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About the Creator and Performer

David Duchovny is an award-winning actor, writer, director, New York Times best-selling author, and singer-songwriter, known for his iconic roles as FBI Agent Fox Mulder in FOX’s The X-Files and Hank Moody in Showtime’s Californication.
With an acting career spanning two decades, Duchovny is a two-time Golden Globe winner and four-time Emmy nominee. Upcoming, he will be seen alongside Karen Gillan, Leslie Mann, and Fred Armisen in the highly anticipated Judd Apatow Netflix comedy The Bubble, which is currently in production. He most recently starred in the Blumhouse horror film The Craft: Legacy, directed by Zoe Lister-Jones.
Duchovny is a prolific author whose fourth novel, Truly Like Lightning, was published in February 2021. Truly Like Lightning is a heartbreaking meditation on family, religion, sex, greed, human nature, and the vanishing environment of an ancient desert. His previous novels include the New York Times best seller Holy Cow, Bucky F∗cking Dent, and Miss Subways. Each of Duchovny’s books has been published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Off the success of Truly Like Lightning, Duchovny is partnering with Showtime to develop a television series based on the novel. He will cowrite and executive produce the adaptation with Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz ( The Peanut Butter Falcon), in which he will also star.
As a musician, Duchovny has released two studio albums, Hell or Highwater (2015) and Every Third Thought (2018), and toured globally. He is working on his third album, Gestureland, set to release in 2021. The album’s first single, "Layin’ on the Tracks," debuted in 2020.
Duchovny grew up in New York City. He graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He went on to receive an ABD in English literature from Yale University.
Photo Credit: Tim Palen

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had hope but it's just a self indulgent work.

basically your pulled in to what could have been a great story but it goes sideways into delusion and fever dreams. upset that I listened to the end not a complete time waste just depressing that's all

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Unexpected

This is a review of paradox. I never was that interested in David Duchovny because I had friends that worked with him on set that didn’t appreciate him. When I saw this book, I hadn’t known that he had been a writer. I was curious and in my curiosity, I opened the book thinking I would just close it. Much to my both chagrin and surprise the book was fascinating, delightful. Bravo to you David Duchovny!

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A well observed portrait of the pandemic.

Signed up for Audible just to hear this story, and I'm glad I did. I found it to be a well observed portrait of the pandemic. I laughed throughout. Duchovny delivers, both in story and performance. He again shows himself a master of the written word.

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The Reservoir

I loved this unique telling of a man’s reaction of living in the time of the virus that plagued and changed New York City. A lonely man recording signs of life of the city overnight in the timespan of his phone’s camera. Was the woman real? Did he have a moment in her embrace? His icy watery death and encounter with Ursa and the dead just a hallucination of his fevered mind? A fable of a story told in David Duchovny’s wonderful layered voice.

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what the hell did i just listen to?

so its one of those books that has all the things to make it great... and somehow it fell into pandemic drivel in the end

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Because Pandemic....

The author tells a tension filled, funny, surreal, impactful story which seems to encompass all of 2020; the pandemic isolation,lack of human contact,immersion into news of elections and racial tension. With a backdrop of a Central Park setting and surrounded with the history of New York City, the imagery in this story will allow you to mourn and laugh and leave you with a desire to do all the things you haven’t done in a year. A must transitional listen for anyone needing to make sense of 2020 before fully embracing the summer of 2021. The timing of publication on the eve of Memorial Weekend is perfection.

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surprisingly good

I enjoyed this book completely. so well written and narrated.
Tapped into the reality of the pandemic on a very NY personal level .
This is is a keeper. i will listen more than once.
i hope to find other David Duchovny writings soon.

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Pandemic, vampires and bears

An original look and spin on the pandemic. From the standard precautions of masks, 6 ft and loneliness to crazy virus theories. Very funny but at the same time reflective on life.
The mystery of a stranger in need that morphs into a love interest to funny scenes in the secluded part of Central Park.
Highly entertaining! Loved it!

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A perfectly strange story for these strange times

The Reservoir is a perfect little snapshot of life in the pandemic & life in general. Inspired in part by his own quarantine view out of his apartment by Central Park, David Duchovny has dreamt up a rich story about isolation, longing, fear & where our minds can go when left alone with our thoughts for too long. And what happens to an isolated mind when a deadly new virus takes hold in it? The story isn’t as grim as I’m making it sound, though! There are touches of humor & the absurd. While I wouldn’t describe it as having a happy or hopeful ending, there is a strange peace to it.
At first I was disappointed we wouldn’t get a print edition of the book, but after listening to his expert delivery in his own voice, I was satisfied. When an accomplished actor reads his own words, including giving one disturbing character in the book an equally disturbing voice, the resulting audiobook really puts you in that world. The Reservoir is a quick but engrossing listen, if you’ve never read anything by the author, this is a great one to start with.

