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The X-Files: Cold Cases Performance

The X-Files: Cold Cases

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Audible 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

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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    PV FONG 19/07/2017
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan 08/08/2017
    Brendan 08/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "An excellent journey"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "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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    Diane 31/07/2017
    Diane 31/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible! Don't bother"

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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Neill 31/07/2017
    Neill 31/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "An appallingly self-indulgent waste of time."

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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rod 22/08/2017
    Rod 22/08/2017
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    "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.

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    Phil Jupp 17/08/2017
    Phil Jupp 17/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

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    Chris Gander 15/08/2017
    Chris Gander 15/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A present for life long fans"

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

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    Matthew Fulton 09/08/2017
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    "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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    Tim 28/07/2017
    Tim 28/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Doesn't translate well"

    The story writing was fairly poor, with stilted dialogue and disappointing delivery. The human worm adventure was quite enjoyable, but the others fell far short of the mark. They should focus more on monster of the week stories in this format rather than the stale alien mythos that has well run its course. Duchovny and Anderson need to work more on their delivery over pure audio. They are excellent on screen actors but this does not necessarily translate well to audio dramas. It would probably help if they did group recordings - it feels they recorded individually, making it very wooden.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Christine Cochran
    9/08/17
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    "A Swell Time"

    Feels like listening to shorter episodes of the classic series. Mulder and Scully are always a win!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Patrice Farmer
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    "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.

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  • Mary McDonough
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    19/07/17
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    "Brilliant X-File!"

    Not the standard audio book. Performed like a radio play, you are completely swept up in the story. This book includes conspiracy and aliens and even the old favorite monster of the week. The chapters are episodes and there are several during the 4hr time frame . I would recommend this to every X-Files fan, and anyone who loves a well told story!

    30 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Ryan
    11/08/17
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    "Excellent high quality production"
    If you could sum up The X-Files: Cold Cases in three words, what would they be?

    Aliens, Revelations, Full-circle... Loved it - they brought back some great characters in a classic x-files way. Tied in well to episodes across many seasons. Don't want to spoil anything so I wont say more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mulder - duh


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lone gunmen @ Arlington


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The truth will be revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    Too short! Kept me wanting more. I hope there's a follow-up production! It was almost like watching one of the best episodes... great to hear most of the original cast =D

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Kendrick
    11/08/17
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    "I hope Chris Carter and cast continues book series"

    This is a great idea using the original cast to read their parts. The use of sound effects to help tell the story reminds me of the 1950's radio programs. The stories were well written. Between the cast, sound effects and great stories I found myself using much more of my imagination than I had thought I would while listening. I hope there is a series of these in the works!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • McCreary
    Southwest Ranches, FL, United States
    11/08/17
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    "Perfect"

    Very enjoyable. The adaptation to audio was well done. Storyline and "mythology" was spot on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Critterhaven
    10/08/17
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    "Muldergal"

    Absolutely wonderful. Brings back the true series all over again. Looking forward to more of these with the original cast! Highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hada Pixie
    9/08/17
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    "so glad to find this"

    interesting continuation of the story, and im sure this will become cannon if any other shows or movies come out

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan P.
    8/08/17
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    "awesomeness!!"

    this was very good!! makes you want to go watch the series over again!! and I will!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patkos Csaba
    8/08/17
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    "amazing. like whatching the movie itself."

    great acting. good adaptation to audio only. I really enjoyed it. I hope they'll make a sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • evgenia
    18/07/17
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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!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • D
    WALLASEY, United Kingdom
    28/07/17
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    "👍really good but too short"

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

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • C. R. Hill
    Sidcup, Kent U.K.
    27/07/17
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    "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...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Worr
    Essex UK
    26/07/17
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    "The X-Files is back!"

    After being disappointed with the 2016 tv mini series I was delighted with this audio dramatisation. It portrays the familiar characters and the tone of the original series well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tarjinder
    19/07/17
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    "I believe"

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

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Colin Lyne
    uk
    29/07/17
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    "Better than TV !"

    If you like X files you will love it . sound effects are amazing, close your eyes and your there with them. Hope they do more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tanya Leanne Traish
    27/07/17
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    "Excellent!!!"

    Absolutely awesome. Just like the show. A must have for fans. Scully and Mulder are back

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • CherryPie62
    East of England
    27/07/17
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    "More Please"

    These brilliant recordings are too few & far between. Just took me back to the excitement of adventuring with Scully & Mulder.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paula McMullan
    London, innit
    24/07/17
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    "Mulder and Scully on top form!"

    What a great return to form! I enjoyed every second of this audio play and I can't wait for part 2 to come out in October. All the old characters are back, but are they really who they appear to be? There are a few old stories wrapped up and new ones begun. This is one story that really goes up to 11!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ana Murcia
    Almería
    24/07/17
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    "One of the best ideas ever!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The X-Files: Cold Cases the most enjoyable?

    The original actors as their characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mulder and Scully are romantically involved


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

    Yes, this is one of the best


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

    Of course, it made me so happy! i feel like a child on christmas day tbh, it made me cry of happines


    Any additional comments?

    I love this audiobook, thank you so much to whoever idea this was i seriously can't thank you enough and i can't wait for the new audiobook!! october 3rd!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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