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The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned' | [Jason Mott]

The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

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. 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.
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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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    Amazon Customer Porto Alegre, RS 08-29-13
    Amazon Customer Porto Alegre, RS 08-29-13
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    "Not exactly the kind of story that I like"

    I was expecting a more darker story, the reader performance is great, the book I do not like, but it is just my opinion

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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 08-27-13
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Returned Prequel - First, Sparrow and Choice"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. There didn't seem to be much technical information or pretty much missing the answer to why. It feels these stories are concerned more with how people interact and relate to the situation of The Returned. I am not in the mood for a soap opera. I will wait for reviews of the actual book before I take the leap.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jason Mott before, how does this one compare?

    Have not.


    What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s performance?

    He is okay.


    Was The First worth the listening time?

    For free, sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Newcastle, Australia 08-21-13
    Tracey Newcastle, Australia 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The First Prequel"
    Where does The First rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first one I've listened through to the end (yes, I know it's only a short one, but you have to start somewhere)


    What other book might you compare The First to and why?

    It reminds me of "The Green Mile", though largely because it was serialised. I enjoyed "The First", and am happy to see some prequel sequels available now ("The Sparrow" and "The Choice")


    What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s voice?

    Clear, precise, proper


    If you could rename The First, what would you call it?

    Monarch Green


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 08-18-13
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Good start! Looking forward to the tale"

    This short tale works very well as a pilot to the forthcoming book. It focuses on a single "returned", and just by telling his tale and the tale of those he left behind, we're immediately educated on just how emotional, disturbing and disastrous the premise of the upcoming book can be.

    Short and sweet. The narrator did a great job as well. I've preordered the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leissa Converse, TX, United States 08-11-13
    Leissa Converse, TX, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2005

    I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.

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    "What a Tease"
    Where does The First rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook was a great teaser intro to make a reader interested in reading the rest of he series. A free short story from the series, rather than just a chapter is a much better way to get somebody interested in buying into a new series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First?

    This story, being a short story preview vs an advance chapter, gives you a little background and leaves you wanting more without just cutting you off at the end of the chapter.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    Good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for The Returned.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 03-27-14
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2011

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "too early to tell"

    Prequel to The Returned. I have seen the French tv version of this story line on AMC. I wanted to read before the US version called "The Resurrection." Since it is a prequel - only had the character development of one couple. It is a little early for a full review.

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    leonie Australia 03-26-14
    leonie Australia 03-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "a taste of things to come"
    If you could sum up The First in three words, what would they be?

    sad, happy, amazed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose my favourite character should be the Returned man but I really enjoyed his fiancee's reaction to having him come back.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Towards the end there is a scene in a hospital. I can't say more or I'll spoil the outcome for you. You'll know it when you read it.


    If you could take any character from The First out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The fiancee's mother is rather interesting. The way she accepts everything is unusual but the writer makes it believable.


    Any additional comments?

    After you read this you'll want to read the other prequels and The Returned.

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    SisterLucia Dallas, TX, United States 02-10-14
    SisterLucia Dallas, TX, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2010

    haghouse

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    "an outline for a story"

    this was not a short story. it was an outline for a short story. the plot points came like a bullet list. and in between there was a lot of repetitive declarations of emotions, as if saying it make it so. I will NOT being buying this author's novel The Returned. I do appreciate that there was a free download to show me just how bad the writing might be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "Love it!"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was a quick in and out story that gave you a good sense of the clear writing style of the writer and the direction the novel will be going in.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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