteningly immersive experience, and one that is very audibly an Alien story. Dirk Maggs has been credited with turning the audio drama into an audio movie for his BBC productions, and that particular knack is on full display here. Lebbon’s prose work has been stripped away, although the story and dialogue, with a bit of finessing for this dramatization, remain intact and is lovingly crafted in a highly cinematic experience for the mind. With the accompanying audio you can really let your imagination run wild and set the scene in your mind’s eye on this one. This is as much an audio movie as it as a movie of the mind, and it’s scarily effective. Be sure to listen to this one with a good set of headphones to fully appreciate the layers and depth that went into constructing this audio drama, but be careful not to fall off the edge of your seat.

Some may argue that by placing this story between the first two Alien films that it’s not an entirely necessary work. To this, and with a shoulder shrug, I can only say, “meh.” I, for one, don’t care a whit about this works “necessity” because it’s just too damn good to ignore. This is a fun listening experience, and one of the best Alien productions we’ve gotten in a long, long while. It’s great to see, or rather, hear, Ellen Ripley back in action and kicking butt on land and in space.

If I have to post one complaint, it’s that the inclusion of Ash serves mostly as story recaps. While Hauer is a great choice to voice this iconic character, a lot of the information Ash relays, in the form of status update reports to the Weyland-Yutani corporation, is redundant to the unfolding plot, and given the frequency at which this is done over the course of the production’s 4 hours and 28 minutes it often times feel highly repetitive. If you’re spreading this listen out over multiple days or longer, these updates may serve as helpful story recaps, but if you’re digesting the story in large chunks they ultimately add little. Like a television show’s “previously on” segment, these recaps don’t eat up a lot of time, so this is ultimately a very minor complaint in the grander scheme of things.

As they did with last year’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key, Audible Studios has delivered a knock-out win of an audio drama – and for a work set in one of my favorite film series, no less! I had read and enjoyed Lebbon’s novel of this work when it came out a few years ago, but I absolutely loved listening to this adaptation. Dirk Maggs and his cast and crew have created a very special production for Alien fans with this dramatization, released on Alien Day (4-26, as in LV-426), and it’s a work that I highly recommend. Now go give it a listen!

Audiobook was provided for review by the Publisher.

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  • Martin
  • 17/05/2016

GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER!

This has to be the best dramatization on Audible.
The tone of the entire book makes you feel claustrophobic & on edge.
The core cast of characters are likeable and have just enough backstory and personality that; when one meets a grisly end you actually feel bad for them.
The production is spot on, extremely well directed and coordinated. The pace is well kept, characters talking to themselves or explaining to others in place of narration with out getting bogged down.
The actors were all extremely fun to listen to.

Over all I give this a 10/10 rating, we need more audio drama's like this one.

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  • sheila capestany
  • 06/05/2016

Excellent production of a poorly written product

The story was lacking, and there were some big plot holes, but it was excellently produced and provided excellent atmosphere. It truly carried the Alien vibe.

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  • TyrannosaurusRix
  • 01/05/2016

Surprisingly good

Where does Alien: Out of the Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Way above average, and I don't usually enjoy full-cast productions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alien: Out of the Shadows?

Can't name any particular moment,

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Ripley, of course. The actor actually sounded very much like the original film version and her delivery of Ripley's snappy one-liners in horrific situations was spot on. But all the actors did a great job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not that kind of book. But why must everyone scoff at Ripley's firsthand account of the aliens' capabilities?

Any additional comments?

It would have been nice if the description of this audiobook had included the running time (about 5 hours.) I like how the writers neatly managed to wedge an additional story line between the first two films. I gave four instead of five stars on story because it was difficult to follow the fast action and movement around the ship without the visuals. However, that's nobody's fault and only reflects the difference between the two media. The ship layout was complicated and hard to visualize.

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  • Ed
  • 04/09/2016

Outstanding

One of the best produced dramatization so I've listened to. Story is an excellent link in Alien drama. Get this one.

