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  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,381

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), 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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

The Truth is Not Here!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

What disappointed you about The X-Files: Cold Cases?

The writing was poor, which led to cringe worthy dialog. The participants are ACTORS. Being an actor does not make you a good narrator by default. The readings were horrible. It was like listening to a rehearsal where they were all reading the script for the first time. And it's such a shame, because in the show X-Files, the actors are so good, and the writing is so good. What happened??

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

No. Life's too short.

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

Good lord, no.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The X-Files: Cold Cases?

What scenes would I cut? I'd shred it and start again. The writing is BAD. I can't emphasize that enough. There's nothing to salvage.

Any additional comments?

I appreciate Audible's efforts to bring these pieces to life, but actors in general just don't make good readers. Acting and narrating, in my opinion, are two different skill sets. Sure they converge in some places, but not enough to hand an actor a audio play and let them have at it. This makes me appreciate all the awesome narrators that are available in Audible's catalog.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals

  • By: Elizabeth A. Murray, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth A. Murray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046

Modern history is filled with terrible crimes, baffling hoaxes, and seedy scandals. The infamous Jack the Ripper slayings. The alleged survival of Anastasia Romanov, the youngest daughter of the murdered Tsar. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's public fall from grace. The Chicago Tylenol poisonings and the copycat crimes that followed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • History of tabloid crimes - very little science

  • By Jouko on 05-29-15

A READING Series, Not a LECTURE Series

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-16

What would have made Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals better?

This would have been better if the professor had been actually *teaching*. Instead, she is *reading*. She may be a very good professor, but she's a horrible reader. Why couldn't she just teach??

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

Yes. The ones where the professors are TEACHING.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Elizabeth A. Murray?

Anyone who will TEACH in the series rather than READ in a monotone.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Redeeming quality: Yes. There's good information here. If you can get past her horrible, horrible monotone, there's good information. Also, this is an excellent sleep aid.

Any additional comments?

This is a shame. If they'd wanted someone to just read the professor's notes, they should have hired a professional reader. This should be marketed as an audio BOOK, not a lecture series.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • American Desperado

  • My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset
  • By: Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114

In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account

  • By aaron on 12-05-11

John Roberts...the guy you don't want next door...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-13

What did you love best about American Desperado?

I really liked the way the writer let John Roberts tell his story unobtrusively. And I liked the set-up at the beginning when the writer (Evan Wright) explains how he's laid out the book. That prepared me for what came. The voice of John Roberts comes across as sympathetic, brutal, and worthy of attention. This is a man who inhabits most people's nightmares, but despite that, he comes across as genuine.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John...of course.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was Hee Haw Junction (I think that was the name). It was pretty hilarious how they got out of that.

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

There were many parts in this book where I was horrified to find myself laughing. After all, this is a story about an unrepentant murderer and self-described sociopath. But still...some parts were just funny. In fact, I was less horrified by "John" than by the incredible ineptitude and lack of morality in law enforcement...at least as it was portrayed by John, who clearly has a vested interest in making them look that way.

Any additional comments?

The reader for John was amazing. He completely pulled off the changes in John's moods as appropriate to the story. In fact, the reader was so good, there was a subtle difference between John's younger days and his older, "wiser" days.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,148

Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Action, death, destruction

  • By Irene on 04-11-14

Monsters Beware!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-13

What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Vendetta?

The last scene with the tree was pretty cool.

What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator does a great job with voicing the characters and keeping their voices constant throughout the story. He also doesn't overdo it. It's just right and fits the story type.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

There's lots of stuff about guns. Lots. No, seriously....lots. I don't know anything about guns. But thankfully, I've learned the skill of 'skimming' audio books. I didn't mind because I like following the adventures of MHI.

  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run

  • True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
  • By: Peter Allison
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 807

Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!

  • By D. in Dallas on 09-21-12

Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-12

Where does Whatever You Do, Don't Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to hundreds! This ranks as about an 8.5.

What other book might you compare Whatever You Do, Don't Run to and why?

I don't read non-fiction, but I'd rename this: Adventures of Han Solo on Safari

Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

Peter Alison...I'd love to have him as a guide. He's funny!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The birth of the baby elephant actually brought tears to my eyes. He did such a good job describing the incredible beauty of that moment

Any additional comments?

I'm not a non-fiction reader, but this book kept me hooked. I played it in my car wherever I went, and I'd find myself sitting in parking lots just so I could hear what happened when Peter got charged by a lioness! This is a great listen for driving around doing errands. It's a series of short, self-contained tales, the verbal equivalent of a safari through Peter Alison's life as a guide. Very well done!

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