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Four broken strangers are unwittingly tied to a tragic accident that happened more than 50 years ago. Stavic is the small town deputy investigating a series of grisly murders. Willem is still haunted by the disappearance of his abusive father when he was eight. Claire is an alcoholic mother who is hiding a terrible secret. And at the center of it all is David, an elderly man who has returned after a 20 year absence.
The Lost Door strategically weaves their four stories, culminating in a shocking final confrontation.
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By Michael Oberhardt on 06-27-15
A Complex Tale
The Lost Door is an intricate tale of quite a number of people over two distinct time periods, which ties nicely by the conclusion.
I had a chance to get this as a review copy, and after checking some of the comments on Amazon for the Kindle version, saw some refer to it as a Lynchian novel, I couldn't pass up on the opportunity.
Be warned though that this book does require you to pay a lot of attention. Sometimes with audiobooks with lots of characters, I personally find myself getting lost on the POV or time changes as I guess in audio formats you don't have the visual queues you get in written form. I had to restart listening a couple of hours in as I got a bit lost and mistaken who was who - I had missed some transitions between some of the male characters, and then got confused when this character was talking about never been married, when the character I thought he was had actually been married. I do think that authors should try to keep audio listeners in mind more, and perhaps put more distinct breaks in, even prefixing a section change with a character name. And the narrators to introduce a more obvious pause. In some audiobooks I end up having to keep notes on who is who, but I didn't find this necessary once I could establish the characters in my mind.
Other than that though, I thought the narration was excellent, and he did a very good job (once I could identify characters) of keeping voices unique, including the female ones.
I found the story pretty unique too. Some of the concepts in use were pretty neat, and I did enjoy how everything tied together, and how the book shifted for a while with part two to provide the events of the past, before proceeding with the current time narrative and conclusion. I'm actually pretty impressed of all that was accomplished in the .story, and when I logged into audible to write this review, I was actually more than a bit surprised that the recording was only 8 3/4 hours long, or 270 pages in Kindle. I was sure my internal clock and audiobook familiarity was making me think it was a 15 hour book I'd just listened to.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and look forward to seeing what Marc Buhmann releases next, and I also hope Michael Gilboe does more novel narration.
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By Deedra on 02-23-16
The Lost Door
The Lost Door is a good read. Actually I listened to Michael Gilboes narration from Audible.He did a great job with the characters he was given.Set in the small town River Bend, Wisconsin, it follows the lives of 4 strangers who are connected by one demonic man named DeMarcus. It starts out with a kidnapping.We don't know how everyone is connected until well into the book.It is a bit confusing,but comes together in the end.
This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review