Alan Dean Foster’s novelization of the classic movie, Ridley Scott’s Alien, is an excellent reproduction, especially enjoyable in audiobook form. Peter Guinness’s voice is the perfect match for this gritty, sci-fi tension cooker. The audiobook novelization stays faithful to every important facet of the movie while adding critical internal dialogue and details required by the novel medium. Foster’s additions stay true to the characters of Scott’s landmark film and the atmosphere and mood of the film are maintained expertly. Fans of the movie might be surprised by a significant change to how the Nostromo is destroyed at the narrative’s end. I’m not sure why Foster made that choice for the ending. However, anyone who loves Alien as a story will not be disappointed by this faithful movie-to-novel translation and chilling audiobook performance.
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