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  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6,525 ratings)

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

By: Scott Lynch
Narrated by: Michael Page
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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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A fun series to escape with

I've just realised that I havn't reviewed this series. I typically don't bother reviewing books that already have many reviews, and to be honest I have nothing particularly new to add...........so rather, I'll review this book with reference to the full series.

This is a fun series - all three books that have been released so far are easy going, enjoyable, escapist listens. Narration is good. Each could stand alone, but each ends with the prospect of new adventure. By the time one gets to the third book in the series though, there are quite a few open questions about who Locke really is.....I may just have to start at the beginning again in order to identify new clues.

If like me, you read a review by someone who has also rated /raved about a book you feel similiarly about, that you then trawl through their other reviews to get ideas for other possible listens..........and if your taste is similar to mine, then have a go at this series too (it makes a lighter, yet still enjoyable, alternative to the heavier Sanderson/Rothfuss/Brett epics).

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    5 out of 5 stars

Here Lies A Great Book

OK I have a confession, I listen to my Audible downloads in the car to while away the hours spent travelling to and fro work. Mr Lynch has written a book that has meant I have found many reasons to be out visiting customers or reviewing my team mates just so I could listen to the engaging tale of Mr Lamora. All in all this book has cost me a lot extra in fuel for the car and is still worth every penny.

Finished the first book today and will be downloading the second after writing this review. I just hope the third book is recorded soon and fuel prices don't go up any more!

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Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

Lynch has written an excellent story in the spirit of Fritz Leiber, with characters that do full justice to their Grey Mouser and Fafhrd ancestry. Pastiche this is not. Witty, cunning, and occasionally swashbuckling, his characters dance through the stained glory of their fabulously imagined city and into a special place in fantasy folklore.

The audio book is beautifully read by Michael Page, and you can tell that he is relishing the plummy accents of the extended cast.

A fantastic listen. Highly recommended.

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Hard going with this narrator

The story's great, very imaginative and moves along at a pace, but I'm having a lot of trouble listening to it with this narrator. He uses outlandish voices for all the characters but there's not a lot of differentiation between them, so I'm having difficultly following who's who. As a result the book is dragging and I'm finishing it with gritted teeth rather than enthusiasm. I think I've been spoilt by listening to the wonderful Steven Pacey narrating Joe Abercrombie's superb novels - oh what Pacey could have done with Scott Lynch's characters!

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Fantastic

This is an unusual and highly original story. Set in
a rich and believable world filled with interesting
and well-rounded characters, the story is gripping
and fun. The language is fantastic - not perhaps to
be recommended for younger listeners but has some of
the most inventive and enjoyable swearing and
insults I've come across.

It's hard to classify, with elements of crime and
revenge alongside great friendships and interplay of
characters. All in all not your typical fantasy
book. The narrator was excellent - he deals with the
wide range of different voices brilliantly and
really helps the story to become real when you are
listening.

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Wonderful

I think this may be the best combination of book and narrator I've found so far - many, many dishes got washed with loving attention so I could carry on listening! (Wouldn't dream of trying to drive and listen, as it's far too engrossing for safety.) I wasn't sure at first that the repeated flashbacks were going to work very well for listening, but everything was kept perfectly clear by Page's excellent reading and voices, and there was a great payoff as each story from Locke's childhood fit into place in the story in the present. Great story, a deeply sympathetic crew of characters, and brilliant reading added up to a perfect listening experience.

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Can't Recommend This Enough

An excellent story with good well rounded characters, that moves along at a cracking pace. But what really brings it to life is the narration. You won't want to switch off.

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What a ride!

A fabulous story, sprightly and witty. The novel is well structured and beautifully written and includes possibly the most imaginative swearing I've encountered in a novel. The acion takes off on the very first pages and never ceases until the very last ones. This book will make lough out loud in public places and walk around dreamily with your earohones in your ears and a big grin on your face. I can recommend it to anyone who's up for some adventure!

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Excellent well-narrated escapism

This was my first download from Audible and it has set the bar very high. It is very witty and entertaining and the narration is first-rate.

With an eclectic cast of characters it follows the exploits of Locke Lamora as he progresses through the underworld of Camorr from his humble beginnings as a young troublemaker through to notoriety as a genius conman who plays by his own rules. It is a cracking adventure story which is a pleasure to listen to.

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GREAT BOOK

I thoroughly enjoyed this book which was a bit like a hustle and a sting together with loads of twists and turnsSet in an unknown time and place just adds to the thrills! Bit on the bloody side for my normal taste but well worth suffering that for the joy of the book

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