I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and characters and almost all parts of this audio book. The story gets a little cheesy and the plot walks a fine line between referential and derivative, but that works for the story being told.
Bernstein however comes close to ruining it for me. His character voices are consistent, but frequently don't match their descriptions, and his tone and rhythm make the intelligent and engaging prose sound like the bad lies of a dumb 8 year old. I know that seems harsh, but I honestly feel that Bernstein puts so much effort into injecting a sense of youth into his voice that it ruins the illusion and only reminds me of being talked down to in middle school.
I recognize that these novels are intended for a younger audience, but I feel that is no reason to deny that audience the respect Riordan's text pays to them and Bernstein's performance mocks.
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 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 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.
It's a kids book, so as an adult, the plot devices are nothing to write home about. It's got some interesting ideas, which is what made me come back and listen to this, the second book in the series. The narrator is prone to overacting, and his voices are marginal, but it's still a halfway decent listen.