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Alien: Isolation

The Alien™ Series
Written by: Keith R. A. DeCandido
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins

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The action-packed official adaptation of Alien: Isolation and a revealing look into the lives of Ellen Ripley and her daughter, Amanda Ripley.

The product of a troubled and violent youth, Amanda Ripley is hellbent to discover what happened to her missing mother, Ellen Ripley. She accepts an assignment with a Weyland-Yutani team being sent to retrieve the Nostromo flight recorder from space station Sevastopol, which they find out of control due to a Xenomorph that was brought there with the recorder. A conspiracy unfolds, revealing ever greater threats - including an entire Xenomorph hive. Over the course of the novel, Amanda’s history is revealed beginning with her childhood. Her father Alex’s battle with alcoholism caused her mother, Ellen Ripley, to sue for divorce. Ellen was forced to take off-world assignments, ultimately leading to her assignment aboard the Nostromo. Left behind, Amanda became determined to find out what happened to her mother, learning more and more about Ellen and the events that led up to her disappearance. Along the way, Amanda develops a fast friendship with Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks (from the Alien: Defiance Dark Horse series). 

©2019 Keith R. A. DeCandido (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Cary
  • 30-08-19

Alien goodness.

Interesting fill in regarding Ripley's daughter. Really enjoyed Sarah's reading. Nice to have e woman talking into my ears instead of Scott Brick. Sarah did a fantastic job emulating the other characters voices both male and female.

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  • D&D Gamer
  • 21-08-19

To many flashbacks

First off preface this review as someone who has played the game and seen it played half a dozen times.
That said the core story on the station even the changes made to make it fit better into a book WAS GREAT.

Seriously I enjoyed all the time that Ripley is trying to move forward and survive, but it is ruined by the constant nonstop flashbacks pulling you out of the action every time there is a climax. It builds up then *bam* boring flashback, then back to the station, tensions rising then *bam* flashback!
A few were fine they let you get into Ripley's character better especially the cryo dream. However why is the author trying to establish her character an hour from the end of the book? We get it she is a great engineer and people suck move on with it...

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  • Andrew
  • 20-08-19

great story but...

I really wished this was done as a full production as the last several alien stories. I adore everything to do with the movies and books. building better worlds

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  • jcmwbjs
  • 17-08-19

It has its moments, but ends poorly, disappointing

I’m a huge Alien fan, and while it starts off well, it ends poorly. Alien Isolation is more alien covenant than Alien. Plot holes are everywhere, and the flashbacks to the crappy childhood of Amanda Ripley become a nuisance and completely unnecessary, talk about beating a dead horse, we get it, the kid had a lousy childhood and misses mommy. Again there are a few moments early, then it loses coherence. Narrator is above average. I have one big issue, it’s an Zenomorph, or an Alien don’t keep referring to it as a monster, or a big cockroach that needs to be squished! My suggestion is to play the game, it’s terrifyingly great.

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  • Admiralu
  • 18-08-19

Not as Good as the Original Alien Trilogy

I am a fan of the Alien series, especially the books, audiobooks and audio dramas. I am not a gamer and am not familiar with the Isolation story. I'm coming to this particular story as a newbie.

Amanda shares many traits with her mother and I enjoy the the fact that she is an engineer in all but name. Parts of the backstory were interesting, but became tedious after a while. Part of this were implausible as well. Lots of moving through vents of the crazy infected station. Little food or rest and constantly having to keep going. This just didn't hold my interest the way Alien books normally do. The encrypted transmission communications between didn't really pick up until nearly the end of the book. There were so many different things happening, it got difficult to follow. The machinations of the company are some of my favorite parts of the Alien books. Little of that is here. I also don't feel the immersion in a future world like I normally do. The Alien Covenant prequel book was a great book that really gave a sense of how the company operates. The book didn't so much as end, but stop, leaving the possibility of another book. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. The narrator was ok, I would've preferred the excellent Tom Taylorson who did both Covenant books. This book was just meh for me.

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  • Andy
  • 19-09-19

it's great!

I've read the book twice and listen to the audiobook twice also. I really enjoy this story, you'll probably enjoy it as well give it a try 😃

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  • Bjorn Robertson
  • 16-09-19

Great game and story. Lacklustre narration.

