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    When an industrial spy steals a Xenomorph egg, former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks must prevent an alien from killing everyone on an isolated colony planet.

    Venture, a direct rival to the Weyland-Yutani corporation, will accept any risk to crush the competition. Thus, when a corporate spy "acquires" a bizarre, leathery egg from a hijacked vessel, she takes it directly to the Venture testing facility on Jericho 3. 

    Though unaware of the danger it poses, the scientists there recognize their prize's immeasurable value. Early tests reveal little, however, and they come to an inevitable conclusion. They need a human test subject....

    Enter Zula Hendricks.

    A member of the Jericho 3 security staff, Colonial Marines veteran Zula Hendricks has been tasked with training personnel to deal with anything the treacherous planet can throw their way. Yet nothing can prepare them for the horror that appears - a creature more hideous than any Zula has encountered before. 

    Unless stopped, it will kill every human being on the planet.

    ©2019 Alien and Aliens TM & © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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    • Lady Lorien
    • 22/11/2019

    Just a little disappointing

    I have really loved the Alien audiobooks and audio dramas of the last few years. This one just disappointed a little. First, I didn't realize that I needed to have read some of the Alien graphic novels before listening to this to find out about The Adventures of Amanda and Zula Killing Aliens. I could somewhat figure it out, although I am desperate to know what happened to Amanda, so I'll be tracking down the graphic novels for sure.

    Second, there was A LOT of set up in this book, and it didn't really pay off. In Alien: The Cold Forge, there was quite a lot of set up as well, but the payoff was worth it (holy moly Blue trying to escape the aliens was TENSE). To me, the scariest part of the aliens is when they are stalking people. It's the sustained suspense of people trying to avoid (or kill) the aliens when they could suddenly appear from anywhere and strike. There just wasn't a lot of that in Alien Prototype. For example, using the robot aliens from the training grounds to attack the Alien was kind of clever, but not worth the endless time we spent on the training grounds before that.

    Third, there's the Alien itself. It's more like Alien: Accidental Prototype since it wasn't intentional that it ended up crossed with a flesh-eating disease. I was intrigued by that setup, but it just didn't work for me. Like, aliens are already pretty darn deadly as they are. Adding in that this Alien can infect you with a flesh-eating disease that kills you in about 30 seconds just didn't make it scarier for me. It seems like lazy writing if you have to add in a flesh-eating disease to make the Alien scary or interesting. Kind of like the Jurassic Park/World nonsense that you have to keep building bigger and scarier dinosaurs rather than just making a good story. Okay, so you have this additional worry that the Alien can infect you from several feet away, but honestly if there is an Alien a few feet from you it's already REALLY worrying. The whole "dual drives" of the Alien thing also made the Alien seem a bit indecisive which meant it was actually a little less scary.

    And fourth, speaking of the "dual drives" thing, there was so much repetition. Did you know that the Alien is driven by its nature to kill and reproduce, but the flesh-eating diseases also drives it to infect people? Yes? Oh too bad because you will be beaten over the head with it. And did you know that as a synthetic, Bridget doesn't have to worry about either the flesh-eating disease or the Alien trying to impregnate her? Well you will never forget it because it will be mentioned again and again, sometimes within a few sentences.

    The bright spots? Zula and Tamar are badass ladies on opposite sides of the empathy coin. They both get the opportunity to show how badass, clever, and prepared they are. And if there is another theme to a good Alien story it's badass women kicking Alien butt.

    I think overall this book suffers from comparison to The Cold Forge and Isolation, which I think did the suspense and tension much better. As for the narration, I think Sarah Mollo-Christensen is okay. She narrated Isolation as well, and she does an okay job at differentiating voices. I suppose she does have a strange way of enunciating at times, but it didn't bother me. I've listened to Isolation a couple of times and both times enjoyed it a lot. Sadly, I'm returning Prototype.

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    • default151
    • 20/01/2021

    Woke Bingo

    I made it 25% through this before I just couldn't go on. I had already filled my woke bingo card. Shoehorning every possible 'identity politics' character in was, I'll admit, an impressive feat for a book that is supposed to be about aliens and sci-fi. Glad the writer found the time to throw in some PC shaming.

    Ellen Ripley was and is my absolute favorite character of all time. I have watched the movies and played the video games since I was a kid and can quote them verbatim. You know why I loved Ripley and wanted so much to be her? Why I thought Hicks and Apone were so cool? Why Vasquez and Bishop and Ash were great characters? Because the movies didn't need to cram it down my throat that this character is a woman and this character is a man and let me lecture you on current political correctness you ignoramus. Ripley was a lead character fighting to survive that just HAPPENED to be a woman. The other characters didn't need to point it out or make a big thing of it, it just WAS. It happened organically and without raging fanfare. As a woman, I certainly do not need books where the writer thinks I am too much of a simpleton to recognize pandering when I see it. It's insulting and makes me feel used. Stop it.

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    • Shoresy
    • 13/11/2020

    Alien 2020

    Current year bullshit shoehorned into the Alien universe, if we make it to 2137 we’ll be past such trivial matters, yet the author thinks otherwise. I thought the sociopathic “hero” of Cold Forge was bad, but this lot of nobodies aren’t much better. Also good job using the term Necromorph you hack fraud.

