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!
I had no idea this book was a series - book ended and I was elated with the story and the performance and sad to see it go. I come to Audible and BHAM! it's a series - I had no idea!
Highly recommend - great story, great reader.
listen while you work..
The characters of this book seem real. Like your walking with frat brother or high school friend. The jokes, the barbs and the overall good nature of the main characters, Locke and Jeaan, captures you and holds you in the story through all the flashbacks and forwards. Be ready to chuckle to yourself. Enjoy
Probably Jean. Steady, always there, quick to cheer Locke up or gently knock him down, always with the most subtle or not so subtle quip.
Again Jean. He caprtured his stregnth and loyalty to Locke perfectly. You could see his facial expressions and feel his sarcasim.
I think the sum of the work makes every part my favorite.
If this book and series does not make you think, criminal mischief aside or perhaps not, of a particular group friends that you have or have had in the past, then I am sorry for you.
It is up there with the Ryera (Sp?) Series by Anderson. At first it was hard to get into with the story setup but it slowly brought me in and then set the hook for a great finish.
Chains was interesting but the main character is great. This was definitely helped along by the story teller. Extremely well done.
Not sure if it was an extreme reaction but I was really into the story and characters. I definitely laughed out loud at some points although this was not a comedy in any sense.
Looking forward to part two. Good stuff!
This book is in my top 5 favorite audtiobooks
I'd have to say the Thief Maker initially because he's one of the first characters you get to know and he's read so well by Michael Page that you can't help laugh out loud as he describes the early exploits of Locke Lamora. Having said that, he does not play a part all the way through the book so probably Locke Lamora overall
This is my first time listening to Michael Page and I'm extremey impressed. I will be looking for other books that he has read because he brings the story to life with his narration.
Yes, but at around 25 hours it was not possible
Until now my favorite audiobook reading and performance was Roy Dotrice in the first three books of the Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a. Game of Thrones) but this in my ears has surpassed that. As I've just finished book two, also read by Michael Page, I know it's not a fluke and am looking forward to finishing the next one as well.
Brain Candy….twisty plot….interesting back story. Enjoyed…..I just purchased the second book….I hope he can keep it going.
Enjoyed all the characters in the book really….No one in particular stands out.
Narration is exquisite….amongst the very best.
More like….there are parts of the book that kept making me hit "15 more minutes" on the sleepy time shut off feature on my iPhone.
Fun, easy…..enjoyable. What else do you need?
This is a good story brilliantly read that frustrated me no end. I became engrossed in Lockes escapades. I wanted to know what would happen next but gosh the back and forth (called interludes) almost drove me to madness. I ended up having to "relisten" to sections multiple times. While I did find the writing style frustrating I enjoyed the story enough to continue the series.
"The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch was not up my dark damp rat infested alley. I didn't know the story was soley about, child abuse (I am being dramatic), theives, and all the immorality possible. I am so against lieing, being a MOM of 6, that the topic caused me to feel like turning this off after just a few chapters. But I kept listening, and then by about the third try, I got through it. I guess I am a romantic and have to admit I like the stories with soulful, thrilling story lines, heros and happy endings. Noone in this book had an ounce of right or wrong. I guess that was the point. If you want to learn how to be cleverly deceptive, this book is for you.
No, I love stories from this genre. Really, this book was a good listen, but the topic was hard for me to stomach.
He was brilliant on the transitions between characters. Listeners won't be distracted by his smoothe transitions from character to character.
Maybe if it were brought into the modern times it could be a TV show. So many people deal with deception daily, maybe it would make your audience see through some of it.
If I could I'd probably give this 3.5 out of 5 stars, since it is bbetter than average.
Think of it as being the God Father meets medieval venice with a bit of magic thrown in for good measure. There is a lot of violence and swearing in this book, but its sort of tongue in cheek, and unless you are particularly sensitive I doubt people would be offended.
As usual Michael Page does a fantastic job of narration.
Its an action packed rollicking read, so yif you are looking for a lot of intrigue and introspection then you won't find it hear.
In an echo of A song Of Ice And fire the author has no qualms in killing off major characters in brutal and unexpected ways ... so be warned, don't get too attached to any character as they mightn't make it through to the end.
The story is complete in itself, but it does leave it open for a sequel.
I'm not sure I found it engaging enough to purchase the second book in the story, but if I was looking for a light read with plenty of action then I might consider it.