The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Michael Page

In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part Robin Hood, one part Ocean's Eleven, and entirely enthralling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400110513
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Series: Gentleman Bastard Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Scott Lynch, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, is a writer of fantasy novels.

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred audiobooks to his credit. He has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. A professional actor, Michael is currently a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives with his wife.

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Lies of Locke Lamora 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 309 reviews.
denverbroncosgirl More than 1 year ago
Okay, I didn't think it could happen, but I found a book comparable to the greatness of "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. I will have to say, there were parts of the book that moved slowly for me. I felt it was a bit too descriptive in parts. However, it turned out to be one of the best damn stories I've ever read. On the edge of your seat excitement and suspense. Excellent character development and a great plot. Locke Lamora & his comrade Jean Tammen are now some of my favorite characters ever. There were a few things that happened in the story that really pissed me off & I wished wouldn't have happened. But the story & ending were just awesome. Red Seas Under Red Skies, here I come.
Straysod More than 1 year ago
I hate leaving reviews that sound like they were written by the publisher to promote the book, but dang, it is hard not to just enthusiastically spout praise when a book is this freaking good. So I will say that this is an amazing book, spectacularly written, a story deftly weaved, characters to adore, action to make you bite your knuckles, and a plot to keep you guessing continuously, and then I will stop spouting praise. More to the point, these are the kinds of things you can expect from this book. If you don't like them, then you probably won't like the book. -The plot is convoluted, complex and mysterious. You will be kept guessing all the way through. -It can get very dark. This is not a fluffy, happy tale. There is humor (very very well done humor!) but even more striking are the moments that make you weep. -While the POV doesn't shift between characters much, there is some time shift. So if you're not willing to follow more than one story, this is not the book for you. -The action is spectacular, well written and exciting, but not overwhelming. The book is definitely propelled by its plot and characters. Other than that, all I can say it that it is a superb example of the fantasy genre, with a beatiful, realistic, and complex world, endearing, charming characters, and a gorgeously twisted plot.
shimmeringfalls More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has believable characters in a somewhat grungy and believable setting. Though it starts a bit slow, the pace picks up quickly. The fantasy of the story isn't overwhelming at all. It has just enough of it to be able to call it fantasy without pushing out the gritty plot and remarkable humor the author produced. A fantastic read. Please enjoy it.
ir0nli0nzi0nzbee More than 1 year ago
The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch, is the first installment of what will undoubtedly be a phenomenal series. I have read numerous books, and I am getting to the point of wandering aimlessly down the aisles of B&N seeking (sometimes unsuccessfully) the next great series for me to sink my teeth into. I picked this one up on a whim, and I am so glad that I judged a book by it's cover. The world of Locke Lamora, Camorr, is painted in vivid detail. From the crumbling cities reminiscent of Renaissance Italy, to the strange, glass-like structures left from a previous unknown civilization, the detail and depth is astounding. The adventures and exploits of Locke Lamora and his "Gentleman Bastards" make this novel impossible to put down. Scott Lynch's debut, as well as Red Seas Under Red Skies (the sequel) are some of the best books I have read in a long while. I cannot wait for the next installment. Lynch's writing style is unique, and belongs in the company of other great authors such as Steven Erikson, Glenda Larke, Raymond Feist, and George R. R. Martin (when will Dance of Dragons see the light of day?!) I enourage anyone who is a fan of fantasy to check this out!
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Scott Lynch does an admirable job of world-building for this monster of a story, and thankful he managed to do it without sacrificing the characters. Unlike many authors who set their world up before really getting into the story and giving their characters depth, Lynch admirably managed to fairly seamlessly blend all three. Though the story begins with Locke as a youth, it doesn't remain linear for its entire length. Instead we switch between past and present, but not through the more common method of flashbacks. Instead the switch is just that simple, though of course the timing is impeccable, with the shifts in time offering necessary information just when it's most needed. Though there is some action in the beginning, much of it is more focused on world-building and character development, yet it never seems to feel as if it is moving too slowly. By the time the full-on action is introduced you are in too deep to do anything but proceed forward, with caution, trepidation, and a whole heap of excitement. Well deserved excitement I might add. The entire book builds toward the culmination found in the final chapters, and has more twists and turns than an eighty-year-old doorknob in a popular hotel. Of course I think that at least half the excitement from the action is due to how Lynch manages to get you to care for the characters, and become emotionally invested in their physical and mental well-being. One sign of just how well he manages to pull this off is the way you find your sympathies going to Locke and friends rather than the innocent victims of their scams. Again I found that switching between past and present was not only informative - with just the right information at the right time - but also an excellent device to help maintain the suspense and excitement at any given point in the game, or in their lives. Though this book is lengthy it is well worth sticking with it, as Lynch manages to pull off one surprise after another. By the end I found myself relieved to have a break on the characters' behalf, but also ready to see what mischief they will get into next.
