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The Lies of Locke Lamora | [Scott Lynch]

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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.
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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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    Fathas Houston, TX USA 03-13-13
    Fathas Houston, TX USA 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Writing"
    What did you love best about The Lies of Locke Lamora?

    Certain portions were impossible to put down.


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

    Not exactly.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing is brilliant and entertaining. The world is vivid and the characters are fantastic. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because I have a hard time seeing un-involved characters get screwed over. Don't know why.

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    Katherine M. Hosch Covington, LA USA 03-13-13
    Katherine M. Hosch Covington, LA USA 03-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Gads! What a great book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend, and would tell my enemies to avoid it. The story is fascinating and the characters are captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aside from Locke Lamora, my favorite characters were Father Chains and the duke's spider. Listen to the book to see why ...


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Father Chains was too delicious for words.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me listen to it when I was NOT in the car. That is a pretty extreme reaction for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Harry Potter for grown-ups! But definitely NOT for children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne ARLINGTON, VA, United States 03-13-13
    Anne ARLINGTON, VA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging story; Six hours too long"

    If I had read Locke Lamora in paperback, I would be far more enamored. The world Lynch created is detailed and engaging and his characters have lives of their own. The plot line drags.

    The storyline alternates between current events in grown-up Locke's life and his origins as a child thief. The origin story is at least as interesting as the current day, but it does get a bit tedious moving between the two, as it takes twice as long for any plot development to occur. In a paperback, this would be no problem, as I would quickly skim the offending sections and read more slowly in the engaging ones.

    In audio format, however, you are required to listen to every, single, word, regardless of whether the current side-tale is interesting or not. Michael Page does a great job with voices and brings the characters to life, but even he cannot make up for six to eight hours of just too much material.

    By the second of the three 8 hour installments, I was tempted to give up. I forged ahead, and I am relatively glad I did (?), but I won't be listening to the second book. If I do pick it up, it'll be for a quick read instead of a slogging listen.

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    Texas Artist Tomball, Texas USA 03-11-13
    Texas Artist Tomball, Texas USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "You are going to LOVE It!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lies of Locke Lamora the most enjoyable?

    I like stories where we see the main character develop from childhood. The back story was terrific and painted a unique picture of a world that may have been a bit earth, like but was mysterious and magical. I was entranced and enjoyed every hour of this book. I I found myself getting emotionally involved in the outcome of Lock and his gang of outrageous thieves,laughing at their cleaver antics and cheering for their victories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Here was a Fantasy story that surprised and delighted me at every turn, had me laughing out loud, or waiting in nervous anticipation of how Lock would untangle himself from the most terrible of situations." I loved the verbal dance of insults between characters too.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    He has a lovely voice to listen to. I liked his accents and all the different voices he could make. He was perfect for this book.


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

    yes, but it is long so I had it on my i pad in the car, in addition to playing it during the day when I was working on the computer or around the house. If there was a free moment I had it playing and then immediately bought the sequel to keep the story going..


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the author Scott Lynch writes more books. He is a great talent. I don't bother doing a lot of reviews but wanted to shout from the rooftops that this is a fantastic book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark E Johnson Houston, Texas USA 03-11-13
    Mark E Johnson Houston, Texas USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very very good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the best stories I have heard in some time. Love the characters. Narration really added to the story. Highly recommend this first book. I will definitely get the rest of the series as it is available.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 03-11-13
    Molly AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Needed a content warning badly"

    Lies of Locke Lamora had an okay story that would have been better without all the vulgarity and profanity. As I listened, I was drawn out of the story time and time again because of the swearing overload. I mean, wow, sometimes it was every other word.

    This definitely needed a content warning. There was just way too much of a bad thing, and not enough story interspersed between all the cursing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 03-01-13
    Tamara Vista, CA, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Crescendo into de-crescendo"

    I loved the first half and somewhere into the second half it degraded to like.

    The set-up was great. I can see Geoffrey Rush playing Chains so easily!

    I started losing interest somewhere around the time of "the big loss" wondering how such brilliant thieves did not have other, unknown, hidden resources to draw upon in case of emergency.

    I would have enjoyed more detail on some parts which were glossed over (perhaps something profound learned on the farm?)

    Overall, I found the ending a bit lackluster and feel it did not live up to the beginning of the book.

    warnings - a few grisly scenes some might not stomach well ... and to those who are greatly offended by language ... this book probably isn't for you. LOL!

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    William Joliet, IL, United States 02-27-13
    William Joliet, IL, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lies of Locke Lamora the most enjoyable?

    Scott Lynch takes this relatively common story of a thief that's more than meets the eye, and adds complexity and intrigue. I drive 4 hours a day, but would find myself not wanting to get out mof my car just so I could find out what was going to happen to the characters. The characters themselves are artfully developed, which allows them to drive the story effortlessly.


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

    Way of Shadows, though written better, and instead of being an assassin, Locke is a thief.


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    chris United States 02-27-13
    chris United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A really great audiobook."
    Where does The Lies of Locke Lamora rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A really great story with action and story progression from beginning to end. You won't find yourself day-dreaming and having to replay sequences. Masterfully read by Michael Page, he's excellent at bringing characters to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 02-24-13
    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "My mind kept wandering"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Older overly theatric accented delivery was brutal to sit through. Like bad community theatre Shakespeare. Also read very very slowly which made it drag even worse.


    Any additional comments?

    I am stunned by how highly reviewed this book was. I was looking forward to it but was horribly disappointed. So glad I only paid $5 for it because after 7 hours I am quitting.

    There is a lot of very boring dialog which the narrator delivers in a very cheesy overly theatrical way which was coma inducing. I don't know whether it was the writing or the narration but I just found myself constantly zoning out and having to rewind to figure out what I missed.

    This was the worst audiobook I have read to date.

    Not recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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