We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Return Man Audiobook

The Return Man

Regular Price:$22.80
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The outbreak tore the US in two. The East remains a safe haven. The West has become a ravaged wilderness, known by survivors as the Evacuated States. It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.

Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other: He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.

But in the wastelands of America, you never know who - or what - is watching you.

©2012 V. M. Zito (P)2012 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Thrilling, melancholy, and stomach-churningly gory... This is a sturdy and crowd-pleasing novel that squarely hits its target." (Publishers Weekly)

"A hair-raising quest ... Zito expertly piles on thrills, cliffhangers and numerous twists ..." (The Guardian, UK)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (159 )
5 star
 (47)
4 star
 (72)
3 star
 (26)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
4.0 (153 )
5 star
 (51)
4 star
 (62)
3 star
 (26)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (4)
Story
4.1 (150 )
5 star
 (57)
4 star
 (65)
3 star
 (22)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 06-27-13
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    293
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    109
    87
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    18
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not your typical zombie book"

    This story is very detailed, and while it is about zombies, it is not your typical zombie read. Without giving much away, I would say it's a mixture of zombies, survival and mystery. There are a lot of gruesome details included here, so much so, I definitely thought it was overkill. The narrator pretty much uses the same tone throughout the entire story, and tells the entire tale at the same pace, which is something that I don't really care for when I am listening, vs. reading. There has got to be a sequel, and I don't feel compelled to continue to the next installment, so I will end here saying, that I was a bit underwhelmed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    thomas boise, ID, United States 01-27-17
    thomas boise, ID, United States 01-27-17 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    83
    34
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "different twist"

    different twist on zombie apocalypse. enjoyed the book. wish the story had another book. Lots of room to continue story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-27-15
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2833
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    475
    369
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    651
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An action novel, with a side of zombies"

    It is a slightly different take on zombies... instead of it being about someone running from a zombie breakout, it's an action novel about guy on a mission in the middle of a zombie breakout. The characters here are not trying to deal with or cure zombies, and they aren't even trying to "find a safe place from them" - they just need to survive them to complete another mission.

    There were a couple points where I wondered if the motivation behind the main character remaining in zombieland was believable, but ultimately I think it was. It made sense that he would have an outstanding "mission" that kept him from going to a safe zone, and it was perfectly reasonable to accept that he was a damaged man completing some self-imposed punishment.

    While there is plenty of zombie action (which is a bit on the gory side), it really comes across as an action novel, it just happens to involve zombies in addition to human enemies. There were some moments where, perhaps, the introspection went a little too deep, and there was a little "break through" of the author's political views into the storyline... but these were both minor and infrequent. Some of the scenes are over the top, and extended to add gore value, but... overall it was a reasonably average action novel, slightly above average zombie novel, and generally a good read.

    I'd give it 4 stars as a zombie novel and 3 stars as an action novel. While it doesn't contain much foul language or any sex, it is on the gory side of the zombie spectrum... maybe not as graphic as some, but definitely detailed and graphic enough that I'll mention it. The narration was good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    clifford United States 04-23-15
    clifford United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    225
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    241
    97
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    21
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very good plot, kept me involved as a listener"

    Thank you Mike Naka for suggesting this. (This guy has the best reviews on Audible, worth checking out).

    I'm not going to say too much here. A good zombie story. Worth listening to if you are into the genre even slightly. I am mostly wanting to Say something to V.M. Zito if he reads these reviews:

    In your next book... if you have two characters working side by side as you have here... I would suggest that you don't repeat action scenes in order to show two points of view from different perspectives. You did this 4-5 times here. Every single time, it didn't work very well. Other than that, I applaud your writing efforts here. I hope you endeavor to write stand alone books. Why constrain yourself with this well constructed world? You've explored it, try something new... though I'll get a copy of whatever it is for sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lee 01-14-14
    Lee 01-14-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    72
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    267
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    117
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A must read of zombie lovers"
    What made the experience of listening to The Return Man the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did a great job with the voices of the different characters. He has a voice that keeps you on the edge of your seat.