theladychaos More than 1 year ago
UNBELIEVABLY good. I am a voracious fantasy reader and have read my fair share of so-so, lets pass the time type novels. NOT this book. I could not put it down. The characters are fantastically dynamic and the plot is intriguing, exciting, and filled hard core action scenes. If you like Abercrombie's hard boiled style, and you like cocky lovable scoundrels, you will LOVE this. Seriously, read this and be entertained like you never have before. I finished it in about three days and instantly bought the next book in the series and am impatiently waiting for the next one.
gurrt More than 1 year ago
After reading the first two of the "Kingkiller Chronicles" I was pretty sure I'd never love another fantasy book or series as much as that one... until I found this. I couldn't put down either this or the sequel with ease. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Thank you for the late nights, and I anticipate the rest of the series with pleasure!
ShellBell93 More than 1 year ago
Scott Lynch has intricately blended an astounding cast of characters, a riveting plotline, and an extremely well developed setting for an astonishingly well written novel. After scouring the fantasy genre for new books to read, I finally stumbled across this series in a second hand book shop. I can honestly attest to the power that this book has over its readers. You truly fall in love with the characters and are held firmly in this books grasp from first page to last. If I could choose one book to read in this genre (and possibly out of any genre) this book would be the one! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves amazing fantasy literature!
Squirbly More than 1 year ago
I read this book at the same time as two of my friends and all three of us loved it. It keeps you hooked throughout the whole story with its amusing characters and their clever tricks. Even if you are not wanting to read the whole series, I would still recommend this book to you because it stands up well on its own and has a very satisfying ending.
colorsplash7 More than 1 year ago
I happened on this book by way of Patrick Rothfuss's" Kingkiller Chronicles" and I am so glad I did. I was sure that I would not find a book to even compare after reading Rothfuss and wham Bam I was introduced to "the Lies Of Lokle Lamora" and away I flew. The characters are just the best and the plot(S) were fantastic. I absolutely loved this book and I am diving headfirst into his next "Red Seas Under Red Skies" as I write this review. Read it and ENJOY!!!!
JewelDragon More than 1 year ago
The Lies of Locke Lamora made me laugh, cry, smile. The book is engagingly written with endearing characters. Thieves with a swashbuckling style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Wish I could give it more stars!! Whole series is spectacular!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started out a little slow...but boy did it pick up and end with a bang!!  Definitely recommended.  Well written and fun to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every chapter of this one.
Pondo More than 1 year ago
Good stuffs...not sure how you could be down on this dialogue-driven juggernaut++
Razor70 More than 1 year ago
Just as my headline says, this book is a great read..but only after you get about half way through does it really pick up and is much more entertaining to read. I'm reading it for a book club (The Sword & Laser) and was a bit afraid that it might not be something I would enjoy. But so far I really have, if you enjoy fantasy, give this book a try you might just like it as much as I do.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Best I've read this year. Even when you put it down you'll think about it
Anonymous 9 months ago
Normally I like stories with a bit more magic, this had great characters that kept me engaged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really was a good book. It had everything I like in a read and very very few of the things I dont. The plot actually managed to surprise me, which is beyond most books these days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story. Great characters. Fully fleshed out world. And an imaginative, twisting story that is never dull. Unhesitatingly five stars.
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kfcnhc More than 1 year ago
I just happened upon this book a week ago. I love stories that are set in an 'older' time and are about thieves and assassins. This one falls under thieves obviously. There are so many twists and unexpected turns in this book! They were all creative and excellent. I could not put this down. I read this in just a few days it is that good! How anyone could say this book is boring is beyond me. It is funny, fun, exciting, surprising, and just beyond words. The only thing I would change, is to take our have the curse words. Most of them were very well placed, but there were times when it did get distracting and I needed to skip over them. It did not take away from the story though. I cannot wait to start reading the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago