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  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,584 ratings)

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

By: Scott Lynch
Narrated by: Michael Page
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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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Great Story, but poor audio volume control

Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the reader was great however too often the volume had to adjusted. Very loud one minute and then next the volume had to increased as it could be heard.

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best performace ive ever experienced. superb.

Fantastic. its hard not to enjoy this book. fast paced, witty, gripping - its just a good story. Masterful character creation and development. amoung the best fantasy books ive read/listened to.

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A fresh take on typical fantasy!

Good fantasy that focuses on a story of theivery and cons artist schemes. You still get a good dose of what makes a fun fantasy book though - plots, swords, magic and memorable characters, while not being super generic. Has a good balance of light and heavy tones, drama and comedic scenes. Very well written book and good performance and character portrayals by the narrattor. Check this out if

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Must Read

This story, from start to finish was enthralling, gripping, hilarious and down right Brilliant. I bow down to the mind of the author.

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Might take a while to get into.

I picked this up at the same time as some other audio books and honestly it took a bit of a while to get into. It was partly because of the characters, I think it's hard to love thieves, especially when they're wealthy thieves. I had scanned the reviews before deciding to buy it, and because of the rave reviews I had really high hopes and it felt slightly short (which is fine, you can't please everyone), but I still did find it to be enjoyable (I got the second of the series to see if that pulls me in more now that I know the characters). Also, I'm not sure why each chapter seems to be split into so many minichapters? Not necessarily bad, and I think it's actually useful in splitting up "scenes" jumping between past events and the present plot, but seems unwarranted when the following minichapter follows chronologically from the last. It doesn't really take away from the story or plot though, but is an oddity worth mentioning.

While the orator did pretty good, he is a bit more dramatic than what I'm used to and orator style seems a bit slightly more aimed towards a younger listening audience (not exactly sure what makes me think this, but I think it's due to the words he chooses to emphasise, and how he chooses to emphasise them). I would say he is a slightly more exaggerated/dramatic than Peter Kenny, and way more than Steven Pacey (two of my favourite orators). Another small thing I've noticed is that even when he is reading the neutral third-person perspective, he can sound a bit overly grand, bordering on pompous. I'm going to have to sample some of his non-fiction books to see how he reads those just out of curiosity.

But while the constant flare makes it a bit harder to become immersed in/relate to, it did serve well in some situations (some characters had very luxurious lifestyles so it suited their characters) and it did give the audiobook a theatrical quality. Overall, it was a good book and while it was a bit hard to get into at first, I was pretty into it in the last quarter.

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fantastic book and delivered perfectly

the delivery really gave humour and life to the characters. loved every minute of it. fantastically written

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Gripping

I seriously recommend this book to anyone who is okay with a little bit of gore. The beginning was interesting, but not super gripping for me, so if you’re wondering if it’s worth your time to see if it gets better... it does! It really does! I’m about to start the second book and I can’t wait!

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Amazing listen

If you love Abercrombie you will love Lynch, great charters with great depth! The voice actor was top notch too! Can't wait for my next credit I had to buy the next book in the series.

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My all time favourite series

I absolutely loved it the overall flow, great narration and story and the characters fantastic

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Excellent Original Story, Well performed

This is an excellent original story and the performance brings the language and particularly interesting insults to life.

got to love a good insult.

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