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The X Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris

By Pamelascott

The series that had a generation looking to the sky gets a breath-taking 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 irreplaceable 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 favourites 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 sceptic, 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.


(Audible Studios, 18 July 2017, audiobook, Audible)



I'm a huge fan of the show so had to get a copy of this audible original. It helped passed a few hours working night-shift.

I loved The X Files: Cold Cases. Like Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow this was a very immersive experience with a large cast and sound effects.

I loved the fact so many stars of the show took part in this Audible drama. They know the roles they played on the screen for years which made the experience even more enjoyable. It would have been a disaster if anyone else had been these well-known characters.

The X Files: Cold Cases has got a crackling plot, with some familiar themes and elements from the show featuring heavily. You can enjoy this audible drama without ever having seen the show but the experience is unmissable for fans.

I loved The X Files: Cold Cases and I can't wait to listen to The X Files: Stolen Lives next week.

The X Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris

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