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  • Cartec
  • 02/02/2017

It's sad when the computer outshines the people

They took the original movie and tried again and failed. As the listener I had a hard time differentiating between the characters. The description of the action was confusing and convoluted although the action did leave we wishing I was watching the performance on tv. I will warn others that I am not a big fan of radio shows although I use to listen as a kid. The genre today is left wanting because the performers really don't take the time and patience to really develop the story. They forget that they are not performing on a television/movie screen. The computer was really the best character. He was true and consistent and he was a better villain than the people.
The story itself did not move the series along. They capitalized on the popularity of the movie and hoped the listener wouldn't mind. I did. I was really disappointed.

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  • Brian
  • 01/05/2016

Painful, well produced trainwreck

There are things the description does NOT tell you about the story that could influence your decision on if you want to spend the time with it. BTW.. no spoilers here (the story is so shallow you don't need them).
A) Ripley is a character
B) It takes place after the first movie on LV-426 and before she's rescued (before events on the second movie).
Just take a second and imagine what that means. How does the events of this story fit in with the continuity of overall storyline? Now imagine how this story might end in the most unsatisfying easy way possible. Don't put much thought into it.... You got it! You already how how they end this and how they tie in this story with the over all Alien plot lines. The only thing you don't know are the details which pretty much follow same plot line from "Aliens" just on a different world and different cardboard people.

With Ripley involved theres very little at steak and and not much tension. The characters are the same disposable characters you've seen in any of the other Alien stories you've read. I would have had more respect and more enjoyment if she had never been included at all.

Ok some positive things (there aren't many). They do try and expand the "the company" storyline and bit with a tiny bit of history, well "history" might be a bit much, they give you some more insight into "the company". Theres a single character that might be interesting to hear more about but I doubt it will go anywhere.

This is the most unbalanced audio book Ive listened to. They put a ton of time, and effort into the production. The voice talent is excellent and they spent a lot of time on the sound effects and music, but for this story, why?! And while Im on the subject of production why have sound effects at all? Im a bit on the fence about adding music to audio books. I really just want to hear the voice actors. In general adding music to make situations feel more dire just feels .. I donno. cheap.

This is by far the harshest review Ive given an audio book yet. I didn't despise the book. Im not asking for a refund or anything its just a disappointment how safe and terribly predictable the storyline is. Its a disservice to the overall story. It should be scary, you could care about the characters and have some surprises and learn more about the universe the story takes place in. Theres non of that in this book. Its like eating iceburg lettuce. Theres NOTHING in it.

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  • Chelsea
  • 25/12/2018

It was ok

I am a long time fan of the alien franchise. I was ecstatic to see an alien production pop up as one of the free originals!
Unfortunately this didn't really deliver for me. This book sets place right in between of Alien and Aliens. Ripley's lifeboat homes in on a distress call from another ship, which of course, is dealing with its own little alien problem. Ripley finds out Ash (synthetic from Alien) uploaded himself into the computer and is the cause she finds herself in this mess. It had a promising set up.
There were a few inconsistencies I noticed. For example, Ripley is explaining to the other crew how the aliens make their nest and about the queen even though with the timeline this book is placed in, Ripley would have no idea what an alien nest or an alien queen is. She doesn't see either one until the second movie. However, I could look past this since it didn't affect the story.
Where it starts to get ugly...
At no point in the book does it feel like the aliens are the big bad scary antagonists we know them to be. The aliens are just there to move the plot along. Literally a guy with a broken ankle outruns an entire horde of aliens. Like what?
Throughout the entire book, Ash is the villain. Ash is the reason they die, Ash is messing with everything, and worst of all, Ash has to make a progress report twice a chapter telling everything he has done thus far and what he plans to do. I wish I was joking. After every unfortunate event, Ash makes a progress report saying he caused it to happen. It was so redundant and annoying and unnecessary and destroyed any suspense. This killed the story for me.
The performance wasn't bad, but there were a lot of times it sounded like they were reading right from the script. Not much emotion where I would expect there to be. Crew member dies from alien - "wow...to think he would die like that". Lol?
Sound effects also sounded like they came from Alien Isolation. The cat's "meow" everytime the cat was mentioned was entertaining.
It had promise and I really wanted to enjoy it, but Ash's scenes really took the suspense away and made it very difficult to enjoy this book.

