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The Paradox Audiobook

The Paradox

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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes you look in the mirror...sometimes it looks back.

Those who belong to the secret society called The Oversight know many things. They know cold iron will hold back the beasts in the darkness. They know it is dangerous to stand between two mirrors. And they know that despite their dwindling numbers, it remains their duty to protect humanity from the predations of the supernatural. And vice versa.

But two of the society's strongest members, Mr. Sharp and Sara Falk, are trapped in the world between the mirrors, looking for each other, searching for a way back home. What they discover there will have ominous consequences both for The Oversight and the world it protects - effects that will make them question everything they thought they knew.

The dark waters rise. The candle is guttering. But the light still remains. For now....

©2016 Man Sunday Ltd (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"The Oversight is - and let's be clear here - something very special.... It's oh so moreish a morsel. I'd read a prequel this evening, a sequel as soon as." (Tor.com)

"Exciting, exhilarating, scary and moving in equal measure, The Oversight is a teeming world of dark deeds and dark magics, brilliantly realised. This feels like the start of something amazing." (M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts)

"A highly entertaining fantasy that promises a trilogy worth sinking your teeth into." (SciFiNow)

"A dark and glinting book...told in a kind of compelling and hypnotic poesie that I just lapped up.... I'll certainly be reading the next one." (Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net)

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    Brian Allen 08-15-16
    Brian Allen 08-15-16

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    "Oh dear, Mr. Fletcher"
    Would you try another book from Charlie Fletcher and/or Charlie Fletcher?

    No, sadly I fear I would not.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was fine, the problem is in the telling of it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Charlie Fletcher?

    Ideally, Simon Prebble, but in a pinch another actual professional would do.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Fletcher, was there honestly no one able to talk you out of this monumentally poor decision? The acting was poor, the characterizations inconsistent, and the production quality laughable (were you recording from within a tin can, perhaps?) - all things which detract from and impede ones enjoyment of the story itself, and could also have easily been avoided. One can only hope that someone comes to their senses and this story is re-recorded - at which point it may be tolerable. At *this* point, sadly, it is not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rochelle 09-08-16
    Rochelle 09-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Needs re- editing."

    My version had numerous repeated, duplicated or re-read sentences. Please clean it up and reissue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jbmetz Sacramento, CA USA 08-31-16
    jbmetz Sacramento, CA USA 08-31-16 Member Since 2012

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    "A Wonderfully Complex Tale Excellently Narrated"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This is an original, fresh and complex trilogy, so you need to start with the 1st book in the series. In addition to a great nail biting story, the narration is superlatively delivered by the author = Charlie Fletcher! I cannot not wait for the 3rd installment in this series.


    What other book might you compare The Paradox to and why?

    Philip Pullman: "His "Dark Materials" Trilogy and Garth Nix: "Abhorsen/The Old Kingdom" Trilogy


    Have you listened to any of Charlie Fletcher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book is the 1st book that Charlie Fletcher has personally narrated; however all of his books have been divine. Including: "Stoneheart" Trilogy narrated by Jim Dale and this new Trilogy "The Oversight".


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I cannot count them all!


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Andy F.
    9/27/16
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    "Ruined in a day..."

    I have listened to many books narrated by their author - Big Magic by Elisabeth Gilbert stands out in my mind for example - that have been greatly enhanced by the author reading the book. This, however, is not one of those books. Charlie Fletcher is a phenomenal author, but his lackluster performance has made this book unlistenable. To the point I'm using my money back guarantee on it. I do however intend to buy it as a hard copy book - and the rest of the series too - because the storyline is amazing, but the performance (or lack of) has utterly ruined this audio book for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. J. Williams
    Wales
    9/22/16
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    "Good story. Poor production "

    I enjoyed the 1st book and was drawn into the world of the mysterious Lucy and the Oversight but the poor production/editing of this audiobook and frankly (initial) poor performance of the writer/narrator really distracted me and took me away from the story...It was like a behind the scenes listen of a audiobook production! Both improved towards the end and I will buy the next instalment but PLEASE spend some time and money on the production and performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sukie
    9/21/16
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    "great second book in the series. "

    this is a great story as a second book. character progression and development. cannot wait for the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/19/16
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    "Another Fine Adventure"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to hear the next installment. Great book with an intriguing and different storyline. Charlie Fletcher is perfect reading his book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Machaley
    9/16/16
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    "First book was better"

    Charlie Fletcher is a talented author but a talented narrator he is not. The narrator of the first book was much better, there was more life to the story instead of what felt like quite a monotone performance in this book making it harder to follow and sadly verging on boring in parts. Please stick to the writing and let someone else read for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    9/7/16
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    "Boring performance"
    Any additional comments?

    Another excellent story from this author however, his narration Is terrible, the previous books narrator was more convincing. I'll be getting my credit back for this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breen
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    8/28/16
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    "took me awhile to get used to the narration but it"

    people said that Charlie Fletcher was not a good narrator, however, after listening to this book they are clearly wrong . yes it is jarring to hear a very different narrator between books especially since I listened to them so close together but by the end of the book I really was swept up by Mr Fletcher's narration and thoroughly enjoyed this book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie Slater
    8/19/16
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    "Good story ..."

    ... Spoiled by poor production: the audio editor hasn't erased all the retakes, which can be very jarring.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Just.goflow
    Naseby, United Kingdom
    8/18/16
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    "Gripping with some great plot lines"

    Draws you in and make you invest in the characters in the story. Just as all good book it takes you on an emotional roller coaster that will have you binge listening to the very last sentence. An excellent second book quality and plot line quality is still excellent, exciting and addictive- I am however disappointed that the third book is not available Now. It is one of two in the series that make you feel that anything else you read will just not be able to live up to , so for me as I await the next instalment with relish and impatience

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • sherridan
    8/16/16
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    "The ship was ruined for a halfpenny worth of tar!"
    Would you try another book written by Charlie Fletcher or narrated by Charlie Fletcher?

    Written by, yes. Narrated by, definitely not!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't really say as I kept tuning out?


    What didn’t you like about Charlie Fletcher’s performance?

    Bland and emotionless. My suggestion would be to stick to the writing and pay for a good narrator?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Paradox?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Why-of-why change the narrator? I very much enjoyed ‘The Oversight’ and I’m pretty sure I would have enjoyed this one too, except I found myself not listen to the story? The previous narrator’s voice was both engaging and compelling whereas the author’s voice is bland and emotionless – bordering on soporific? I kept finding myself tuning out and missing large parts of the story. I gave up after rewinding the same part of story twice and still missing it! I am however tempted to buy the Kindle version so I can mentally substitute Mr Fletcher’s voice for that of Simon Prebble?

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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