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    • Nathan Ridings
    • 09/01/2020

    Monster is Interesting, Story Fails to Deliver

    This story presents an interesting variation on the xenomorph, taking the idea of how it takes traits from its host in an interesting direction. A frightening one, let me tell you. At least from the perspective of imagining yourself in that scenario. However, the monster isn't used to its full potential, and like so many of the alien novels, the book assumes familiarity with the creature and doesn't pursue the dread they can inspire, instead focusing on thrills and chills. I appreciate what the author is trying to do, but I think he needs to learn a lot more about showing instead of telling. You often end up with one sentence of someone doing something followed by four sentences of internal monologue explaining that one action. The author doesn't trust the reader to infer motivation or understand anything going on. 3/4s of this book are handholding. Let us learn about the characters from what we see. Don't spoon feed us how you want us to see them. Second primary issue, and one that has so often haunted the novels (as well as the later films) is the lack of any interesting characters. I loathed the lead character and her android friend and found the rest of the caste to be little more than archetypes. The author especially can't handle writing female characters as people. Considering the prominence and thematic importance of the feminine and the Alien franchise, this is an issue. Overall, the idea is solid, the execution sloppy.

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    • Stephen j dowie
    • 03/12/2019

    Ok but really muddled

    If you don't mind a rehash of what has come before then this is pretty good. Unfortunately in an attempt to update the xenomorph we get an almost invincible one which just ends up being silly and frustrating. There is a terrible A.I. fight which is straight out of Terminator 2, sounds bizarre but think about it.
    I thought Narrator was very good.

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    • Sarah
    • 10/09/2020

    Constant repetition...

    This felt like a draft on multiple occasions. The author would repeat the same sentiment, but slightly repeated over and over again.

    Upon encountering each new character, we’re subjected to a pretty unsophisticated cookie cutter physical description of each character.

    There was a pretty painfully long, without apparent purpose, series of chapters.

    I rolled my eyes many times over the dialogue or plot. I’m used to that with these aliens books these days- and sadly, for me, this goes into the barely able to finish column.

    Oh. Another story with a hot robot. Sigh. I wish these aliens books would stop being published if they can’t add to the larger story in a new way. For the record, my favorite of the recent books was Phalanx and to a lesser degree, Cold Forge, if that helps with how much weight to put into my personal opinion of this.

    The narrator had an annoying breathy delivery at times, but that was far less bothersome than the story itself.

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    • P. W. N.
    • 20/03/2021

    A monumentally awful book: excruciatingly "female"

    I got 2 hours into this 9 hour book and couldn't take it anymore. It's one thing to feature female characters, but when virtually their every action is anything but masculine, it's really annoying. Moreover, I can't imagine a book with worse pacing. This duo of writers needs to take some writing lessons.

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    • Meionnamei
    • 01/03/2021

    It was an overall entertaining book However

    It lacked anything else and be prepared to know these words: Cellular Necrosis, Pustules and Lesions. Their in every other sentence from here on out!
    I believe this man very much so copied and pasted storylines from other writers and threw in some alien becsuse all he needed was to do watch the first movie and that was it. He "knew" the alien and that was enough to create this rushed sequel that FOX really needs.
    The ending was a cheap shot twist because he had set up that the alien had a need to start procreating and had set rules to do so. If that was the case then the cheap ending? Just that. To set up another sequel and the rules be damned.
    Her performance was the only redeeming quality for this book and that's it.

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    • K. F.
    • 11/12/2020

    Mediocre

    The story is not bad overall but not great either. The narrator has a droning monotone that is difficult to listen to.

    In this book any Xenomorph can reproduce asexually without needing a queen - queens are never even mentioned. I found this very jarring, but apparently it's based on a deleted scene from the original film?

    There's a totally idiotic scene where a disembodied AI attempts to hack another AI by going into what can only be described as The Matrix and literally fights the other AI with the power of its "imagination." I'm not editorializing - the author went so far as to repeatedly say that the AI is fighting with the power of imagination. Is this a children's book?

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    • Touk
    • 05/12/2020

    Okay Story, Noticable Woke After Taste

    The story is alright, it moves along briskly without too much loitering or lag. But issues begin to surface with character introductions that are painfully self-conscious and irrelevant to the action. The seemingly compulsory inventory of specific minorities included only to check the block for each special identity, by name, A through Z. I’m waiting for Identity Politics to catch up to Achondroplasia. Things should really get interesting then.
    The problems continue with a less than authentic protagonist. This is the Alien Diaspora, so of course, it will be a female voice - but her presentation fails to deliver in terms of believability. She does not think, plan, or act like the one thing she is supposed to be - a xenomorph experienced former Space Marine. She always comes across as a collection of modern middle-class female stereotypes stuffed into a role that she play-acts her way through, in tepid pedestrian fashion.

    For all of that, it isn’t terrible. The Xenomorph is interesting and unusual, bringing a new and different threat to the standard Alien narrative, and the story does roll right along. Waggoner never lets the action get too bogged down or over-involved. Mollo-Christensen’s narration is a good fit for the character and action, as well as carrying the story over moments where the character’s believability falters. If you like the Alien Franchise, [why else would you be listening to the book?] you won’t think it’s the worst Alien story ever - just one of the more Okayest.

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    • Franziska
    • 13/01/2021

    Spannend!

    Dieses Hörbuch ist auf englisch. Die Sprecherin ist klasse und gut verständlich. Sie hat eine angenehme Stimme und spricht klar und deutlich. Gute bis sehr gute Englischkenntnisse sind vorausgesetzt.
    Die Geschichte ist sehr spannend und fesselnd! Perfekt für Alien-Fans!
    Ich kann dieses Hörbuch nur empfehlen!

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    • Heiko Fischer
    • 29/08/2020

    Best Alien Story

    A genuinely fresh take on the encounter with the Aliens. Reads like an 80s SciFi romp. Characters are well enough established and having a POV of the Xenomorph is better than I thought it had any right of being. Hope to see more of the main protagonist..

    Only drawback: this deserved a full cast and audio effects