We all want to believe. The truth is still out there.
The X-Files have been reopened. IDW Publishing and series creator Chris Carter have authorized new investigations into the weird, the strange, and the mysterious. New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today's top storytellers for a series of anthologies featuring all-new stories from the X-Files. Scully and Mulder continue their journey into darkness as they face aliens, monsters, shadow governments, and twisted conspiracies.
This first volume includes stories by Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Max Allan Collins, Heather Graham, Brian Keene, Peter Clines, Ray Garton, Stefan Petrucha, Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon, Aaron Rosenberg, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Paul Crilley, W. D. Gagliani and David Benton, Tim Deal, and Gini Koch.
I am a long time fan of the X-Files, so of course when I saw this book, it was a no brainer. It's a series of short stories that take place from the early 1990's to early 2000. Very enjoyable. if you liked the X-Files, you'll love this.
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I enjoyed narration by Pinchot, he was spot on as Mulder. Some of the stories were lacking but most were down right awesome and took me back to what I loved about the series.
Huber's narration was ok at best but tone got annoying with dry sarcasm and weird delivery. I even skipped a story because I couldn't take her annoying tone anymore.
Highly recommend for anyone who loves/misses Xfiles. I hope some of these stories even make to the new Xfiles series planned to be filmed soon 😎
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It was so awesome to have a book that let me revisit my favorite dynamic duo. There were many well-written X-Files in this collection. There were a few that were duds as well, but overall, the good ones far out weighted the bad ones. A couple of them were just so poorly written that I wanted to scream at the author of it, "Have you EVER watched even one episode of the show????" In one story, Mulder and Scully keep calling each other Fox and Dana for no good reason at all. That might seem like a super small thing, but if you know the show, you know how weird it sounds for them to do that for no reason. They just don't do that, and it pulls you out of the story. But, thankfully, I think only one of the stories in the collection did that. Most feel just like Monster of the Week episodes that bring you back to the good old days of one of the best partnerships of all time. Sigh.... I want more!!!! When does Book Two come out?
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I was hoping for x-files stories that tie into the underlying narrative (with the cigarette-smoking man, etc). Remember the show? Instead, it should be no surprise that with each episode in this book written by a different author, we get a collection of episodes with no connection to the underlying narrative.
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Some stories were much stronger than others but all were entertaining. I thought they stayed true to the series in the style they were told.. Like watching the one-off Monster of the Week episodes of the original series. Those were my favorites. Well worth a listen if you feel the same way. I hope there is another collection like this in the future. Narration by Bronson Pinchot was great as usual.
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Its been 20ish years since I watched x files. I used to love the show and bought this book on a whim of nostalgia. Wow! I don't recall everyone on the show to have an IQ of 70 and to be on a syeady dose of valium. Noone responded to situations with any kind of common sense or urgency. been attacked by a zombie child? no need to call an ambulance! "military like" strangers show up to take your kid to an unknown location? ask no questions, take no pictures, don't ask for id. alien attack your dad in a barn? is it still there? no. ok thanks for letting us know. I seriously can't belive how horribly lethargic and dumb every single character is in this book. I gave up after two stories.
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Would you listen to Trust No One again? Why?
This is the perfect anthology to be heard read aloud. The stories are intriguing and engaging, and the performances are spot on. Each one was the perfect length for one of my walks in the hills. Looking forward to the next X-Files anthology!
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I’ve been a fan of The X-Files since it premiered on FOX way back in 1993. I remember, quite fondly, watching the premiere with my mother and then, later, with friends as a trio of us creeped-out teens went for a walk around the neighborhood in the dark following the initial airing (and only airing on FOX) of the episode “Home.” Wandering the quiet, moonlit streets had not felt like the best of ideas so soon after meeting the Peacock family. The X-Files was one of the few shows I found myself religiously tracking on then-young America Online message boards, and then, many years later, I found myself tweeting #XFiles3 along with many other fans, begging 20th Century Fox for a third movie to wrap things up and properly celebrate the show’s twentieth anniversary. A third movie never happened, but the TV show did get a small reboot on-air, with the promise of more to come. I found myself in a rare spot for a man schooled by The X-Files and Agents Mulder and Scully, as we appeared to be recapturing the cultural zeitgeist that gave rise to the series and suddenly had new material featuring the intrepid agents in the form of comic books from IDW, a fresh batch of TV episodes, and, now, this first book in a series of anthologies – I found myself believing and trusting that The X-Files was alive once again.
