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"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.

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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!

33 of 34 people found this review helpful

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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 😎🤓

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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  • Nigel
  • 07-20-17

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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What is it with the Audible review system. If a review is negative it is down voted, but Audible asks “Was this review helpful to you?”. Not whether you agree with it. To me it seems that the system is being manipulated. I’d rather read all positive and negative reviews and judge myself whether to purchase it. Just because I don’t agree with something, doesn’t me that it wasn’t helpful. A review with just some random words, now that’s something to click ‘No’.

39 of 46 people found this review helpful

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  • evgenia
  • 07-18-17

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
  • 07-19-17

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
  • 07-28-17

👍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
  • 08-23-17

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
  • 07-27-17

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...

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Tarjinder
  • 07-19-17

I believe

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

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • 08-28-17

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
  • 08-24-17

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!

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  • miss
  • 08-22-17

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.

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  • Brendan
  • 08-08-17

An excellent journey

I was captivated throughout the entire story. Great having original cast members do the voices. Looking forward to the next series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-17

need another!

It took me a bit to get past the robotic sound of how everyone spoke. I dont know if I just got used to it but I feel it did get better. I was addicted! ready for another.

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  • PV FONG
  • 07-19-17

A treat!

If you're a true XF fan, you'll enjoy it, more than season 10, bcos is Mulder and Scully driven! Loop it till season 11.

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  • N J Puxty
  • 08-25-17

It's ok for what it is

It was great to listen to a quality produced audio play with great sfx, music. It was like watching a movie in my mind. I wasn't too impressed with Davids performance. Felt like his heart wasn't in it and was reading from a script. Gillian was great. The lone gunmans performance was good to. The first story was great. Then it started to lose credibility and became almost looney at the end. I

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  • Rod
  • 08-22-17

The truth is still out there

Mention The X-Files and the eerie theme tune will immediately pop into the minds of loyal fans who tuned into their television sets for ten years from 1993 to watch FBI investigators Mulder and Scully delve in the mysteries of the unknown.
Set between the subsequent film, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, and the more recent revival TV series, this exciting full-cast audio adaption fills in some of the gaps that explain why the two lead characters came out of hiding.

The original television cast return, including David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully, and they are joined by some surprising appearances, including their former boss Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), the darkly mysterious Smoking Man (William B. Davis), and conspiracy theorists The Lone Gunmen (Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood), amongst many others. If you thought some of these characters were dead, all will become clear.

A multi-episode arc intertwines the familiar ‘monster of the week’ format, based on graphic novels by Joe Harris. The audiobook opens with Mulder and Scully living as a couple under the assumed surname Blake. When the FBI’s X-Files are breached, the division is reopened and Mulder and Scully are called in to examine some cold cases that were never solved.

In true fashion, the duo face clones, aliens, a deadly virus and spirits as they delve into each case and progressively uncover a plot by an alien race known as The Forsaken Ones. This is a full-cast audio play as opposed to a book reading, and it works well. The cast are all in fine form, supported by a stellar sound design complete with a full score of music and sound effects.

The drama is high but not without humour. The actors slip back into their former characters like they’d never left and the writers honour them with all the expected quirks and banter that has made the show last so long.

The X-Files: Cold Cases is a play for the fans, although it’s highly enjoyable for anyone who once enjoyed the television series. If you’re not familiar with the back catalogue of stories however, particularly toward the end of the show’s original run, then you’ll find there’s enough exposition to help you along but, like me, you can be left with the feeling that there’s more of a wow factor behind some revelations that only hard-core fans will fully appreciate.

Even so, the truth is out there still to be discovered and, with The X-Files now re-opened, we can only hope there’s more on the way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris Gander
  • 08-15-17

A present for life long fans

As a true fan for over 20 years this felt like a present made especially for us.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew Fulton
  • 08-09-17

Theatre of the mind

Would you listen to The X-Files: Cold Cases again? Why?

I would definitely listen again. There are some parts where I missed or need to double check, but it was really compelling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The X-Files: Cold Cases?

Discovering the stories link to the original mythology

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Disturbingly great.

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

The return of certain characters.

Any additional comments?

While there were a few elements where it was slightly over-descriptive due to what should be a visual concept, the story telling was captivating, creepy, and has the essence of the TV series.

Don't expect it to be exactly like the show in terms of visual story telling, but it's all there in terms of horror sci-fi and using the listener's theatre-of-the-mind. If you don't like it or you lose interest, you just don't get it.

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  • Neill
  • 07-31-17

An appallingly self-indulgent waste of time.

Wooden performances, old trite resurrected plots and poor consideration given to adapting this to audio.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Phil Jupp
  • 08-17-17

Appalling

How sad it is that my once-beloved X-Files has sunk to these depths. It was always a little cheesy, but this is just plain silly and embarrassing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Diane
  • 07-31-17

Terrible! Don't bother

It's not an audio book- it's a movie script that is spoken.. seriously poor. Real waste of money

3 of 6 people found this review helpful