This was enjoyable, though i found myself wandering what happens from time to time. after a couple if time i reluzed it is the arrangement of the book. it jumps in and out of the current story section to provide the background. Definitely adds an element of suspense.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is an instant classic that comes out firing on all cylinders. Lynch creates a world that feels like a mix between Renaissance London, and Mediterranean Italy all mashed together. It's fully realized within the atmosphere of Camorr, not to mention the rest of the world we only get hints of. Locke's humble beginnings are that of an orphan pickpocket, which may sound cliché, but that's only the beginnings. With the guidance of Father Chains, we can see Locke rise through the ranks of the Gentleman Bastards and become a grifter before grifting was a thing. The Gentleman Bastards remind me of the team from Leverage, if they worked for themselves.
We get to learn a lot about the Bastards and how Locke came to be the Thorn of Camorr, not to mention how the rest of the team honed their skills. From Calo and Galdo's teamwork, to Jon's fighting skills, we get lots of interludes which build their past. We learn about some of the various priesthoods and how the Bastards built their skills from learning their ways. Every character has a personality and a purpose, and it feels great.
The book is not written for children. It's a adult book with adult consequences and material. There's violence, some sex, plenty of profanity, and complexities that encourage the listener to think. It's not all dark and stormy however, there's plenty of comic relief, satire, and a biting wit that bring out some good chuckles. In addition to chuckles, there's friendship, loss, love, murder, heroism and of course thieving.
Performed by Michael Page, my first thought was meh, he'll be fine, that lasted maybe an hour. Page performs this story in a way few others can. He is Locke Lamora, the Gentleman Bastards, the Capa, and everyone else. He brings them off the page, with subtlety, grace, and sometimes a punch in the face. This is easily in the top 5 fantasy series currently ongoing. If you're a fan of fantasy, heist stories, solid characters, I can't recommend this one enough.
Near the top. Scott Lynch is a heck of a writer, and Michael Page is exceptionally well-matched to the material.
There is a twist around the halfway point that I wouldn't dare spoil, but it's like a gut punch to the reader. In a book like this, talking about the plot for any length of time will lead to spoilers. Long story short, it's about a group of thieves who want to pull off a big con, and things get increasingly complicated and dangerous from there. Interspersed are flashbacks that show how the characters got to be who they are now.
I haven't, but he's great. He knows when to bring out the booming authoritative tones, as well as give a wink to the listener. The characters all have distinct voices, and they're matched well to the characters' personalities.
The climax is particularly tense, but that should go without saying. Scott Lynch knows what he's doing. He's a slow writer, yes, but he uses that time to put out books with an incredibly high quality.
Get it. You'll thank me later.