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.
Not a bad listen, but really made for young readers. Simple and lightweight. Even if you like some youthful fantasy (can you say early Harry potter), this will feel younger than that.
You'll want to keep listening in some parts, other parts seem too kidish, but then again it is a kids book. Not bad.
My daughter so loves this series, and was THRILLED that I could put it on her new Ipod. The hard part is getting her to do anything else since she has started listening to it!
I saw the review on the morning news which made me download the book. Both my son and I have now listened to the entire series, twice. It has been one week. Well that should tell you something right there. We have both enjoyed the epic adventures of the Greek tales for some time much like the Percy, and enjoyed reading along as he lived his adventures. We can't wait to see what lay ahead for our heroes. Personally, I hoppe that a whole group of these books will open up within all of the worlds mythologies. Such a great job was done, just think what could be done to teach everyone about all of the other myths of the world.
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.