I love Alien Isolation and the story is great but the narrator sounds uninvested and bored. Overall though.....not bad:)

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  • Zachery D. De La Cruz
  • 12-09-19

Great expansion on the source material!

If you’ve played the Alien Isolation game, you’ll know this story pretty well, but what I loved about the book is how it managed to keep the story fresh and engaging despite that. The expansion on backstory for Amanda and the inclusion of Zula helps connect a very broad mythos. Good tie-ins for Alien: Defiance and Alien: Resistance. Id recommend this book to anyone who is already an Alien fan, since there is a lot of reference to the Alien movie.

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  • Civey
  • 09-09-19

Finally a story about Amanda Ripley

The story line, the plot, the ending were decent. definitely worth a listen. I wondered how long before Audible would release a story about Amanda Ripley, It didn't disappoint. Can not wait for the next one.

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  • Scott M. Vana
  • 31-08-19

Enjoyable

It is always nice to have the gaps filled in. It was an excellent addition to the Alien Universe and shines a lot on Amanda's life without her mom.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-19

Top notch

Sarah Mollo -christensen was exceptional reading the story of the excellent game inspired Alien isolation. With added back story the book matches the intensity of the movies. And is as well written as Alan Dean Foster's novelisations

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  • Alexander Sutherland
  • 20-08-19

Pretty disappointing

The main character is one big cliché. The "vulnerable, far too clever but plucky heroine" who despite the odds braves the aliens while having flashbacks about abandonment "Mommy... noooo..." got tedious really quickly. This is just lazy writing.
The narration on the other hand was ok - Sarah did a pretty good job given the terrible material she had to work with.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-19

Awesome book and cliff hanger ending

A great story gripping throughout please make a second part. This is really awesome. Great characters and similar agendas as the movie

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  • HomeBirthAddict
  • 17-09-19

not what I expected but still enjoyable

the author gave a good attempt to pick up some of the key parts of the game however failed to capture the drama the horror and a lot of the interesting aspects that made the game so enjoyable and if I was honest at times this book felt more like It wished to be a prequel as opposed to a novelization of the game.

Even still good Alien book that gave a lot of insight and depth into Amanda Ripley.



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  • Ryan Gaterell
  • 17-09-19

Brilliant

Enjoyed this throughly gripping and well narrated, it will keep you entertained and saying "1 more chapter" far to often

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  • lee kerby
  • 12-09-19

Good story, enjoyed a lot

Only down side is the narration, a bit too difficult to tell the male characters apart, so ends up a little hard to follow.
Worth the listen though.

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  • daniel
  • 09-09-19

Enjoyed the extra world-building

I've been a fan of the alien isolation game, and when I saw this book was releasing I knew I had to listen to it. I think the narrator did a really good job - she voices a lot of different characters and they all have some distinction, even when she does several male voice, which I imagine is no easy feat. Also generally I found the voice pleasant and audio clear.

Story is a bit meandering in parts, some bits feel a little slow, and I suppose the fact that this is a novelisation of a single player computer game will lead to a lot of introspection, or recollection scenes. Overall I think they were okay, giving more insight into the character and her history, a few felt a bit over the top and left me scrabbling to remember what had happened when we returned to the present.

Worth my time and credit, if not a knockout like some of the other Alien audiobooks.

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  • JGS
  • 05-09-19

More of the same

Not a bad book, but nothing really original. I enjoyed the Alien audio dramas a bi5 more.

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  • psyche1701
  • 04-09-19

Great stuff!!

Great story - I'm too chicken to play the game (which looks great but for me too scary!) so I love that they've done a high quality novelisation so us Alienverse fans can stay in the loop with the story of Amanda Ripley. Even better, it's available as an audiobook with a great performance. Go grab it, folks!

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  • Alex Dixon
  • 30-08-19

Brilliant addition to the series

Superb story, narrator and writing style. Highly recommended if youve read the other Alien books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-08-19

Love Alien, but this story is mediocre.

No atmosphere or suspence. Performance is monotone throughout. Should've gotten Laural Lefkow to read it. She does an amazing Ellen Ripley impersonation.

There's too many flashbacks that add nothing to the story. All they do is pad out an empty story with flat characters and kill any possible momentum.

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