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The X-Files: Cold Cases Performance

The X-Files: Cold Cases

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Audible Editor Reviews

"Now that was some serious, bleeping fun. For a few hours – amidst the sounds of morphing extraterrestrials, ignited flamethrowers, and the sonic tremble of spaceships overhead – it felt like I had stolen away into the world of The X-Files and been treated to my very own mini-season. Of course, listening to Duchovny and Anderson verbally spar as the iconic pairing of Mulder and Scully is an X-Philes' delight. But, for me, hearing the liquid honey – though sinister – croon of William B. Davis' Cigarette Smoking Man AND the giddy shenanigans of the original Lone Gunmen was worth the price of admission alone. Add to that top-notch sound design and a story that doses out ‘Monster of the Week' thrills and ‘mytharc’ reveals (canonical arguments be damned, this was just too fun), and you have yourself one can't-miss listen for fans." -Doug, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

The series that had a generation looking to the sky gets a breathtaking audio reprise in an original full-cast dramatization featuring actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning to voice FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), and directed by William Dufris of AudioComics, Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

Set after the events of The X-Files: I Want to Believe and providing additional backstory to the incidents that pulled Mulder and Scully out of reclusion prior to 2016's miniseries revival, a database breach at FBI headquarters allows an unknown group to access and capitalize on those investigations left unsolved - dubbed cold cases - by the secret department once known as The X-Files. As friends and foes of the agency long thought gone begin to inexplicably reappear, former agents Mulder and Scully come out of anonymity to face a growing conspiracy that involves not only their former department but the US government and forces not of this world.

Here, fans are treated once again to Mulder and Scully's irreplicable chemistry as only the series' leads could deliver, Duchovny's deadpan and cynical aloofness finding its natural counterpoint in Anderson's unwavering intelligence and rigidity. Appearances from series regulars and the actors who made them fan favorites round out this must-listen arc: the gruff, no-BS righteousness of Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi); the distinctive click-puff of the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis); and the stooge-like hijinks of three beloved conspiracy theorists called the Lone Gunmen (Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood).

Whether you're a believer or a skeptic, find your "I Want to Believe" poster. Break out that makeshift alien stiletto. Grab a pack of Morley cigarettes.

The truth is out there. You just have to listen.

Join the conversation: #istillwanttobelieve

©2016 The X-Files ™ & © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  All Rights Reserved. (P)2017 Audible Originals, LLC. THE X-FILES THEME Written by MARK SNOW, Published by T C F MUSIC PUBLISHING, INC. (ASCAP), Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

What the Critics Say

"An otherworldly experience." (The Sun)

"Blood-curdling." (Digital Spy)

"The series that had a generation looking to the skies gets a breathtaking audio revival." (Loaded)

What Members Say

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    Nigel Berkshire, UK 20/07/2017
    Nigel Berkshire, UK 20/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Already listened to this twice - doesn't improve"


    Hmm, thought it was only fair if I listened to this twice before typing my review.

    This is the third audio-drama I’ve listened to this year that has involved Dirk Maggs and sadly like Alien: River of Pain, it just isn’t very good.

    Stepping away from his usual Directors chair, Dirk adapted the X-files graphic novels by Joe Harris into audio. Though I found these stories stale. With audio the story can take you anywhere, without the budget constraints that affect TV/film production, so I was hoping this would be big, bold and move the story along with energy. Oh and that’s something that was missing in the recording booths.

    The biggest frustration I had is with the cast as there are so many instances when they went out of acting mode and just read the script without emotion. Wham. And that’s you jolting out of the story wondering what just happened. It breaks the illusion, the immersiveness of audio. Not sure why the Director didn’t realise how ‘dry’ their performances were.

    And what’s with Dirk’s obsession with CB radio chat, just like ‘River of Pain’ there are a lot people saying “Copy That”. Arghhh.

    Lastly it was good to hear Laurel Lefkow again, she played Ripley in Alien: Out of the Shadows - still sounding like Sigourney Weaver. She was the narrator in this.

    Just didn’t live up to the hype; overall 2 stars

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    39 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    evgenia 18/07/2017
    evgenia 18/07/2017
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    "oh, how I missed it."

    absolutely loved every second of it. everything I cherished about X-Files and more. My Mulder and my Scully how I remember them from 25 years ago. thank you so much!

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. L. Jenkins 19/07/2017
    Mr. L. Jenkins 19/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Maybe its me but this was dreadful"
    What would have made The X-Files: Cold Cases better?

    Better script. The actors are, of course, first class but they sounded wooden, like they were turning up just to get paid. Gillian Anderson especially is an astoundingly good actor and she was the best out of a bad bunch. It's not her finest work. David Duchovny was not good. He came across as bored and his jokes were painful. Generally speaking the acting did get a bit better towards the end.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better story line. It was trite and cliched. Needed a more genuine and original Sci-fi story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Of course.


    What character would you cut from The X-Files: Cold Cases?

    The whole storyline I'm afraid. Its more suited to young adult scifi.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a wasted opportunity for what could have been the audiobook of the year.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    D WALLASEY, United Kingdom 28/07/2017
    D WALLASEY, United Kingdom 28/07/2017
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    "👍really good but too short"

    Great to be back in the xfiles world. Pity it was such a short visit.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bashy 23/08/2017
    Bashy 23/08/2017
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    "I still believe"

    Well I didn't know what to expect with this and when it first started and I realised it was like watching the program without any video I was a little hesitant. However it soon grew on me especially with the performances.

