It was good to have all the heroes together, even if things didn't start out all that easily. I thought it would be hard to have Jason & Percy in the same story as leaders, but they're working it out. The cliffhanger was a doozy. Even though the books are geared toward kids, everyone from 4 to 40's are enjoying them at our house. Rick spins a fun tale.
Joshua does a good job of giving everyone their own voice and makes it a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.
Yes Loved it and love the series.
It was great!
He was excellent.
As usual Riordan brings back our team to battle Gia. The ending was unexpected which was good. The reading was just as excellent as all the other titles.
So if you're in to the series, then this is well worth the time to continue the story.
The only bad thing is that we have to wait for the next installment.
one of the best
i've followed all the other ones
when Anabeth beats the queen of all spiders
can't wait for the next
we find out a lot about Annabeth and her quest.
the friend ships and the loyalty they have with each other.
love that he is the voice of all the books!
yes but is a bit long for that.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
As an adult reader, I have been impressed with the Riordan mythology series. There's a good mix of action, education, and just plain silliness that obviously appeals to the young readers who have made Percy and friends so popular. This entry brings back the characters from the "Greek" side of mythology and mixes them with the "Roman" counterparts pretty ingeniously. I also like the way the author sets his stories in America and draws in our country's history and geography as well as the ancient themes and characters.
My question is about the narration of all the Riordan books to which I have listened. Narrators seem to dumb down the voices, bringing out the dopey rather than the imaginative in the series. I find the reading diminishes the value of these books and insults the listeners, and I can't think that children react much differently. Compare them to the wonderful narrations of Jim Dale and Tim Curry in the Harry Potter and "Series of Unfortunate Events" books-- I wish someone would do equal justice to Riordan's work! I'd recommend the written versions over the Audible to both children and adults.
Lets break it down
- is it good?? YES!!!!
- is it better than the first 2 books??? HELL YA!!!!
- After reading this book, if you didn't, will you recommend this series and the series before this one??? of course.
What else???? lets just say there were interesting twists in this book, and there were several times where i laughed a lot.
What I like about Rick's Series of books, is the maturing timeline; has I age the characters seems to grow and age with me; becoming more mature and real in the sense that i can relate to some of the emotional experiences, if not the situation. My favorite maturing character in the Mark of Athena was Percy; as the main hero from the first Olympians series i think of Percy as the most powerful Demi -god, with the most diverse personality. but in this book, what was shown most was not physical or divine powers as such; but knowledge and using ones head to solve the most bizarre of situations, showing wisdom child. through most of the book the characters seem to be fighting at every turn for their lives, in confrontations where their powers was just not enough to help or save them; i found that the book was full of badder and meaner monsters god, and Giants; with many instances were you had to laugh, keeping with the Author sense of style and characterization.
I had this book almost as soon as it was available for download. I have now listened to it twice and it has not been out quite two days yet.
I love the group dynamics in this one. Usually there is only three people to keep track of. This time we get to experience the tension and drama of combining the two teams from the first two books. Jason and Percy are fun to watch too. Who is leading this group anyway?
And then the ending!!! And I have to wait another year? That is part of what makes Mr. Riordan such an amazing writer. He leaves my family with a desperate thirst for the next instalment in the adventure.
I love these characters for my kids because every one of them makes mistakes, has problems, has insecurities, and does the right thing anyway.
Mom, Author, Teacher, and Critter Lover
I'd definitely recommend this book to a student or adult fan of children's literature... the characters are engaging, realistic enough for the now-older fans of the original series to appreciate, but still wholesome and goodhearted. None of this "gritty preteen" nonsense with this series... the author manages to keep the tone both light and emotionally engaging, weaving in real-world teen issues (friendships, first romance, social awkwardness) with honest-to-goodness fantasy. The core of Greco-Roman mythology is spot-on, lending a trendiness to what, for some readers, can be dusty traditional tales.
For the tween reader who favors (ugh) dystopian sci-fi, this series won't hold up - but for kids who are still allowed to be kids without the "edge" modern media tries to put on them, this is exactly the sort of romp to fill a snowy winter afternoon. Don't get me wrong - this isn't pat and bland. Percy Jackson's world is to, say, the dystopian realms of The Hunger Games what Spider-Man is compared to the X Men: more humorous, willing to laugh at itself, and definitely not into taking itself too seriously.
Oh, and there are educational gleanings in there, too, from the best place to find whale sharks in captivity to what was going on as Fort Sumter was attacked... happy teacher, here. The best kind of learning happens when kids don't think they ARE learning.