Both the book and the narrator are good, but he mangled nearly every god's name that he said. It's not Gee-ah, it's Gie-ah. It's not Hee-rah, it's Hair-rah. It really made my teeth hurt. Why didn't they do some research on pronunciation? It would have been a lot less distracting.
I'm only 4 or 5 hours into the book right now but I had to stop and mention about the narrator. He's "okay" but certainly not great. But what disappoints me the most is the way the reader is mispronouncing some small, simple Spanish words. Rick Riordan is from San Antonio, Texas and I love that the author has included a few small references here and there that remind me of home. But the reader can not say "tia" or "mijo" correctly or even closely resembling the author's intent. I don't speak fluent Spanish and you don’t need to speak fluent Spanish to get these basic, common words correctly.
Plus another example of the narrator missing the author's intent, at one point, Annabeth says something that was obviously meant to be spoken with an inquisitive tone and the narrator read the sentence as an exclamation or as an excited accusation. Just wrong.
All that being said, the narrator cannot prevent this book from being highly enjoyable. I’m enjoying the writing and, as always, love Rick Riordan’s book.
5 star book, 1 star narrator! ICK! I even tried to be fair and judge the audio on it's own merit and not against Mr. Berstein's voices whom we all know to be "the" voices now.
But good LORD. The man has no range. It's awful. Annabeth sounds like a simpering idiot, and chiron (pronounced all wrong) sounds like a 5 thousand year old codger and not a big strong centaur.
Mr. Riordan, if you're listening? Let this be the LAST TIME you allow this man to narrate a book.
The book is awesome, and He can't kill the story, but in spots, like when chiron or annabeth was talking, it just annoyed me so much it pulled me out of the story.
Can't say it enough. The man has NO RANGE.
It is so annoying to love and hate a book all at the same time.
I wanted to write because of the negative review of the narrator. He is different, I agree, and I honestly liked Jesse Bernstein better, but he was first and it could simply be loyalty. Nevertheless I do not think the narrator was terrible, just different.
As for the story, it is not bad. It is more of the same, random run-ins with mythological characters, fight scenes, etc... And since this tends to work, I am not very unhappy. I listen to these before I give them to my kids, and this one, like the previous, will certainly inspire the imagination, which is my goal. If you liked the previous Percy Jackson series, this is more of the same, no more, but certainly no less.
I loved the reader of the last series. And I know it takes some time to get used to a new one. But seriously, this guy is so awful. He over-enunciates words and it is so irritating. I don't know what it is with the word "to" and this guy. I have never criticized a narrator before. Even when others have, I was always fine with the narrator. But my goodness!! It's hard to enjoy the story with this guy.
Not only were his voices annoying, including his own but come on, if you're reading a story about Greek mythology make sure you same the names right. Hearing this guy say Hera as Here-a was sooo annoying, like nails on a chalkboard
After listening to the Percy Jackson Series of books my kids and I were really looking forward to this new series it was very disappointing. The story line was forced and seemed to just be a bunch of knowledge about the differences between the Roman Gods and the Greek one. I finished the book but it lost the kids attention about 15 minutes into it. The story just did not flow very well. I should have only bought the first book of the series but I unfortunately bought both at the same time so am stuck with the second book. Not sure it will ever be listened to.
I enjoyed the 1st Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (read by Jesse Bernstein). I also like the new Heroes of Olympus series, but I'm not sure I can stand to listen to them. This new reader is horrible. I can't stand the way he enunciates words. He sounds like a robot. In fact, he's so bad I'd probably rather have Siri, the iPhone assistant read this book. I hope they get a clue and bring back Jesse.
The narrator is so annoying. He called Hera HE-RA. It made me cringe every time he said her name wrong. On top of that I did not like the way he said cylopes. Ugh. It was such an undesirable listening experience.
I enjoyed the Lost Hero as I did all of the previous Olympian books. However I don't care for the Narrator. His preformance left me feeling flat about a book I truly enjoyed when I read it. His range was not what I expected for this novel. Overall, the story is great and very enjoyable. Loved the book.