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I enjoyed this book, but missed the narration and the characters from the original Percy Jackson series. That is not to say that I won't give the rest of this series a shot, but a word of caution to those who pick it up hoping for a smooth continuation of a series they love.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Riordan. There are five books planned for this series, the series is a spin-off from the Percy Jackson series and takes place after the last Percy Jackson book. I enjoyed the book, it was well done. If you enjoyed the Percy Jackson series I think you would enjoy this book as well. You don’t have to read the Percy Jackson series to understand what is going on in this book, however that series does provide a lot of excellent background for this new series.
I listened to this on audiobook and really enjoyed it. The narrator did an excellent job with the different character voices and with conveying the characters’ emotions. This book uses a different narrator than the Percy Jackson series which was a good idea for starting a new series like this. I would definitely recommend listening to this on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.
The book is told from three points of view. Jason, Piper, and Leo all go to the Wilderness School for troubled children. Jason, however, has no memory of how he got there or who he is. Piper is the daughter of a famous actor and has a secret of her own. Leo can build things, pretty much out of nothing. All three of them end up at Camp Half-Blood and are sent on quest to help the Gods face a new and dangerous enemy.
This book was a solid addition to the extended Percy Jackson world. This book features a different set of characters. It's a bit formulaic, but I liked the Percy Jackson books so I am okay with more of the samish type of story done in a different sort of way.
All of the characters are very engaging, easy to relate to and interesting. They all have a lot of depth to them and have secrets and mysteries they need to unravel. As in the Percy Jackson books, all three of them need to figure out who their godly parent is.
They go on a quest to free Hera from capture and along the way find out they are facing an enemy even more dangerous than the Titans. I won’t say a lot more than that about the plot. As with previous books by Riordan there are lots of excellent action scenes and encounters with crazy and creepy mythological creatures. There is a lot of humor throughout as well which makes these books a fun read.
I pretty much liked all of the characters equally. It was nice to have part of the story from a girl’s (Piper’s) perspective. This should make the book a bit easier for young girls to relate to as well. I enjoyed the characters’ interesting powers too.
As I said above the layout of the book is very similar to other books Riordan has written; the characters get a quest, fight an evil monster, travel, fight another evil monster, travel to beat a tight timeline and then confront a very big bad monster. I enjoy the action and the mythological creatures, so I happen to enjoy the story even if it is similar in structure to previous ones.
I love how this books builds on the Percy Jackson series some. We do hear about the characters from the Percy Jackson series and they are in the story some. They don’t play a major part in the story, but they are there in the background and occasionally the foreground influencing events and helping out our new characters.
Overall this was a very enjoyable and entertaining read. I loved the expansion on the world we were introduced to in the Percy Jackson series. I enjoyed the new characters a lot and found them interesting and easy to engage with. I love the new plot and the new big bad enemy that these heroes have to face. I also enjoyed the mythological fights and creatures that we run into throughout the story. I definitely recommend this to fans of middle grade fantasy. I also recommend to anyone who enjoyed the Percy Jackson series. I can’t wait to read The Son of Neptune now!
Great story, lousy narrator!
The narrator was monotone, his pronunciation of the character's names was off from the previous series and he just made it an overall subpar experience. I'd rather read the book myself.
No...couldn't stand his voice that long.
This is the first Audible book where the narrator ruined it for me.
Chris, mom to Alex (born 2002). Audible account is for him, reviewing on his behalf. He's a fan of star wars, legos, cub scouts and now reading.
10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) started audio books as companions to hardcopy books. The Percy Jackson series led to this series as he couldn't get enough of it.
Mom: Loaded this book onto the iPad and played it on longer drives. VERY well presented, fascinating story, and has spawned a whole family interest in the series. Family demanded we only listen to it TOGETHER, so Alex began reading the hardcopy on his own - sneaking it into bed with a flashlight. Happy, happy Mom!! Prior to this book, it was actually easier to pull teeth than get him to read (ask our dentist).
I truly enjoyed this audiobook, Joshua Swanson did an excellent job narrating. I especially liked his "Leo" voice. Rick Riordan is an amazing children's book author. Comparable to JK Rowling.
Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.
It's one of the best mystery/fantasy books I've listened to this year.
Jason but I came to love his girl friend as well.
He is an excellent reader
Do you love series? If so, this book will get you caught- hook, line and sinker. I couldn't stop until I'd devoured every ounce of this series and the next. Get ready for 10 books that will keep you wanting more.
A great continuation of Riordon's Olympus saga, but I wish I would have read it instead of listened to it. The narrator was the worst I've heard, and I've listened to a lot of audio books. His character voices are inappropriate and poorly done, but the worst part was how he put accents on words in all the wrong places. His sentences sound like they were read by a computerized text-to-speech program.
Rick Riordan's writing skills have definitely improved over the years, and this book shows it. This new series is even better than the original Percy Jackson books!
I enjoyed the storyline and meeting the new characters, however the book was ruined for me by the narration. I will probably buy the rest of the books and READ them, but will not listen to them.
Love a good read!
The storyline is great but the narrator is definitely a pleasant surprise! Excellent narrator skills are on display here. The narrator makes each character distinct, you can almost picture each character as they enter the plot. Wonderful. Kudos to Joshua Swanson. Great story by Rick Riordan.
Story line is fast paced. I didn't really see lag or meandering as the story progessed. I was happily engrossed in the plot. It was all memorable for me. Listen to the book and you will appreciate it as well.
I've listen to a lot (and I mean a lot) of audiobooks but never been really impressed with the narrators. This guy is good and helped shaped the story in my mind's eye.
No way! I lkisten to it on the work to and from work. I listened whenever I found the time.
This is a great book with an excellent narrator. Give it listen when you find the time. It's really a great listen!