After all the reviews of how bad the reader was, I almost didn't get this but I didn't want to wait for the book to come in the mail. I had no problems with the person reading it and I was glad it wasn't an audio book they tried doing music and sound effects. That's generally annoying and often drowns out what is being read.
I liked the story, although it is a little sophomoric. The narrator almost ruined the book for me. I couldn't get past his bad acting and horrible sound effects. I'll get the next one if someone else reads it.
I bought books 1-4 in paperback for my autistic son, and figured I'd give it a listen (I try to read whatever he's interested in so we can talk about it later). I was pretty impressed! I would have gone nuts for a series like this as a child (I am a big fan of Harry Potter/Narnia/LOTR still!) Since I work on a PC all day, I listen to many audio books and wish I could trade some of the awful adult ones for this series! But I have to say that I really liked the narrator. He sounds like my 12 yr old son would if he could get the emotions/inflections just right. The story was entertaining enough for me to pick up the rest of the books! Riordan and Jesse (the narrator) did a good job in my opinion, and I will be purchasing more if he does indeed go on to another series.
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A bit of a slow start, but a good story. Some of the background characters and descriptions are very cliche, but I love the interpretation of the myths in the modern day. The next ones are even better. But this narrator is not very good as multiple voices. He works fine for Percy, but all the adults, especially the gods, are almost painful to listen to. Hear's a hint: adding inflection works much better than just deepening your voice. Or giving everyone a random Southern accent. Wish they'd gone for a full cast recording on this series.
Jesse Bernstein's voice has a condescending tone, like he is talking down to children, in every moment of the story. It makes him unbelievable as the main character, though he does a fine and consistent job as other character voices. It doesn't make the book unlistenable, but it certainly detracts from the enjoyment of a good tale.
I loved this book. It's first in the series and cannot wait to listen to the others. I've always loved Mythology so this is a fun listening adventure.
This is an amazing idea for a book series. I LOVED the weaving of Greek myth into a new story. It was an amazing read (or listen). I agree with another post I saw on another site. Rick Riordan has awoken an interest in Greek mythology. I felt the need for a Greek myth cheat sheet at times to be sure I was understanding how everyone fit together, but I can't keep these books on the shelf in my library at school. These books GET KIDS READING and that in itself makes it a 5.
I happened upon Percy Jackson and the Olympians by chance and I'm glad I did! This novel has it all; great well thought out charachters, mythology, action/adventure, a little romance, and all around great fun. The narrotor did an amazing job of bringing the charcaters and their world to life in a way no movie could ever come close (if your only knowldge of Percy Jackson is that horrable movie adaptation I strongly recomend you buy this audiobook) all in all Mr. Riordan had done an amazing job and has inspiered me to be a writer as well, I only hope this book can change your life the way it changed mine.
I purchased this book for my 13 year old son and he gave it five stars. He loved the book and finished it in two days. Now I have to purchase the rest.