Rick Riordan is a master story teller, I really love his modernization of Greek mythology in these books. The introduction of Tyson made this book for me. One question though why did Blackjack change genders? This is the only book where the character is a mare.
I am not afraid to admit that I love these books! Obviously, the mythological basis for the stories is the magnet for me, but the action and adventure hold my attention. I find the narrator a little distracting at times, but he does a fair job. I do think the best narrators are the ones who don't act like they're reading a kid's book, of which Mr. Bernstein is unfortunately guilty.
My daughter couldn't wait to listen to this as she just finished reading the book, but she and I both found the narrator's rendition of the various characters annoying. He didn't seem to match voices with personalities and made all the children sound a bit dumb. If it wasn't for the poor narration, the book would have been a delightful listen though I believe the first book in this series is better. Then again, I read the first book and did not listen to it. This may be better served read and not listened to.
I love this series and after reading the first book with my son, got the second on audible so we could listen in the car. Once again the story is fantastic. Rick Riordan does an amazing job blending Myth, history and the modern world into something really magical. The problem is the narrator. He's terrible. He mispronounces words left and right and, when not using a character voice (the only decent part of his performance) he uses what amounts to baby talk. It's insulting to the intelligence of the kids these books were meant for, and frankly, highly annoying and grating. We will likely switch back to reading to each other in what little spare time we have instead of listening to the rest of this series.
The story is totally worth it and I recommend both this series of books and the following one.
Love the Greek mythology, so I enjoyed the book itself. However the narrator was extremely lackluster in his rendition of the character dialogue. For example if a character spoke "calmly" the narration didn't come off as calm.
I have always enjoyed the book the odyssey and when I read this book it reminded me of a modern day one. I love the fact that we get to learn more about annabeth and her background. We haven't learned too much about her with the first novel but it was great to learn more.
I love how the entire book has a lot of the islands visited on the odyssey journey. I think that the way that Mr. Riordan made it was simply amazing. It was so humorous and entertaining.
Jesse Bernstein is simply as I must state it the voice of Percy Jackson. He is my favorite out of all of the narrators for Percy. I'm getting more use to annabeth's voice but I love his Percy voice. Tyson is done great as well. I really get the feel of Tyson when he does the voice as well.
The difference between reading it and listening to it is amazing. I'm sure that any if not most percy jackson fans would enjoy listening to this.
My daughter loves these books, and I enjoy listening with her. Jesse Bernstein's reading is fine for Percy, but almost every other voice is a weird whine with poor intonation to show different emotions.