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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan D. Vinge Narrator: Fred Berman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781427215161
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Now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

1875, New Mexico Territory

A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It's a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella, he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Reliance - Entertainment present in association with Relativity Media an Imagine Entertainment/K/O Paper Products/Fairview Entertainment/Platinum Studios production. A Jon Favreau film; Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, "Cowboys & Aliens", Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams; Visual effects and animation by Industrial Light & Magic. Costume Designer Mary Zophres; Edited by Dan Lebental ACE; Production Designer Scott Chambliss; Director of Photography Matthew Libatique ASC; Executive Producers Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Denis L. Stewart, Bobby Cohen, Randy Greenberg, Ryan Kavanaugh; Produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg; Based on Platinum Studios' "Cowboys and Aliens" by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Screen Story by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Steve Oedekerk. Screenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby. Directed by Jon Favreau. A Universal Picture. www.cowboysandaliensmovie.com © 2011 Universal Studios and DreamWorks II Dist. Cowboys & Aliens ™ & © Universal Studios and DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved. Book by Joan D. Vinge.

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  • In addition to presenting the plot's twists and turns in vivid detail and creating a strong sense of time and place, Vinge paints in-depth portraits of the characters.... Despite the amalgamation of genres, the telling never veers into the campy, keeping the focus on how the characters grow and change and the page-turning action front and center. School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry L | 1/30/2014

    " Great story and powerful message! Hatred is a crippling burden. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 1/20/2014

    " I actually did like the movie, but this book was so bogged down with internal monologue and so overly detailed that I couldn't stand it. Skip the book, watch the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 1/8/2014

    " Joan Vinge did a great job of making a kind of silly premise into a really moving story about memory, loss and how we find our identity after tragedy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasula | 12/27/2013

    " I didn't realize this book was a novelization of a movie, and I had not seen the movie. It had some good points, but overall was shallow and stereotyped. I finished it just because I was curious about who would win in the end and if certain characters survived. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Conrad Toft | 11/21/2013

    " An interesting concept but a lousy book. If I'd known in advance that it was a book of a film then I wouldn't have bothered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Hopkins | 11/19/2013

    " fine for a short read. nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Thompson | 11/13/2013

    " Entertained me while on delay at the airport and through the flight home. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D. Scott | 11/12/2013

    " Pretty weak actually. Not very inventive. Something interesting for a 10-yr old maybe, and nothing at all like the movie, except for the name. The movie was actually better, which surprises me since it wasn't really that good either. Oh well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Cunningham | 5/1/2013

    " its the best movie i ever seen i never seen a movie like it befor i watched it 4 times and the best book i ever read i belive in aliens myself thanks for making this movie and book thanks a lot i loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Hester | 12/30/2012

    " I have not seen the movie. but I really enjoyed the writing style of the author. She really got into a good depth of characterization and motivation of the key characters. I am going to go see the movie now. I hope it was as good as the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chase | 10/18/2012

    " I don't know what the fuss is about, but I thought this book was better than the movie. Well, I guess I shouldn't say that. I don't even remember most of the movie because is was starring at Olivia Wilde the whole time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha | 8/4/2012

    " Readable but not much going on in the book that adds to the film so a great disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Plano | 6/26/2012

    " great read! can't wait to see the movie... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oliver | 5/13/2012

    " Interesting. I liked the parts that wern't actually in the film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renne | 4/14/2012

    " I liked it,but nothing really stood out as far as the various characters and the plot in general. It wasn't til it was nearly over that things started to gel for me,which to me was a waste. Expected something more from all the hype that surrounded this book but it just fell flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/13/2012

    " Vinge's adaption/novelization of the script (not the film) for Cowboys and Aliens. So much more detail than the movie -- makes the story BETTER "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 10/17/2011

    " Couldn't get into it! Will wait for the movie to come out on DVD:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana | 9/30/2011

    " I won this book on goodreads give aways thanks!
    To be honest it did take me two trys to get into this book. I am glad I tried again because it was a good book. The story line is strong and the subject is interesting to say the least. I cant wait to see the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 9/4/2011

    " fine for a short read. nothing special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 8/18/2011

    " Great story and powerful message! Hatred is a crippling burden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanne | 8/17/2011

    " Reading how each character changes and grows throughout the book was absolutely amazing!!! I have never read anything like it. Lots of action, romance & personal growth. Also moments that I didn't even see coming. Joan is brilliant!!! Now I just have to go see the movie:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 8/15/2011

    " A rewrite from the screenplay? Why? Wasn't awful, wasn't great - an ok time waster. "

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About the Author
Author Joan D. Vinge

Joan D. Vinge, a two-time Hugo Award–winning author, has written nearly twenty novels and several dozen short stories. She has had a number of bestselling film adaptations published, including the bestselling The Return of the Jedi Storybook and novelizations of LadyhawkeMad Max Beyond ThunderdomeReturn to Oz, Willow, and Cowboys & Aliens. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

About the Narrator

Fred Berman has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration and is the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in Spy the Lie. He is a theater, film, and television actor, whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.