The X-Files: Cold Cases
by Joe Harris, Chris Carter and Dirk Maggs (read by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and others)

Sandwiched between the X-Files’ brief return to television last year and its proper return this year comes X-Files: Cold Cases, an audio book starring the show’s leads, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Both have decried the series that made them famous, and it’s tempting to imagine them jadedly recording their parts, as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, in the bath.

The pair are undercover when the FBI’s X-Files archive is hacked by hostile forces. Re-enter old boss Walter Skinner, who comes down with a psychic virus. This is the X-Files. After Skinner’s infection, teens re-enact Jaws with extra­terrestrial sharks, and aliens ooze from oil pipelines. Arguably the star is Dirk Maggs’ sound effects, which range from deep-throated aliens to Mulder writing his memoir on an old school typewriter. Harmless good fun.