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Aliens: Bug Hunt

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Publisher's Summary

When the Colonial Marines set out after their deadliest prey, the Xenomorphs, it's what Corporal Hicks calls a bug hunt - kill or be killed. Here are eighteen all-new stories of such "close encounters", written by many of today's most extraordinary authors.

Set during the events of all four Alien films, sending the Marines to alien worlds, to derelict space settlements, and into the nests of the universe's most dangerous monsters, these adventures are guaranteed to send the blood racing - one way or another.

Full list of authors include Paul Kupperberg, Dan Abnett, Rachel Caine, Yvonne Navarro, Christopher Golden, Matt Forbeck, Ray Garton, Weston Ochse, David Farland, Larry Correia, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Briane Keene, Heather Graham, Mike Resnick, Marina J. Lostetter, Jonathan Mayberry, James A. Moore, Scott Sigler, and Tim Lebbon.

Full cast of narrators include James Anderson Foster, Eric G. Dove, R. C. Bray, Chris Andrew Ciulla, Nicol Zanzarella, James Patrick Cronin, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Andrew Eiden, Michael David Axtell, Grover Gardner, Priya Ayyar, Peter Berkrot, Emily Sutton-Smith, Hillary Huber, Keith Szarabajka, Greg Tremblay, Kevin Kenerly, and Amy Landon.

©2017 Jonathan Mayberry (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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More than bugs

I loved the way this told more than just the stock standard xeno mission. Though those stories are great and definitely added to the expanded story, it was the wider world the writers played with which gave it the score I put. It was also great to have various narrators through out. Kept it from getting boring. Lots of fun, well worth the time. Enjoyed it more than the ‘sea of sorrows’ story.

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  • doug thornton
  • 06-06-2018

the bug hunt

great series of stories told by the various authors. a really cool outside the box way of showing you what the Colonial Marines did elsewhere in this incredible story. very cool!

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  • Adam Winslow
  • 17-06-2018

worth it

great stories great narrators awesome series for anyone who likes aliens. highly recommended and worth every penny.

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  • Andrew K
  • 16-07-2018

Aliens: Bug Hunt - A Fantastical Journey in Space

Aliens: Bug Hunt is an imaginative and enjoyable look at the Alien expanded universe through the eyes of the colonial marines. As a testament to the longevity of the franchise, it is an ambitious and exciting take on the legacy brought to life on screen with the original Alien film in 1979, and then again in 1986 with its sequel Aliens. These adventures are a fun take on the source material and stay true to much of the mythos set down in previous works, both on paper and on the silver screen. However, the ones I find the most engaging and well crafted are the ones which prominently feature xenomorphs, and less so their speculative counterparts. While those sections have a magnificent and well thought out premise, especially probing the bounds of what we know to exist in this particular cinematic and literary universe, they don't have nearly the same punch or draw that the originals do. This doesn't mean that the authors behind these particular adventures didn't write well, or create memorable stories, but it does mean I was less enthusiastic about listening to them or connecting with their characters as I was when xenomorphs arrived on scene to sew their unique brand of chaos and horror. Overall I do recommend this as a great listen for anyone interested in probing the boundaries of the Aliens Franchise, getting a glimpse of the action from the side of our friends in the colonial marines.

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  • C Christopher Taylor
  • 20-06-2018

Aliens fans don't miss this!

If you like the Aliens universe, you'll probably not want to miss this collection. I didn't find a bad one in the bunch!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-2018

Uneven but mostly good

As you would expect from a collection of short stories, it's uneven. But generally I enjoyed most of them. Unfortunately it got off to an inauspicious start with "Chance Encounter", but immediately went uphill with "Broken". My 2 favorites - "Broken" and "A More Dangerous Prey" had similar themes of telling familiar stores from a different perspective. "Broken" has the added bonus of absolutely fantastic narration by (I assume?) R.C.Bray (although in truth narrating "A More Dangerous Prey" was a daunting task pulled off well). Other favorites include "Blowback", "Exterminators", "Darkness Falls" and especially "Zero to Hero". Fun listen all in all.

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  • Troy Gordon
  • 24-08-2018

It’s ok, bit cliche, but should expect that by now.

It’s a bunch of short stories based, essentially, on Aliens. Lots of Marines, poorly thought out plans, company men, Weyland Yutani, and Xenomorphs. It wasn’t bad, but you could skip it and be no worse off. The story from the Alien perspective was a nice change, several stories were entertaining and almost all well narrated, minus the last one where the female narrator just couldn’t really get male voices right without making them sound a bit retarded. Like a swearing Lenny armed to the teeth. It’s basically pulp action, no real suspense, but again, it’s short stories so tough to build that up properly in a universe you are probably already familiar with.

