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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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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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    Bryan Sacramento, CA, USA 04-12-10
    Bryan Sacramento, CA, USA 04-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent book with excellent narration"

    I had not heard of this book when I purchased it and selected it on a whim. Unsure of what to expect I was very pleasantly surprised. The Lies of Locke Lamora is excellent, and gripped me from beginning to end. The narration is also very, very good and played a large part in making this audiobook very immersive. I highly recommend this book, and my only regret in making this purchase is that Scott Lynch is taking so long in writing the third book of the series.

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    Gregory P Wessels 03-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent Audio Book"

    Really enjoyed this book. If you like GRRM style of writing, you will definitely enjoy this. Narrator was great, did the multiple voices very well. Great story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan atlanta, GA, United States 10-27-09
    jonathan atlanta, GA, United States 10-27-09 Member Since 2011
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    "one of the best stories i have listened too"

    this by far is one of the best written stories i have ever listened too. all the different characters and plots and subplots were all put together so well. i look forward to the other books in the series.

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    Tom Somonauk, Illinois, United States 02-02-10
    Tom Somonauk, Illinois, United States 02-02-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good!!"

    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

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    jesse 01-13-11
    jesse 01-13-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Tedious"

    Interesting begining, but then it got weak fast. Could not finish. Maybe the end is good, but I am not willing to risk my time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Marysville, CA, United States 12-07-10
    Dan Marysville, CA, United States 12-07-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Good book, great audio but . . . ."

    You need to do what I did. I accidently had the audible player set to read at double speed! When I realized this about halfway through the first part and put it back to standard speed I found the reader to be ponderous and deliberate. Maybe it was just the fact that I was used to the faster speed, but I swear it sounded like someone whose voice was electronically slowed down when listening at normal speed.

    At double speed the pace was fast, the tension was high, and I found the book absolutely fantastic.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G 10-13-10
    G 10-13-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration kills the book"

    I am two hours into this book and cannot for the life of me think of any reason to continue. The narrator is too magnanimous and grand to follow this ridiculous story. I wish i could have my money back. I will have to really start listening to the sample before purchasing

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa 06-04-10
    Alyssa 06-04-10 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.

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    "Stars are a bad way to rate this book"

    They are. For the longest time I couldn't decide, 3 or 4 and for the entire first 8 hours I suspected it might be 2.

    It starts out as a typical con story in a fantasy setting. The writing is about on level with the Forgotten Realms books I used to enjoy when I was 12 only with more swearing and less character development. Then 8 hours in, just as part one was ending, long past all expectation it began to turn into something else.

    What I'm trying to say is this book is uneven. Sometimes there's a sense of a great story breaking through the clouds of mediocrity and sometimes the story gets buried deep. He misuses foul language, swearing too much where he shouldn't thus breaking its impact when swearing is necessary. The world was interesting but often over described, especially in one or two of the otherwise clever and illuminating interludes. The characters were inert but I certainly cared enough about them to finish the story while praying for their survival. The ending was brilliant.

    I hope we see a lot more from this author. He needs the practice.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Carroll, IA, USA 08-23-09
    Philip Carroll, IA, USA 08-23-09
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    "Great listen!"

    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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roy J Washington, DC, USA 08-11-09
    Roy J Washington, DC, USA 08-11-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Outrageously witty, funny and entertaining"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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