Returned, The

Genre: Fiction

Returned, The

Performed by:
Tom Stechschulte

“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 tempered 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 Hargrave family finds itself 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, award-winning poet 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.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 11 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Jason Mott

Jason Mott is the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author of The Returned, which was adapted for a network television drama series. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Jason was named by Entertainment Weekly as a writer poised to break big. He holds a BA in fiction and an MFA in poetry and is the author of two poetry collections. He currently lives in North Carolina.
Tom Stechschulte

Tom Stechschulte is an actor who has appeared on regional and larger stages in numerous plays, including Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. He is frequently on Broadway and has credits in many television shows and movies. As a narrator, his genuine, expressive voice lends itself to a wide variety of genres and styles. According to AudioFile, “Stechschulte’s voice is natural and convincing.” His “solid and vigorous voice adds a dimension of tension and depth,” says Bookwatch.

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