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The Lies of Locke Lamora Audiobook

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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Publisher's Summary

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting. Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld's most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful---and more ambitious---than Locke has yet imagined. Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi's most trusted men---and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr's underworld.

With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game---or die trying.

©2008 Scott Lynch; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"With a world so vividly realized that it's positively tactile, and characters so richly drawn that they threaten to walk right off the page, this is one of those novels that reaches out and grabs readers." (Booklist)

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    Amazon Customer 02-09-16
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    "The ending felt weird"

    The book started off great and had an incredible premise and set of characters but near the end I felt that is lacked a lot of what made it great in the earlier chapter which was Locke being clever and turned into him just saving the day the most straightforward way possible of walking in and telling everyone what was wrong.

    The first 3 quarters is give 5/5 the last quarter 2/5

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    Sherry Savage 02-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    I enjoyed the crap out of this book. I tend towards fantasy novels, and this is fantasy. It's also full of lies and humor and scams. Think Leverage with magic. I never truly knew what was going to happen next, or how the author would resolve all the conflict that was building. The characters curse constantly, and the material can be very adult, so I wouldn't recommend listening to it around younger ears. The voice acting is also top-notch. I hope you have as much fun listening as I did.

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    Kindle Customer 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Lies that Call Out to You"
    Where does The Lies of Locke Lamora rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks high on my list of audio books. It is really amazing.


    What other book might you compare The Lies of Locke Lamora to and why?

    The book is most like The Lord of the Rings, or like The Hobbit. It's full of action and it's full of fantasy. The world reminds me so much of Assassin's Creed. The difference is that the world has more fantastical elements.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when the Locke tricks the Duke, whom he's already tricking with a different disguise, into thinking that he's the leader of what passes for the police.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was something that I wanted to listen to all in one sitting, but the book is really long. I really did enjoy it though.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that I don't like about the book is all the interludes that happen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cycle666 01-29-16
    cycle666 01-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    ""tedious lies""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who is just getting into middle earth type fantasy and does not have a clue about "Lord of The Rings" just might enjoy


    What was most disappointing about Scott Lynch’s story?

    none of the characters captuerd my interest and the story itself was not engaging


    What didn’t you like about Michael Page’s performance?

    not sure Micheal Page"s performace was bad i do'nt berlieve he had a whole lot of material to work with


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brant Flickinger 01-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "definately getting the next one"

    this was thoroughly entertaining. if I could give the performance a 10, I would. Michael Page knocked it out of the park. :-)

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    Rob L boston, ma 01-13-16
    Rob L boston, ma 01-13-16 Member Since 2014

    My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry

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    "Wanted to like it, felt like I should have but meh"

    I really wanted to like this book. It was exactly the sort of book that I would like, and it did have some good parts. I generally liked the main characters, especially Jean, and wanted them to succeed. And some of the mini-plots scattered throughout the book were fun. But despite that, I just didn't like it that much. The narration was too stiff/formal and there were some major story issues that I couldn't get past (see below). I've heard the next book in the series is better, but I don't think I will bother.

    [spoilers below]

    A review by someone named Emily put it best. This is supposed to be a story about a master thief, someone with a natural genius for plotting who has been meticulously trained for years on end. But he is kind of an idiot. He falls for simple tricks and constantly walks into traps, only escaping due to luck and/or the actions of others. And yet he's been milking the city's elite for years on end for effectively millions of dollars. In real life, people just aren't that dumb, and it's insulting (and boring) when authors write characters like that.

    Furthermore, the mage in this story is way too powerful. If this was a video game, you would say that the magic system is completely broken. Why does the Gray King need all of these elaborate plans when he is essentially invincible? The day he hired the Bondsmage, he could have just walked right up to Capa Barsavi and killed him and taken his money, etc. whatever he wanted to do.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aleysha 12-26-15
    Aleysha 12-26-15 Member Since 2016

    Human female with eyes attached

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    "so good"

    I loved this book. it was awesomely written, totally original, and performed superbly. I recommend it strongly.

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    Steven 12-24-15
    Steven 12-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    Meesheltx 12-23-15
    Meesheltx 12-23-15
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    "One of my favorites."

    The story was phenomenal and the audio performance was fantastic. One of my new favorites, both as a pure read and as an audio performance. Greatness.

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    Jheka 12-18-15
    Jheka 12-18-15
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    "Fantastic, fast moving adventure"

    Really good story. Once you get used to the way it's written, with the story switching back and forth between timelines, discussing the past to give context to the present, it's a great listen.

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