I picked this up after going to see the movie in the theaters. It is a very good book, much better then the movie. The audio narration of the book is also well done. I recommend it for both children and adults.
Enjoyable. Written at a pre-teen/teen level. Good story with interesting twists. I will continue the series.
I don't get it. The movie is never better than the book but it sure was this time. I know Percy is supposed to be 12 but the way this was written makes as much since to me as the backwards "R" in ToysRus. I know some people like the Percy Jackson adventures better than Harry Potter. But for me it didn't even come close.
I was looking for a children's book for a 5 year old. I realized right away (first chapter) that this was more in line for teenagers. Too scary. Death scenes. Too complex to absorb.
I continued listening to it for myself. The reader did a great job, and brought characters to life.
There were some clever parts, and I was pulled along with the plot for most of it. But in general, the pieces didn't fit together well enough. It kept stretching reality further than it needed to. It was to the point of distraction. It popped me out of the story such that I was no longer engaged.
The reader needs a lot of practice. While he can do Percy's voice okay, when he reads the other voices, I cringe. It is almost embarrassing to hear him read the voices of Poseidon and Zeus, and the other gods. Oh my!
I gave this 3 stars for the story alone. I had read the book and really enjoyed it and went on to read the whole series. I will not, however be listening to the rest of the audio series. This book is so poorly read, it ruined it. Mr. Bernstein needs a few voice acting lessons before he tries to read any more audio books.