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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 15,620
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,410

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 X Files are back on audio!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Several fun, new full cast adventures for Mulder and Scully! well done and well written with a number of old characters returning.

  • Mercury Theatre: The War of the Worlds - October 30, 1938

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The infamous broadcast that scared the country!

  • By A. West on 01-17-19

The infamous broadcast that scared the country!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

An Orson Welles classic. it's fascinating to hear the broadcast that frightened the country in an earlier more credulous time (Halloween of 1938). Still a good adaptation of the book. And it's played very well.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,507

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part history lesson, part audio documentary.

  • By brian on 11-01-18

A fascinating look into the Victorian era.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

A most interesting look at Victorian life and secrets with Stephen Fry as your host and narrator. Well worth a listen if you're into history.

  • Free Dirt

  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas
  • By: Charles Beaumont
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 649

A penny-pincher carts off free soil from a graveyard in which to grow his own fruits and vegetables - but eventually the free dirt gets him in over his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eat Dirt

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-22-15

The lead actor was very unbelievable.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

The story was decent with a decent enough twist at the end, but the lead's performance was very unbelievable. He just phoned it in. I didn't really believe he was going through any of it. The rest of the cast was good though.

  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great performances but story is weakest of the 3

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

Another top notch adventure in the Alien universe.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Another full cast radio style drama set in the Alien/Aliens world. Great performancees all around and more chilling machinations by Weyland utani corporation.

  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,758

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please make more of these! These are excellent!

  • By Brian on 04-28-17

Another great missing tale from the Alien universe

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

The interesting and of course dark story of what happened to the colonists on LV426 before Ripley and the gang got there in "Aliens". Great performances all around, including several of the voice actors I know from listening to Big Finish productions.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,110

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

A great missing adventure between Alien and Aliens

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

A fascinating sequel to alien and prequel to aliens. the cast is very good and sound design excellent.

  • Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet

  • 4th Doctor Novelisation
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Jon Culshaw
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

The hugely powerful Key to Time has been split into six segments, all of which have been disguised and hidden throughout time and space. Now the even more powerful White Guardian wants the Doctor to find the pieces. With the first segment successfully retrieved, the Doctor, Romana and K9 trace the second segment of the Key to the planet Calufrax. But when they arrive at exactly the right point in space, they find themselves on exactly the wrong planet - Zanak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story with unexpected twists

  • By Elena Georgobiani on 09-10-17

A great expansion of a great story from the show!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

A fun expansion if the storyline from the original 1970's TV serial. And a great performance from John Culshaw doing his best Tom Baker impersonation.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,517

A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial - Fit the First to Fit the Sixth - which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend. The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to listen to in the car!

  • By Thomas on 08-19-12

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

It's great to hear the differences between this original and the books and TV series that came after it. A great original cast journeys around the galaxy in this version. Well worth the time of any Douglas Adams fan!

  • Doctor Who: Fortunes of War

  • 6th Doctor Audio Original
  • By: Justin Richards
  • Narrated by: Colin Baker
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Colin Baker reads this original adventure featuring the Sixth Doctor, set in the First World War. 'You've seen what happens, Mark. You know what time can do if it's damaged.' Travelling alone for once, the Sixth Doctor elects to return to Earth and the First World War. There he must solve, once and for all, a mystery he unearthed in earlier incarnations. Someone has been interfering to alter the course of the war - but to what end? 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A vey disappointing ending

  • By Quatermass Lives on 09-19-18

An excellent end to the trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This was a lot of fun and Colin is, as always, great to listen to. Well worth your time!