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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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    Debbie Cyrus 06-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The only book that I've written a review for."

    This is unequivocally my favorite book that I've ever read. Full of suspense, action, and intellect. I will absolutely recommend this book to anyone who gives me the opportunity. Not a minute went by in which I wasn't completely entertained. Please read this marvelous book and then pass its title on, I deserves nothing less than pure admiration. I guarantee you will love it as much as I did.

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    Ben Drexl Spokane, WA 06-07-16
    Ben Drexl Spokane, WA 06-07-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Don't judge by the cover art!"

    This is a great bit of fantasy, not historical fiction. The world and its lore is consistently and wonderfully well fleshed out. The wide variety of interesting characters, immersive location descriptions, and more than enough intrigue, action, and plot twists make it entertaining all the way through.

    Also, this is meant for adults, there's plenty of violence, sorcery, and language throughout.

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    Johann Cronin 06-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining romp"

    Good story with an entertaining character. A lot of the witty dialogue is the most entertaining part for me. I'll be honest though, I left the book aside towards the middle when not much was happening but I'm glad I took it up again as the action and banter ramped up from there. A ballsy, clever and crafty hero, I'll be buying more of the series.

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    Skyler W Spendlove 06-01-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Best book I've experienced in years."

    For years my favorite book has always been default "The Hobbit" I read it in fourth grade and never forgot it. As I got older I read less and less and played videogames more and more. I jumped into Lies of Locke Lamora wanting something to casually listen to while doing things around the house and taking a break from gaming. I ended up needing to take breaks from this to do other things. I loved the wit and charm and story telling and can not find a single thing about the actual story that I don't like. The narration was brilliant as well and I enjoyed the accents though they could be slightly ridiculous. Was so happy to listen to this and will be revisiting it again before next months credit then it's on to number 2!

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    Gregory 05-24-16
    Gregory 05-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The Gentleman Bastards "

    Michael Page does an excellent job of bringing the character to life with incredible accents.

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    N. Granich San Francisco, CA USA 05-21-16
    N. Granich San Francisco, CA USA 05-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good but slow"

    Was a little slow building up into the book. But after it starts to pick up the book is very good. However it ends very fast and there isn't much of a resolve to the climax.

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    Brandon Hund 05-17-16

    Will work for books.

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    "A decent adventure romp."

    I might not be giving this one the breathing-room it needs, but this one fell a bit short of the hype for me. Actually, if probably have skipped it altogether if I hadn't heard so much about it, so if the title The Lies of Locke Lamora didn't at least make you hesitate, you can probably ignore this review.

    The characters, dialogue (with exceptions) and world of are mostly between good and great and I can't remember a point where I considered not finishing it, but I think the story would almost work better as a quality animation than a book. There's just not much real depth.

    A few characters die, but it felt more to me like a plot device than honest story telling or something the reader should care about.

    I really enjoyed the dialogue, too; but even that seemed misdirected sometimes, like an editor went back through the book and said "more sh*ts and m@therf#ckers will make everyone sound way tougher."

    I'll proooooobably follow this up with the sequel. It's decent enough (or not so bad) to hope the writing continues to grow into something really good and there are a LOT of fantasy series that can't be said for. I'll take it.

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    Brian 05-14-16
    Brian 05-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "one of my favorites!"

    This book is an amazing story. The narration is great and I love the voice inflection given to the characters. Would love to see this turned into a tv show or movie

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    Hope 05-11-16
    Hope 05-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Just Fantastic"

    Gritty, clever, hilarious, suspenseful...believably human characters...this story has it all. it's been years since I found a new fantasy series to live up to my nitpicky standards. This one exceeded them. Will definitely be going back for more.

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    Garrett 05-11-16
    Garrett 05-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprised!"

    I really enjoyed this. It's a lot different than anything I've read before and I want more! Hopefully the rest on the series is as good as this. I'll find out!

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