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  • dylan
  • 05-06-2018

the title is at least half false advertisement

this book should have been called "stories of the colonial Marines" not aliens because literally less than half of the stories actually involved the Xenomorphs and all the good narrators had the crappy stories

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  • tosbanzai
  • 25-08-2018

Great performances, mostly mediocre stories

Look, there’s some great stories in here, there really are! But there’s more not-so-great stories. The kind that are 100% predictable if you know anything about Alien(s) from the various movies.

Just about all the performances were good. Nothing stood out in a negative way that I could recall.

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  • Demetrius L Banks
  • 10-07-2018

I really enjoyed this book!

Suspenseful, engaging & sometimes plain scary. I appreciate the fact that more than just Alien Xenomorph was featured. Number 18 story was the absolute best. The narration was also very good thank you. I look forward to the next one.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 05-03-2019

The world of aliens grows larger

The world of aliens has expanded greatly since its appearance in the late 70’s. From new movies to comic books and novels. Yet this collection takes it a step further and introduces us not just to more xenomorph stories but to many many new types of aliens that await a deeper look at throughout the galaxy. These stories come from many views including a trip by a favorite of mine, Scott sigler, through the view and lifecycle of the Aliens themselves. This is a must for any alien fan.

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  • Mr. S. Drane
  • 25-06-2018

Outstanding read/listen

loved it,this really expanded the universe for me more like this please ....more ..more ...!

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  • Rob C
  • 01-06-2018

Not for me

I was only 25 minutes in when I decided I couldn't handle it any more. I *thought* this was a full cast audio story, but it's not, it's multiple narrators. OK, I can accept with that, but what caused me to stop listening was the "he said", "he said", "he said". It just grates.

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  • Graham Coe
  • 25-06-2018

interesting look at the Alien's world

an interesting look into the world that the xenomorph creation resides in. This book is far more about the colonial marines and their look on the world(s) with the exception of Scott Sigler's addition which tells the story from the mindset of the alien which is a unique and excellent insight. Well worth the inclusion in any alien fan's collection.

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  • john fraser
  • 31-12-2018

not the best

individual stories were ok, but some had a lot of repetition of words like, he said, she said, he said and on and on... ruined the story telling at times

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  • andrew larcombe
  • 10-06-2018

Adds to the Alien universe.

I'm an Alien fan, have been since a child, for me it great to listen to stories of the Colonial Marines. I feel this book added to the Alien universe, if your a fan, I recommend reading/listening.

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  • T34
  • 08-06-2018

not a performance book.<br />

thought this was going to be another epic performance book but, instead each chapter is read by a different person. not for me.

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  • Ephemerania
  • 12-02-2019

Mostly Hits, A Few Misses. Good 2 add to the canon

There are quite a few 'colonial marines go in to save a colony and fight xenomorphs' storylines. If that's your thing then this is for you. The best stories were ones that took it from another angle, such as the Scott Sigler one. The book is worth it for the back-storying in many of the tales, all adds to the whole Alien franchise. Narrators are a mixed bag too, but nobody spoils it.

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  • B Lynch
  • 31-01-2019

A must-listen to for any fans of the universe!

A collection of short stories based in the Alien universe mainly from the perspective of the Colonial Marines.

I particularly enjoyed the few stories based around existing characters, helping to fill out a little more of their backstories, before their introductions in the movies.

Narrated by a range of the different authors I think this collection if well worth your time if you are already invested in this universe.

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  • Gray
  • 23-01-2019

An interesting compilation

With so many stories present the quality is bound to be variable, and as such there is a mix of very interesting new stories (some of which are enjoyable because they have only broad links to the Alien films), those which bring no surprises, and fuller film character backstories, one of which feels bizarre. As it’s a compilation you also get the occasional audiobook issue of some narrators delivering voices and accents that do a disservice to the writing.

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  • Mr
  • 21-01-2019

Excellent idea but average execution.

I liked the premise of this collection of short stories based around the Colonial Marines. Although I enjoyed three or four of them I was left feeling disappointed overall.

Things I liked:

It plays around with some different alien species which the marines refer to as bug hunts, some of which are nasty!

A nice story which delves into the origins of the M41a Pulse Rifle (probably my favorite)

It tried to do something different.

Bishops backstory


Things I didn't like:

Some characters from Aliens make an appearance in Bug Hunt but they don't add anything. I was initially really into Corporal Hicks' story and felt as though it added something to his character. Sadly it went in the wrong direction for me (spoiler alert: he encountered the aliens) although your mileage may vary.

A few of the shorts explored new avenues but either shoe horned in Hadleys Hope or just felt sub par overall which was disappointing.

Some of the performances were hit and miss for me, I'm not sure if it was the editing from bug hunt or both.


Overall I'd say it's worth a listen if you're an Aliens fan, just be warned there are cringy, eye rolly sections in this book. I didn't get bored throughout but it just doesn't live up to the books that we've had recently.