Although I do somewhat miss Percy and Grover, the new characters Jason, Piper and Leo are great fun! I just finished this book and the next one, and I already can't wait for the third.
This follow up to the popular Percy Jackson books is a hit! I was skeptical wondering if this was going to be any goo, but Mr Riordan is an amazing storyteller. I recommend this for the young to the young at heart. It's an enjoyable listen and I look forward to his next book
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the Percy Jackson series and what is available in the Kane series. I listen to these series while I work. They are easy to listen to and entertaining enough to help me through a repetitive job. I would recommend and listened to the whole series.
For those of you who loved the Percy Jackson Series, this is an excellent continuation! There are three new heroes with talents and powers that make a great story.
I can't wait for the rest of the series!
For the book: I found the story to be trite, formulaic, and predictable. There were many scenes and conflicts that seemed contrived just to add excitement, and possibly length, to the book overall. I have not read any other books by Riordan, and I probably won't due to this book. The use of Greek/Roman gods as foundations for a fantasy "universe" seems lazy in terms of creativity - almost like "fan fiction", where you take someone else's characters that are already developed, and use them to tell some side story.
He also gave away a LOT way too early in the book. There were very few surprises, for me at least.
For the narration: The reader was horrendous. Most of the female voices were grating on my nerves. The monsters almost all sounded the same, and some sounded like other "good guy" characters. His pronunciation of uncommon words and proper names was disastrous. It's GUY-ah, not GEE-ah... HAIR-ah, not HEER-ah... His French accent was shaky, his Latino-American slipped every so often in to who-knows-what, and he TOTALLY voiced Hera's voice to make her sound like an evil witch rather than a "queen of the gods who may be slightly miffed"... He did not properly understand the emotional foundations of the characters when they were speaking, so they would come across as angry when they were not, or as making a statement when they were asking a question. His inflection simply did not appropriately match the words and context of many of the situations.
In short: I am not impressed at all... and 16.5 hours of listening to bad narration is a bad trade-off, when you could read this thing yourself in half the time and actually have a proper mental voice in your own head for each character, so as to not have the characters RUINED by a guy who just can't voice them properly.
I love the Percy Jackson series. I like the new characters, their abilities and personalities. Very interesting story line. I got use to Jessie B. narrating. I thought he got the different attitudes just right. However, the characters are getting older so I suppose Swanson's voice is more suitable. It's a young adult flick but I'm all over it like white on rice=D
I hesitated for months over buying this audiobook based on all the recommendations. I'm so glad I finally got it. I'm just aghast at all the hatred for the narrator. I felt he was fine. Sure, there were a few voices I didn't care for, namely Chiron and Annabeth, but they weren't so bad I wanted to turn it off or anything. In fact, in the original Percy Jackson books, I would always cringe when the cyclopes would talk. I hated the over the top cartoonish voices the narrator gave them, but I still felt the narrator as a whole did a good job. The same goes for this book.
As for the people who said that the narrator made all the characters sound alike and therefore had trouble following the dialogue to figure out who was speaking, that's just silly. This is a reading of a book. If you read the book, there's no one there to make the voices sound different in your head, yet you still know who is speaking because the author writes that into the text of the book. In fact, I've always thought that Riordan's biggest writing flaw is that nearly every line of dialogue ends in "...Percy said", "...Grover whined", "...Annabeth shouted".
So, if you can't follow the dialogue, it's the fault of the author, not the narrator. This was written in book form, it's not a play that must be acted out to make sense.
I was also worried about reading a story in the Percy Jackson universe but withouth Percy himself, but I shouldn't have been. The characters, while maybe not quite as lovable as Percy and Annabeth, are still very enjoyable.
The story was good. The narrator was fine. If you like Riordan's work, then get this audiobook.
My middle school students love Rick Riordan's work so I decided to listen to this book-it's a great story, filled with demi-gods and other mythological creatures. Fun to listen to.
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.