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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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    "An Amazing Tale of Intrigue and Adventure"

    This is a swashbuckling tale with adventure, trickery and a fair amount of violence. Think of the Three Musketeers, Robin Hood and Hustle with sorcery and science fiction thrown in, and you still won't do it justice.

    This is not a genre I generally go for, bought it on the basis of the recommendations here at Audible. It blew me away. The prose is incredibly rich, the narrator is superb, the adventure is riveting. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    And: it's good to read a book with such strong and well developed female characters, so often ignored in this type of story.

    I was hooked within a minute, and as a commuting listener I more than once sat in my car outside the house to hear "just a bit more". Enjoy.

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    Amazon Customer 05-15-15 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Excellent... extremely witty and clever"

    I found this book by search Audible for it's highest rated books in every genre. I was shocked to find a Fantasy novel I'd never heard of, and happily gave it a try. It was as good as everyone says.

    The narration is superb. The dialog is witty and sharp. The story is fast-paced and captivating.

    I highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to reading on.

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    Michael 05-12-15
    Michael 05-12-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Fantastic book, fantastic performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lies of Locke Lamora the most enjoyable?

    This is a great yarn made even more enjoyable by the reader, Michael Page. He brings every character to colorful life.


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

    All of the books by Joe Abercrombie. Same genre, same feel.


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't think that my imagination would, on its own, create the characterizations that Michael Page creates. Mr. Page certainly enhances the experience of enjoying this fine book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The trellis scene, in which Locke and Jean are descending from a tower, they hope, clandestinely. It does not quite turn out that way. Also, the scenes with Father Chains are priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to anything narrrated by Mr. Page. Bravo!

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    Shark Likes Tecumseh, MI, United States 05-10-15
    Shark Likes Tecumseh, MI, United States 05-10-15 Member Since 2007

    I'm the most boring person on the planet.

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    "Not Disappointed!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lies of Locke Lamora the most enjoyable?

    You really come to care for the characters of this book. Buy the end, they are friends, You will root for them, and feel for them, and that's all I'm telling you so I don't spoil anything.


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

    Michael Page did a superb job. His narration was the characters. The characters were his voice. He was fantastic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Rated "R" for language.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a good 2 hours into this book when I started wondering how this could be considered Fantasy. Well, it is, but if builds slowly, and is certainly not dominated by stereotypical fantasy themes. It is the characters of this book that make it a wholesome read. The story is fantastic and once you get used to the back and forth in the timeline you will appreciate how it helps fold the story lines with back story. By the end I was in love with this book and eagerly went onto the second in the series.

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    Marcus Ratcliff 05-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, great narrator"

    What else do you need to hear? You're wasting time. Pick this one. Thieves, conning, comedy, French-sounding names? Everything you didn't know you wanted in a story.

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    Anthony Fernandez Atlanta 04-29-15
    Anthony Fernandez Atlanta 04-29-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent and twists galore!"

    Awesome story! Excited about the next book in the story line. Spoken with good imaginative and descriptive voice for audible.

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    April 04-28-15
    April 04-28-15

    I love, love, love to read. Until I found audio books and now I love to listen: esp great stories told by great narrators.

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    "Great story; very well read"

    If you liked Dickens Great Expectations or the movies Ocean's Eleven or The Italian Job then you're in for a treat here. Great characters and a twisty-turny bunch of stories will keep you listening for 30+ hours. I'm off to start book two of The Gentleman Bastard series.

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    Kev 04-28-15
    Kev 04-28-15
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    "Like assassins creed"

    Well paced, and likeable characters even though they are just plain old thieves with a code.

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    Kirk Chittick Huntington Beach, CA USA 04-28-15
    Kirk Chittick Huntington Beach, CA USA 04-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    Scott Lynch is an excellent story teller, weaving plots and sub-plots in and out through well developed and colorful characters, led by Locke Lamora. A wonderful book of intrigue and surprises. I can't wait for the next one.

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    Hector 04-28-15
    Hector 04-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "LOW FANTASY LAUGHS"

    Very fun story. Dialogue is humorous throughout. World building is fantastic. THE NARRATION IS TOP-NOTCH!.

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