Book Review: Alien by Alan Dean Foster

April 11, 2016 Aliens, Audiobooks, Book Reviews, Horror 0

Book Review: Alien by Alan Dean FosterAlien by Alan Dean Foster
Series: Alien: The Official Movie Novelizations,
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 29th 1979
Narrator: Peter Guinness
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
Genres: Adaptations, Horror, Sci Fi
Pages: 270
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Based on the screenplay by Dan O'Bannon. The crew of the spaceship Nostromo wake from cryogenic sleep to distress signals from an unknown planet. One is attacked when they investigate a derelict alien craft. Safely on their way back to Sol, none foresee the real horror about to begin.


My thoughts

With a tag line that says “In space no one can hear you scream” you know this is going to be scary. I have seen the movie so I was very excited to see this book in Audiobookreviewer! I jumped at the chance to read it and was not disappointed!

From what I understand this was created from the movie. So, if you have seen the movie, you know what is going to happen. That does not take the terror out of the book though! It is still just as intense, maybe even more so, than the movie. There seemed like so much more was added in though. There was a lot of backstory!

Getting to read how this all started and the ins and outs of the crew is what made this even more special. There are just not things that the movie tells you about. There is more in here about Ripley and a lot about the corporation behind all of the choices made.

I just rewatched the movie so I could really critique how closely these two are based. It is as if I was watching the movie. I realize that is the purpose but it still surprised me just how closely these two were. A lot more in the book than the movie, which is expected. So much background!

I love this! If you enjoyed the movie, you will enjoy this book. Outstanding novelization and the acting was incredible. I already have a voice for Ripley and the crew but the narration was spot on. Peter Guinness did a great job of bringing the terror out of the book and allowed me to feel as if I were really in this.

The production quality was also superb. I did not hear one misstep. I would have preferred a full production with this being a story that is so well known, but that does not take away from how good this was. Very well done!

Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
The Author


Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien and Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. He is also a best-selling science-fiction and fantasy author in his own right, including the popular Pip and Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.

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