Without hesitation yes-- if they like fantasy, magic and Greek/Roman mythology.
I could DEFINITELY tell who was who at all times-- and he even keeps this the same across books. He is animated when he needs to be and the narrator voice is also distinct. How he keeps them all straight-- and different-- is beyond me. SO TALENTED!!!
When we started this series, we did not enjoy Joshua Swanson's narration. He has improved so much over the three books. I know part of it is getting used to a different person but really, with each book he has gotten stronger. I have read that they changed the narrator for the next book and we don't want to buy it.
The book is too long to listen to in one sitting. We listen while we drive all over Singapore. (Which is very small but we drive a lot.)
Please quite changing narrators.
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!
We waited what seems like forever for this last in the series to come out.
Percy Jackson series
yes, and love them
all of them
Coach Jackson was awesome.
Professional Escapist and Self-Help Junkie. I have a background in the classics, but a love for fantasy, horror and science fiction
Clearly not Riordan's best work, but not all that bad. The contrivances felt a touch heavy handed, from the quasi-comic insert-a-villain to the plot speeding helpful mortal on the street. It had the aroma of segue all over it.
That said, there is some interesting character growth from a few or the characters and a nicely executed tie in of the Leo/Sammy conundrum.
Most importantly it has captivated my interest for the next installment!
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
As always, an interesting story with humor and mythology.
I'm glad that Riordan has continued his mythology series, and has woven in characters from the original Camp Half Blood series into this new one. This was an interesting storyline, though I feel his best ones were found in the original Percy Jackson books.
Certainly the Riordan mythology series work well as audiobooks -- the characters and humor translate well, and the reader did a good job with the different voices, and building excitement. That said, my personal preference is for the other narrators used on the Riordan books.
No. But it was suspenseful.
Neither my 10 year old son nor I have liked this series as much as the original Percy Jackson series or Riordan's Egyptian mythology series. Nonetheless, this installment was well done. My son wanted to zip through it. He keeps pestering me about the next one, so despite being a tad off from the Riordan highwater mark, it is still the most exciting series going to him.
This is the first book of Riordan's I have gotten on Audio. I love his writing style and cannot wait for the next one in the series. This book did not disappoint. The reader was fantastic. Thank you.
Engaging, Captivating and Imaginative!
It explained things from the other books that were left hanging.
He was clear, easy to follow and voices not over done.
I laughed out loud a few times.
Once I started listening it was hard to stop. I have listened twice so far and will listen again. The story was entertaining and action packed.
I have listened to all of the Percy Jackson books and I have pretty much lost steam at this point. Each book is more and more similar to the previous one. Sometimes that works, but in this case, there is almost no innovation to each book. I originally thought the premise of the stories was clever -- why create new stories when you can just borrow from Greek and Roman mythology? Genius! -- but it is as though the author is on auto-pilot. I made it through because I listened to it at 3x speed and even then didn't really have to pay attention to get through it. I'm not planning to read any more Percy Jackson books.
I love romance, MG, and YA books.
Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus Series is not to be missed if you love middle grade or young adult fantasy fiction.
Joshua Swanson is a brilliant narrator. He has great pacing and delivery plus wonderful voices.