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The First Audiobook
The First
Written by: 
Jason Mott
Narrated by: 
Victor Bevine
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The First Audiobook

The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

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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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    Madeleine Poe 08-07-13 Member Since 2007

    Wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma. Avid reader with eclectic taste. Yarn artist in knitting and crochet. Love dogs, birds, flowers, books.

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    "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

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 09-24-13
    AudioAddict 09-24-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "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).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-11-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "The jury is still out"

    This short story preview shows that there is an interesting premise and potentially good book coming in The Returned. But I detected some weaknesses in the writing and narrating of The First that has me hesitating to order the next installment, and both have to do with Emily's mother. The bad southern accent in near-falsetto is distracting to listen to, and her POV telling her distraught daughter not to be so excited about about her beloved Edmund returning to life (don't worry, he'll call you when he can) is joltingly out of sync with the fear and awe the should accompany the cosmically mysterious event. Although the summary of The Returned suggests a completely different cast of characters (so perhaps I'd never hear Emily's mom again), I still wonder about the author's ability to develop characters whose actions appear consistent with the strange circumstances.

    Short stories and novels are very different writing forms, and perhaps author Mott is better at the second than the first. But I think I will await some reviews of The Returned before deciding if it is a stronger effort than the short preview.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-06-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "Melodramtic"

    Melodramatic, swarmy, silly, not well written. Half way decent concept, just needs a good writer to do justice to it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-06-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2015

    From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.

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    "I see dead people!"

    Suddenly her fiancé who died over a year ago shows up for work. Seemingly healthy, with no memory of his death or how he got there, the mystery is not just how but why? And it's happening all over the world!

    It's free and I'm thankful, but I'm just not curious about how or why.

    It seems well written and certainly well read.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Clydene San Diego, California 08-16-13
    Clydene San Diego, California 08-16-13 Member Since 2014

    So many books, so little time...

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    "Very Interesting."

    The story is interesting, but I hope it dosen't end up like the 4400 did. It is hard not to see the tparallel in some instances, although they didn't appear out of a lake. Still the return of dead people is interesting. to see how the story will progress.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Alumbaugh Waco,TX 09-30-15
    Lauren Alumbaugh Waco,TX 09-30-15 Member Since 2016

    Lauren Alumbaugh

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    "Entertaining and new storyline"
    What did you love best about The First?

    That it is a fresh and unique sTory line not your cookie cutter book


    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded the three available prequels off of audible to see if the story interested me prior to purchasing the entire book. I'm fairly certain this is the first prequel. the book was interesting and had a unique story line about people coming back from the dead a year after they had passed away which naturally would shock your loved ones. the story leaves you guessing on quite a few fronts which typically happens in a short story since you're not getting the full and complete story. I will continue on to read the other two prequels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexa wickey Indianapolis, IN 05-08-15
    Alexa wickey Indianapolis, IN 05-08-15 Member Since 2016

    Lexi

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    "Liked it"

    I liked it. It was well written and the narrator was believable. I immediately made sure I had the other short stories/prequels downloaded and now I am even spending a credit on the first actual book. I think it's a very interesting concept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest OREGON 04-01-15

    ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance

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    "A s0-so shortie prequil"

    Maybe worth the couple of bucks it cost, this 40 minute prequel is fairly blah. I purchased all 3 prequels after I'd heard the story and frankly, it is a waste of money by them. Listen to them first if you plan on listening to The Returned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy United States 03-20-15
    Nancy United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Not bad"

    What a clever idea. I don't know this author, I think he's fairly new. So he offers 3 free prequels to his first book! What can you lose? And to top it off the narrator is very good and the story may be OK. I' listen to the other two freebies and then decide if I want to buy the real book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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