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.
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.
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.
The reader has little finesse when it comes to inflection, changing speakers, or punctuation. It's almost grating to listen to. Thank god the book is so fantastic - I'd never be able to make through these readings otherwise