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Publisher's Summary

He's back! The long-awaited return of the most exciting new commercial fantasy writer of the 21st century. 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 fallout 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 for ever. 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.

©2013 Scott Lynch (P)2013 Tantor

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  • Shawn
  • Beamsville, ON, Canada
  • 10-26-16

Good but not my favourite.

My least favourite so far but still quite enjoyable. I didn't enjoy the romantic leads in this book as much as the last. Locke is at his best outwitting opponents, not trying to understand women.

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The hero is kind of a creepy stalker

What would have made The Republic of Thieves better?

The character development is very poor. I can't tell the difference between the characters at 15 and 30. The romance is based on the hero following and continually debasing himself to his love until she gives in and admits her love. According to this book stalking works.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Amazing however a little slow in the middle

The beginning is amazing but unfortunately drops off until the end again where it picks up. Still a very enjoyable listen and Micheal Page does an excellent job.

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Surprisingly disappointing

I enjoyed the narration of Michael Page, but the third book doesn’t have very thrilling story (except for the first and last 10%), I didn’t find myself really caring much for the result of the main plot and there were many repetitive moments. I’m so surprised after great first 2 books :-(

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Lovely Story and interesting plot

probably the best of the gentlemen bastatds books.
the narration is clear And very well performed.

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Disappointed

The weakest instalment of the series. I just couldn't get into the story & found it tedious to finish the book.

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Audio quality is meh<br />

performance was wonderful and fitting. only issue I had was the reverberation on the recording.

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Amazing

Loved it. Absolutely amazing. Can't wait for the followup. The way it transitions between past and present ensures there is never a dull moment. 10/10 fantasy writing needs more of this.

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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Would you consider the audio edition of The Republic of Thieves to be better than the print version?

The audio version has high quality production value, is easy to listen to and engrossing.

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

The Republic of Thieves is a great third book following The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies. The links to the previous novels are clear and well crafted answering some of the questions set up earlier and posing even more. If I had to compare it to another work I would say it is of the same standard and style of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, with more action more quickly.

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

Michael Page's voice is easy to listen to and the character portrayals are clear and well crafted. He lets the story do the talking which is the mark of a good performer.

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

I could not put the book down it drew me to listen on more often. It is a finely balanced book which hold both funny moments and moments that bring tears to your eyes. The characters are very well drawn especially if you have listened to the other novels in the series and the parallel story of the Republic of Thieves performance where we meet characters from previous stories serves to make the revelation at the end all the more intriguing.

Any additional comments?

The Republic of Thieves is a highly enjoyable, fast paced fantasy adventure romp. If you want to make the most of it I would recommend reading first The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas under Red Skies. I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

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Not as good as previous 2

Where does The Republic of Thieves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its entertaining but not the best

Would you recommend The Republic of Thieves to your friends? Why or why not?

yes, to someone who has read the previous two. not as a standalone work

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

Jean

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

Fantasy shakespeare

Any additional comments?

Way too much prose when going over the play in the past tense.

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  • Stephen
  • 12-13-13

More Please!

Would you listen to The Republic of Thieves again? Why?

Most certainly. I re-listened to the first two books in preparation for this and I look forward to listening to them again in the future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Republic of Thieves?

Without mentioning spoilers, I'd say it has to be the parts of the book that look at Locke's childhood, especially the part where Sabetha gets caught trying to steal an emerald necklace... those of you who've read the book know why!

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

I really enjoy Michael's work. He does some nice rough voices which really add to the reading. This time around he's just as good as ever.

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

There are some strong revelations about Locke's past that really hit you hard. Don't want to spoil them, just read it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • tallmattuk
  • 12-09-13

A really great series - worth every second

If you could sum up The Republic of Thieves in three words, what would they be?

imaginative, exciting, gripping

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Republic of Thieves?

When the final election votes were announced in Carthain, I was sure that two things were going to happen with different characters, and I got them both wrong, which made the story so much more interesting. in addition there was a final sting in the tail which was totally unexpected. Bring on the next book.

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

no, but im looking forward to more as I like his style

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, though I had it in 3 parts and listened to it in my car on different journeys

Any additional comments?

the only downside was I really liked the "5 year" part of the story more than the "republic of thieves" background, even though both were wonderfully written and great in their own right. I could see the link and understood the purpose but I just wanted more about the election skullduggery

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  • KennedyKennedyKennedy
  • 11-12-13

Fantastic! Entertaining romp!

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Fantastically read, brilliant story. A definite five star rating like the previous Scott Lynch books

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 07-05-14

Nowhere near as strong as the two previous books.

As with the previous books, I was expecting to do nothing other than put five stars and a heck of a lot of nice words about The Republic of Thieves. I suppose the realisation that such a review would not be forthcoming at least gave me something different to do for a change.

The Republic of Thieves starts off well, it really does. The reader is constantly trying to figure out just how Locke will pull through the mess he got himself into at the end of the previous book. The book stays good until about the 25%-30% mark. It then decides to get good again near the end with a few smatterings of 'that's interesting' throughout.

My main grumble with this book is that most of it just seems as though it adds nothing to Locke's tale. Well, that's a bit harsh. It obviously adds something as without it you wouldn't have the repercussions at the end. I just felt that it was incredibly slow and tedious at points. The vast majority of the book is Locke and Jean trying to be clever by bribing people to vote for a certain party at an election. It could just be me, but I think the author has made a book about a political election as exciting as a book about a political election can be. Which isn't the same scintillating pace you'd expect from his previous offerings.

