the narrator for this series is top notch. the whole thing is sort of a grifters in a high fantasy / steampunk jam. this book adds pirates into that mix; it works out just fine.
Damn the Romans!' - Leto II
Out of their element and continually off balance, aside from their shining ending, Locke and Jean power their way through excellent scenery and engrossing peril yet again it's very close to my favorite in the series.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This series came to life with this second book. Now that we know the characters of Locke and John their exploits take sail. Their love for pilferage gets them into some very dicey situations that are festooned with danger, (mis)adventure and comedy. This is a great big fun book that will keep you entertained from the first chapter to the last. Unexpectedly tightly plotted, the action takes Locke and John from one peril to another, first operating within their comfort zone—thieving and running confidence games—to being cast adrift in a nautical word of freebooters where their only assets are their wits. This novel has a strong plot that elevates is far above the first.
Michael Page tailors his performance to the over-the-top nature of the action in the story. His voicing is expertly energetic and melodramatic as the story requires. As a result this fun book is made even more fun by listening to his dramatic portrayal. Sit back and let Michael Page tell you a rousing story.
I'm completely enthralled with The Gentlemen Bastards series. Of the three books available so far, this is easily my favorite. A marvelous performance by the narrator to match an equally marvelous adventure of a tale.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
the boys are back
he does this series best
do it you will like it
While this worthy successor to the (superior) novel The Lies of Locke Lamorra is fun, and it avoids most of what I call "Middle Book Syndrome", it does take a while to get going. About the first quarter of the book involves Locke and Jean plotting a slow-to-develop heist in scenes that primarily involve sitting still (as in the card game scenes) or listening to Locke go through a tiring "woe is me" stage that he drags Jean (and the reader) through while recovering from the events of the first novel.
I'm a slow reader, and I originally gave up on the novel years ago while Locke was still mired in his own misery. However, I always remembered how astoundingly good its predecessor was (especially in its final third), so I bought this as an audiobook with the hopes that it would get better.
I was pleased when things did pan out exactly this way. The schemes are sweeping and clever, the action is boisterous at times and extraordinarily tense in others, and the plot moves expressively forward to a good conclusion (albeit outshone, as before, by its predecessor). The new characters are vivid, interesting, and just plain fun to read about.
The performance was quite good, although I did have one stumbling block there. The narrator's voices for Jean and Locke were rather similar to his own narrating voice, and sometimes I had trouble knowing what was narration and what was a character speaking. Sometimes I knew it was dialogue but couldn't keep straight whether it was Jean or Locke doing the speaking. (Note: I am hearing-impaired, which makes it hard for me to make some distinctions, but this normally affects me only with female voices.)
All told, a good solid effort which will be appreciated for any fan of the first book. I liked it well enough to go ahead and purchase the next book in the series before I was even half finished with this one!
I loved Michael Page's reading of this book. Ok, probably because he seems to naturally have an accent, which is an automatic +2 for a narrator, but also because he really does a great job with the different characters, and he even accurately imitates animal noises. Honestly, Michael Page was wonderful and Scott's writing made me laugh out loud many times and broke my heart a little. Oh, Ezri.
I don't feel like this book even was on nodding acquaintances with the sophomore slump. I completely enjoyed it as much as the first book (maybe even a tiny scootch more) and I felt like the scope was a little wider, allowing us to see, learn, and enjoy characters besides Locke and Jean, which only added to the story and world.
The way Scott Lynch weaves the threads of his story of Locke Lamora is absolutely amazing. The audiobook narrated by Michael Page is beyond excellent and I'm downloading The Republic of Thieves as I write this because I can't wait to see what happens next.
Yes this one is excellent as usual.