The X-Files: Stolen Lives (The X-Files (Audible Original) Book 2) by Joe Harris, Chris Carter and Dirk Maggs

Posted December 4, 2017 by Quella in Reviews / 0 Comments

The X-Files: Stolen Lives (The X-Files (Audible Original) Book 2) by Joe Harris, Chris Carter and Dirk MaggsThe X-Files: Stolen Lives 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 #2
on 03 October 2017
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
Genres: Media Tie-In, Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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The division has been reopened, but nothing is as it seems in this electrifying follow-up to The X-Files: Cold Cases, starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and a full cast.

"In a world filled with shades of gray, we have to carefully choose which cloak we wear...."

Out of the ashes of the Syndicate, a new, more powerful threat has emerged. Resurrected members of this fallen group - now shadows of their former selves - seemingly bend to the will of someone, or something, with unmatched abilities and an unknown purpose. As those believed to be enemies become unlikely allies and trusted friends turn into terrifying foes, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully become unknowing participants in a deadly game of deception and retribution, the stakes of which amount to the preservation of humankind. Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - 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, Stolen Lives further explores the sonic landscape of Mulder and Scully's paranormal investigations while continuing the epic storyline begun in Cold Cases.

Demonic possession. Flesh-eating swarms. Mind-altering hallucinogenic trips. Listeners experience it all alongside Mulder and Scully in this original dramatization that reunites Duchovny and Anderson once more with fan-favorite characters: Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis), and the Lone Gunmen (Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood).The pieces have been set in motion. Those who were once savagely sought after will exact their revenge. Until their victims' lives are no longer their own.

©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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“The X-Files: Stolen Lives” is the second audiobook released in “The X-Files (Audible Original)” series which is available only at Audible.  Much like the first audiobook, this story is focused on giving X-Files fans more content to consume, and for me, that is a great thing.  These audiobooks keep the X-Files experience new and fresh.  The audiobook is authored by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs.  The audiobook’s narration is performed by many of the show’s original cast including David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Willliam B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood.  For a rather short audiobook of three and three-quarter hours of audio, there is quite a bit of story, suspense, and paranormal activity.  If you are a fan of the series and an Audible customer, there is no question on whether you should grab a copy and have a listen.  If you are not an Audible subscriber, there is no better time to become one.  If you are not a fan of the TV series, I feel there is just too much tie-in with it that a newcomer will quickly become lost.  My recommendation would be to watch the TV series, the many movies, then pick up these two Audible productions.

This story opens with a rather shocking and powerful scene and the level of intensity continues as the book progresses.  Unlike the first audiobook, this one seemed to have more religious overtones and also more paranormal events and activity; the first book mainly focused on existing monsters or characters from the TV series.  For fans of the series, it is great to have new content available and it is so well produced is a bonus.  My only complaint is that I had wished it would have been longer as I wanted more.  Yet, it felt about right if you compare it to the length of a single TV episode.  This audiobook is like having an audio mini-series available for your ears, and it continues to scratch that necessary X-Files itch.  As with many of the X-Files TV episodes, this audiobook also has some wonderful and interesting technology leveraged by the team members to help solve their cases.  In each of the various mini-stories, one character takes center stage and requires the assistance of the others to succeed.

Turning my attention to the narration of the audiobook, there really is not much that can be said.  The audio quality is professionally produced to the highest level.  Many of the audiobook narrators are the same cast from the original series, so the acting is on par with the what one expects from trained actors.  Throw in some extra audio sound effects and you really have an audio drama that feels like you are watching the TV series with the picture off.  It sounds and feels like an X-Files show and I know that was what Audible intended to accomplish.

For parents or younger readers, I will say that this book contained some light vulgar language.  There was a fair amount of graphic and somewhat extreme scenes which may not be very appropriate for younger readers.  The book also deals quite a bit with religion and controversial topics that some may find better left to more mature audiences.  With that said, the X-Files series never was intended for younger audiences.  However, the audiobook adaptation is less reserved or conservative than the TV series.

In summary, if you are a fan of the X-Files series and an Audible customer, I highly recommend you pick up this audiobook.  It is a bit more extreme than the TV series, but I suspect this is to help augment not having a screen to watch as you would with the TV series.  My hope is that Audible is planning on adding many more audiobook to the series in the near future.

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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