Trust No One, edited by Jonathan Maberry, presents fifteen short stories from various authors, each opening up a new X-Files case that finds our intrepid FBI’s Most Unwanted chasing after, or being on the run from, paranormal activity and black-suited government agents of ill repute, some of whom leave behind the strong odor of cigarette smoke. Tim Lebbon starts the book off in strong fashion with “Catatonia,” about a group of missing teens who have returned and are catatonic. My favorite, though, was Brian Keene’s “Non Gratum Anus Rodentum,” a Skinner-centric story that involves were-rats and his history in Vietnam. Like most other anthologies, Trust No One is a mixed bag. I didn’t love every story here, but there are a number of truly worthwhile X-Files investigations that deserve exploration. Other standouts includes “Paranormal Quest” by Ray Garton and “The House on Hickory Hill” by Max Allan Collins, a pair of haunted house stories with a welcome twist in each. Kevin J. Anderson, who wrote a number of The X-Files books back in the day, is a welcome and familiar voice to the anthology with his story “Statues.”
Tackling these stories are narrators Bronson Pinchot and Hillary Huber, whose duties are divided between Mulder’s and Scully’s points-of-view. Pinchot carries the bulk of this book’s fifteen-plus hours run-time, but the two narrators occasionally work together on a single story that shifts between Mulder and Scully, and Huber narrates the handful of Scully-centric stories solo. Both Pinchot and Huber deliver a solid enough narration, with Pinchot showing a dynamic range in character voices and regional accents. And while Pinchot handles Mulder’s deadpan dialogue well enough, it does take some time getting used to new, different actors inhabiting the roles that Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and supporting cast members like Mitch Pillegi and William B. Davis, have made so iconic and familiar. On the production end of things, I have no complaints. The sound quality is fine, and the audio is crisp and clean, making for an easy listen.
Trust No One may not completely capture the glory days of The X-Files, but it does provide a number of intriguing avenues for investigation. The best stories here were a delightful reminder of why I fell in love with this series and these characters way back when, and perfectly capture the tone of the series, balancing the agents’ quirkiness and skepticism, and humor and horror. Those stories alone make this worth the price of entry.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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Any x files fan will love this anthology. The narration was on point, the characters were true to the show and the stories were exciting and suspenseful. Loved the different view points as well! 5 stars!
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IF YOU CAN'T PRONOUNCE IT, IT'S A GOOD IDEA NOT TO INJECT IT
I like short story collections, mostly so I can check out authors I have not read and to hear something from my favorites. I was introduced to several and really enjoyed Paul Crilley's story. Ray Garton had a good story and so did Briane Keene. Crilley was the only one to capture the humor in X-Files. Others tried, but did not hit the mark. Most of these stories run around an hour long. Only one third of these were good. Some of these stories might make good episodes, but just did not interest me in the written or narrated form. One author is obviously from England and has Mulder and Scully talking like they are from London. I am a big fan of the show, but even I can not recommend this.
You will run into alien pets, stone men, haunted houses, wererats, a maligator and lots of aliens and hillbillies.
NUT JOB/ SANITY CHALLENGED
Part of the problem may have been the narrators. Pinchot must be trying to do a Mulder impression. Everything is read in a slow dead pan voice. That might work on TV, but will put you to sleep on the radio. Huber must have slowed it down to match Pinchot.
PS Clines has a story were Mulder and Scully drive four hours out of KC, but stay in Missouri. It is a fictitious town in a fictitious county, but. To drive fours hours out of KC and stay in MO, you have to go directly south, especially if you want to hit hillbillies. Any other direction and you go out of state or too close to St. Louis or Springfield. That puts the story in McDonald County on the border with Arkansas. We have a joke in Southwest Missouri, which states, that if Arkansas was to annex McDonald County, it would raise the IQ for both states.
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Just like an extra full tv series of the show. I thoroughly recommend this if you are a fan.
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Trust me, the truth is, these short stories (adaptions in some cases, if not all, of the tv episodes) are brilliant, exciting and the real thing.
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some stories more engaging than others but a good listen on the whole well performed as well.
Super stories from the X files. If you like science fiction or Mulder and Scilly then this book is for you. I grew up in the 80s when the X files was a major show, so the book brings me back a bit.