Alien: River Of Pain Review


Alien: River of Pain was written by Christopher Golden in 2014 and has been brought to life for Audible by the legendary Dirk Maggs.

The synopsis for the story is:

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 – where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs – has been renamed Acheron.

Protected by Colonial Marines, the LV-426 colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

The colonists discover a vast, decaying spaceship. The horseshoe-shaped vessel is of particular interest to Weyland-Yutani and may be the answer to their dreams. But what Anne and Russell find onboard proves to be the stuff not of dreams but of nightmares.

©2017 20th Century Fox (P)2017 Audible, Ltd.

You can watch the behind-the-scenes promo below:

Split into two stories, Alien: River Of Pain is set before and during the events of the movie Aliens. On one had we follow the demise of the colonists, and back on earth, we get more details on what made Ellen Ripley agree to head out into space once again after communication is lost with the planet. The story is engaging and feels very ‘Alien‘, it also adds more backstory to the colonists in a way that enhances the storyline in Aliens.

In terms of the audio production, it was of the highest quality. The editing was flawless and the quality was consistent throughout. One of the strongest aspects of the production was the sound FX. Ripped straight from the movies, these familiar sounds really helped to draw you into the story.


The cast is the audiobooks strongest aspect. With Anna Friel, Colin Salmon, Philip Glenister, Alexander Siddig and Michelle Ryan all putting in really believable performances. Laurel Lefkow reprises her role as Ellen Ripley from Alien: Out Of The Shadows and once again her ability to sound exactly like Sigourney Weaver was outstanding. It could have been dialogue ripped straight from the films.

Alien: River Of Pain combines a fresh new and well thought-out story with high-quality production value to deliver an exhilarating listener experience. Supported by a high calibre cast, Dirk Maggs works his magic once again to deliver a truly brilliant addition to the Alien franchise.

Alien: River Of Pain is available to buy on Audible UK.


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