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Alien: River of Pain

(Canonical Alien Trilogy #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,840 ratings  ·  367 reviews
The Alien film franchise has been embraced by sci-fi fans around the world. The film series stars Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and her battles with the deadly Xenomorph, commonly referred to as the Alien. For the first time, this novel will reveal the secrets behind the colonization of LV-426, the planet where the Alien was first found in Alien, and the setting for Aliens where ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 28th 2014 by Titan Books Ltd (first published November 25th 2014)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Alien:River of Pain takes place right before Ripley is found floating in an old ship in space with her cat in a cryogenic unit. It is also before Newt is even born that the story starts. It is the story of the settlers, scientists, and marines that were there at the time. We know from the movie Newt is the only survivor, well, this is that story.
Narration was a full cast and pieces from the movie. Excellent!
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi
Let's be real. Novels based on movie franchises (or tv, for that matter,) often feel like a nostalgia trip if not an outright money grab.

So, you like the movie Aliens? The Cameron one? Well, good news! This one adds a lot to the original movie, adding a lot of backstory for the original colonists on Archeron where we get to see Newt and her parents and the ultimate destruction of the colony.

We also get Ripley and a bit more of her story on Earth before all the S**t went down.

Here's the real:

You know a three book series is a little light on for ideas when one has to skip forward hundreds of years and deal with a descendent of the first book's main character, only for the third book to zap back into the past to tell a tale only peripherally related to that same main character. Such is the major flaw with this final novel in the newest ALIEN trilogy sanctioned and promoted as canon by the good executives at 20th Century Fox.

Christoper Golden is this time handed writing duties for Alie
This was a free Audible Original and right up my alley, so I hopped on it.

I especially liked the last one I listened to Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, so I thought I would enjoy this one just as much. I didn't.

I felt that during the first half, not much happened, other than us meeting everyone, which seemed like a bit of a waste, since (view spoiler)

Also, when the action finally started, it was a bit difficult to fathom what was going
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as the last Alien dramatisation by Audible, Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama, which I loved. This is set just before the arrival of marines in Aliens and while there's a certain delicious tingle you get as a listener knowing everyone is going to die save one little Newt, none of the characters were vivid enough for me to really enjoy their horrible deaths. Not only that, nobody stared dying until at least half way through. Come on producers, all we really wa ...more
Sinisa Mikasinovic
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Aliens franchise, good thrillers and horrors
Oh... My... Gods... PERFECT!

I'm sitting here for 10 minutes now not knowing how to start this review. This book was a rollercoaster of emotions.

At first I didn't even want to try it, as ignore is my default reaction when ad bombardment starts. Audible aggresively promoted the book everywhere and it was very hard to ignore. Which was pissing me off.

But as somewhat of a fan of this universe, it would have been irresponsible of me not to give it a fair try. At least that's my rationalization for su
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audiobook

The previous audiobook was fun and had me wanting to listen more and more. This one forgot the fun element and was a bit of a bore. It's a lot of scene setting for an end result of lots of machine gun noises and people you don't care about dying.

The production was top notch, can't fault that. The story was boring. I doubt I'll listen to any more unless they pop up as a freebie.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This full cast audible drama was amazing! 5 stars for the audible and 3 stars for the overall story.

We do learn some interesting things such as why Burke went along with the marines and all about Newts family.

The voice actors were a good match to known characters and the MC marine sounded just like Ron Perlman. But no one can scream like Newt.

(view spoiler)

Solid read to celebrate
Sabrina Grafenberger
This book is ridiculous.

I'm a sucker for happy endings and always want the best for all the characters. So it's not a good sign when I read something and hope for everyone to die at the end. The team was just so stupid, I was rooting for the Aliens the whole time (who were a lot more intelligent and better organized by the way).

The humans made so many dumb decisions. They kept saying things like "For crying out loud, it's some kind of snake, not the boogeyman" even after five Aliens were on th
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't get enough of Alien and Ripley. Movies or audiobooks. The Xenomorph is so terribly awesome. ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aliens is one of my top 5 all time favourite movies, and I always wanted to know the back story of Hadley's hope and this novel delivered that. However a very lacklustre ending spoiled what was a pretty decent attempt at a alien novel. The pace really picked up halfway though but just fell kind of flat....shame. ...more
This is an Audible exclusive radio drama, with a full cast, sound effects and music. A bit different to your average audio book, and for me the quality of the voice acting and production were outstanding. I got totally immersed in the story even though I pretty much knew where it was going. (It's an Alien story and they all pretty much have the same pattern.)

The drama fills in a part of the story not covered in the movies. It's about the fate of the colony on LV-426, then know as Acheron. The st
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the previous two novels in this new Alien series have been good this one is excellently done. Whilst not 100% new like the others this expands upon and fills in many gaps about what happened on LV426 prior to Aliens.

The characters are good, the action gripping and well written and the story is very good despite knowing how it eventually turns out.

For any fans of the books or the films this would definitely be recommended, its like Aliens : Special Editions - The prequel.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll leave my review of the story to my read of the actual book, this is purely looking at the Audible drama version.

It was fun.

The acting generally was good with nothing detracting from the action and story except for Newts scream. Seriously this was just bad.

The sound effects and dialogue was fitting to the story and authentic to the series and it was an enjoyable romp as it dipped in and out of the films scenes. What was Dr Bashir doing in it though? I know he's an actor doing other stuff but
Irene Quicksword
River of Pain is the sort of a prequel to Aliens taking place on Hadley's Hope (the story takes place during the whole, Newts parents find the Alien eggs and before Ripley arrives with the Marines).

