This is an interesting book for all ages. I love how he keeps it fun but clean at the same time. This is going to be a great book for me to read to my son.
Harry Potter for the first book for sure. The story has nothing to do with each other; they definitely have many of the same problems. they are around 11 when their world turns upside down, and they start all over again in this magical and crazy dangerous world for an individual who is just learning how to use their powers.
I love how Grover is done, and done well for that fact. He gets the goat part of him down very well.
My son has loved mythology, but has been hesitant to branch out into forms where the stories were made modern. However, the combination of humor and action in this book changed his mind and wants this entire series. The only complaint we both have is that the reader sometimes "forgets" whose voice he's speaking in and uses the wrong voice for a character.
Yes, this is a couple of grade levels above my son's reading level. He would have had great difficulties reading the text on his own, this way he was able to enjoy this book by listening to it on his iPod. He loved the book and it's helping increase his vocabulary and auditory comprehensions skills.
I would compare this series to the Harry Potter series.
I listened to this book with my son. We listened to everyone morning and night to and from school. Jesse did a great job reading various characters!
My son was excited in general, the story line grabbed him...now we need to download the whole series.
Great book, my 8 year old son loved it! He's hooked to audiobooks...this makes me very happy!
I would recommend The Lightning Thief to readers of all ages. The book is imaginative, action-packed and engaging.
Bernstein doesn't have good expression and sometimes his phrasing isn't appropriate, taking breaths in unnatural places. Also the speed is way too slow. My sixth graders commented that it was annoying to listen to because of the speed of the narration.
Audio books are the best :)
I normally really enjoy easy listens, and this book was pretty enjoyable but it definitely wasn't one of those books that I couldn't stop listening to. I thought maybe since I enjoyed the Harry Potter books so much that maybe this would be a nice listen, but I found myself getting bored often. The story just isn't enough to keep adults entertained I feel, but that's what I got myself into when I bought a children/YA book! Families with children, enjoy :)
My daughter has loved this whole series - can't stop listening and has just finished the whole series for a second time!
When I pick up a audio book I don't read the reviews before I read the book. I don't want to be influenced by other peoples judgments before I get a chance to see it for my self and make my own opinions. So After I finished the book a little while ago I thought I had already made a review... I didn't so here it is:
A lot of people didn't like the narrator, but liked the story. I have to agree the narrator wasn't what I had expected as a voice however he grew on me. Just like in many of the other series novels I listen to once you get used to one voice you can't imagine another. I hope to hear this narrator again in the next book that I've already bought.
The downside to the narrator is that he does sound a little childish. Not in the way he speaks but how he speaks. He has a young voice which is alright. At first I didn't like it like so many others, but as I said he grew on me. His voice was the voice of the main character, Percy Jackson, and I could not even fathom another voice being his. Jesse Bermstein made Percy Jackson come to life with his voice alone. Given the characters nature and as another reviewer had said... I think Jesse's voice completed the character which I'm assuming is why he is also the narrator of the novel.
So then review the story time; The story was a 10/10 hands down. I've always loved the Olympian gods and the mythology of the era I even thought about writing my own story modernizing or bringing the gods into our life... To bad Rick Riordan beat me to it :) It's ok though my story would have sucked in comparison as I'm a sci-fi writer.
Everything about this novel is excellent the reason I picked it up is because I saw the movie and I was amazed and dazzled. So I came for the book and I shouldn't have been awed at how much better it was, but I was. The Lightning Thief is a good read so much detail and research thrown into this book's background. I learned things about the mythology of the gods I probably had forgotten so many years ago. The characters sounded like their ancient stories. Perfect capture of everything. Story, characters, and presence. I don't know how to explain that part really, but all I can say is you should read it for your self. Once you get past chapter 1 you'll get passed the voice because thats when things start getting good.
No, I only need this book once, and keep going to the next one. This is lovely stories! Easy to follow, educational, funny, a little mystery and likable.
I don't really have a favorite character..
It's good, I've started to listen to the rest of the books, And I like Jesse Bernstein's voice, but sometimes he has problems with telling what the characters are feeling and doing their voices and *tones* correct... Its hard to explain in english, but he does a alright job overall.
Yes! The story is easygoing and it's easy to
It's very similar to the movie, when it comes down to the feeling of the book. So if you liked the movie you're gonna like the book(s).
The Lightning Thief is an exciting adventure book even if you know nothing about Greek mythology. If you also know Greek mythology, it's even better, with lots of references and puns. (My high school was nuts about mythology.) This is the best book in the series, but they are all worth reading/listening.