The lightening thief ranks among the top off the books we have listened to on audible.
The story really draws in a person by encouraging listeners to use their imaginations when listening to the story.
We've never listened to Jesse Bernsten's other performances but we really enjoyed how he read the story.
We were laughing all throughout the book. My kids and I enjoyed the story a lot. We are now listening to book two because we love the lightening thief.
I enjoyed the movie and decided to give the book series a try. I liked book one, but struggled at times due to the narration.
Like many other reviewers, I am not a fan of his style. He didn't bring the characters to life and some voice iterations were painful. I think it the book were to just have been read, it would have been a better listen.
My biggest debate on the series is if I will continue with the Audible version or switch to Kindle.
Yes for some readers...especially reluctant readers.
Percy, of course...he's the hero.
Many of my 5th graders have enjoyed this book and can't stop reading the series once I get them hooked.
My son loved listening to this book. He is a slow reader and now he can enjoy the same books his friend are reading. He is now on the second book.
Anna Beth - smart
needed more character voice changes
good book, I think the Kane Chronicals are better written.
yes it was good
The most memorable was when Percy had to choose between saving his Mom and saving his friends.
gabe, because he had the weirdest voice.
I tried listening to the book from another audio company and didn't like the reader. Jesse was much better.
Truly truly enjoyed. I can definitely understand why this is such a big hit with kids. It makes me sad that the movie didn't get more recognition. I list this on my "unexpected enjoyed" list because I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did! Very fun read!
“Teenage demigod heroism.”
The whole book was exciting from beginning to end. The confrontation in the museum, early on in the book, is particularly memorable, perhaps in part because Percy’s identity is still unfolding to the reader at that point.
I can’t choose just one. Bernstein did a fabulous job of bringing Percy’s first-person narration to life. The narration was entertaining and evocative.
Yes! It’s a real “page-turner,” so to speak (for an audiobook). I kept looking for reasons to do yard work or house chores so I could pop in my earbuds.
My son (fourteen years old at the time I write this) started reading the Percy Jackson series a few years ago, and he really loves the series. Now, after listening to the audiobook of “The Lightning Thief,” I understand why! The stories are a great ride for both young and adult readers.
Yes, our kids loved it! This is our first audio book and our road trip flew by so much faster than ever before.
We were driving so one sitting wasn't an option. But the kids were actually disappointed whenever we stopped the car because they wanted to keep listening. :)
I have listened to this book twice now. I first wanted to listen to it because it was made into a movie. I'm one who prefers to listen to or read the book before I see the movie. I was drawn in to this book because of the mix of Greek mithology and adventure. The second time I listened to this book was with my son on a long road trip. He is seven and it captured is imagination the entire trip. He is now listening to the fourth book and hopefully he will be interested in actually reading Rick Riordans books as his reading comprehension improves.
I was impressed how well the author understood the mind set of the age group he is targeting. The insecurities and moral dilemmas his characters go through and the way they over come are great life lessons for the child audience targeted. These books are clean and fun and have opened a world of interesting concepts to my child that have interested him in books.
The narrator does well with the performance. All his characters have distinctive voices and are easy to follow. I can't complain about the voices I found annoying because in all reality most of the annoying voices were for annoying characters.