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The Lies of Locke Lamora

Written by: Scott Lynch
Narrated by: Michael Page
Series: Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book 1
Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
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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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  • Enn
  • 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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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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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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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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A Cussing filled Fantasy

It’s got some gallows humor and some really awful imagery with horse urine but all around it’s an engaging story.

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Loved it

Can't wait to start the second book!
Despite worth the listen!
Performance was amazingly done

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All around worth every second of listening

I can’t believe I haven’t heard more of this series. The dialogue is so great, and the voice actor did it justice and then some. 100% would recommend, 10/10, would listen again.

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Overhyped?

I got this book because someone recommended it and wouldn't stop raving about it and I like the genre so I thought for sure I'd love it too. I didn't hate it and I read it all the way through. It's pretty captivating but I guess it just wasn't for me in the end. I wanted more out of it, or maybe I just had my expectations set too high.

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Absolutely Outstanding!

One of the best books I had the pleasure of reading in months! It was exciting and extremely funny throughout the book. Would definitely recommend to a friend!

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My favourite series

Michael Page takes a good story and makes it something truly remarkable. The books are actually hilarious I can’t help laughing out loud while listening on the bus. The story is basically a mix of pirates of the Caribbean, oceans 11 and Oliver Twist except funnier.

The gentleman bastards is my favourite series and a huge part of that is due to Michael Page.

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  • Graham
  • 2011-03-15

Most entertaining listen!

I have listed to a large number of audiobooks over recent years, many of them of them excellent - however, this is the first time I have been sufficiently motivated to actually write a review. This was just a perfect combination of original story, entertaining witty characters and a wonderful narrator. Michael Page's range and consistency of voices brought the whole thing to life.

A slight warning is in order to those of a nervous disposition, however - the story contains occasional graphic descriptions of violence and frequent "colourful" language.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2012-06-25

Now completely hooked on gentleman bastards!

I bought this audiobook completely off others recommendation on audible and was really surprised. I'm now completely hooked on this series and am in high anticipation for the release of the third book.

As others have said: think fantasy mixed with a dash of oceans 11 with a plot line that is rarely predictable. Great characters but be warned there is a fair bit of violence and swearing - but nothing I found overtly graphic or gratuitous. The narrator is amazing and really hits the tone of the books. Personally I imagine this to be set in something like medieval Venice with its many gangs and political intricacies (with a bit of magic and alchemy thrown in). However Lynch is great at not making these aspects too complicated for his readers/listeners to follow.

Highly enjoyable!

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  • Kelly
  • 2011-10-20

Fantastic audiobook

I absolutely loved this book. The story just grabs you in from the first moment. I especially loved the fresh approach the author took compared to traditional fantasy writing. There is no dark lord rising, no coming apocalypse, no village boy who finds out he has magic powers and must save the world. It is just the story of Locke and his friends and their (mis)adventures and it is brilliant.

The narrator is excellent. I find his voice very easy to listen to and he makes the characters feel so real. I especially loved the way he handled the dialogue, it is full of dry wit and sarcastic one-liners and he delivered them perfectly.

My one minor criticism of the story is that there are patches where I feel the author gets bogged down in describing either the architecture of the city or the detailed dialogue involved in their cons. In particular the passages where Locke is dealing with the nobility go overboard in detailing all the social pleasantries and etiquette involved. But being an audiobook, it is easy enough to just sit through these parts until it gets back to the action.

Overall, highly recommended

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  • Christopher
  • 2011-10-12

Great

It was a great book. Story kept you intrigued the whole time. It's a fascinating mix between The Italian Job / Oceans Eleven / Clever Crime with fantasy and a fascinating city-scape.
Definitely worth reading. The narrator does a great job too. Very good reading

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  • Alison
  • 2014-09-30

so elaborate and never boring

This is definitely one of my new favorite books, and one which I will be recommending to all my friends. It was a rare treat in a genre so overstuffed with cliches and boring, predictable books! Scott Lynch has created an elaborate city-scape, stuffed it with neat characters and interesting histories, mixed alchemy, magic and crime, AND woven together several plot threads without ever being boring or getting weighed down by the need to explain unnecessary things. A quick warning, this book isn't for the faint of heart, it's fairly gory in parts and, not to spoil things, but don't get too attached to any given character.

The plot of the book moves along quickly, following a gang of con-artist criminals in a city somewhat reminiscent of Venice. Locke is a great hero, with tons of interesting backstory (which we get in very well placed 'interlude's) who also has a reasonable number of flaws. The plot was complex enough to keep you on your toes from start to finish. I see that there are two sequels. The book is certainly written with hints of other potential, future storylines, but they're neither blatant nor obviously added as afterthoughts. You could easily read this book and not need to read the rest. I'm on the fence about reading the next one. I always find that the first book is the best. I hate to tarnish my opinion of a series/author as the following books fail to live up to expectations, but I'll probably give them a try.

The narrator was perfectly adequate. I'll admit that he'd narrated another book I've listened to that I didn't particularly enjoy, so my lack of enthusiasm for his performance is probably tainted by that other book. But he grew on me as the book went on.

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  • Jefferson
  • 2012-05-12

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Bloody

The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) by Scott Lynch is a suspenseful scam and revenge story set in a colorful and brutal fantasy world, a little like The Sting meets The Revenger's Tragedy in a Joe Abercrombie novel. Locke Lamora is the leader of a gang of seemingly small-time thieves that actually executes complex and high-yield con-schemes utilizing their skills of prevarication and impersonation and targeting the proud nobility of the Italian-esque city-state of Camorr. Locke and his brother-thieves take pride in their talents and scorn their blue-blooded marks--until the Gray King comes to town with his hired Bondsmage and Locke learns what it's like to be caught in the machinations of people who are more devious, powerful, and bloodthirsty than he is. Lynch interweaves throughout this main story compelling short chapters depicting Locke's childhood education and indoctrination into the gang by his surrogate father "Chains."

Lynch's fantasy world is a vivid creation, featuring different cultures, languages, and gods, alien artifacts, alchemy, magic, an economy, and a history. But it is populated by unpleasant people: scheming, thieving, insulting, cruel, violent, vengeful, greedy, and power-hungry. And these people spew foul language and references to body-parts, bodily-functions, and prostitutes, until I often felt as if I were watching a desperately gritty crime movie. When Dona Sofia Salvara (an aristocratic alchemist) says, "Don't teach a sailor to s--t in the ocean," it feels excrescent and out of character. And some scenes ring false, as when Locke visits a brothel to seek solace, and some seem tedious, as when he visits a bank to borrow a suit of clothes.

After Lynch complicates the initial scam story strand with revenge, I did come to care about Locke and his friends in their predicament. And Lynch does write some rich descriptions that are a pleasure to read/hear, like this: "From the heights of the Five Towers to the obsidian smoothness of the vast glass breakwaters, to the artificial reefs beneath the slate-colored waves, Falselight radiated from every surface and every shard of Elderglass in Camorr."

Michael Page does a great job reading the novel, modifying his voice for various accents, genders, ages, and moods so as to vivify the best qualities of the story. And I did mostly enjoy it. And if you like complicated scams, graphic violence, macho banter, foul language, and morally ambiguous fantasy worlds, you should give it a try.

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  • Trace`
  • 2011-10-21

Very Entertaining!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lies of Locke Lamora to be better than the print version?

Definately. This is a performance!

What other book might you compare The Lies of Locke Lamora to and why?

I've never read anything quite like this. It makes me think of the theatre rather than a book.

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

This is my first listen to Michael Page and I love his interpretation.

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

No, but I picked it up whenever I could.

Any additional comments?

A very good read. I'm going to read the next book in the series. The bar is set high now, so I hope Scott Lynch can back it up.

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  • Keith
  • 2013-09-15

Glad I gave this book a second chance

What did you love best about The Lies of Locke Lamora?

I really enjoyed the bad guys in this book. I mean Locke was written very well, but the bad guys we're hiatal good. I also liked how the book went from present to past in different chapters.. One chapter would leave you wonder, and a few down the road would explain it all. At first I didn't like it, but once I got into the book I enjoyed it.

What other book might you compare The Lies of Locke Lamora to and why?

Oliver Twist.. Which is why I put the hardcover down a couple years ago. Started off very much like Twist, but grows up really quick. Like I said, I'm really glad I gave the book a second chance.

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

Locke for sure.. The spider second.. He put just enough passion into lockes character that by the end you really feel for him like you're supposed to. I think the performer makes this book as good as it is.

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

Ya, the final fight scene.. But I don't want to spoil it for anyone but it was done very well. Scott Lynch is up there as one of my favorites....

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  • Majuratan
  • 2012-05-09

MUST READ 4 FANTASY FANS

This is definitely one of the best fantasy books I have read/ listened to ( and I've the read LOTR, Game of Thrones series, Potter Series, most of Wheel of Time and more). The narration is excellent and appropriate for the elaborate world created by Scott Lynch. If your a fan of gritty realism (i.e Game of Thrones), elaborate plots, witty banter and clever characters (i.e Tyrion Lannister/ Matt Cauthon) then you should definitely pick this book/ audio book up.

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  • Andersen
  • 2020-09-14

Amazingly good!!

i was looking for a new audiobook after Brandon Sanderson Mistborne, im so glad i came over this book. i got addicted to it right away.

looking forward to next book.