The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter and Dirk Maggs

Posted August 31, 2017 by Quella in Reviews / 0 Comments

The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter and Dirk MaggsCold Cases by Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs, Joe Harris
Narrator: Bruce Harwood, David Duchovny, Dean Haglund, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Tom Braidwood, Willliam B. Davis
Series: The X-Files
Published by Audible Studios on 18 July 2017
Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
Genres: Media Tie-In, Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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), 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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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 few of the characters hard to comprehend.  It is best if you come to this audiobook with some knowledge or understanding of who and what the X-Files is.  Having an audiobook narrated by the same characters as the TV show really made the difference for me.  I do not like when different narrators attempt to play the role of such iconic characters as these.  I really felt like I was watching a mini-series containing new and updated episodes with my eyes closed.  The character’s mannerism, speech, chemistry, and moods all reflected the characters from the original series.  There is a little bit of everything that will hopefully exceed the expectations of even the most hard-core enthusiast.  The book gets a “highly recommend” from this reviewer.

Take the original X-Files main characters, find a compelling reason to bring them back to their roots of paranormal investigation, fly them all over the world to solve it, throw in some paranormal activities all the while bringing back a few of the characters believed dead, and you have a wonderfully produced and well thought out audiobook drama.  There was mystery, intrigue, suspense, cooperation, friendship, and some abductions all playing out in six mini-episodes.  The humor and banter that you remember from the series is also included here.

Not only are we treated to the same characters, but we are also given views into many of the creatures, villains, or aliens that made the show so wonderful.  We have the alien stiletto, black oil, and the mysterious cigarette smoking man; and many more.   The book does an exceptional job of blending these multiple vignettes to create a mini-series that is consistent and fun.

Audible along with the same cast from the TV series produced and narrated the audiobook.  I have nothing negative to say about either as the quality and voicing were exceptionally well done.  The audio had all the bells and whistles (or sound effects) one expects in a well-produced TV show.  I know some dislike audio drama books, so if that is not your thing, I would not recommend you pick up this audiobook.

A note directed at parents or younger readers.  This book is a bit more progressive than the TV series which included the use of vulgar language, some adult subject matter, and intense action sequences.  Just be aware that it is a bit more edgy than those familiar with the TV series alone.

In summary, I do not think Audible and the team of narrators could have done anything to improve upon this audiobook drama apart from giving us more.  I could have continued listening for double its existing length and still wanted more.  I’m sure that with the overall success of this book, we can hope that more will be released keeping us connected with a TV and movie series that so many came to loved.

About Dirk Maggs

Dirk Maggs, a freelance writer and director working across all media, is principally known for his work in radio, where he evolved radio drama into “Audio Movies,” a near-visual approach combining scripts, layered sound effects, cinematic music and cutting edge technology. He pioneered the use of Dolby Surround in BBC Radio. He was among the first nominees for the Directors Guild of Great Britain Outstanding Achievement in Radio Award, and in 2005 he was invited to become one of the first Honorary Fellows of the University of Winchester for his work in the dramatic arts.

From 2003 to 2005, Maggs produced new episodes of Douglas Adams’ science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, adapted from the novels based on the original radio series that Adams wrote. The books that Maggs adapted were written after the radio series ended its original run.

He co-founded Perfectly Normal Productions Ltd (PNP) with Paul Weir and Richard Adams to create compelling high quality popular audio drama in serialized form for delivery to personal digital players and cell phones.

Early in his career Dirk became known for directing adaptations of comic book storylines. He started in 1988 with the 50th Anniversary Man Of Steel docudrama Superman on Trial, carried on with a 50th birthday tribute to the Dark Knight: Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome. This was followed by The Adventures Of Superman, Batman: Knightfall, The Amazing Spider-Man and his final BBC Radio superhero series, Judge Dredd in 1995. Along the way his production of Superman: Doomsday and Beyond (“Superman Lives” in the USA) won the 1994 Audie Award for Best Dramatisation from the American Booksellers Association and Spoken Word Audio of The Year from Publishers Weekly.

About Quella

I am someone who enjoys listening to a variety of audiobooks genres and also interacting with authors, narrators, and publishers about their work. I desire to write reviews that educate others and allow them to make an informed decision on if it is something they want to spend their hard earned money or credits on. My favorite genres include: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Technology (including fiction and nonfiction).

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