I'm going to finish out the series so unfortunately I'm stuck with Berstein. He does the Percy Jackson voice well, I think that's the only thing I like about his performance. Everything else is really pretty flat, unoriginal and offensive. Once again, this book had an Asian character (like Annabeth's stepmom in Titan's Curse), and once again the Asian character had an over-the-top, stereotyped, what I'm sure they thought would be "comical," accent and it's racist and offensive. Also Tyson's voice is still horribly ableist. A lot of the other voices start to sound exactly the same, and the voices of female characters are always whiney and, like another reviewer said, up-talking (saying every sentence like it's a question).
All in all, the performance is boring and offensive on many levels, but I really love the books.
I wanted to love it, but my heart tells me Annabeth is not an uptalker? It drove me crazy to listen to this strong female character sound so unsure of herself?
Strong story line and educational for Greek mythology.
Great when the kids showed up in places we have visited as a family!
I like the realness of the characters.
Travel the world in 3 hours or less.
Loved the entire series. Now moving on to Egyptian series while waiting for book 6!
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
yes. We have three boys and all love the Percy Jackson series.
I appreciate the desire to make different voices, but the voice for Tyson in particular is annoying - makes him sound dumb. And also, all Asian voices use broken English. As a 4th generation Chinese American, I found this to be profoundly insulting.
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
I would not only because I am more found of my rendition but Jesse did a great job.
Sci-fi/fantasy junkie, storyteller, devourer of books, workaholic
Percy is still Percy, but this book just didn't seem as much fun as the previous ones. The plot meandered a lot more, and the new characters weren't that interesting. There are tons of action scenes in all the Percy Jackson books, but in this one, they seemed a bit much, like they were being used for filler. I actually find the antagonist, Luke, and Annabeth, who remains a sidekick character despite nominally being allowed to "lead", a lot more interesting than Percy himself, who seems a bit too perfect now that he's settled into his hero role (the snarkiness is getting a bit tired at this point, and with the plot darkening, seems very incongruent with everything going on around him and makes sound like a jerk at times). Still, interesting enough for me to want to find out how the series ends.
And Jesse Bernstein's narration is as good as ever.
Listen to it with my grandson we love all of the Percy Jackson books
love the good wins
enjoyed his voice and energy
This series is not as good as the best ones, such as Harry Potter, but it is very enjoyable. And the narrator is excellent.
The series is funny, I usually laugh.
Mom with Twins
Jesse's voice captured my 7 year olds' attention immediately! He loved listening to this book so much that he's decided he wants to listen to the entire series. :-) He's hooked and a fan for life. I'd read the books already and knew what great stories they are. Great imagination and wonderful meshing of Olympians, Romans and the modern world. Really great story telling by Riordan!
I liked that Jesse sounds like a young man for this series. It allows you to become more involved in the story.