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The X-Files: Cold Cases

(The X-Files (Audible Original) #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  3,904 ratings  ·  634 reviews
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 au
Audible Audio, Unabridged Audiobook, 5 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Audible Studios
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Sinisa Mikasinovic
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Better than the sequel. Story - slightly better, voice acting - much better.

Still, not great. You can quickly tell when the dialogue is badly written. Characters start telling you things, instead of showing. I can probably blame that on "Audiobook adaptation" by Maggs the Destroyer of Books, rather than the actual writer Harris.

Again, this book is split into 5 episodes, ranging from 20 to 1 hour and 20 minutes. David Duchovny, shockingly, brought his acting skills with him on the day of recordin
Mike Pluta
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had pre-ordered this title, drawn in by the hype and with high hopes. I am disappointed.

It is painfully obvious that the writers are not used to working with a non-visual medium. The best description I've come up with is that the story comes across like listening to a loud TV from a different room-- dialog and sound effects without context.

Of greater concern is how the voice acting came across as though it was the first cold reading- by all of the actors.

I have more than 200 titles in my Audib
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

While I have been listening to audiobooks for years, this is the first time I’ve actually tried one of these much-talked-about audio dramas from Audible Studios. Also known as audio plays or audio theater, these are very much like the old-school radio shows that were so popular in the 1920s-40s before the advent of television, though obviously their successors have come a long way since those days. Still, the idea is the s
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderful experience for a lifetime X-Files fan.

First of all, the production quality was excellent. The "episodes" in this audiobook were written quite well, though I'm not sure how well they'd fare if part of the actual series- which is exactly what I expected and I don't mean this to come off as a deterrent. I think the character of Mulder was the most accurately written of all. I found some plot holes but it isn't like those didn't exist in the series. The bits of invented lore to bring back
Pantomime Python
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
How long have I been waiting for this! How many times have I checked my calendar, counting the days before I could download this audiobook to my tablet! But it's finally here, and last Tuesday, I sat down, and I listened to the whole thing in one sitting. I just gobbled down this audiobook like it was a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream, with whipped cream and strawberries on top.

The X-files: Cold Cases is an audiodrama that is based on X-Files: Season 10 - a series of comic books that were writt
Mridu  aka Storypals
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This is coming from a person who hasn't watched the series so I really didn't care if it had the original cast or not (because well- no nostalgia) I picked it up because audible membership had it and it did intrigue me. Now that I have put that out.
I can talk about if I liked it or not.
For starters I loved the way the audiobook has been performed, it felt like I have a film/ TV show running in the back and I am working alongside (Which I usually do-- so kudos on that, it was visual enough for
Sep 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: z2018
I thought this would be a fun audiobook to listen to because it has the actors from the TV series performing the story. However it was incredibly stupid. At least it was free.
Colleen Houck
This was really fun if you're an X-Files fan. It was like watching the show. All the cast was included, even people who had died so it was really great to hear their voices again. I liked the medium. The short stories were interesting and well written and they all connected and added to the whole X-Files collection.
3.5 stars

I got this for free from Audible (or Prime? I don't know), for what that's worth, and had no idea what I was getting into, other than "ohh, X-Files!"

So this isn't an audiobook, but a radio drama. Fully voice-acted with sound effects, but no narrator. If you haven't heard a radio drama in a while, or ever, it can be a little strange to hear people saying dialogue to give you an idea of scenery or whatever else a narrator might normally bring to the table. That's nothing specific to this
Matt Spaulding
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Despite having everything going for it (original cast, produced by Audible, overseen by Chris Carter) this was just terrible. Anderson, Pileggi and Davis are the only actors who turn in good performances. Duchovny is shockingly bad. Mulder has always been a bit flat, but Duchovny's performance here is lifeless. Also the writing is incredibly weak. I am not sure the writer has even written in audio drama format before (because that's what this is, an audio drama, not a book) but it sure doesn't s ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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It was a full production and was rather good.
There were some characters that were monotone and bland but others that were quiet good vocal actors.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book-2018, 2018
I have a very loud and public relationship with everything Mulder and Scully. They are my original OTP. The humor was there, the story line, the characters, the mystery, all of it was back and I'm only sorry it was such a short book.

I want more.
Mark H.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good audiobook and i would recommend it to any fan of the series. Some of the voice acting was a little wooden in parts but all in all and gripping addition to the franchise.
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
I found a quote that summarises the quality of this book pretty well:
"Be careful Mulder. If we're dealing with alien hybrids, you'll need more than your good looks and boyish charm."

Cheesy, campy fun that is ultimately a little unsatisfying.

I used to watch X-files with my Grandpa. We stopped because he started using his classic catch phrase "What bullshit is this?" That was always his signal to stop a show or movie. Despite this, I kept watching the cheesy mess on my own. But I did miss his comm
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, thriller, audio
I've been a big fan of X-Files since I was a kid and this brings back all kinds of feelings for me to hear the original casts' voice. It's like I'm watching the series in my mind. The story is great as you can expect. The soundeffects and bgm were awesome. I actually binge listened to this audible today and torn between wanting to know the end of the story and don't want to finish it so quickly. It's too short. I hope they will do more of this.
Super quick audio - like 4 hours tops? Maybe less.

Now I've never seen the show before but since this book was free I figured, why the hell not?

The X-Files: Cold Cases: was pretty interesting. The audio made it seem like it was a show but it kind of went through the scenes a bit quickly. Throughout the audio, they solve some cold cases while people keep disappearing or being kidnapped. There's also some type of alien taking over people.