The flashback periods are also a little odd. In the other books it would show you parts from Locke's past that showed how he could do certain things. For instance, if Locke needed to become an expert climber, it flashed back to Locke and Jean clinging to a rock face and mastering the art of not falling. In this book, it centers around the Gentleman Bastards acting in a play (The Republic of Thieves) and, despite it being a very interesting part of the book (more so than the election for the most part), it just felt like two short novels intermingled to make one long book.

I did enjoy the Republic of Thieves. Anything with Locke, Jean and their infinite amount of witty lines is going to be enjoyable. But I also enjoy vanilla ice-cream and don't consider it great. This, to me, was vanilla where the other two were flavoursome delights.

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  • bryce
  • 12-08-13

A good Listen

What made the experience of listening to The Republic of Thieves the most enjoyable?

A good Third book continuing the style of the first two books. The schemes continuing to get larger and bolder with many interesting developments through out the book , We continue to learn about the gentlemans bastards past and finally get meet the final member of the old crew.

Any additional comments?

After reading I am very much looking forward to Scott lynchs Next book. Keep up the great work!

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  • mr
  • 12-02-13

The Stainless Steel Rat for fantasy

Any additional comments?

A solid follow up to the previous books, some fantastic flashbacks to the previous books and early stories of the gentleman bastards. Michael Page does a great job with the voices, as always - managing to bring back the right voices for the prior characters. Warning, ends on one hell of a cliff hanger, which means another long wait for the next in the series.

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  • adeandsue
  • 07-07-14

When's the next one

What made the experience of listening to The Republic of Thieves the most enjoyable?

I read this as the last of the tales of Locke Lamora and it answers many of the questions from the rest of the series

Who was your favorite character and why?

Locke is an excellent and slippery rogue for whom no good deed goes unpunished

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Hiding their sponsors body

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't make a film of this as it is the last of a series of 5 books

Any additional comments?

There was too much emphasis on the play they were performing and this detracted from the ongoig plot

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  • kieran
  • 12-13-13

Very well read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book the narration is brilliant. Each character is wonderfully depicted. The story is great across all the books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loc has to be my favourite such a well written character.

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

He has such a range of voices I could never think of so many on my own.

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  • Jakob
  • 12-03-13

One of the best

Would you listen to The Republic of Thieves again? Why?

Absolutely would listen again. The effortlessly witty conversations and characters are entertaining many times over.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The two leads are both equally well-developed although Jean is perhaps more likeable.

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

Michael page consistently does fabulous narrations, not a single one of them has disappointed so far.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I'd manage to stay awake for that long, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the rest of the series. It's already qualified as one of the all-time greats, getting better and better which is extraordinary, considering the first book was as close to perfect as any book I've read.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-14

Well ... what was I waiting for again ?

Would you try another book written by Scott Lynch or narrated by Michael Page?

not if he takes another 10 year to write the next one i won't

Could you see The Republic of Thieves being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

no ... never.. never ever ever at all. .... ever

Any additional comments?

I waited what seemed like a life time for this ... and its all very .... meh. Its not worth the wait, it really isn't.

Once again he takes our heroes and rather that put them to work in some nefarious scheme to relieve some rich aristo scum of all their money. He sends them to rig an election, that doesn't appear to mean anything anyway. At least they aren't picking weevils out of the biscuits and drinking their own urine aboard the good ship lost plot hole, this time.

There's a rather pointless back story that meanders around the main tale for no particular reason other then to point out Locke fancies Sabitha, which was a massive surprise to me, i mean its not been mentioned at all in the last two books now has it. Anyway the backstory just sort of ends. And then locke turns out to be ...... well it won't make any sense and you won't care by the end anyway.

Mr Lynch went through a lot before writing this tale, and maybe he should have waited a bit longer and had a really good think about where he's taking Locke and Jean, because reading about con artist rigging elections and trying to cop a feel of Sabathia's bobby dazzlers is tedious.

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  • suzanne
  • 04-17-16

awesome

sweet jeebus this was fantastic. cant wait for the next! Scott Lynch is a master.

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  • Ross
  • 03-17-16

beautiful and masterful reading.

Some very intricate and complex ideas to get across regarding acting and voice resonance with Locke and his friend that the Audible narrator conveys perfectly. a true pro. The fact that the story is so brilliant and engrossing also helps!

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  • David Frew
  • 02-02-18

an original tale leaving you wanting more

Scott lynch has created a world unique and compelling and Michael page has quite literally breathed life into it

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  • Galahadoc
  • 02-02-18

Good mix

Great writing to combine two stories in 1. The cliffhangers and revelation maybe a tad heavy handed but by the end of the book my first thought was to look up when book 4 would be available. High recommendations from me.

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  • Jamie
  • 10-12-17

Awesome

Wow. Loved it. The story is great and keeps you wanting more. The reader is brilliant as he is in the other books. I cant wait to hear the next adventure.

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  • Keith
  • 09-07-17

Godd story, but who's strangling the narrator?

Narrator often sounds like he's being throttled whilst swallowing a handful of gravel. Makes it difficult to differentiate the characters, and definitely detracts from the whole experience.

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  • logan
  • 04-08-17

bloody fantastic can't wait for the next one

can't wait for the next one the story is getting really intense now. i love this storytelling