This was a full cast production offered for free at Audible and I enjoyed it!
You do need to set aside every movie in this series after the original and that puts some constraints on the author who has to work within those guidelines.
I'm not sure this would have worked as well for me in book form as it did in audio. The actress doing Ripley's voice was dead on, and Rutger Hauer as Ash's voice was also perfect.
Combined with the sound effects of the various ship functions, this production was a lot of fun to listen to: especially for free.