In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, a man is forced to choose between the life he has now, and the one he thought was gone forever.
Peter Galvin was just 17 when Tracy Whitland - the love of his life - vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now - happy, even - until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.
For weeks, Peter and his wife, Samantha, have been watching mysterious reports of people's loved ones returning from beyond, the world spinning into uncertainty and chaos. But they never imagined it would happen to them. With Tracy's unusual homecoming, Peter and Samantha must decide where they can possibly go from here, and whether their family can survive.
Listen to more stories of the Returned in The First and The Sparrow. And don't miss Jason Mott's haunting debut novel, The Returned, a story of one family given an extraordinary second chance.
©2013 Jason Mott (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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"My least favorite of the three prequels"
STORY - I liked the first two prequels, especially for short freebies, but this one didn't do it for me. Perhaps the novelty of loved ones returning from the dead has worn off, or maybe it's the fact that something about this one just seemed stupid. Tracy (the one returning in this prequel) is 17. I don't want to give too much away, but I thought there was way too much indecision regarding how Peter, 20 years her superior, might react to her return.
I am curious where these returned loved ones are coming from and why, but not curious enough to buy "The Returned."
PERFORMANCE - Good enough, nothing special.
OVERALL - I would recommend listening to "The First" and "The Sparrow." If you like those two, then make up your mind about this one. I think women might enjoy these more than men.
"Prequel - not a stand alone short story"
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.
This 3rd prequel was my favorite I believe. For some reason I related to it more. I must say I was worried the husband wad going to make the wrong decision. At the end I smiled.
The reader's voice wa very annoying but the story was actually very cute if you can make it to the end.
"Stark contrast makes it cold and chilling."
As I said, I first saw the TV series then found these three books for free on audible and I was delighted. These are short stories, each depicting the return of one person and the impact it has.
The narrator is very cool and calm in his story telling method which adds to the over all chilling effect of the stories.
That said, I found these stories to be very dark and for now, although I think this is a brilliant way to promote the full length novel, I will wait a bit before I buy the novel.
The TV series, although dark enough does not really convey the start reality of what it is like to have a loved one return from the dead, in that aspect these books should get a 5* rating for in these stories that reality is all too clear. Unfortunately the narrator is so good at his job that these stories, although I did not listen to them one after the other left me drained.
If dark and gloomy is your thing, then you will adore this. If not, why not give these a try in anyway they are free after all.
"Reader kills the story"
I like the premise of Jason Mott's short stories but the reader left much to be desired. I really can't even tell you if the story was good or bad because the reader made it so difficult to get through. Every sentence was read as if there were an exclamation point at the end. There were high fluctuations in his voice where there shouldn't have been any. At times words were squeezed out because the reader refused to stop to take a breath. It was all so annoying. This was a short 40 min production so I was able to get through it although I was tempted to just turn it off on several occasions.
I will bypass any book performed by this reader. I feel that any story, no matter how wonderful, would be ruined by his reading style.
"The Prequels worked!"
I have now read all three prequels. While I wasn't sure in the first two, now I am truly interested and want to read The Returned. I do like that each prequel had a different angle and considered the different reactions and emotions. The concept is definitely thought provoking.
"Not as Strong as the Others"
Something about this one did not resonate as strongly as the others. I didn't really feel invested into the characters as much. I think it was because no one was really likeable.
"Interesting and thought-provoking"
This was exciting, interesting and you can't go wrong with it being free! This definitely hooked me into buying "The Returned".
This book really made me question how I would react in the same situation.
"Third of Three Prequels"
Imagine a world in which the dead start coming back to life. They have no memories from when they were gone; they simply start appearing all over the globe. This is the premise of Jason Mott's novel, The Returned. In this third prequel to the novel, another of the returned is introduced. When she was only 17 years old, Tracy Whitmore disappeared. Eventually, her disappearance was ruled a death. Her boyfriend at the time, Peter Galvin, was heartbroken.
Fast forward 20 years, and Tracy has returned. She is still 17 years old, but Peter is not. All she wants is to see Peter again. Unfortunately, in the years since her death, Peter has married someone else and has a daughter. Nevertheless, Peter still loves Tracy very much. His new wife, Samantha, believes that he needs to make a choice between Tracy or her. Eventually, Peter agrees to meet with Tracy--and he makes a very difficult choice.
Out of the three prequels, I enjoyed this one the most. The story was just heart-wrenching, and I couldn't imagine what I would do if I were in this situation. At this point, I really took notice of how intense The Returned would be because I was starting to question my own values and beliefs while reading The Choice. When books can make you questions beliefs to which you have held firm for many years, it's a sign of a great book. I could not wait to read The Returned.
(I also want to make a comment about the low rating I gave the performance. While I had nothing against David Ledoux as the narrator, I thought that his voice was uncharacteristic for the seriousness of the book. If he were reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," I think he would be amazing. His voice just didn't have the right tone for this story.)
"Love Life and Longing..."
Life moves on without anyone's consent. If you had the change to redo, with one that was torn from your life... Would you? Or would the life you lived into be your choice?
An interesting dilemma for anyone to think about. What would you do if in that position?? Another nice short to the original The Returned book. If you've read the other shorts, don't miss out on this one either.
Enjoyed listening to it very much. Look forward to listening to 'The Returned'. Jason Mott is a very excellent author.
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