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Cowboys & Aliens

Joan D. Vinge; Read by Fred Berman

Macmillan Audio

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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Spring had come and gone in the desert lands of New Mexico Territory, with all the subtlety of an iron fist in a green velvet glove. For a few weeks rain fell, usually fretful, with frequent rainbows, and the land that had been bleached of color put on a cloak of verdant grass—in a good year, even a show of wildflowers. It was a thing of beauty for weary human eyes to behold.
But already the mantle of green was withering, laying bare the scarred, spectral face of the desert, its true face, amoral and pitiless.
There were some who found peace—or at least possibility—in
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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Joan D. Vinge's novelization of Cowboys & Aliens, the blockbuster western and sci-fi action thriller movie 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.

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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."
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Joan D. Vinge; Read by Fred Berman

  • Joan D. Vinge is the winner of two Hugo Awards, one for her novel The Snow Queen. She has written nearly twenty books, including her Cat novels, Psion, Catspaw and Dreamfall, and the other Snow Queen cycle novels, World's End, The Summer Queen and Tangled up in Blue. She has had a number of bestselling film adaptations published, including the #1 bestselling The Return of the Jedi Storybook and novelizations of Ladyhawke, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Return to Oz and Willow, among others. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Joan D. Vinge; Read by Fred Berman

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