Jason Kane's Reviews > The X-Files: Cold Cases

The X-Files by Joe Harris
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review

really liked it
Read 2 times. Last read August 15, 2017 to August 30, 2017.

I’ve been so busy this summer, I had to put my reading habit on hiatus for a few months. The good news is: 1 – I think I’m out of the woods and am looking forward to picking up a good book again and 2 – I found a brilliant fix to satiate my reading appetite during the busy days!

What is the fix, you ask? I’m sure you’ve heard of Audible, Amazon’s audio book company. Well, I thought I’d give it a whirl and see if there was a book I wanted to listen to during my commutes or moments of down time. Traditionally, audio books are not my preference because the only time I choose to listen to them is when my attention is divided (driving, working), so unless it’s incredibly captivating, I’d rather read the book traditionally. However, I saw on the Audible landing page that Amazon was producing and releasing an X-Files audio book fully dramatized and voiced by all the show’s stars. This sounded worth it, so I got it and I loved it!

The book was called The X-Files: Cold Cases, and it is a completely original story adapted from Joe Harris’s graphic novels, woven into the fabric of the X-Files television series, and it takes place between the 2008 film I Want to Believe and the 2016 6-episode 10th season. The story revolves around a group of morphing acolytes (or foot soldiers of a cult) who want Scully’s baby, William. Confusion abounds as we wonder who’s real and who’s a shape-shifting morphing acolyte? Pure, uncut X-Files. The production is told in segments that feel like separate but congruent episodes and the background on what brings our cherished agents back from the fold is a story well worth being told.

The story in this production fits somewhere in the middle of the road of the X-Files legacy. What works is the production, the tone, and the pacing. This story is told with episodic pacing in that the action is continuous, fun, and effective. The tone is right on the nose for X-Files fans. Scully’s persistent intellect, Mulder’s dry aloofness, and the overall campiness of it all work flawlessly. The actors voicing their roles are as good as I’ve ever heard in an audio performance. Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and Mitch Pileggi as Deputy Director Skinner are the standout performers, but all actors do a great job.

Additionally, we have some great surprises with appearances by The Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and The Lone Gunman (who are not dead!).

However, like I said, this story does not quite reach the gold standard of some of the series’ most beloved storylines. Nonetheless, there’s no slacking here. This story has lots of action, tons of fun references for superfans, and includes a wonderful range of the most beloved characters. There’s also a decent mix of mythology and “Monster of the Week” plot lines, which is what made the series so appealing. You can do a lot worse with audiobooks, and with books overall for that matter B+

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The X-Files.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

Finished Reading
August 15, 2017 – Started Reading
August 15, 2017 – Shelved
August 30, 2017 – Finished Reading

No comments have been added yet.