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Sean Beckman

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The movie we deserved

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-2019

I have a complicated relationship with how the alien series turned out and the directions it has gone since James Cameron's Aliens.

William Gibson successfully captured the essence of the predecessor and crafted a compelling story with the remains. I am unsure of the decision to not include Ripley but at the time this script was written it might have been a reality with Sigourney Weavers schedule.

Pacing is well tuned, turns in the story are compelling. The introduction of the UPP adds a depth to the universe I never knew I wanted and explains so much of the back story of all the world building James Cameron did. Gibson sets up what would have eventually been akin to Prometheus and Covenent and the series would have been in much better hands going forward as such with this writing than it eventually did.

Listen to this for more than your curiosity of what a difference Alien 3 could have been. It's the difference the entire series could have been.

Top rate performance of a cult classic novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-2016

I never read it so this was my first exposure to the material. Very enjoyable. The actor had a good range of voices for the characters. I was never confused who was talking, even between Rudy of Bishov. Also the narrators voice changed when he was talking about WWII events or present day events. I found this really helpful but so subtle. I only noticed after about half the book. Top notch whosever idea that was.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Alien: Out of the Shadows cover art

Fun story for Alien day

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-2016

The story is a pretty fun addition to the Canon. The characters are well built, if pretty strongly stereotyped. The inclusion of Ripley is a little weak in terms of logic and the stories place in the canon. It might as well have happened in an alternate reality of have included an aspect of time travel to keep everything consistent. Regardless, I was able to get past it and enjoy the story, mostly due to the performances of the cast and the pacing of the story.

I really wish they found a more interesting role for Rutger Hauer. Almost all of his log entries either recapped events that literally happened seconds ago or spoiled things that could have been surprises later. His interpretation of a psycho cyborg was pretty interesting and not as boring as you might assume; visa ve unemotional delivery and constant rational logical conclusions. He studied the role and was directed well. Again too bad all he did was basically narrate past events.

The performance of Hooper and Ripley was really good. I seriously thought it was Sigorney Weaver until the credits. Hooper reminded me a lot of Michael Bhein's Hicks. They portrayed the same chemistry as was seen in Aliens. Whether this was intentional or not it was still as believable as if this was a movie.

I really liked Lachance and Baxter. Stereotyped for days but well delivered performances and unexpected depths to the characters made them really enjoyable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Critical Analysis of our Hidden Selves

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-2016

Daniel Kahneman does an excellent job delivering an analysis of human intuition and reasoning by example and thought experiment. Pointing out the flaws within the readers own mind proves effective in breaking down the false assumption that we are rational and the decisions we make aren't rooted in benign or even unrelated factors.

I find it will take probably another two listens to even remember half the jargon set up in this book. Normally I would have disdain for jargon but this book perfectly points out the advantage of it within its study of expert intuitions. As much as jargon tends to obfuscate what it describes for outsiders, it's vital for an expert's system 1 to use to make rapid and accurate judgements.

Ultimately this book is both engaging and interesting, the delivery is excellent and not monotone and is effective in reflecting both the quality of the written words and the author's personality coming through the voice actors performance.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful