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.
Interesting vantage point (not your usual hero-type; focusing on the leader of a unique thieves guild).
Excellent narration - which seems to be a rare thing!
Story is gripping, creative, and will leave you going "Ohhh...." frequently.
Lastly, the author does a great job ending the book. He ties up loose ends nicely and gives you resolution.
Highly recommended! Best one I've read in quite a while.
Heaviest of the book i've listened to, but when I saw there was a sequel I grabbed it without hesitating.
Locke, Its called the Lies of Locke Lamora for a reason. From page 1, hes already spewing lies. AMAZING!
Lie early, lie often, and make them count.
There is an incredible amount of foul language in this book, but paired with the occupation of the main characters and the general feel of the society, it doesn't seem out of place. Not my favorite, but it fits.
I will recommend this book to my friends who read a lot of fantasy and are always searching for something new...for someone new to the genre, there are other places I would start.
Yes, I think this book would be very entertaining as a movie. Some of the action is intense, and the visuals of the city would be beautiful.
I definitely enjoyed listening to this book, but it has several shortcomings that keep it from being a 4- or 5-star novel (in my opinion).
For me, the book felt like a Young Adult novel packaged for adults by including modern swear words and some gruesome violence. Cursing doesn't bother me; my point is that cursing alone doesn't make a conversation more "adult." It's not so much vocabulary that makes for mature discourse (although it can help), but it's complexity and subtlety. There was very little subtlety in this novel. Lynch tried to do something difficult by writing about a character who is supposedly so clever. Unfortunately, I didn't think Locke was as clever as was advertised.
Overall, I see 3-stars as being a good book, and I did enjoy the listen...but I probably won't pick up book two until I cross many other novels off my list.
When reading an an incomplete series, I find cliff-hanger endings and unresolved major plot points at the end of books to be frustrating. Particularly so, when there are long delays between books, as appears to be the case with the third book of this series.
This book leaves you wanting to know more about the characters and about the world, but without the frustration. So if the series' delays were giving you pause, don't worry and give this a listen.
There is a lot of substance to this story and I think I might catch a few more things If I listened again. However, due to the profanity that could singe the beard right off Lucifer the Dark Lord of the underworld himself, I'm not sure I can.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who liked Robin Hobb's Farseer series
Michael Page's performance was brilliant. He was able to capture the age and mood of each character's voice.
Absolutely, the narration is phenominal and the characters are witty, sarcastic and devious. This is not an action packed book, but that doesnt detract from the pace of the story at all. Well written story that actually had me laughing outloud while driving down the highway, which does not happen very often
Hurry up and get the 3rd book released
When Locke first meets Chains
The Thief Maker
Great story and one of the best narrators to bring it to life.