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slow......

hard to stay interested, narrator couldn't hold my attention. I couldn't finish the story. wanted to like it

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  • Amazon reader
  • 06-27-22

Poetic and moving

Beautifully written and evocative. Taking a short journey with a complicated hero with a moving and oddly heartwarming conclusion. There are descriptions within the piece that evoke emotions that at some time or another every human has to have felt even if quite intangibly.

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  • 04-10-22

Unexpectedly enthralling!

Went in not knowing anything about the author, but loving his voice from his acting roles I thought I'd give it a go. Turns out the man can write! What started as "at least it's not too long" quickly turned into "it's not enough!". The story flowed effortlessly but very compelling despite of or because of (still pondering that) the few characters. And having it read to you gives lots of free head space for thinking. Very glad I tried it and now of to find more books from Mr D.

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A Good Starter Duchovny

Narrated fantastically by Duchovny, this novella is more a slice-of-life story rather than a full narrative, and so can feel somewhat empty by the end in that respect, but the journey itself was enjoyable thanks to some fantastic expressions and similes by Duchovny.

A good test to see if you enjoy the writer's style, but not one of his must-reads

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  • Caroline C.
  • 07-08-21

Short and sweet

Another great story from David. I love his words and the way the story has a twist. This was funny and sad and I really enjoyed it. Thanks David

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  • Mrs Penny Evans
  • 05-28-21

Reflections of a dying man!

I am moved to tears after listening to this short story by David Duchovny, and had to write a review. I have always loved his psychological approach to his writing and this was no exception. Also the way he combines abstract fantasy with hints of realism. This story of a dying man, losing himself in darkly, disturbing dreams of longing, with comical elements being thrown in haphazardly, was so very powerful! A figure drowning in his own delirium, reaching back to the past, where his daughter was and still is his shinning light. My only problem was the sound itself which was rather distorted at times - too much bass which made it resonate. Hope he releases this in print, or maybe write a book of short stories?

Oh, and I also hate mobile phones!

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  • 05-30-21

Symbols, Symptoms and Bears

Enjoyed this story, very easy to listen to and performance was engaging and inviting. Ridley, as the protagonist was entertaining in a specimen under a microscope kind of way, the events befalling him intriguing and amusing. Could easily picture this as a short film or Black Mirror episode. Worth investing your precious reading/listening time into this... for what it's worth The Reservoir is the length of an 8.8km walk with your dogs at a steady clip.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-21

Great listen

Really enjoyed this book. David Duchovny’s voice was easy to listen to and made the characters come alive. I listened to it while on a road trip through North Queensland.

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  • Melissa Hill
  • 07-15-21

Could not finish it

Vulgar. Unlikable protagonist. I had no interest in what happened to him. The performance was fine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-21

crap not worth talking about

waste of time listening to thank God it was free more of a ramble than a story

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  • Richard James
  • 07-19-21

worth a read

the people giving this a one star and calling the main character a stalker may not really have understood the story. if you listen and feel like he is a stalker, ease listen again and see if you view the man in a different light.
well done duchovny, I really enjoyed this

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  • R. S. Nagaonkar
  • 06-07-21

Interesting but ok

The story was interesting but I think David needed to learn how to read it out! Unfortunately he was too fast in reciting and came across as if he was rushing! There weren’t different sounds, voices as you find in the other readers 😔

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-21

ignore the haters, worth a listen

There is a faint level of ridiculousness to reviewing somebody else's heartfelt expression, their art. Because, that's what this audio experience is. Also, modicum of idiocy acknowledged, a review is what this, this, is.

So, the short version is, buy this thing. It is worth both your money and time.

It is funny. There are elements of jaded truth. David's, Han Solo like, one eyebrow raised performance is great, as expected.


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  • Kim
  • 07-09-21

Interesting and of the time.

Short enjoyable, interesting and of the time. 2020, 2021, COVID. Worth a quick listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-21

I could listen to his voice forever

I Loved it. Beautiful writing and a beautiful voice to listen to. I slowed him down to 0.9.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-22

For a short read it felt very long.

It’s not badly written, quite the opposite but the story is a tad confusing. It wasn’t for me.