The audio was okay and I liked that it was pretty quick. How
❤Marie Gentilcore
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, audiobook, 2018
This was good. I’m not an X-Files super fan but I’ve watched a number of episodes so the characters were immediately familiar and the cases they investigated were interesting. I would read more of these.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My original The X-Files: Cold Cases audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Let me start this review off by saying that if you are a fan of the X-Files TV series, stop reading now and go pick up “The X-Files: Cold Cases”; it’s that good.

Even though the audiobook is rather short at just over four hours of audio, I did not feel cheated when I was finished it.  If you are not an X-Files fan, or have not watched the series, you may find the multiple show references and a
Ross Blocher
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun little radio drama that brings back David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, all the Lone Gunmen, and some other fun X-Files actors. This is an easy sell for fans of the X-Files, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who's not already smitten with the series. It's a few different tales wrapped up into one package, mostly focusing on the conspiracy side of the story line. Many (and I mean MANY) deceased characters are brought back to life, and the reasons f ...more
Nicholas Smith
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My review of the audible version.

Phenomenal, nostalgic, and left me wanting more!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The X-Files: Cold Cases?
The flukeman story took me back to my childhood. I didn't step into a porter potty for years after that episode. Now I'm an adult and after listening to the fluke man cold case I once again find myself eyeing toilets suspiciously.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Hearing Mulder and Sc
Gillian Murrell
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
What a confusing mess this book was. It was several different cold cases that were very loosely linked together using aliens an adopted son and black goo. Just as I though I was getting a handle on one of the cold cases it was dropped and moved on to another one. Maybe if I had watched the show it would have helped but this audio book did not leave me felling like I needed to binge watch the show at all.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
So here's what I knew when I got this: It's a new X-files audiobook called Cold Cases and features the voices of David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson. That's all I knew. I bought it and played it. So I was quite surprised to discover this is an adaption of the "Season 10" comic book series of a few years ago, which came out before the TV season 10, contradicts it in several ways, and is quite superior. I assumed this would be a sort of lost episodes thing, and an audiobook would be the coolest w ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
LMAO...this was super funny, I’m hoping it was meant to be. It wasn’t really a regular audiobook but more of a full-on production, like actually watching The X-Files. Although it was harder to follow without actually seeing anything. They had the characters talking to themselves a lot. Lol. Being from Wyoming, I had to laugh at their depiction of the state & how they were dodging geysers in Yellowstone. Ha. But enjoyed it because it was the original cast. There was no way I would have listened t ...more
Holly (The Grimdragon)
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars~

"Yes, it's a thing called gender equality. Very potent when mixed with free speech. We like it."

In an effort to try to get into audiobooks (because HELLO INSANE TBR), I've jumped into these original X-Files audio dramatizations. Because I'm a massive X-Files fan. So why not, right?

One of my problems with audiobooks is the narrators/voice actors sound stiff. Wooden. Laughable at times with the voices they put on. Having the original actors reprise their roles here in this made it that m
Tiffany PSquared
Some of these stories were a bit slow at points, but overall it was a great draw for lovers of the TV series. Familiar voices and suspense are enough to grab and hold your attention through this mysterious audiobook.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Retired FBI agents, geologists in oil fields, aliens who sleep with dinosaurs (not like it sounds)
I was never a big X-Files fan. I only saw a few episodes of the TV show, and the movie.

This Audible Original production stars the original cast, and brings back everyone from Cancer Man to various old friends and enemies whom I don't recognize because of not being a series regular. However, it does continue on from the revelations in the movie.

(Spoilers I guess, if you haven't seen the movie.)

So the aliens and alien-human hybrids, and human collaborators, are up to shenanigans again. This produc
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed on two fronts. 1st, it's another Audible Drama that misses the mark. The dialog is stilted and clunky and could do with a good edit to trim out all the unnecessary verbiage. 2nd, the stories themselves were a problem. IMHO, X-Files painted itself into a corner with the alien conspiracy storyline. It became muddled and contradictory. As with the reboot TV show and this harps back to its messy mythology which isn't interesting anymore. Also this audio was kinda multiple stories ...more
Jeff Harris
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible, owned
The quick finishing of this book is more due to it being a short listen and me being stuck in traffic for two days of long commutes.

The production quality was obviously high and the casting made it seem like this would be good. It wasn't. The main performers, who were also the stars of the show, sounded disinterested and disconnected. I had never seen an episode of the X-Files so the character connections had little weight to me. I had listened to a similar style of story involving the Aliens mo
Jasher Drake
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I had totally forgotten how far out there these X-Files were. Over the years, I used to moderately enjoy the TV-series, which were perhaps the first contemporary successful Sci-Fi series brought to a larger audience. What was a certainty at the time, was that I always enjoyed the characterization. Mulder and Scully and their entourage were rock solid characters, well-defined, multi-layered - and that's what I found back in these audio episodes.
While I wasn't captivated by the content of the audi
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JOE HARRIS is the co-creator and writer of original comics and graphic novels such as the Image Comics rock ‘n’ roll thrill ride, Rockstars, and the environmental sci-fi epics, Great Pacific and Snowfall; along with the supernatural thrillers, Ghost Projekt and Spontaneous, and the children’s fantasy, Wars In Toyland, for Oni Press. In 2013, Joe began a long stint writing the officially-licensed c ...more

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