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
I have read every "Percy Jackson" novel written so far. I thought this novel was just OK. I feel as though I'd like a little more originality. (Originality may be an unfairly tall order from the author who is basically re-writing Greek and Roman mythology --a clever way to craft a series of novels, in my mind -- I'm sure several people wish they had thought of it first!)
I did like learning about new characters Frank and Hazel, but I suppose the original appeal of this series (I love Greek mythology and was psyched to read the stories in a different way) is just wearing off.
Rick Riordan has done it again. The Heroes of Olympus is another fantastic story of courage, friendship, trials, and triumphs. Excellent story read wonderfully.
The growth of Frank throughout the story.
It was very good.
Percy is back!
Riordan has woven a great tale based on characters we came to love in the first series of Percy Jackson and the Olymypians. Only now he's put a twist on things. He keeps us interested. There's never a dull moment. And as always it's filled humor readers of all ages can appreciate.
Ella the harpy!
As a bookseller, Riordan continues to be a favorite author for kids...and their parents, too! It's actually common to find that parents have read Riordan's books right along with their kids.
It's in the top few over the past few months. Every last minute of it has been addictive. I chose this book for its fantasy genre and length originally. I continued onto the second book in the series (this one) because the first one was so fantastic. Now I'm going to have to just keep going. I adore this series. It's had me enthralled with interest, adventure and upbeat spirits. The reader of the book can do all kinds of voices which make you really feel like you are listening to and befriending each character one at a time, which is good because this book has as many characters as your real life has day-to-day friends. Every moment I can't wait to hear what is happening next, makes me wish the books where longer. Even better is that this book mixes fantasy with mystical and religious history. So you are literally getting to old world religion, history and war tactics step by step as the book moves forward. You can hear and imagine seeing, tasting and smelling what the monsters and Gods would have been like. If I haven't convinced you, I don't know what will. If you love fantasy adventure like lord of the rings or love stories like fifty shades of gray or history fantasy like the Michael Scott series or the adventures of Terry Goodkind in the Wizards first rule then this book is for you (obviously start with book one)
If you love fantasy adventure like lord of the rings or love stories like fifty shades of gray or history fantasy like the Michael Scott series or the adventures of Terry Goodkind in the Wizards first rule then this book is for you (obviously start with book one)
yes if I could.. and I tried
This is a must read .. I mean listen.
Percy is back, and that's as much of a spoiler as I'll post. Of course the very name of the book gives it away so it's not really much of one. The son of Neptune is filled with a lot more action, in addition your given a lot more of the previously unknown Percy Jackson World. The Narration is slightly more tolerable this time around, except in the case of Percy since he ends up sounding exactly like Jason, to include expressions. It's worth getting into regardless of the narrative faults.
This second book in the Heros of Olympus series tells the witty, exciting and flamboyant continuing story of Percy Jackson, the primary character in the five book Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This book brings back some characters from that origional series and introduces new ones from Jason Grace's Roman world breifly introduced in The Lost Hero, book one of this series.
This is a great read. It is fast paced, exciting and funny enough to entertain my entire family, which is very hard for a book to do. If a three girls, 9, 11 and 13 can all agree that they want to read this book at the same time, it says a great deal to their mom about the skills of the author. Hey, I enjoy these books too.
They even learn about Greek and Roman mythology this way too. I see Rick Riordan's books as gateway books that spark my kids interest in other, more esoteric topics. The two older girls have checked out books at the library about the above mentioned mythology because of their budding interest.
Check it out. You will not be disapointed.
I have been listening to the series and have enjoyed all of them. I think the Son of Neptune is the best story of the series.
I love the introduction of more characters, as a listener I am visualizing the richness of the characters.
Tie between Ella and Frank. Ella because she is so quirky and Frank because he is having a hard time believing he is special.
Hard call, Joshua is amazing with portrayal of characters. Ella, I think.
No, I want it to go on and on!
One of my favorites.
I really enjoyed the interaction of the characters. The flow between the three main characters and having the book written from the perspectives of each. I loved the ending which left me looking forward to the next book, but completely wrapped up the plot.
I really enjoyed the capture by/ escape from the Amazons. I couldn't keep from laughing.