If you're over twelve, don't buy this book. Grown-ups will not enjoy it.
First off, the narrator is not good at reading audio books. Every voice he does sounds the same or annoying, and the flow of his reading just fights the enjoyment, with inappropriate pauses everywhere. Just my opinion, of course. There is an audio preview, so you judge. The plot and dialogue are just not well-done. It reads like a ten hour chapter book. If you have a child under fourteen, I'm sure they'll enjoy it, but unlike your Rowlings or your Eoin Colfers, or your Pratchetts or even Nix at his worst, it's just not good enough for an adult audience. If an abridged version comes available with a different narrator, that might be a good purchase.
This book is good if you want to use it in the classroom to support study of Greek Mythology. I heard that students at my school LOVED it. I got it and was intrigued at first, then got bored during some parts. It took longer to listen to this book than others I have gotten of same length because it is not the most compelling one I have ever bought. I just finished it today. Was just glad to have it completed so I could buy something else. It has the same "formula" as Harry Potter but not as well written so not as good for adults. Kids like it because the author panders to the them with silly stuff. He even has some surfers talk about "must have had some bad mushrooms." I think that is not very appropriate in a kid's book. I think the author wants to use that sort of thing to get kids to buy his book. I did finish it, but that is mostly a testament to my OCD personality rather than the quality of the book.
I thought this was an entertaining story and something a little different however being dyslexic, I really didn't like the annoying misunderstanding of how dyslexic's read. It was really irritating to me. Also, this is a good book but not great, I loved the Twilight Series and Harry Potter.
I know Lightning Thief is a popular book, so my review will be a little against the grain. I held off on downloading it only because the narrator, in the sample clip, sounded like he was performing a puppet show for 3-year-olds. I didn't think I could sit through hours of that. When I did finally start listening, I found that Bernstein was actually okay. He read well and was not annoying like I expected. The story started out pretty interesting and stayed that way until Percy went on his quest. Everything after that was like a remake of the cartoon Hercules. I also hated the way Percy knew absolutely everything about Greek mythology, so much so that he was like Sherlock Holmes, figuring out everything before the reader has a chance to ponder it. Yeah, I know they explained it away by saying that the centeur taught him, but it all seemed a little too convenient. Then there was the fact that he suddenly had great powers every time he was in trouble. To me, it was like the Posiedon version of Hercules. Instead of Hercules, there was Percy. And why didn't the gods talk to their kids? That was silly and made scenes between the kids and the gods very awkward. I kept wondering what was the purpose of a demi-god. Seemed like a pretty sad existence -- staying at a camp training for nothing.
I won't say I was disappointed in the book. It was just okay. I think it is probably aimed at a much younger audience.
The book is great. If someone asked me who the 12 great Greek gods were before, I would have said "the what"? The reader is also great he is supposed to sound like a teenager with out a clue. THAT'S THE POINT. And could we PLEASE get over the stupid HP guy.
HP is over and JK is only in this for the money. Be honest, a two part ending. MONEY MONEY
Please read the book I have read it at least 5 times, and have enjoyed it every time.