Yes! My son could not put it down. He needed to read it.
My son chose to listen to it over playing Xbox! I see that as a victory for a good story! He's already listening to the next book!
My son is an audible learner. He has tried to listen to stories read by other people and he by far has enjoyed the voice and pace at which this story is read.
If I'm not reading, I'm listening.
Somehow they got a completely different narrator and this book still came out sound exactly LIKE the Percy Jackson series.
Rick Riordan has written another great installment in the Percy Jackson saga. I liked the new characters that he introduced, and I liked the returning characters I already knew. I am looking forward to see how the two camps of demigods work together.
Just finished listening to it 2 days ago and loved it. I was a bit disappointed he left out something I wanted to catch the camps reaction through instead skipping the reaction and and starting right on the argument. And still don't like the narrator, but could be worse, they could have used Sam Tsoutsouvas still can't stand to even listen to his narration. And I think this book was much better than the first of the series. I was getting worried near the end that he just gave up advancing Percy and it was just going to be about the other character surprising skills.
I can't wait for the next book. I hope this time we get Annabeth's point of view. It is looking like she might be the seventh but it is hard to tell, I hope so. It also seems like Gaea may use her to blackmail Percy or something like that.
A big issue with audio books is that when you have a book that isn't in first person and only one reader it tends to not work on it's own without the book to read along. Actors like Swanson don't have much range in voicing so many of the characters sound like the same ones from the first book.
Outside of that the story is solid if only a little disappointing since my expectations were too high, and Swanson does well enough to make it worth the use of a credit, though I don't reccomend it to anyone who isn't a member getting at least a reduced price since this audio book isn't worth over 30 dollars.
The Wonderful Story
Everything I have been waiting years for this book to come out
His terrible character voices
The Very Very End
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
We got to see what happens to percy and see how the romans really are.
The team coming together
Josh Swanson's performance in the Heroes of Olympus series is fantastic. Very natural without being stilted or overacted. The performances brings Riordan's brilliant storytelling to life. These audiobooks don't conflict with the way I pictured and "heard" the story while reading the books and make hours in the car for vacation travel fly by this summer. I wish the rest of the series and Riordan's books lived up to Swanson's versions!
Down the list
The story is a good Riordan book but the reader is horrible! I want to complete the series so I'm still listening. But the readers from the Kane Chronicles were way better.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This was an excellent addition to this series. There are five books planned for this series. The fourth book, The House of Hades, is scheduled for an October 2013 release date. This book takes us to the sister camp for Camp Half Blood, Camp Jupiter.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was well done. The narrator does do some kind of over-the-top and silly voices for some of the characters and some of these were a bit annoying. The main characters however have well done voices and the narrator conveys emotion well. So all in all this was a good listen.
The book starts with Percy battling for his life and struggling to get to Camp Jupiter. Percy has lost his memory and really has no idea what is going on. In Camp Jupiter he meets Hazel and Frank. Both of them have complicated pasts and are outcasts at Camp Jupiter. The three of them are given a desperate quest; free the Thanotos (Death) by the Feast of Fortuna or Gaia’s armies will begin their takeover of the world.
As with the first book, this book is very formulaic. A group of three kids (including Percy this time), must go on a quest facing more and more difficult monsters in order to free Thanatos (Death) and thwart Gaia in her evil plan to take over the world. Like usually they are on a time crunch and only have a very short amount of time to do what needs to be done. If this sounds familiar it is, it is pretty much what happens in every single Rick Riordan book I have ever read. Still it is very well done and entertaining.
The characters are all well done and engaging. Again we have a memoryless Percy, Frank (who has powerful and mysterious origins), and Hazel (who is a cursed daughter of Pluto). They all have major issues, but are easy to relate to and like. Percy of course is struggling with memory lost the whole time, he is also learning more about the Roman version of his dad, Neptune.
Frank still needs to discover who his Godly parent is. In addition to that he is kind of a goof and a klutz who needs to gain some confidence and find out how he can contribute to things. Frank also finds out he has some seriously awesome powers at his beck and call.
Hazel should be dead and has a very mysterious backstory, she originally lived in another time and ended up here through a series of strange coincidences. She is a solid heroine with some serious guilt and baggage.
Another absolutely hilarious and wonderful addition to the story was the Harpy, Ella, who is just crazy and had me laughing my butt off a number of times.
I love the mythology throughout and in this book we hear a lot more about Roman mythology versus Greek. It was interesting to learn about the differences between the Greek Gods and their Roman versions; I didn’t realize how differently some of the similar gods are portrayed in the two different mythology sets. There are many wonderful new monsters introduced in this book. We also get to meet the Amazons and some crazy wheat loving minions.
As I said the books are predictable and they all follow the same formula. There is a lot of humor in here (some of it a bit campy) but the stories are engaging and fun. The book will have you laughing out loud for sure. There are excellent action scenes, lots of interesting mythology, and some great characters as well.
Overall this was a fun read and a great addition to the series. The plot is formulaic, but there are a number of new and interesting characters introduced...as well as some excellent new monsters. There is a ton of humor in here and some excellent action scenes. I really enjoyed the contrast between the Greek and Roman mythology and getting to learn more about the differences between the two. If you are a fan of Riordan books you will be pleased with this one. I found it entertaining and easy and fun to read.