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"Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That's what all the Returned were."

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargraves find themselves at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

©2013 Jason Mott (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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When the past swings back

Si vous pouviez résumer The Returned en trois mots, lesquels seraient-ils ?

Lost dear ones return to life much at the dismay of their relatives... at a lost as to how to handle bother emotions and new deal...

Qu'est-ce qu'a pu apporter Tom Stechschulte de plus à l'histoire par rapport à si vous aviez lu le livre ?

I love audio books as they always bring the pleasure of being told the story... sometimes even again and again... of read or unread books...

Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?

Great story with a very original plot... even if long winded and slack in parts... would love to read more...

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  • FanB14
  • 15/09/2013

You'd Want to Return It

Positive reviews in Entertainment Weekly magazine always spark my interest to listen to said book on Audible. Usually spot on, not so for this one. The overall idea of the dead coming back at the same age, suspended in time, yet in the future is intriguing. If you watched "The 4400" on the USA Network in years past, you won't be surprised by the idea, but the two cannot compare. I cared about those characters and wanted to walk away from the farmer, his wife, and Jacob, but stayed for a visit waiting for some dramatic or even mildly interesting explanation that never came to pass.

Plodding along, "The Returned" introduces a newish idea and causes us to question our prejudices along with how society treats those who are different from the norm. I did enjoy the repartee between the farmer and man from the bureau. Mott is a good writer; story just sluggish and unsatisfying. Save your credit for another book.

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  • Jill
  • 12/09/2013

I kept waiting for it to get going

What was most disappointing about Jason Mott’s story?

It seemed to drag on and was rather anti-climactic. I found myself getting excited for the next turn of events, only to be disappointed by the story losing it's momentum.

Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

Harold

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I was intrigued at the beginning as it reminded me of a Stephen King novel, but fell short of my expectations.

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  • avoidthelloyd
  • 04/09/2013

MEANT FOR THERAPY - not sci-fi enough

POSSIBLE SPOILER: Its not aliens... Its not demonic... Its not magic... Its not time travel... Its not the end times... Its not even addressed! Why are dead people returning? WE NEVER FIND OUT! This has a really cool premise and could have really been fun to explore, yet the authors note at the end explains the purpose of the book: THERAPY. So, after 10 hours of hoping, I reached the end with not one shred of venture into why all this happened. It was a complete let down. In my mind, a real SCI-FI novel plunges into the questions with explanations... however unrealistic and sometimes corny they might be. Nothing here. The most interesting thing was the ramifications of thousands upon thousands of additional people thrust on small town population. Pass on this one. I hope this helps. Later.

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  • Chase
  • 04/09/2013

could have been better but great message

I think for me this book left a lot of open questions. I started this with the first 3 prequel books which left me in suspension. I pre-ordered this book with hopes of continuing the story(s) from those short stories and answer a lot of the questions I felt at the time must have been saved for the full title. I was left with a lot more to be desired. Dont get me wrong the book is well written and flows together just fine, its just I wanted more out of it. I felt there could have been more easily added that could have made this book not only good but shine.

The author leaves you with a great message about love, memories and regret which is in itself worth it. I felt the ending was rushed however surprisingly satisfied once it was all said and done.

There is far more going on here than just a bunch of resurrections. This will open your mind to thinking about how you would feel, what you would do, and what you would experience if you had one more chance.

All in all The Returned is definitely worth the read/listen regardless of your belief in God.

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  • Lauren Levine
  • 09/02/2015

Boring

Cool idea, poorly executed. There was opportunity to explore interesting themes but the author fell disappointingly short. It just wasn't believable and I found myself disconnected and not caring about the story or the characters. The story took time to tell little side stories about various returned but managed to stay surface level with everything. Very anticlimactic and boring. Too bad.

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  • Jami
  • 21/01/2014

Interesting Premise

This was one of those books that I needed to finish in order to appreciate the entire story. I had read the several free prequels and thought the book would explore all of those stories in more detail. This was not the case, and initially I was put off by that. As the story developed, I found I liked it. I particularly liked to read it in the context of how fear of people who are different than the majority are treated. There were many parallels to civil rights issues in today's society. Not sure I will need to follow the tv series however, but I imagine it will translate well to that medium.

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  • Karen Campbell
  • 05/09/2013

Oddly flat

After the two prequels, I was intrigued but ultimately the book itself was rather a let down. The writing itself was fine but I kept waiting for the story to go somewhere and it just meandered. The most disappointing aspect was that it just turned into another exploration of segregation and fear. The 'returned' could have been any minority group. Not nearly enough exploration into the whole idea of coming back. On the whole, very disappointing, especially after the prequels.

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  • Brett Chapin
  • 19/09/2013

Loved it

Where does The Returned rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Gets you thinking about losses you've have and if you never had them lost again

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  • Denise
  • 09/09/2013

I wanted to like it but...

What did you like best about The Returned? What did you like least?

I liked the concept and I'm a huge Tom Stechschulte fan. The 3 preview stories grabbed my interest. However, this book fell short. It just didn't go anywhere very exciting and the characters weren't that interesting.

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  • Pamela J
  • 30/08/2013

Big concept told intimately

I confess that all I knew about this novel was the premise before I downloaded it. The idea of people coming back from the dead was such a lofty notion I was completely intrigued, so I didn't listen to the "prequels" I went straight to the book. And I just loved it. It's a homespun tale told from the point of view of real people trying to take an incomprehensible idea and having to live it out with all the day-to-day consequences of their actions. I admire a writer who doesn't feel the need to have everything sewn into neat packages, who has good and bad guys that aren't easily discernable and who deals with the human-ness of our decisions rather than trying to teach a great moral lesson. This is one of those great books that with each section you have to stop and think: what would I do? - - how would I feel?

If you've had the experience of having loved and lost someone, if you're willing to let yourself go (which isn't an easy thing to do), you can get lost inside what these characters are feeling. That's always the sign of a master writer - - and this guy is a great storyteller.

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