I would change most of it.I found it too disjointed, jumping between story lines at odd times, and the sudden introduction of a sexual preference that had never even been remotely hinted at was just an obvious attempt to please the PC crowd.
Too many ways to list.
Poor character differentiation made it a hard listen and kept me from immersing myself into the story. I found myself relieved when it finally ended.
I have enjoyed every book in the Percy Jackson series, but this was definitely not one I will be replaying often.
Riordan introduces a homosexual character and situation that ruins what was an excellent story line for all ages. The saddest part is, the development does nothing to enhance the story, but only introduces a social issue that has no place in the story line and is inappropriate for younger audiences. I have been reading these books to my young family members and recommending them to students because they have been fun adventures. I will not continue this practice as there was no need to introduce homosexuality the way it was done.
The Olympian gods did some bizarre things, we get it, but making a main character gay served no purpose other than to promote Riordan's work within the gay community. If the book were geared more for young adults I would not take such an issue with this development, but younger audiences love these stories and are ill-equipped to understand such a controversial subject.
Amazingly, Rowling pulled no such political / social ploy and Harry Potter's popularity did not suffer for it.
Not without proof reading it first. I would not want to blind side parents or my children with someone else's agenda.
The narrator was fine, if a bit less polished than the previous reader. I was not expected the shift after so many other books. I look forward to hearing this narrator in another performance.
The entire homosexual issue needs to be cut. It serves no value and makes light of a serious social issue of gay teens... The character had issues to begin with, but now homosexuality is used as an explanation for not fitting in. This reinforces a stereotype that many wish to break. My issue is primarily the topic is not suitable for young audiences. If these books are truly geared for young adults, why the constant and juvenile references to flatulence? Most teens are not amused by such references. For example, Twilight did not experiment with gross humor, but because it was focused on a young adult audience, much of the relationship oriented material made good story sense..
I wish Mr. Riordan had picked another story line to introduce his reference to a sensitive subject without slapping it into the final pages of what has been a fun adventure for all ages.
It's sad when an author has to get people hooked to a story and then start promoting the gay agenda. The book is aptly named, House of Hell. I will not be buying or reading anything else from this author. Immorality is what killed Rome; it will also be the down fall of America.
My family has loved the Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus books. We eagerly await Riordan's final installment of the Heroes of Olympus, but won't get the audiobook if Nick Chamian is reading (or anything else he narrates)
My crushing disappointment as I realized, "No, this reading is NOT getting any better!"
Mr. Chamian read this book with a near total lack of variety of inflection, and he seemed bored by the story himself.
The book itself is terrific...it's the narration that ruins this audio production.
Yes, I'll read more from Rick Riordan
Favorite characters ebb and flow, for various reasons.
Nick Chamain may be ok if the series was started with him, but why switch at book 4?!
Seriously, they need consistency with the narrators - it's extremely distracting.
Oh, Percy and Annabeth and Jason and Piper and Frank and Hazel and Leo, I just love you all so much. My son and I so enjoyed your exploits in House of Hades. We also enjoyed the newly emo, Nico - lol. What we did NOT enjoy was the change of narrator!!!! WTH??? The narrator changes on book four of a five book series??? Not cool. Still loved the audio and look forward to listening to The Blood of Olympus. But bring back Joshua Swanson to narrate!!!
Yes. This is a solid follow up from The Mark of Athena, the only complaint would be that the story is getting repetitive.
The narration. I know that many people hated it, but Joshua Swanson was way worse in my opinion. Jesse Bernstein was one of the best authors in my opinion because he added maturity to the story while having a good set of voices for the characters. Swanson made the series childish and just sound wrong, even though I also thought he had more character diversity. Nick Chamian, while sounding slightly dull and not having many differences between characters, added some of the old maturity that HoO has been lacking so far.
As said before, more character diversity and a more upbeat tone.
Not really, I don't have 12 hours just free to do what I want anyway.
Give the narrator more experience. The one thing he lacks.
FIRE THE NARRATOR!
I loved all the Rick Riordan "Percy Jackson" Books. And This series was really good, the narrator for books 1-3 was awesome and had a special voice for each character in the book. He kept my attention the entire time listening. But this Narrator was really bad, sounded like he had a sinus cold the entire time. And all his characters sounded similar and masculine.
It was a great story as usual for Rick Riordan. I love his books
Never in a million years. Sorry Nick you shouldn't be doing narration.
I would love to see another series from him.
Don't change narrators in the middle of the series.
Had it not been for the anticipation of finding out where the characters ended up there would have been nothing enjoyable at all about this experience.
The story was the only part worth the money.
The man had absolutely no regard for proper speech pattern and even less variance in his vocal quality. I finished the book by sheer force of will alone as nick chamians voice was like nails on a chalkboard.
No. I found it impossible to connect with the story due to how angry the narrators pathetic attempt at reading this story made me.
While I understand it can be difficult to get all your ducks in a row with regard to scheduling actors for things like this but really did no one listen to this before releasing it? This guy is terrible, and really has no place doing audiobooks at all let alone one as awesome at this
yes, because I love the story
The word emphasis was awkward, with strange words louder, example "Big House" had a huge inflection on "house". It got better as he read, which may have been because the story became very compelling, but the beginning was rough.