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 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.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
The quintessential truth about this book is that this is a book for kids. That is no to say that as am adult you can't or won't enjoy it but the long and short is this book was designed for kids. The author takes some obvious liberties taking this into consideration and if I have to base my review solely on it being a kids book... This book was actually great... Pity though I am not a kid nor do I have any at this time.
I liked the concept of the book, the thought process that went into creating this mythical world intertwined with our current time was rather impressive to say the least. If turned into a more young-adult/adult genre book I would thoroughly have enjoyed it because I would think the characters would have a lot more depth and certain concepts about this world would have been thought out much better. From my personal vantage point the book would have probably gotten 2 or 3 stars but thinking of it as a kids book it would get 5 stars..... so a clear medium was found here in giving it 4 stars.
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.
I purchased this book for my son who is learning about greek mythology in school and he thought the book was awesome!
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 read the entire Percy Jackson series aloud to my kids, and then we got the audio books so they could listen again. We were all appalled not only by the ridiculous "acting" job done by the narrator, but also by the frankly unbelievable number of words he mispronounces, including the names of gods (Janus? How hard is THAT?). With so many great actors out there, it's beyond me why the publishers chose such a rank, untalented amateur for such a marvelous, popular series. If you just can't find a way to read the books, then go ahead and listen to the audio versions, but prepare yourself.
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.
I like the concept of the book. The opening few chapters are a little intense for young readers but the book finds its pace. It is not a brain twister but it is enjoyable. As usual with this genre I find it hard to believe a 12 year old could overcome some of the other characters but I don't pay much mind to the hero's age.