The Lost Door

  • by Marc Buhmann
  • Narrated by Michael Gilboe
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

River Bend. A peaceful scenic tourist town in rural Wisconsin. To outsiders it is a little slice of heaven, but to those who live within its borders a darkness lies in wait.
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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different flavor of science fiction/fantasy

The Lost Door weaves the stories of four strangers who as the story progresses turn out not to be strangers afterall. All four are in the rural town of River Bend for different reasons. The first characters introduced are Claire and her daughter Emily. But that is not strictly correct. The first few paragraphs leave the impression that someone/something else was sharing Claire’s soul. The story progresses quite a bit before that mystery gets revealed.

David is an older man returning to finish his life in River Bend and be buried next to his wife Lily who he lost years before. Nick Stavic came from Chicago looking for a slower pace. Willem is a sixty-four year old police officer. Claire, David, Nick and Willem are all tied to David’s dead wife Lily and a very evil person named DeMarcus. A good portion of the book has each character’s’ plot line developing separately until they finally begin weaving together towards the end. The end pulls all the seemly separate threads together to form the underlying story.

Several other reviews have described this book as being Lovecraftian. I have only read one or two short stories by Lovecraft so I cannot say whether it is in his tradition or not. It is definitely a different flavor of science fiction/fantasy that the normal. In that aspect, it was refreshing. It is more subtle in it’s approach to the big reveal at the end. Until this point the reader is not quite sure where on the genre radar the book falls. I cannot pin it down any better than science fiction/fantasy. It is a unique read. I never really found myself invested in the characters though. I think I spent so much energy trying to keep everyone’s plot line straight that I missed any emotional attachment. I may do better on a second or third listen through but on the first one I found it hard to keep everyone straight.

Michael Gilboe did a very nice job narrating. The production values were great. No issues with outside sounds or echoing. Mr. Gilboe’s voice is rich. He pitched his voice slightly higher for the women but not too high. He handles the emotional parts well. The only part I was not wild about was the villain’s voice. It did not sound particularly threatening. I would be willing to listen to another audio book narrated by Mr. Gilboe.

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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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- Michael Oberhardt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2015
  • Publisher: Marc Buhmann