I was very pleased with this book and look forward to this new series from Riordan. The blending of heroes we know and love from the Percy Jackson series and the introduction of the new heroes in this exciting blend of Greek and Roman mythology in coexistence is very compelling. I look forward to the next installments with great anticipation.
Decent narration, sans the unnecessary east L.A, "Blood In, Blood Out," "Stand and Deliver" "accent" the narrator chose for Leo's character. Leo is a well-written, dynamic, and complex character, but the narrator's interpretation reduces this character to a tragic stereotype.
Well, here's the thing. I bought this audiobook for my son. In the last month he has read 5 of Rick Riordan's books and picked up a few other greek myth books on his own. When he finishes a book, I sometimes buy the audiobook for him to listen to. He enjoyed the Lightning Thief read by Jesse Bernstein, in fact, he has listened to it multiple times. He was very excited to listen to Heroes of Olympus with Joshua Swanson but after a few hours, although happy with the story, was bothered by the pronunciation of the names of some of the Gods. Hera specifically and one of the characters Chiron. Swanson pronounces these names differently than Bernstein.
I would suggest that the narrator attempt to keep names consistent with earlier readings.
Nice idea bogged down by sarcastic one liners. Narrator mispronounces Greek and Roman names and uses poorly delivered accents for various characters.
I’m giving the Lost Hero 4 / 5 drachmas :)
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
The back of the book jacket sets up the story as follows:
Jason has a problem…
Piper has a secret…
Leo has a way with tools…
And there we have our triangle of heroes. The Lost Hero starts off in fine fashion by introducing us to our new version of Percy Jackson (there’s more to that statement than you think). His name is Jason Grace, and the new series revolves around his blond hair, bronzed muscles, and strange tattoos. The story gets interesting right away as Jason shows up amongst his friends having forgotten who he is, and just about everything about his past. He’s even forgotten his girlfriend, Piper, much to her dismay. I really liked the beginning. It was well played, super-catchy, and engaging.
But Jason’s not the only one that’s interesting. Piper has a secret. She’s been put in a very difficult place; between people that she loves, and between various loyalties. She knows she will be the cause of much pain and anguish, but she has to do it, doesn’t she?
Then, there’s the comedic sidekick, Leo. Only, he’s not just a extra– a character present only to deliver a line. He is quite funny throughout the whole book, but he place a meaningful role too. He has special powers that he has suppressed for many years, because he believes he hurt someone he loved with them by accident.
The world all this happens in is the same epic world that Rick Riordan introduced us to in the Percy Jackson series. The descriptions are rich, the mythology is well researched, and revealed throughout the book in interesting enough ways to feel like a part of the story. I enjoyed how the heroes visited Camp Half-Blood again, but also how they visited a bunch of normal places, a department store, for example, and how Rick Riordan turned those places into mystical traps filled with interesting characters that make the mundane magical.
All in all, this was a really engaging read. I enjoyed the plot, the devices Rick Riordan used to deliver some interesting twists (especially the last one – well done!), and especially the God characters. They had so much personality, and, well, drama, that I kept looking forward to the next encounter. I’ll be continuing on with the series for sure.
The end - that final twist.
He did a great job narrating, and personalizing all the different characters and monsters.
Gods vs Heros