Scott is obviously a very good writer and I would like to try something else by him.
I found the characters to be unsympathetic. I just did not care what happened to them.
Michael Page did a fabulous job and kept me listening long fhan I otherwise would have
I read a lot of fantasy fiction and rarely find myself unable to finish a book, but this book was an exception. I got tired of following plans and machinations of thieves who seem to have no redeeming qualities or overall destiny except to become a better thief. There is nothing heroic or villainous about Locke Lamorra, just a progressive story if becomjng a better thief. It may get better later but I finally gave up about halfway through.
This is an incredible listen that plays like a middle ages Ocean's 11. The story keeps you engrossed and the characters really draw you in. The narrator does a very good job of keeping each character unique, as well.
The characters are as vivid as the world and the narration brings it all to life.
There are too many to mention. The big showdown towards the end of the book will make your stomach drop.
Also, Locke + his first meeting with the Spider = shenanigans.
I adore Locke and Jean. Michael Page was really able to capture their roguish essence.
I think I both laughed and cried upon encountering several of the twists and turns of this book. This story manages to capture just enough reality to ground it while gleefully stomping on your heart at it's lowest moments. However, at its highs you're either chuckling maniacally at the main character's antics or trying to figure out how you too can become a master thief.
Give it a try! It's well worth a listen.
The narrator was outstanding and brought life to all the characters. The story was something I could never imagine and I loved every minute of it.
The dialog is amazing and the confidence games they pull are very cool.
I have only listened to his narration of the second book in the series, and he was awesome in both.
I could not form an on-going attachment to any character. I need some kind of redeeming feature or value, which soon evaporated after the introduction of each new cast member.
I had to stop listening after 6 hours and hopefully will try again later. The setting of the story is interesting and the way Michael Page(Narrator) brought it to me was like a movie in my mind.
The Audiobook is excellent but the F-bomb is everywhere, way too much for my taste. The language didn't effect my rating because it fits the nature of the characters, but if language bothers you, you might want to skip this one.
The heros are complex, the story is funny and engaging, the writing is excellent.
The narrator is off the charts good! A++ I will look into other books he has done.
This story is long and moves along at lighning speed. Well worth the credit.
If you are a fan of fantasy novels generally, then this one will be a credit well-spent because the book is quite long and the narrator does a very good job. He uses multiple character voices, with decent consistency and drama.
The writing and the story are both fairly adolescent, which is typical of the genre, but it was a bit disappointing to me personally. The idea of the story is that the main character is a brilliant con artist who gets over by fooling everyone, but the supposed cons are trite and transparent. His actual motivation through much of the book is "you hurt my friends, now I want revenge", and the chief bad guy he fights is also just motivated by a childhood promise of revenge.
Basically whether you enjoy this audiobook will depend on your age and whether you are already predisposed to enjoy typical fantasy writing.
While the story takes us through some convoluted flashbacks; the characters are voiced with precision and style. The narrator's attention to detail affords the listener grounding and continuity of the storyline.
This is the first time I have ever listened to an audiobook more than once; it's that good! Take a break from the ordinary and give Michael Page's narration of The Lies of Locke Lamora a listen. You will be glad you did!
I found the beginning kind of a slog. The main characters are confidence men, and a lot of the action centers around their ploys. Unfortunately, for about the first half of the book, the narration had to explain in asides why it thought the confidence men were being clever because, at that point, the audience had no context to tell if the characters' acting was convincing.
The novel keeps a distance between the reader and the protagonists, so I never really felt they were characterized, and consequently did not feel a lot of the intended emotional impact in the second act. Maybe the author wanted that distance to give the protagonists the feel of folk heros, but for me their larger-than-life backstories felt a bit slapped together. Not a fan of Chains. Non-protagonist characters were generally not developed - especially one of the antagonists.
That being said, the story really hits its stride in the third act, when the stakes and the rules are clear - leading to genuine tension and a very satisfying conclusion. So, it does blossom into a page turner. Hence four stars.
Another positive - I've never seen world building like this, and I really enjoyed it. The setting has a very unique flavor, and the author continues building it throughout. It's not just plot appropriate details - there are teases that never play out, a lot of thematic details, and history that feels as if it would fit in ancient myths. The more the world was developed, the less ad hoc the story seemed.
I'll probably tune in for the next book, but it's not high on my list of priorities.