Mary Fan, Zigzag Timeline
Rick Riordan clearly has a knack for storytelling. Percy's voice and adventures are as fun and engrossing as in the first book. However, the plot was somewhat disappointing. I wasn't expecting much, since I know the series' whole gimmick is taking Greek myths and adding a contemporary spin to them, but too much of this book seemed ripped from one particular myth. Did Percy really have to follow Odysseus's journey so closely? Couldn't Riordan have just left it at Polyphemus and picked some other hero's obstacle to throw in Percy's way? "The Sea of Monsters" suffers a bit from sequel-itis on the plot front, but was still enjoyable enough to leave me wanting to read the next book.
And, of course, Jesse Bernstein's narration is spot-on
Rick Riordan continues to do an excellent job of bringing Greek Mythology to modern times. The characters are fun and accessible to the whole family. When one died at the end of this book, we cried.
Jesse Bernstein's performance on the other hand, is barely tolerable. His phrasing often distorts the meaning of the sentence by emphasizing the wrong words. He seems to have only three character voices in his repertoire, and often times these voices make the characters sound less than intelligent. If there were another narrator available, we would probably make a different choice.
That being said, we are listening to these books as a family on road trips this summer, and my children are following a long with the Whisper-Sync, so it is a worthwhile purchase for our family.
I purchased the first book of this series to listen to on our road trip for Spring Break. After 12 hours of driving we had only less than an hour left and they didn't want to get out of the car!! Very well written and read and my children enjoyed it so much we have purchased them all!! We are now on the 3rd book and listen to it every time we are in the car. This has also had a pleasant side affect of no more sibling squabbling while driving...lol
I really enjoyed all of the Percy Jackson and the Olympian books. Having an audio book format is wonderful so my kids can listen as we drive around and run errands!
Some of the voices Jesse Bernstein used were odd and some were annoying to listen to, but most were great! I guess it's hard to differentiate voices when you have so many characters.
This story continues a great story line with plenty of fun and excitement. I am ready for the next part.
Tyson, Hey makes the story hopeful of what is good in humanaty
This is the first audio book my son and I listened to together. It was great. We had a few hours of car time and downloaded it for a trip but, we continued at home it was that good!
My Son says: The fights.
My Son says:Tyson.
My Son says: Percy captained the boat to escape.
Yes, because is a great story and the characters are memorable, the situations in where percy and his friends are involved are intriguing and funny, specially when there's sarcarms involved in percy's thoughts and replays.
tyson withouth a doubt, all the other characters where awesome, but tyson was memorable at least for me
Yes when percy actually recon his brother tyson as equal and not another monster
I would recommend this book, it was also recommended to me. It is well written and performed great so it makes it interesting.
I think there were a lot of things that reminded me of the Harry Potter series.
When we found out that Percy & Tyson were brothers.
I am now listening to the third book in the series!!
Replace the narrator. My 12 year old son felt like he was in a kindergarten class the way the narrator was reading to him.
He made everyone except for some of the monsters sound like they were 5 year old.
I'm sure the story was good, but I didn't know because I was too annoyed by the narrator.
I hope the narrator is not reading the next book, if so I will not waste the credit.
Educational and Fun
Percy, he's learning a lot and the story is exciting
This series is great because it teaches the kids all about Greek mythology in a fun and exciting way.