I have to start with the confession that I am a Potterphile. It probably makes me biased.
This book wants desperately to be Harry Potter, and it just isn't. There's the boy, the prophacy, the trio of friends, the big bad guy, and even the wise old teacher type, but it lacks the wonder, originality, and the deeply good story telling Rowling can bring.
On its own, it's not a bad story. It is for younger readers, but so were the early HPs. I'm hoping the books will age with the characters . If so, then this is a good way to start. They're told first person narrative, so this is fine.
A lot of reviewers didn't like the narration, but I had no problem with it. This one is really just a matter of taste. I probably wouldn't have picked him out of all possibilities, but he didn't detract from the story.
All this sounds, if not absolutely negative, then at least ambivelant, and it probably is. I'm reserving final judgment for at least one more book. Having said that, I am getting the next book. There is enough good in the first one to make me think it wasn't recommended by mistake.
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.
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.
Rick Riodon is really imaginative. He turned those boring myths into something interesting. I've read a lot about hercules, athena , zeus, Hades..... none of that were as exciting as this. Can't wait for the movies to come out.
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.
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.