“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 on. If you are not a fan of the TV series, I feel there is just too much tie-in with it that a new comer 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 being 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 then 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 then 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.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.