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The Republic of Thieves Audiobook

The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Fantasy, 2014

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love.

Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever. The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles, and now, with the third book, Scott Lynch is set to seal that success.

©2008 Scott Lynch (P)2013 Tantor

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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 12-31-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "…..Magical Mystery Cure....."

    Filled with flashbacks to the time of their apprenticeship under Master Chain the Thief Maker, this novel follows Locke and John first in the present time and then in the past in a series of comic misadventures. Always they practice their religion, reliving people of their money in the name of the Crooked Warden. This novel lacks the exciting story of the second book—tending to get side-tracked with the long flashback scenes of the play production company—but still manages to be entertaining.

    Michael Page again delivers an energetic dramatic performance that, at times, reaches brilliance.

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    DAVID E MCINTYRE 12-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "We hate the gods dammed bonds mages"
    If you could sum up The Republic of Thieves in three words, what would they be?

    Slow, but good.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Lynch? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, this is the third book from Scott Lynch that I have read (third in the Gentlemen Bastard series) and all were terrific stories with compelling characters.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Page narrated all of the Gentlemen Bastard series and he is one of my favorite narrators.


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

    Some of the banter between Locke and Jean can be hilarious. The characters are so well developed that it is easy to react with emotion when a character dies.


    Any additional comments?

    Books one and two of this series set a high standard which this third installment didn't quite reach However, I am looking forward to the next installment.

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    Ian AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 11-20-14
    Ian AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 11-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Where did the thievery and dastardly schemes go?"

    I enjoyed the firs two books in this series but this book just didn't have very interesting story lines (there are two). The book takes place after the previous book, and also a story filling in some of Locke and Jeans time as young gentlemen bastards.

    The plots are politics and the theatre! Boring in my opinion, maybe not yours. In both stories, the main focus is how enamored Locke is with Sabitha. He spends the book begging her to like him, to tell him why she doesn't like him, and making mistakes because he is just a doofus around her. Sound annoying? Well in this book, thats what is going on in both storylines. Snorrrrrrr

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    Matt Wright 10-20-14
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    "Feels forced"
    Would you listen to The Republic of Thieves again? Why?

    Story was not compelling enough for another listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Lynch? Why or why not?

    Yes, It is still better than most everything else.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Page’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was wonderful as always.


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

    Flashbacks and young love, this story needs to go somewhere soon!


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    A Texan 2 08-21-14
    A Texan 2 08-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An improvement from the second"

    Scott Lynch takes us to the Moulin Rouge

    After a breakout first book in this series, I found the second one something of a letdown. This time, Lynch returns to the formula that worked well for him in the first book. We again alternate storylines between Locke Lamora’s youth and the present. And, at last, the mysterious Sabetha comes into the story in both the past and present storylines.

    Overall, I would put this book as much better than the second, but still not quite up to the high level that the first one brought us. Having three of the “Gentlemen Bastards” in the main story rather than just Jean and Locke certainly helped with the interplay and I enjoyed the interlude storyline with the play – though I did get a large feeling of the movie “Moulin Rouge” with how a lot of it went along.

    I am definitely enjoying the series enough again that I’m looking forward to book four. The ending of three leaves us with some interesting possibilities.

    Once again, Michael Page's narration remains excellent and consistent. Characters from the first book who make appearances through flashbacks in this book carry the same voices. I appreciate that.

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    Patrick United States 05-16-14
    Patrick United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable listen even with a few gripes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Michael Page is an excellent narrator, and brings this fun tale to life.


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    Noah New York, New York 05-11-14
    Noah New York, New York 05-11-14
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    "Different than the 1st book, better than the 2nd"
    Where does The Republic of Thieves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely in the upper range.


    What other book might you compare The Republic of Thieves to and why?

    It's similar to the Tales of the Ketty Jay books, which sadly very few people have read. Of course, it's a bit similar to the other books in this series. It's also similar to the Riyria Revelations series.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    No one does "outraged" like Michael Page, and outrage is the main tone of this book, so it fits perfectly!


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

    When Sabetha is standing on a balcony reading a letter, near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts more slowly than the others, and involves fewer cons and heists, but has some truly touching moments, and is more "epic" than either of the first two, with foreshadowing of more epic-ness to come!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JH 01-06-14
    JH 01-06-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Way to drawn out. Very little tension."
    What disappointed you about The Republic of Thieves?

    I liked the first book and loved the second book, but the third book just felt like it went on and on and on without much tension or story advancement. It's almost as if he had a cool idea, but then felt compelled to fit it in the same length novels as his prior two stories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Lynch again?

    Maybe, but there were a couple points where I felt like stopping. I'm glad I didn't, but there are "unimportant" sections I just tuned out. There are too many other books in the world I could be spending my time on.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Republic of Thieves?

    I thought both story arcs were weak and felt forced. It felt like he struggled with writing this novel and was trying to force something to fit where it didn't. I think he probably should have just tossed the entire story aside and came up with something different. Lynch's writing is great, but the story just never took off.


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    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 12-21-13
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Continuing Uproarious Entertainment"
    Any additional comments?

    Yup, as with the past two books, this is wholly entertaining. I'd give it a 4.5 stars, and this is why:

    The book itself is a solid four stars, but entertainment-wise, it is definitely 5 stars, must recommend to the fans of the genre. I am not sure there was a single part in the book that was wasn't enjoying whole-heartedly. Scott Lynch comes up with the most solidly fun and hilarious dialogue I've ever had the treat to experience. His writing style and characters alone are enough for me to recommend this book to you good reader. Especially if you've already read the first two.

    The story is a typical affaire with the Scott Lynch flair thrown around. Yes, the plot is pretty predictable, but it is more a vehicle for the world, writing, characters, and dialogue than anything else. This isn't a shallow book, beneath the dark humor, the dirty humor, there are deep characters and deeper meaning. Really, there is nothing else to say, if you've read the first two, read this one. If you haven't, read them if you are a fan of thieves, smartasses, and the fantasy genre.

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    Robin 12-11-13
    Robin 12-11-13
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    "Sequel and Prequel in one"

    This book picks up as the 3rd in Locke's story, but at the same time, it features interspersed stories of Locke as a boy and teen, back with Chains and the gang. It's great to see Calo and Galdo again, and finally Sabetha! Lynch does a good job of juxtaposing the two narratives so that the arcs of the stories match.

    However, I didn't give it the 5 stars that I gave the last two.Some parts seemed a bit long. Lynch includes a big part of the play that Locke and his gang perform. He probably had fun writing that, but it slows down the action. Also there are new mysteries introduced and left hanging, so I hope we don't have to wait a long time for the next one.

    Michael Page continues to be outstanding as the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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