    The story does come together a lot clearly towards the end , for a new listener I'm not sure there's anything here to hook them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. R. Hill Sidcup, Kent U.K. 27/07/2017
    C. R. Hill Sidcup, Kent U.K. 27/07/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "The Truth Is In Ear..."

    Really loved this audiobook. I'm a big fan of the series, used to watch it on the BBC when it first aired in the UK. I thought the audiobook was well produced, good to hear all tge original cast, and some nods to the old storyline (Host for example). Great story and sound. Looking forward to the next audiobook in the series...

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tarjinder 19/07/2017
    Tarjinder 19/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "I believe"

    Brilliant stuff it was like a old style radio broadcast i hope they do more

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    Lisa 28/08/2017
    Lisa 28/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent as always"

    I love the x files and this audible version is just as fantastic and the series and highly recommended for all x files fans!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Elenes Lake Oswego, OR USA 24/08/2017
    Melissa Elenes Lake Oswego, OR USA 24/08/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "In keeping with the best of original series!"

    Execellent book following up on the original series. Performed by the original stars.
    All the favorites are back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    miss 22/08/2017
    miss 22/08/2017 Listener Since 2010
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    "give it a chance and I think you'll enjoy it"

    I enjoyed it. The acting was a bit dodgy at the start so I'd recommend listening to two chapters before deciding whether or not you like it. The rest was great and I'm looking forward to the next audio book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • tatiana
    24/12/17
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    "New Fan"

    I haven't really seen the tv show and only watched the film with the bees (and never saw the reboot) so my exposure to X-Files is really limited.

    Overall, while I felt the audio production was above average and the voice acting pretty great, I didn't really understand the stories and kept wondering how everything was connected. I was expecting a regular novel but this was mostly just vignettes. I also found it hard to keep up with all the different characters; this is my first time listening to an audio book that sounded more like a podcast than a regular book.

    I think this is something mostly for fans of the series who follow the franchise more closely. But I think my interest has peaked so I might check out the original series and reboot!

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/12/17
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    "Excellent!"

    Just so good! Everything you want from the X Files. Great script, Perfect execution. They revisit awesome storylines from the TV 😎🤓

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • B. K. Scarbrough
    Gainesville, GA
    05/11/17
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    "Great for fans of show"

    Really does well at touching upon many previous stories. Narrative excellent with 3 main cast members speaking. Excellent for any fan

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    13/09/17
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    "WHO & WHAT IS BEHIND ALL OF THIS?"

    Everybody in Saudi Arabia Speaks English
    I was a huge fan of X-Files and never missed an episode and I have read some of the books. I did not feel that these stories were very strong or that they came off well in audio format. The sound effects and voice actors were great, but the TV series was very visual and that did not come off well here. The creatures were not as scary and the dialogue was weird. I have listened to a lot of dramatized books, but this was not done well when it comes to dialogue. There is a lot of telling of minor things, that other, better done dramatizations don't find it necessary to do. This hurt the flow of the story. In one episode, Mulder and Scully are in Saudi Arabia and everyone they meet speaks English automatically, with the exception of a German woman, who switches to English, when Scully mentions, that she does not speak German.

    Five Episodes
    This is five episodes of differing lengths. All but one episode follows a continuing story. Hosts, the second story and best story was an offshoot. It was about Flat Worm Men, a sequel to an episode from the series. I also felt bringing back the Smoking Man and various other characters who had been killed off in the series, was too much pandering. As a true fan, I was disappointed in this.

    71 of 86 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    07/11/17
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    "This is great"

    I absolutely love this. well because this will hopefully hold till FOX comes out with season 11!!! This what ever it is... great due to the absolute fact that the entire while listening to the audio I was in public... but when I get into something I REALLY GET INTO IT. some guy asked if I was ok because I was making werid nosies and faces....😥 I'm really excited for the next one

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel Walker
    GAFFNEY, SOUTH CAROLINA, US
    02/01/18
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    "awesomeness "

    I love that it's got the cast narrating. the stories are cold cases from the original series. it's like watching the xfiles.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher Campos
    Oregon
    31/12/17
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    "I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed this."

    This is a great addition to the X-files series. I enjoyed every minute. Great Stuff!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • fish2c
    30/12/17
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    "Fans rejoice"

    Its like I’m watching tv but I’m not . I love it!! Great story with great audio/visuals keep you going

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Judith Stocker
    Buffalo, New York
    30/12/17
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    " Real Treat for Fans."

    The audio brings back lots of memories for Fans of the original series. Lots of characters came on the scene for us to enjoy and remember such as; X Man, The Lone Gunmen-all three of them, The smoking man, Spender, Alex Krycek, and many others. It was great to hear Mulder and Scully in their basement office once again going through cases that were never going to be solved - we all knew that, I think. You just had to love it if you were a fan.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Braddinpdx
    Portland, OR USA
    30/12/17
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    "visiting an old friend"

    A world I left behind yeats ago, the audiobooks brought back memories & fun moments I had forgotten

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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