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.
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!
Yes. There is a lot of excitement and suspense in the book. The first listen is really about just hearing and immersing yourself in the story. Listening to it a second time gives you a better opportunity to understand some of the hidden gems such as references to the other books in the series that you might miss the first time around.
There is a part of the book where the main characters are revisited by their foes from other books, but you get a different "angle" on those past battles because you can see it through the eyes and the emotions of the foes. I do not want to give anything away, but this part of the book really rewards you for having read the whole series.
It is best to read (or listen to) the whole Percy Jackson series to truly understand what is going on in this book.
The challenge: ALL of the other books are narrated by the same person (Jesse Bernstein) so I've become very accustomed to the characters speaking in his voice. Having this change right at the end of the series was a bit disappointing. It is nothing against Nick Chamian's abilities. It was just different and took some getting used to. By the end of the book I had settled into the new voices but do wish the narrator had been kept consistent through the series.
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.
Cannot recommend the books by Riordan enough. BUT - this new narrator is really bad. I hate to be so negative, but it is an awful performance. He sounds mildly annoyed ALL the time. Reminded me of a "valley girl"
Fantastic continuation of the series. Has all the excitement and wonderful characters you expect from Riordan.
Rick Riordan does it again. Weaving details of the Greek and Roman Gods into a modern day story is what Mr. Riordan excels at!
The Kane Chronicles is another excellent read. His descriptions of the Egyptian Gods and characters captures the reader and compels them to finish the book in one read (or listen).
Unfortunately Nick Chamian's telling of this story lacked enthusiasm. Jessie Bernstein gave the best narration of the Percy Jackson series. Joshua Swanson also lent his talents to the series with his version of narration. However, I was very disappointed with the narration of the House of Hades. I felt that it lacked any true love or dedication to the books. His voice interpretations of the characters did not present clear enunciation and made it difficult for the reader to understand the meaning of what was being said. Overall, it was Mr. Chamian's lack of voice inflections and loveless telling of the story that makes me want to read this book rather than listen to it again.