These books are so well done! They have engaging characters interwoven into modern versions of ancient myths & morality tales. I recommend them highly. Kids/teens will identify with the characters, learning by accident. (Too bad they really, really messed up the movies.)
The author did a good job of wrapping up the many plot lines without making it seem contrived or rushed. The characters have to examine what is the honorable, right, fair, just, honest, & loyal thing to do as they complete their adventures with humor and derring-do. They form close friendships & learn about themselves.
This is the first book of the second series, and it will be much more fun if you read/listen to the first series before starting this one. Other than that, have fun!
My 11 and 9 year old sons were just as eager to get back to this book as I was... It started out as listening on rides to school.... Ended up pushing bed time out to sit around the iPad! Fun book we are progressing nicely with son of Neptune
Riordan, of course! Swanson? Absolutely not.
I've always been fan of Annabeth. I like smart and strong women characters.
His voice didn't fit the characters, and his general performance was poor. He would apply random accents to characters. Those accents weren't part of the characterizations in the books, and were often temporary. Also, they were typically off base because they were such poor accents. He also mispronounced a few words which was annoying and distracting. I couldn't even get through the whole reading.
It has a follow-up book.
I didn't listen to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, so some of the other reviews that said people just didn't like that this was a "new" narrator from that series are flawed. The narrator just did a poor job. I would recommend reading the book over this recording any day.
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.