• The First

  • A Prequel to 'The Returned'
  • By: Jason Mott
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Series: The Returned, Book 0.25
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-05-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (668 ratings)

Regular price: $6.95

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Publisher's Summary

In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.
It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on… Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world - and Emily - into a tailspin.
Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another…even if it means risking everything.
The reappearances continue in The Sparrow, and look for The Returned from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family given a second chance at life and a world where nothing - not even death - is certain.
©2013 Jason Mott (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Madeleine Poe on 08-07-13

Under the Spell

Whatever sort of magic Jason Mott weaves, he has completely captivated me in the 34 short minutes of this prequel. As one who is easily disappointed by this genre, I am actually looking forward to August 27 and the release of The Returned.

The prequel promises much while not giving away anything - a difficult trick to pull off! During this brief introduction to Edmund and his "situation," which is apparently not limited just to him, the narrator immediately brings to life the author's portrayal of the characters' personalities.

Both writer and performer have left me spellbound and anxious for the story to continue. Well done

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By AudioAddict on 09-24-13

Free Book - Short Story - Great Concept!!

STORY - This is the first of three prequels to a book called "The Returned," which just came out last month. Each prequel is apparently the story of a different person's unexpected return from the dead, a phenomenon which is starting to occur all over the world (but this book is the first occurrence). What a great marketing concept -- release a few prequels of different occurrences to get people salivating, then hit the market with the story that ties them all together and explains everything. Brilliant!

I don't know if I'm going to buy "The Returned," as the reviews are not too great, but this prequel was very enjoyable. I actually got chills...a young woman finds that her dead fiance is alive again. OMG!

PERFORMANCE - Good enough, nothing special.

OVERALL - It's free, it's short, it's good. What are you waiting for? (It makes a nice little break when you're listening to a long book).

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By nicole on 09-01-13

Interesting story, couldn't get on with narrator

This story is interesting enough that I would have been tempted to buy the book. I love the idea of having short stories leading up to the novel. My problem is that I simply can not get on with the narrator. I have returned another book by a favorite author (R.A. Salvatore) for the same reason. Instead of my usual problem with narrators, which is that they are too monotone and robotic, Victor Bevine reads the words almost poetically and can do a range of voices, which is brilliant. However, he is very emotional, which can work to create a sense of pace but when it's all the time it becomes jarring. There seemed to be more emphasis on what the story sounded like, than on telling the story itself. This left me feeling that there was an emotional disconnect between him and the actual story, as though he had only one way of reading, regardless of what was happening in the reading material.

My advice would be to try this as it is free and can give you a great idea of what author and narrator are like. I will personally be looking out for Jason Mott in the future.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By sar1386 on 01-24-15

Great start to the prequels

This was really touching and enjoyable, just the mere thought of putting yourself in Emily's position and having a loved one return who had passed would be amazing! This book was very well thought out, looking forward to continuing the story😀

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