The performance and the writing are both first class. It's not often I give five stars but this one sucked me in quickly, just like when I read the name of the wind. The narrator Simon Prebble who did the fantastic job of reading mr norrell and jonathan strange, also delivers a top performance in this book.
The Oversight has often been linked with Susana Clark's novel,
Although I can see why people say they are alike, I personally don't think they are that close.
If you liked mr norrell then you will probably love this book, but if you found mr norrell to be somewhat drawn out and slow at times, then fear not as this is not the case with The Oversight.
This is the first of a trilogy and often the first book is just setting things up. I think this is more than a set up book and can't wait for the next one
Five stars and wholly recommended
A good solid four from me.
Yes there are bits that could be a bit better but I love the idea and would defiantly recommend it
There are lots of things to like about this book, the premise of bringing people back so they can tell you who murdered them or just so you can say goodbye to the love ones you lose is maybe not a new idea, as anyone who has ever seen the first episode of torchwood will tell you. That said I have read that Seth has stated he came up with the idea first, I say, I really don't care who thought of it first I'm just glad he wrote this take on the idea.
There are a few holes in the plot but its rare nowadays to find a plot without any.
So all in all I'd defanatly say give it a try.
Seth has taken me back to when I loved watching the twilight zone, and made me hungry for some more strange tales.
Now for the bad bit
If you have never heard a Irishman before then you may be able to forgive.
But ari fliakos does to the Irish what dick van dyke did to the cockney accent.
For the most part I thought he was doing a Scottish person pretending to be Irish ( just picture Sean Connery in untouchables)
I was hoping he would be a minor character, but no such luck.
For those of you that read as much you listen to audio books, then maybe this is one to read.
I did get past it by just pretending he lied about where he was from, ( unlike Roy detrice doing daenerys in the a dance with dragons.... Don't get me started on that)
Sorry I digress,
If your looking for something a bit different and are fine with Americans who can't do accents well then download it now
You won't be disappointed.