It is a great story with interesting characters and some good plot twists. I probably would have given it five stars but the author's constantly switching timelines were a bit annoying. They really killed the momentum of the story and as you were getting into a part of it then the author would switch. Still enjoyable though and it won't stop me from reading more in the series.
Michael Page does a marvelous job with the different characters' voices and inflections and emotions. The writing is amazing and the narrator is bringing it to life in my head! I'm learning to love audiobooks as I'm learning to love my exercise and this book made me want to get out there and get my miles in all so that I could listen to the book.
Action packed, fast paced, and with characters that intrigue, I see why everyone has been talking about Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series for the last few years and am sorry that I didn't jump on the bandwagon earlier.
I will be getting these in print as well and heartily recommend the audio. I've come across some audio books whose narrator doesn't do the book justice, but am happy to say that this is NOT the case here. I've already bought books 2 and 3 in audio. :)
This is my first Michael Page narration performance and hopefully not the last!
Yes, I definitely wanted to listen to it all in one sitting, but I don't think that's possible as it's rather long! LOL I'd love to sit and listen to all three at once!
Witty dialog and great story. Even when nothing is happening, which is surprisingly rare for a book this length, the dialog is in itself interesting, much like a Quentin Tarantino script.
That's a tough decision. The characters are brought to life so well. I guess I'll go with Locke. He feels like a real person.
The characters each have their own "voice" which matches their personalities. This is by far the best narrative performance I have heard in an audio book. I'll be looking for more of Mr. Page's work.
If you like stories with intrigue and superb dialog in a semi-fantasy setting, don't miss this.
I think the audio editing is messed up. The book jumped around so damn much I had no idea what story I was listening to at the moment. If it was written this way, I think the editor in charge should have been shot and quartered.
No Nonsense Review:
"The Lies of Locke Lamora" is a hard book to review, particularly in this section, because I liked it so much. I always try to be straight forward and mostly emotionless, but you get what you pay for.
I see no reason why everyone shouldn't enjoy this book. I could see it being a tough read for some. It does feel a little slow in places or like it’s rambling at times, but there is a reason for it. Lynch does not spout information for information’s sake. You’ll learn that lesson quickly. Rather he demands your attention, and careful consideration of the consequences. Should you not have the foresight to savor these moments, you will miss the meal wagon. For your adherence to these demands you will be provided with a peppering of character and world building (that you will be tested on later). You have to earn it but when you do, you will eat fat and happy from the smorgasbord Lynch has prepared for you. The payoff is grand on more than one level.
The Details, No Spoilers:
There’s cursing in this book, a lot of it. I bring this up not because it’s terribly surprising. Plenty of books have cursing, but I don’t really ever like it in my fantasy. This was an incredible exception, probably mostly because the situations warrant the spectacularly creative F-bombs and other obscenities found in this book.
So what about the book? I’m not in the habit of in-depth reviews but each character in and of themselves would be wonderful conversation topics. Regardless, I’ll stick the main subjects.
Locke Lamora is the kind of character that, if this book were made into an adequate movie, would instantly garner a Jack Sparrow’d impact on society. I could see people drawing stark parallels between the characters, but that doesn't seem to have happened much and I’m glad for it because it would demean the genius that is the Lamora boy. “Capers” isn't an adequate term for the shenanigans he gets up to. If you ask me “Orchestrations” is far more appropriate, it carries the weight required. You won’t understand this fact, not at first. It will take a few of his schemes before you realize just how grand he is. When the woven threads all pull taunt in the finale, that’s when you’ll see the grand tapestry of the Gentlemen Bastard, in dumbfounded awe. You will beg for more.
Lynch does many things impeccably well, but the thing that will cause me to read this book again and again is very specific. He pays your senses off, as much as his conniving little thieves do to those close to their marks. The more complex the con, the more he bribes you with, and the more the payoff is when the con is put into motion.
That’s all rather grandiose, so I’ll put it simply, he connects moments, phrases, looks, and feelings; everything to each other. You’ll read something and wonder what the point of it all is, and when the point jabs you right in the gut. It will be hard to disguise the pure glee Lynch has just written on your face.
Michael Page. That is a complete statement all its own. I don’t know if this is very well known, but he won an award for his narration of “The Lies of Locke Lamora”. I want to read the story in my own voice one day, but I find it hard to believe that I won’t hear Michael Page’s voices in my head when I do.
Any one of these individual items would have made me appreciate this book, all of them together. Well, makes it hard to give this audio book anything less than 5 stars across the board. Get it, read it, enjoy the hell out of it. You’ll be hard pressed not to.
At the very top! A world so consuming that one is actually sad to leave it for reality.
Locke, of course. He is a character with so many facets that he is real in your mind, and as such is an instant friend and companion.
Inflection. Layers of personality to each character.
The true prince of thieves. The original rouge with a heart of gold.
Get ready for a whirlwind of a ride to a world full of intrigue that few will ever experience in reality or imagination.
Great Book! I have read a lot of books and do not prefer to re-read them, so when I finished Joe Abercrombie, I spent a week trying to decide which series to start. I went with this one and glad I did. The narrator did some of Abercrombie's work and is excellent, the writing compares to some of the best IMO, and GRRM has nothing on this guy when it comes to gritty writing, and none of his characters are untouchable…think Ned Stark. For what it's worth, I highly recommend.
Love listening to books.
The opening tales of Locke Lamora are truly well written fun. We learn much about Locke, while still ending the book with a thirst for more answers.
I greatly enjoyed the book, and very much liked the method of interweaving back story with the current story. It enhanced the overall story, and made the characters that much more enjoyable. For a fantasy fiction book, it felt real. It was almost possible to drop in Venice for Camora, and the story would not have suffered at all.
I am looking forward to the next book.
This is one of the best stories I have listened to recently. I could not tear myself away from it.
Oh my, the characters were great and also the way the world is built up around them.
First, the narrator was awesome! Right away I enjoyed his style and it fits the characters perfectly.
I love the wit and humor Lynch uses throughout the story. Humor is all too often left out of fantasy series. I also enjoyed the on-the-fly, improv thinking that Locke pulls out of thin air to create veins in the plot right in front of your eyes. Lynch stays honest in the resolutions to those twists and keeps small plot transitions smooth and not...well...random.
Many good authors have annoying habits. R.R. Martin turned crude and perverted just for crude and perverted sakes. (Like he thought that was why his books sold?) Robert Jordan put way too much description towards random objects; pictures on the wall, chairs, wagons, lunch items. For me, Lynch is relatively free of annoying habits and nothing seemed to be forced. Yay!