I love Fantasy and Sci-fi books.
As a story I liked all of it. Not sure if it was a narration error but some of the names read were wrong.
We finally see Percy learning to overcome his fatal flaw.
Joshua Swanson. An even better choice for this series would be Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren. Since this series is narrated from both male and female points of view it would be nice to have the two narrators.
Please Have either Josh Swanson back for Blood of Olympus or get the Kane Chronicles Narrators.
I could not enjoy the story because the narrator was so bad!
The narrator's voice and the way he read this book was so distracting I could not continue listening and want my credit back!
Joshua Swanson or Jesse Bernstein were great narrators! Please re-do this book!
Listened and was unhappy with it. Put it away for months then listened to it again to make sure it was not just my mood at the time. Found it just as annoying as the first time. It was not a bad story just slowed down and started going in a peculiar direction. The story continues but in a more fractured way of course because it is now following two lines, maybe three lines.
Spoiler Alert!!! When he left the story and became an activist attacking a normal life style and placing blame for the charactors terrible behavior and treatment of other charactors as their fault. Nobody really cares who loves whom but don't blame others for someone acting as a J^$%&*s, choosing to block any friendships etc.... and him being angery because nobody knows why he's a jerk. The same feelings were held by the boy who killed peope in California. It's all about them and their wants.
Okay, not able to do as many voices. He did not damage the story it was just harder to determine who was speaking and a little lack luster. It is hard to follow the first two narrators.
We don't care because we are not going to buy it as the story has changed focus and course.
this is a Young Adult book. I read them with my kids or before them and am thankful I do. I have found some authors like to start their books for kids out innocent but as the series continues and parents feel this authors subject is safe and acceptable the activist author takes advantage of that trust includes topics that parents might find troubling are against what they believe. Like a trusted friend who plays with the kids for years and than abuses them.
The character arcs of this book were clearly shifted from the original intent. It was really irritating. Frank and Nico in particular went through a giant transformation which attempted to undermine how the previous books dealt with their motivation . It was like he was trying to rewrite the previous books. From the beginning of this book, Frank has the voices of Mars and Aries screaming at him in his head, which would have been fine, but it says that it started during the attack on camp Jupiter and it had been distracting him, but he was not distracted in the last book at all. The Nico character arc was twisted so badly I won't even go into it, but there is no way his story arc was intended like this from the beginning. I went back and listened to the other books to be sure, and his motivation in those books was clear.Also, the narration was terrible. Just awful. It was difficult to push through it.
I hate it when authors break their own cannon. Nearly all the characters are completely different in personality. It is almost as though someone else wrote the book.
Joshua Swanson or Jesse Bernstein. They were both way better.
Well, since the story isn't complete yet, yes.
I hope they will rerecord this book with a different narrator.
I had a hard time listening to this book. As many have already stated, the narrator change was an absolutely TERRIBLE thing to do. I read the reviews myself and though, "it can't be that bad." It was. Usually when listening to Rick Riordan's books you become almost a part of the story. The narration was a distraction from the creativity of the story. It was sometimes really hard to figure out which character was speaking because the inflection was missing from his voice and at times there was no change between characters. Sometimes the character would sound one way and further into the story, that character's voice would suddenly change. Also some of the accents - wow! It's was hard to listen to. I still don't really understand some of the accent choices - Southern accents were just weird sounding and a bit inappropriate for the characters. I don't think it was time well spent listening to this audible.
Honestly, it was difficult to even HEAR the beauty of the story. Unfortunately I would not be able to recommend this audio to anyone. It's too disappointing. I kept reminding myself that he's doing his best and I should appreciate that.
Joshua Swanson - I'm actually begging for his return. Give him whatever he wants to come back. I would actually appreciate it if he re-recorded this book. I would repurchase it to hear him read it properly.
This was a difficult review to write. I don't like bashing people or criticizing someone's best efforts. On the other hand, not everyone has the same talents and abilities. Nick Chamian many be the best narrator for another series but I don't think he's suited for this one (sorry Nick).
Narrator very flat. Doesn't seem to enjoy the book. The only voices he does we'll are the pirate and the "valley girl". The rest of the voices are almost identical. Very difficult at times to tell who is supposed to be speaking. Hazel's southern accent comes and goes. Don't the readers have to audition? Who ever hired him should be fired! Don't these audios have directors? If so, fire him too! Who allowed this uninspired reader to continue hour after hour? Terrible! I didn't appreciate the gay stuff either, I like kids books because I don't want to read books with questionable content and ended up with it anyway. I guess I'm not surprised considering how trashy mythology can be but I would rather that it had been left out.
I absolutely love this series. There is always action and the characters grow and develop into characters that you can really love and relate to.
I was not a fan of his performance. He was a little hard to listen to. He sounded like an adult who was trying to impersonate a flamboyantly gay teenager. (I'm really, really not trying to be offensive! It's just how he sounded to me.) But if you can get used to it (as I eventually did) the book is really another great one by the author!
Towards the end you really begin to see the strength of the characters blossom. Throughout the whole series you see their vulnerablility and their growth in dealing with it, but in this book, you really see their power come through. I was very happy to see the characters truly transform!
I've read every one of Rick Riordan's YA books starting with Percy Jackson. I've really enjoyed the Heroes of Olympus series...and then there was this one. It started slow and ended confusing. He took strange turns with characters I've grown to love (his choice, his characters, but really?) all in an effort to...well I'm not sure but some decision came out of nowhere it seems.
The narration was okay, but sometime the narrator seemed to be speaking in the wrong characters voice.
Probably time to end this series and move on. I wasted a credit and over 10 hours on this one.
Having kept the same narrator as the other books in this series.
It is so difficult to get beyond Nick Chamian's performance to really enjoy the story line.
Everything! His character voices are flat and the staccato pacing is near infuriating.
I'm very disappointed in Nick Chamian's performance and will now need to buy the book to read.
He was awful, I enjoyed each of the Percy Jackson and the Olympian books, which were read by Jessie Bernstein. Joshua Swanson did a great job for the first three books in this series.
Why did they change? Nick Chamian was awful. I ended up getting the Kindle Edition and reading the book myself. Much better that way.