Stacked in the back of Dora's Explorables Antique Shop is an old wooden door with a secret. What would you do if you could go back in time? Would you try to fix the past? Or grab yourself a new future? Jessup's Door is a 12,000-word short story about time and love.
©2016 Michael Bunker (P)2016 Todd Barselow / Auspicious Apparatus Press
The story started and ended unexpectedly. Time travel with a difference.
Strangely, the ending had me. Not sure if I would have had the strength to do what he did but I admire him for it.
I haven't heard this reader before and although it wasn't exactly to my taste it was ok,.
Got this as a free copy from the author but will definitely be looking out for any other books by him. This was such a wonderful change from the usual time travel stories. Very short but that didn't detract from it.
Librarian with chronic migraines which cuts into reading a LOT so I listen and it is awesome for me keeps me in the blogging/reviewing game.
When Edwin steps into his favorite antique shop he didn't expect to find the perfect closet door and he really didn't expect to have the stores owner, Dora, at his house when he installs it, and he certainly didn't expect what happens next.
Author Michael Bunker and narrator Alex Silver bring this short story to life and take us, the reader/listener on a time travel journey that might trap or transform our two friends in ways they might just not ever recover from, and we might not either.
loved it Michael bunker gave us a romance through history through fantasy and Through Time a focus on the simple things the beautiful things that make life worthwhile I highly recommend it
Jessup's Door is a wonderfully unique take on the age-old tale of travelling through time, written in a style quite new to fans of Michael Bunker’s other works.
A thought-provoking short story of man’s longing for simpler times, dealing with loss and struggling to start anew.
I really enjoyed the way Michael Bunker also cleverly touches on our perception of THE PAST and the fine details of preparation needed to fit-into a past time-period.
Not being ‘local’, I really enjoyed this audiobook interpretation and in particular the Texas accent!
Who doesn’t love time travel stories? Sometimes the consequences are unavoidable (think 12 Monkeys, the movie), sometimes scary (The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis), and sometimes just plain fun (Replay by Ken Grimwood). Some creators use sophisticated devices for their time travelers (whether a TARDIS or a Time Machine a la H.G. Wells), while others don’t fuss over the science or magic behind it, instead choosing to focus on what the time travel means to the characters via plot. But no spoilers here, because Jessup’s Door is a great story, and that’s what you really need to know.
I listened to the Audible version of this story, and very much enjoyed the narrator’s (Alex Silver) style. Michael Bunker never disappoints, and I strongly recommend giving this a read or a listen.
I absolutely would recommend this audiobook with no reservations! It was a wonderful story, and the narrator's mild accent fit in perfectly to make it even more real for the listener.
For me, it wasn't a memorable moment that meant the most. I loved the developing relationship and the difficult questions that had to be asked once time travel became a possibility for them.
As mentioned, the slight accent fit right in with the Old West. He was pleasant to listen to and did an excellent job with each character.
I did a review on Amazon and Goodreads which I posted below. I hope this helps listeners to make the wise choice to read this story. It was so worth listening to!
In browsing through Dora’s Explorables, a lonely widower found the perfect door for his bedroom closet. Solid wood, and the perfect size! He’s fixing up the house with little home improvement projects. It’s a way of dealing with the grief of losing his wife, Sarah, who died of cancer at age 27. The door was over 100 years old. The store owner, Dora, insisted she wanted to help him install it or she would not sell it to him. She showed up at his house and looked around. She liked what he was doing to the house. She loved antiques, and thought of them in terms of their existence in time, when the objects lived a life before now. She thought that the widower could see them that way as well.
When finished, Dora encouraged him to walk through the newly installed door. As he reached for the light, he found himself in a small train station in the old West! He quickly exited back to his bedroom! Startled, Dora asked what he had seen. So they talked about it. First step was to get coins from 1870 and some old clothing from that period. Then they made a plan, and both stepped through the door to Jessup, Texas.
This book is wonderful! The characters are likeable and well presented. The description is perfect, painting a vivid picture of what is going on in the story. The reader of the audiobook version that I listened to did a wonderful job and the whole thing was totally engaging. I am definitely a fan of this author! Well done!
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC copy of the audiobook generously provided by the author.
In this short story, just when a young widower seems to be considering moving on with a new romantic interest, he acquires a magical door that allows them to time travel into the past. At first, stunned by the mere thought of time travel, the couple are fascinated simply by observing life in the past. But then our hero realizes that he now holds the power to manipulate time in such a way as to speak with his wife once again, and to potentially warn her of the cancer that ultimately takes her young life. But even though he can change the course of his life, should he? In this thought-provoking, insightful and inspiring work, Bunker challenges both his hero and the reader to examine life and the nature of regret, loss, guilt, acceptance and ultimately, moving on. The audiobook narration of this short tale is well-done, with the narrator's drawl adding local flavor to the story (the door is a portal to Jessup, TX). I listened to this story in one sitting, and it stimulated my thinking for the rest of the day.
Bunker never dissapoints me with his story telling. A great listen for a great short story that is timeless .
I really enjoyed this short story. The author always does a great job of placing the reader/listener right there with the characters in his stories, and this one was no exception. The story really makes you stop and think the WHAT IF'S of being able to go back in time. What would you change? What would you lose if you did? The narration was very well done as well.
Part time-travel story, part love story. A lonely widower is presented with the opportunity to visit the past, prompting significant internal struggles on what to do with this power. A great short read, and the narration was spot on.
""A store selling other people's memories.""
Just occasionally a book comes along which, for whatever reason,stands out from the others to e remembered long after the last page is turned. This is one such book.
After the death of Sarah, his wife, a young widower seems to rebuild himself and his life by restoring his home around him. He carefully and !ovinbly selects items from a local a tique shop, run by 'frumpy'. One item that seems to call to him in the store is an old solid wood door, just perfect, he thinks, for his closet..Nora helps him to fit the heavy door. It looks perfect. But when he opens it he is in for a surprise.
The writing is sedate, beautifully.crafted and understated. Strong characterisation, the situation normal, almost ordinary. There is no major drama, nothing leaping out from dark corners, no passionate love affaires, no feats of great daring do. And it is this very simplicity which transforms the extraordinary into something real and the everyday into pure magic.
Throughout, Alex Silver's gently accented voice, so pleasant to hear, continues the down to earth feeling in his reading, capturing beautifully the slow restoring of the widower himself. A wonderful book, perfectly narrated. Recommended
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