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  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • Written by: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,069 ratings)

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

Written by: Scott Lynch
Narrated by: Michael Page
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Publisher's Summary

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning.

He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards. Together their domain is the city of Camorr. Built of Elderglass by a race no-one remembers, it's a city of shifting revels, filthy canals, baroque palaces, and crowded cemeteries. Home to Dons, merchants, soldiers, beggars, cripples, and feral children. And to Capa Barsavi, the criminal mastermind who runs the city.

©2007 Scott Lynch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • 2019-01-28

Twists and Turns.

An outstanding story filled with twists and turns to keep you wondering what's around the next corner. I highly recommend it.

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A Must Listen

Secrets, magic, and thieves. This book was non stop and additive. I would recommend it to anybody who likes A Song of Ice and Fire.

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one of the greats

I was intrigued from the beginning. the story seriously comes together in the end. a heart felt story with rich characters. the narrator is one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of listening to

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amazing read!

honestly this book was fantastic. like Oceans 11 meets Italian Renaissance. the vocal performance is strong too and all the voices are great.

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Fantastic narrator and voice!

The Oliver twist trope, but beautifully more complex and adulted. My wife was listening at first and said she knew exactly where the story was headed. So many sharp twists and turns. Exactly what I wanted this book to be! Just finished two and three and thought I would come back and give book 1 some love.

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Riveting and compelling storytelling

Locke's crafty adventures as told by Scott Lynch is an engrossing and clever whip of a tale that is sure to draw you in and leave you feeling connected and empathetic for all of the characters

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Not sure what all the rave was about

I decided to pick up this series after finishing The First Law as it was recommended by a few redditers but I guess we can't all be Abercrombie and Pacey.

I got a quarter of the way through the first book and had to fight to keep going as the author would go on tangents of detail dumping and my eyes/ears would just glaze over.

In the end I managed to slog through all 3 books out of pure stubborness as we would eventually get back to the actual story.

Overall the story was good but it didn't have a direction - like each book didn't know where the series was headed so it just wandered around in the dark and stumbled across foes.

Speaking of foes and heros, I think it would have probably been a better story and flowed better if magic didnt exist in this world and our 2 main characters were up against normal foes instead of the almost unlimited powers of the Bondsmagi who in their own rights are gods.

Narration was good but nothing spectacular.

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This was alright

I made the mistake of listening to this after Blacktongue Thief (which is superior by a lot) and honestly that may have affected my thoughts on this. It’s not great, it’s not bad, it’s just.. okay. I probably won’t rush to check out anything further from this series.

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Light-Touch Introduction To A True Scoundrel

This book is basically a mix of 'The Sting', 'The Great Train Robbery', and 'Mission Impossible'.. set in a low-magic, medieval-level-of-development Fantasy reality where ruthless, greedy human factions vie for supremacy & share their world with monstrous venomous sea creatures. 'Locke Lamora' - leader of the elite thieving/grifting 'Gentleman Bastards' - goes in-disguise and under-cover to economically wipe out one of the most powerful families in the ancient city of 'Camorr'. Scott Lynch writes a twisty-turny con, competent law enforcement ("Yellowjackets") serving the Duke, and a credible dangerous threat to the team in the person of Gangster Kingpin "Capa" Barsavi and his henchmen. Lynch's tone is remarkably amusing & lighthearted, his dialogue is clever, his gritty exposition/worldbuilding is impressive, and his action choreography is top-notch.

Less fortuitous is the narration from Michael Page: to be sure, his diction, timbre, and cadence are professional (albeit unspectacular) - and he clearly understands the author's intended tone - but some of his chosen character voices are straight-up cartoonish. Altogether, the performance is best described as "adequate".

In toto, 'The Lies Of Locke Lamora' rates 8.5 stars out of 10. This entertaining audiobook is easily worth a Credit for Fantasy fans looking for a great way to spend a few quiet afternoons.

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Personal favourite

Read this when I was a kid and it remains one of my favourite series. Well read. The voices fit the characters perfectly. Such a twisted plot line. 2 and 3 are great too.

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