The narrator's voices were so bad that at many times I had to rewind the audio because I would totally zone out and miss a section. I cringed every time he said "Kai Ron". Although I did like Leo's voice the rest sounded exactly the same. I did enjoy Jesse Bernstein except for when he did the Pegasi voice, oh that was very irritating. Next time hire someone with vocal range. Please. All in all I love Riordan's knowledge of Greek and Roman mythology. Many a times I would have to look his story back ground up on a search engine and he was spot on. I've learned more about Greek and Roman mythology from his books than I ever learned in school.
I would be lost without my Audio-books.
This is a wonderful story! 5 star novel! The narrator was terrible. Please bring back Jesse Bernstein for the rest of the series!
I listened to the Percy Jackson series and Jessie Bernstein was fantastic. Joshua Swanson would have been better had he actually listened to that series so he would know how to pronounce names of people and things. He reads like he's reading and not telling a story. It is very choppy. Enjoyed the Percy Jackson series much better. Still listening because I like the way Riodan writes in such detail.
I am an adult who bought the Percy Jackson series for her children but enjoyed the books as much as they did. I adored the narrator of the first five books, but the narrator of this new book was a bit too flat. However, my affection for the "demi-god" world and characters from the original series kept me going and I still enjoyed the book.
There are areas in the book that sound EXACTLY like a 6-yr-old who has just learned to read - slow, choppy and without any infliction. It's as though he is reading individual words, not sentences, and strings them together without any comprehension of how they come together to form ideas or thoughts.
Is it possible that he sat in a room alone and recorded himself and the recording was then produced without anyone hearing it before it was distributed? If not, then everyone who worked on this project should be fired. Seriously. Horrible. Seriously.
Buy the book.
This book is wonderfully written and exciting throughout (as are all of the Rick Riordan books I've read so far). But the best part of this audio book is the narrator. He instantly draws you into the story with his melodic voice. He does the voices so well that in a story with this many main characters I have no question which character is speaking. I have purchased some of my favorite books and they have been very underwhelming because of the narrator. Joshua Swanson is the opposite. Even if this is not your type of book you can't help but be drawn in to the story-telling! Beautifully done all around.
Unlike a lot of the listeners who wrote reviews , I really liked the narrator even more than the narrator of the Percy Jackson series. Their styles seemed similar to me and hardly worth quibbling over.
My vote goes to Joshua Swanson to narrate the next books in this series. Who ever narrates just hurry up and release them!
THE WORST EVER
UM, WHEN THE BOOK SAID, "THE END"?
THE GUY WHO SAID, "THE END"
IT MADE ME LAUGH AT THE FACT THAT RICK RIORDAN ACTUALLY WROTE THIS CRAP AND IT MADE ME CRY ABOUT ALL THE DISSAPOINTED READERS
YOU SUCK RICKY RIORDAN!!
I was impressed that the author went for a different style with his new series. I honestly didn't like the story from three perspectives as much (the new style). But it's nice to see something different. It is also nice to have different gods involved so we can see more of "the world" of these books. This seems more targeted towards the teens with there being more love interest material. The ending makes it clear that things will be expanding for the series which hopefully means more interesting additions. I would rate this book about as good as Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, etc. Not as good as Battle for the Labyrinth or Last Olympian. I will add my voice to the complaint that this narrator isn't nearly as good as Jesse from the first series. Still tolerable, though.
This was my first purchase on audible and both halves of the book downloaded start with chapter 26! I haven't found an easy way to let audible know about this error. Cheaper than my usual purchases on itunes but getting what I paid for... less.