My 13 y/o and I are into the first 3 hours of the book and are struggling to get through this. The narrator does not read as though he is part of the story. It's robotic at times and seems as if he is encountering words for the first time and just taking a stab at how to pronounce them. When he said the word "nada" and Hercules we had to cut the recording off and laugh outloud. My son wants me to purchase the hardcopy so he can read it. We enjoy Rick Riordan, but if Joshua Swanson is the narrator for any more of his books we will pass.
I really like the book, it was entertaining and gave a new take on the Percy Jackson series. I just was not impressed with Joshua Swanson's narration. He was very staccato. Every time he did a girl's voice he would pause in between words so it sounded like ... "My ** boyfriend ** Percy ** Jackson." Annoying. And his accents would slip at points. French accents mixed with Chicano... kept things interesting I guess.
I'm only halfway through the book, and the narrator is driving me insane. Between the terrible mispronounciations (Hee-Ra?!?!?!) and the bad female characterizations (Annabeth a simpering idiot?), I just can't get into this book. I burned through the other Percy Jackson audiobooks in 6 weeks, because they were enthralling, but the new narrator's monotone and almost mechanical reading style makes me tune it out without realizing it. I'll realize 5 minutes later that I didn't register a single thing said, and have to go back and listen to it again. If the next book is done by this narrator, I'll get the actual book from the library and save my credits.
The story had all of the trademarks of the Percy Jackson stories, but the reader had no real diferentaition between the voices and also the reader butchered the Latin and greek names. It is not Gia (sounded like chia) this killed a lot of the story. On the other hand Rick Riordan created a great story with a lot of his twist and adventure. It is only for that reason that I am giving this three stars rather then the one star the reader deserves. Please bring Jesse Bernstein back to the books.
This is my second time purchasing an audio book and the experience was much greater than my first; it is all about how the narrator expresses and bring the story to life for the reader/listener. I am sure the first audio book I listened to was good, but when listening to this audio book, the individual characters, their expression, plot, cinematic climaxes, imaginary pictographs, voice tones, etc; I enjoyed it for sure. It is very important what type of book, what is expected, and the type of experience following. I did not want to stop listening to this one. I enjoyed every second of it!!! When the narrator changed his voice to express someone speaking, I knew right away who he was expressing before he said, 'said Jason' or said, 'said Leo'. Those small stuff made my listening experience come alive. I even find myself looking at reviews in deciding what book to listen to next - already, its all about a great story complimented with a outstanding narrator. Although one may read good it does not mean one narrates well. I love the Eragon trilogy when I first read it and it is one of those stories worth reading again - simply exciting. If I listen to it on an audio book and the narrator cannot capture the adrenalin and race to read the next page to see and know and experience what will happen next, then I may not be interested. Simply because it would have left a black stain on a perfectly good story, only I would not have known that because I listen for the first time through someone that didn't tell it right. I loved this book. It had all the right ingredients, and a very comfortable ending. Like a movie that keeps you wanting more even after the story has ended, yet leaves you satisfied. I look forward in being completely satisfied by the next book and yet expecting the final showdown with the earth in his last! I hope the narrator doesn't change, I think his voice and expressive tones represents MY characters well for me!
I read the reviews about the narrator and I was hesitant to purchase this book. However I’m glad I did because we all thought he was good, in fact very good. This is the first book from this author I’ve listened too and I found the story and the narration very enjoyable. Highly recommended Sunday drive listen.
If you like the unknown the suspense or over all fable's of greek mythology you will love this book. The reader did a great job in changing his voice for each character the overall flow of the book was great, my opinion is I will be looking forward to the upcoming books.
this is one of the best stores EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the narators good to. buy this.
I love Rick Riordan's books! They combine fantasy, history, ancient mytholigy, and the modern world altogether! Although I got dissapointed at the fact that dear old Percy has not appeared on this book, Jason's replacement was good enough! Fine, I had some trouble getting used to the new voices and the new narrator. But they were still GREAT. I can't wait until the second book comes out.
Each and every book in the series has not been a let down. I listened to several of the Ranger Apprentice books, and I finally realized it was to predictable and the reader there was .... ugggh.... I wanted something more like this. The storyteller is awesome! The book is fun start to finish and is exciting as always. NICE JOB GUYS!