Aliens being easily one of(if not the best) Sci Fi horror film of all time I was looking forward to this to fill in some of the events that happened and what the residents of Hadleys Hope went through before Ripley turned up. Obviously if you have seen Aliens you know what happens so its not going to
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2019-reads, horror
I really enjoyed Alien: Out of the Shadows. So much in fact that I bought the next two in the series,including this one. While I realize that I am "reading" them out of publication order, I opted for chronological order. I doubt that changed my opinion.

This installment was really nothing more than a set up or prequel for the second in the Alien movie series although Mr. Golden tried very hard to make this a compelling story despite the fact that we already know the outcome if we saw Aliens.

As a
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Originally published at SFFWorld.

Alien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden is the final novel in the new Alien trilogy release last year by Titan Books. The first two books, Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: Sea of Sorrows, focused on the planet LV-178 and told two semi-connected stories set a couple of hundred year apart. Alien: River of Pain, meanwhile, returns us to very familiar surroundings: LV-426. Acheron. Hadley’s Hope.

From the publisher:
Concluding the all-new, official trilogy set i
Jul 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, horror, aliens
An Aliens-story set on LV-426 just before Ripley and her company of merry marines arrive in Aliens.
We are introduced to the everyday activities of the colonists especially the Jordens, Newts family, and of the discovery of the xenomorphs which leads to the fall of the colony.

It's not a good novel.
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Estevam (Impish Reviews)
Entertaining and kinda heartbreaking.
William Aicher
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great prequel to aliens. liked that character and world building. now I want to watch aliens again!
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, but ultimately, I was not all the curious about what happened in the few minutes before the movie takes place. Just check the deleted scenes.
You know, I think I admire the aliens more than I admire the humans in this one - the humans made poor decision after poor decision.

I didn't realize until after reading that this was the setup for the Alien 2 movie - I kind of feel like I should go watch that again, since it has been forever.

Anyway - this was total brain candy, but I was entertained. A couple books I've read this week could have used the addition of some aliens - they might have cut down on the endless angst.

Go Aliens!
Will Wilson
This was very well written . The Author does a superb job in making you care about a cast of characters that you already know know the fate of. This book is touted as a original novel but very little of this story is. If you have seen the directors extended cut of Aliens or read the comic book “ Newts tale” then you know just about every plot point in this book.
Jeff Bottrell
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These Audible studio productions of the Alien stories are total brain candy - really high-quality productions. I marvel, too, at how they found voice actors who sound so similar to the film actors - particularly the voice actress in the part of Ripley, who sounds so much like Sigourney Weaver that it's a bit creepy. The plot to this one involves giving the colony backstory to show what happens in the Aliens film right before Ripley and the marines arrive (second movie). You might think none of t ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alien-predator
Admittedly, two stars seems uncharitable. But RIVER OF PAIN never grabbed me...and we're talking about a prequel to one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time.
Of course, prequels have a lot working against them. If a prequel to ALIENS was really such a hot idea, James Cameron would've just made that movie instead of picking things up later in the narrative. Writing a prequel means that the readers already know the ending (more or less), and the story must work within the confines of what has
I did enjoy this, but I think it could have been tied together better. Brief scenes from the movies/novelizations interspersed with an original story. My expectations were different for this, but it still tells the story of the colony. I'm interested to see if the novelizations Titan has put out are any different to the original version to integrate the new bits, although everything from Out of the Shadows has been completely shoved aside in this novel, except a brief and I think accidental ment ...more
Greig Beck
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Alien books and the movies. And this book fills in the gap, exploring what happened to the colony on LV426. Remember in ALIENS (II) where we saw the big melt hole in the floor, where they had 'bagged one of Ripley's bad guys'? Or where the colonists barricaded themselves in for a 'last stand.' it's all here, and done with style, tension, and great continuity with the other aspects of the franchise. Loved it! ...more
Michael Hicks
My original ALIEN: RIVER OF PAIN audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Alien: River of Pain, the latest Audible Original Drama to commemorate Alien Day (4/26, as in the planetary vacation hot-spot LV-426), picks up right on the heels of the film, Alien, and last year’s audiodrama, Alien: Out of the Shadows. Here, a group of colonists have begun settling and terraforming the inhospitable rock cataloged as LV-426, now renamed Acheron. Fans of the movie Aliens know exa
Jonathan Maas
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fitting Conclusion to a Great Trilogy

The Canonical Alien Trilogy was officially allowed by those who made Alien -

* Book 1 - Alien: Out of the Shadows
* Book 2 - Alien: Sea of Sorrows
* Book 3 - Alien: River of Pain

3 different authors, 3 different tales, all connected - though just barely.

Book 1 finds a way to sneak in the middle between Alien the movie and Aliens. The way they do this is a bit contrived, but it's worth it.

Book 2 goes to the future and connects to this series, and is the most
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second favorite book out of the newer three Alien books, Out of the Shadows being my favorite and Sea of Sorrows my least favorite. It was intense, atmospheric, and the Aliens are written well, as opposed to Sea of Sorrows where they just seem too easy to kill, and thus not scary at all. The first half is rather slow moving, but the pay off is great. Christopher Golden is also a better character writer than Lebbon or Moore and the characters were more relatable and better written in ...more
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more

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