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  • amazonbuyer2016
  • 05/11/2016

Fun but predictable

I enjoyed the book however it was be same rehash of the alien storyline while changing a few tidbits of the story.

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  • Kevin DeGuiles
  • 27/04/2016

A wild quasi-religious experience of futility.

If you've played "Alien Isolation", the 2015 first person survival horror game, then you will have a good idea what this book feels like. The voice acting is well done and all of the sound effects sound like they came straight out of the video game. Overall a solid fun way to *almost* feel like you're watching an unreleased movie that would fit happily into the Alien franchise.

--- MINOR SPOILERS ---

One issue I had with this book is that it felt almost quasi-religious due to the ever present watchful eye of a particular ominous character (and not an Alien). This made many points in the story feel hollow, when most of the characters were not really in control of their futures and were serving as merely pawns on a chessboard. Reading (hearing) this futility was painful, like watching rats run around in a maze under the smiling eye of a demonic scientist. I prefer to feel like the major characters in a novel can use their wits and their will to overcome obstacles, but at many points this was not the case. At any rate, the story was still enjoyable, and I powered through the audiobook fast enough that it felt like a fun ride without trying to dwell on the above mentioned frustration too much.

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  • M.Fossi
  • 31/10/2016

Superb!

Amazing how the story evolves and you get sucked into the characters that remind me a lot of the original alien crew. Good job done producing this for Audible!

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  • Björn Wolf
  • 18/10/2016

Worth the money!

Eine gute Umsetzung des Buches!
Sehr spannend!
Ich hoffe sehr auf die nachfolgenden Bücher!
Kann ich wärmsten weiter empfehlen!

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  • HELMUT
  • 06/08/2016

Eine sehr gute Erweiterung des alien Universum.

Es wird sehr gut das durch das Spiel Alien isolation erweiterte Universum eingefügt und viele Plot Lücken aus den Filmen erklärt. Die Sprecher sind gut und die sounds das alien,die alarme, use. sind auch sehr gut aus isolation übernommen.

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  • Conrad
  • 02/10/2016

A catching and breathtaking experience from the beginning to end

When I stumbled upon this radio drama, I was very excited. Turns out my excitement wasn't in vein. The voice actors are brilliant and so are the sound effect. Those of you who are familiar with the Alien movies will blind themselves instantly immersed by the sounds and sound effect alone. The beeping of the computers, the hydraulic sounds of the doors and security hatches and so on. A must have for any Alien fan out there, definitely a recommendation for those interested in brilliant radio dramas, though I'd recommend you watch at least the first Alien movie before listening to this masterpiece. Can't wait for a sequel!

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  • medicalicious
  • 19/08/2016

Cinema in your mind

This was my first audiobook which sounded like a cinema movie. Very good voices and nice sound effects in the background that make the story a whole lot more real in your mind. Although it is a simple story well known and similar from the actual movies the performance is gorgeous and very well (voice) acted. Overall, it was a magnificient experience for me.

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  • Benjamin
  • 10/06/2016

Tolle Sprecher, unglaublich schlecht geschrieben

Nicht auszuhalten. Geschrieben wie furchtbare Fan-Fiction, die Szenen aus den Filmen 1 zu 1 kopiert, und dabei trotzdem jeden Zusammenhang mit der bekannten Handlung vermissen lässt. Nicht einmal für Fans interessant.

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  • psattler
  • 01/06/2016

Gut umgesetzte schlechte Story

Die Sprecher waren sehr gut, was aber nicht über die enttäuschende Geschichte hinweg half. Gut gemeinte hochwertig produziertes Hörspiel einer schlechten Fanfiction

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  • MiniButMighty
  • 16/05/2016

This is a masterpiece.

The story is action-packed and gripping from start to finish, it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The special effects and spaceship sounds are excellent and the voice acting is top-notch, especially Laurel Lefkow as Ripley. She sounds like Sigourney Weaver! What a perfect choice for that role.

This is by far the best audioplay I've heard up to now.

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