    What other book might you compare The Return Man to and why?

    There aren't any other books that I would compare it too.


    Have you listened to any of Bernard Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't remember listening to any of his other books


    Who was the most memorable character of The Return Man and why?

    The main character


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a refreshing change to the other zombie books I have been listening. I really enjoyed the entire book. It was easy to listen too. The author did an awesome job with the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    KC 07-06-16
    KC 07-06-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    36
    34
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Solid Zombie Tale"

    This was a good all-around read. Nothing particularly original, but everything was done well. Character development was good and the characters stayed true to who they were. Narration was good, solid story. Enjoyable story. I'll look forward to more from Zito.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 12-14-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 12-14-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    47
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    94
    94
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Can't believe this isn't a video game!"

    Yet another Zombie novel. That's OK, because I like the genre when I'm in the mood for some light reading. This one fit the bill nicely.

    This book didn't revolutionize the gene in any way, but it did provide some interesting ideas on post zombie society and how one survivor continued. As with many US stories, I always cringe when the story is exclusively American. Really, an outbreak of this magnitude is contained to the USA and stops at the Mexican and Canadian borders? As I said, it's entertaining, but not brilliant.

    The narration was well done, and enhanced the story. In fact, with the narration making the story a bit better than it ought to be, I couldn't help thinking that taking it one step further and making it into a video game would make the story even better.

    I can recommend this book if you like the zombie genre and aren't expecting too much. It entertained me, but it certainly didn't give me any "wow" moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 05-13-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    446
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    390
    316
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    30
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A good balance between action and character dev"

    The Return Man takes you on a trip through the bad lands which used to be part of the USA but has been ceded to the Zombies. The main character is likable but has his own flaws and demons which he must overcome. The story does a good job of balancing character development with action and mystery which keeps you engrossed in the telling. The author does have a habit of using metaphors to describe the scene (Flowing like water from a spigot) which seems a bit gimmicky to me, but doesn’t really take away from the story. Certainly not what I would call a happy ending, it certainly wraps it all up and even leaves room for another book if the author chooses.

    The Performance was a bit lacking. When not doing dialog Mr. Clark was dry and monitone. When interacting with the characters he was really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Servo missouri 05-11-13
    Servo missouri 05-11-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    45
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    38
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "When liberals write zombie novels..."

    Hilarity ensues. Cliches and logical fallacies abound! But what are you going to do? I actually liked this novel...a lot. It was all the old tired cliches about a certain political party that made this novel comical in places. Thankfully, it was mainly at the beginning.

    I actually laughed out loud at some of the silly caricatures the author painted of the "evil" party, which she/he put "New" in front of to make it look as if it was some new really really really nefarious party, but was soooo obvious whom she/he was referring to. It grew tiresome quickly. And when she/he brought in the fake "crisis" that the party was inventing, I nearly choked on the irony, considering today's Chicken Little president.

    But alas, the story itself was great! Good character development, good concept (zombie assassin), lots of action and plenty of zombies. The Chinaman was a great way for her/him to show how much she/he loathed this country. Everything the Chinaman believed and said could have been a talking point from the a certain political party today--guess which one. Notice that nothing that character did was considered "bad." Even his religion was better than anything a silly Westerner put faith in, as we saw in the end. Yawn.

    I digress. Again, great story just wished the silliness wasn't so obvious, I would have given it a 5...I was aching to do so. As it turns out, "The Infection" is still my top zombie novel pick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    victoria Washington, DC, United States 03-14-13
    victoria Washington, DC, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    421
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Four Star Zombie Listen"

    Most zombie books are variations on a theme. Return Man has many of the next generation elements - the compassionate zombie hunter (a la The Last Mail Man), living in the Dead Zone, is sent on a mission to the origin of the apocalypse to find a key scientist. The story has flaws, but it is well written and the main protagonist, Henry Marco, is complex and compelling. While I wasn't immediately drawn to the narrator, he grew on me. I painted my entire bedroom to justify a continuous listen to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.