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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

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.

Critic reviews

"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)

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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!

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  • Nigel
  • Berkshire, UK
  • 20-07-17

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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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.

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  • Chris
  • Sidcup, Kent U.K.
  • 27-07-17

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...

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  • D
  • WALLASEY, United Kingdom
  • 28-07-17

👍really good but too short

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

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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.

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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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Mini series

A great follow up to the tv series, it felt like an x files mini series

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Well worth a listen

Very reminiscent of the series brought back a lot of memories, looking for some more now.

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looking forward to the next one

This is the only reason I joined audible and I wasn't disappointed! I love Gillian Anderson!

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  • tatiana
  • 24-12-17

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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-17

Excellent!

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

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  • Maia C. Larkin
  • 12-09-18

More, more, more!

SO much fun. So good to hear all the voices again. Hoping for more! Love the new Audible originals!! What a great surprise.

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  • Lorenzo Gonzalez
  • 15-12-17

Surprisingly good!!

Thought it was going to be cheesy or bad but it was a great revisit to the X-Files! A fun ride, with all the things I love about the original series: humor, intelligent writing, Mulder and Scully.. Try it out! Definitely worth a listen!!

29 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Kasey Mayo
  • 13-12-17

First Audiobook...

This is my first purchase off Audible and I'm happy with it. Loved having DD, GA and MP back in their roles and felt like I was right there in the middle of an episode! Hope they do more of these performance pieces!

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  • Patrice Farmer
  • 18-07-17

This is amazing. Plz more with the Original Cast!!

If you could sum up The X-Files: Cold Cases in three words, what would they be?

Excellent. Awesome. Wonderful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mulder and Scully, of course.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. This is my first time.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I laughed and wanted to cry. I was so happy to hear David and Gillian as Mulder and Scully. To hear the Lone Gunmen and Skinner.

Any additional comments?

My only criticism is not for this but for CC. William is Mulder's son, CC. Come on. Anyway, other than that. This was excellent. Excellent.

52 of 64 people found this review helpful

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  • andrew poirier
  • 12-09-18

love my x files!

huge long time fan! this was an amazing form of more content and I hope they make more!

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  • Dayn L.
  • 08-03-18

Captured the heart of the original

The voice acting is spotty at times, especially from the two main actors, which is ironic since they were in the original TV series. They weren't bad, but were out acted by the surrounding cast at times. The production quality is fantastic however, and the stories thematically mirrored the originals perfectly. Overall quite enjoyable.

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  • Toaster
  • 17-01-18

Entertaining :)

I'm not an X Files fanatic by any stretch, but I did enjoy this audio performance. It's well done and fun :)

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  • Brad&Britney
  • 03-01-18

Wonderful for X-Files Fans

This audio-drama was So So So So So good!! I loved the stories and the short “episodes” within the 4 hours. I loved the sound effects and the tone of the stories.

The only thing I did not like was the monotonous sound of Gillian and David reading. I feel as if they could have put more effort into reading lines.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful