Hearing tales of Locke tell lies to get what he wants is actually very entertaining, with many comical lines to boot. The story is told in a sort of flash-back-n-forth fashion, where many of the "interlude" chapters give history to the characters, shedding light on their decision making process in the following chapter (where the "real" story takes place). This keeps the story moving along at a solid pace. I think you'll find yourself pretty caught up in the characters and events by the end.
This is one of the better books I've listened to here, hope Audible get's the second book in soon!
This book for me is one of the funniest and most entertaining fantasy books I've ever read. I cant wait until the next book comes to Audible. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to try something a little different than their normal read. Scott Lynch uses the F-bomb like know other. He's turns its use into an art form.
I usally read reviews by reders before i buy a book. I usally ignore those who are offended by foul langauge. most the time there God fearing people who are offended by bad langauge. but this time i agree. dont get me wrong. this is a good book. But the authors use of the F bomb just dont fit with the time line. It seems so out of place. Robert Jordan and his wheel of time used the curse words like "blood and bloody ashes". it fit well. Lynch should have done something of the same. but dont let that keep from this book. its no too often the F word is used. just ignore it. and enjoy it..i did
The characters were defined pretty well. But the rhythm of the story was just awful. I felt jolted around from scene to scene and the dialogue was terrible. I bought this book based on the reviews and it was simply mediocre at best.
After listening to the whole book though I wanted to stop, I still can't tell who the audience is supposed to be. It has a fair amount of language and graphic violence but shies away from anything the least bit sexual or political, the last of which would have been helpful to at least hint to the reader who the villain is going to be. The rest of the plot is spelled out in excruciating detail so that there is no suspense at all.
To make matters worse the characters are mostly one dimensional cliches completely lacking any common sense, women are completely backgrounded, and children can express themselves with empathy and dialogue well beyond their years. There are a few interesting characters and the opening of the book is quite good but the rest is far from it.
If long winded mysteries without any mystery are your thing then you're on to a winner. Everyone else should judge it by its cover.
Having finished all of Joe Abercrombie's books, I searched for books with a similar style, and this one came highly recommended. I gave this book five chapters, and I must say I am disappointed. The story is weak, moves along rather slowly, nothing that makes you wonder, "what happened next?" The dialogue is simple and bland. I found myself rolling my eyes at the conclusions the characters would draw, either because they were obvious without all the extra conversation, or because they were contrived and arbitrary. The humor was very weak. I could almost hear crickets in my head after every attempt at some tongue-in-cheek humor. Oh, and the proper nouns (family names, city names, etc) just sound made up. Camorr, a city. It just sounds like the author grabbed two syllables, mashed them together and blam! city name. It sounds fake, and it ruins immersion.
Lastly, the narration. It's bad. Michael Page is obviously a professional, but his voice and enunciation scream one thing and one thing only: Shakespearean stage acting. It doesn't work for supposedly grimy, gritty, or sly characters of the real world.
For a good example of books where none of these issues exist, try the First Law Series by Joe Abercrombie. The story is interesting, it's exciting. There's tension, some of the characters are simply fascinating. The tongue-in-cheek humor is first rate! The world feels real, the names are solid. And the narrator (Steven Pacey) is simply excellent. His "Glokta" is a masterpiece.
In fact, Michael Page narrated one of Joe Abercrombie's books "Best Served Cold". After Steven Pacey's narration, it's just sad listening to this. Especially in the narration of the character "Nicomo Cosca", who is present in the other books. He's a lifelong drunk, an opportunist and a degenerate. Pacey vocalizes all this in spades. Page sounds like he's reading a sonnet while wearing a codpiece.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I like LONG books, mostly Military Sci-Fi and Far Future Sci-Fi in the styles of Richard K. Morgan, Alastair Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, John Ringo, etc.. I like "some" fantasy books, but it's not my favorite genre... Yet I have to give The Lies Of Locke Lamora, and it's sequel, a High 4+! I was pleasantly surprised!
I don't give out ratings of 4 and 5 lightly... the number of 5's I've given to books in over 9 years with Audible can probably be counted on one hand... But I had to rate this one, and it's sequel, a high 4! I'm now waiting for Book 3 of this series to be released in October!
Michael Page does a fantastic job with the Narration! He makes the humorous portions of the books very funny (in an adult sort of way)... The books are not full of childish slap-stick comedy, but like real life, there's a funny side of things from time to time and Page can make you feel as if you are there experiencing them with the Characters.
This novel was a dark tale devoid of light, perhaps what a godless world would be like, seems to be alot of novels out there like this one, espeacially all the vampire genre. None of the characters were developed or likeable, no romance either or humor, not sure how this novel received so many good reviews, the author and publisher must have asked all there friends to write fake reviews to sell the audiobook.
This is the first fantasy novel I've loved in a long time. I've become so jaded and all the fantasy novels all seem pretty much the same, same characters, same settings, same dialogue. This writer has created something new and exciting. The characters are great, feeling real, and genuinely humorous. I love the wit and sarcasm. The story was fairly predictable in places, but totally unexpected in others, and for me that was a exciting in itself. It seems I have become able to guess most plots. Not everything goes well for our hero (or rather anti-hero) and its seriously tough going. I was kept on the edge of my seat until the end. Oh, and the narrator did an uncommonly good job. His voices and reading were perfect. I looked up the other books he had read, and bought some of those too. I have avidly looking forward to listening to the second book in this series. I hope Lynch writes many more books. I'm even going to by these in paperback - maybe even hardback, they are that good.
It's so hard to find fantasy writing meant for adults. It's even harder to find a writer with a unique style and ability to let you visualize and feel a real connection to the characters. Now add a narrator who has a remarkable ability to speak in a multitude of voices and allow you to hear the various characters with their distinct quirks and personalities, and you know it's a downright impossible task. Yes it's violent and rude - that's what makes it an adult fantasy novel. I hope to see book after book from this author (and hear book after book from this narrator)!