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The Lies of Locke Lamora Audiobook

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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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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    Carol Massachusetts 08-08-13
    Carol Massachusetts 08-08-13

    Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!

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    "Brilliant. Brutal."

    Posted under "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and "Red Seas Under Red Skies" (Books 1 and 2 of "Gentleman Bastards").

    There are so many good and accurate reviews of both these books, I hesitate to add my 2 cents, but am so enthusiastic about them--and about the imminent release (Fall 2013) of the third book in the series, "A Republic of Thieves"--that I decided to pony up.

    The writing is exquisite. It requires concentration. Scott Lynch moves masterfully between characters and time frames. The con games the protagonists play are complicated but ultimately, weirdly believable. There are scenes of surpassing beauty and events of excruciating brutality. These are not books to lull yourself to sleep with (unless you want some real nightmare images floating around your brain).

    The narration by Michael Page is first-class. I've listened to a couple of other books he's narrated and always thought he was good, but for these books, he really stepped it up. Writing this good deserves time and thought in the interpretation, and Page delivers. A match made in audio heaven.

    "Lies" should be read before "Red Seas," but each is complete and satisfying in itself. This is a good thing, because there have been 5 years between "Red Seas" and the forthcoming volume. Lynch's website lists a proposed 7-volume arc for this series, and he's apparently filling in with some novellas (the first of which are scheduled for publication in winter 2014). I wish Scott Lynch the best. I look forward to a long stretch of enjoying his books, especially if he can maintain the incredibly high writing and plotting standards of the first two.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Graeme Sydney, Australia 07-10-15
    Graeme Sydney, Australia 07-10-15
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    "Locke is a naughty boy indeed!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While the story is enjoyable and is a good example of pure escapism, it could have done with tighter editing.
    Had the book been say 10% shorter and skipped some of the occasional wanderings into slightly unnecessary back story and contained 1 or 2 less plot twists then would have been a 4 star listen.


    Would you recommend The Lies of Locke Lamora to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes to those who like escapist fiction - would make a great vacation listen.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance is a bit over the top theatrically, but its actually perfect for the story. A mix of Charles Dickens and Shakespearian drama in the performance.


    Do you think The Lies of Locke Lamora needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is already a sequel, although this book has a neat ending so listeners can either enjoy this story in its own right or continue on to the next chapter in Locke Lamora's story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun escapist listen. While its genre is fantasy this is really a heist / con-artist story set in a Venice-like medieval city.
    There are several instances of laugh out loud dialogue and the author certainly has a way with words when it comes to describing the crude and unpleasant!
    Also no dragons, dwarves, elves, Wizards, Warriors, castles or other tired fantasy cliches to be found here.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 10-14-15 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "Dickens + Dumas = Yawn"

    I'M BULLSHIT PROOF
    First hour is pretty good, though a rip off of Charles Dickens. In the second hour we meet the eyeless priest and that is good. then the Gentlemen Bastards make plans, and make plans and make plans. They talk about their plans and they talk about their plans, etc... There is a lot of telling with very little doing, which makes it hard to get invested in the characters. I don't know, maybe it was over my head, but once again I disagree with the majority.

    Page is pretty good. He basically has about four voices, but his reading is flawless and he does not need voices.

    If you love Alexander Dumas, you will love this.

    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-26-11
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "More lies please"

    To me it is like ocean eleven in a different era which is an entertaining concept in itself. The con and lies are funny as well as entertaining and they are delivered by narrator in a way that will make readers laugh. Where, at the same time, the realities of crime and punishment will make reader will feel for the characters. There is supernatural aspect as well in the book, but it is subtle and powerful which make things really interesting. This is Scott???s first book, and I hope he continue to deliver in this fashion. I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up listening to it several times. It is sharp, witty and at times surprisingly dark book. Michael Page is just right for this type of book. To me he Michael has just the right range and tone for this type of book. I hope that someday this book inspire a big screen movie.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    David S. Chicago 02-04-16
    David S. Chicago 02-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow Starting Book"

    Started out very slow, but picked up about 1/4 of the way in. Stick with it, don't give up.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Books and Crannies Recycled Torrington, CT 05-23-14
    Books and Crannies Recycled Torrington, CT 05-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid Audio book listener, Blogger and Book-Seller.

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    "Martin, Rothfuss, Lynch...more please!!"

    Gentleman Bastards is now amongst A Song of Ice and Fire and Kingkiller Chronicles as one of my favorite series (fantasy or otherwise) I've ever listened to. This is complex, adult fantasy and right up my alley. The narrator is a blast, particularly as Chains.

    I take my 1 credit/month very seriously and spend hours and days reading reviews to make sure I get the most enjoyable experience possible. I would have gladly spent 3 or more credits for this book and each of the rest in the Gentleman Bastards series. I need more!

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    Basil Hampton, VA, USA 06-17-09
    Basil Hampton, VA, USA 06-17-09
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    "Fantastic, Excellent, one of the Best Ever!"

    DO NOT, pay any attention to the people who don't even read the book and then pan it.

    Give me a break!!

    And, yes there is a lot of cursing. THEY ARE THIEVES and murders, for God's sake! If you don't like cursing, don't read the book, but don't pan it because you don't like cursing.

    This book is special, the characters are rich, complex, and oh so human. There is profound brotherly love, commitment, desire, and hate all wrapped in a beautiful story that rivals anything out there.

    Kudos to Scott Lynch!

    I can't wait for Red Seas Under Red Skies to come out on audiobook.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 01-19-12
    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2016

    avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.

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    "I just couldn't put it down!"

    It took a while to get used to the back-and-forth in time rhythm. After I got used to that, I just couldn't stop listening. The plot is so intricate, and the characters both endearing and infuriating. I can't wait to listen to the next book!

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    Chris Fresno, CA, USA 04-21-10
    Chris Fresno, CA, USA 04-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Thank you sir, may I have another?!"

    This is far and away the most enjoyable audiobook I've encountered. The narrator is simply amazing, and absolutely perfect for this book. When he speaks, I can fully imagine every detail. When he switches characters, I can picture their faces. The story of the Gentlemen Bastards is a fantastic, fun, gritty, and compelling. The Gentlemen Bastards are the Ocean's 11 of Mr. Lynch's fantasy world.The language is harsh, witty, and real. Not recommended for the overly pious or easily offended.

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    Christopher 07-03-17
    Christopher 07-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Very foul"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The reader is awesome with the different voices and the way the story is read but those who are able to handle vile profanity would probably love it.


    What was most disappointing about Scott Lynch’s story?

    Language was the worst. I can accept some language and the background of this story would probably have some language validate the storyline but not to the degree that it is used in this story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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