I am neutral on recommending this book. I think it is important to read for the complete story line, but Mr. Riordan's choice about Nicco was disappointing. The narration was way less fun than previous books.
I would leave the whole Cupid crap and revelation out.
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.
Yes I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a fun action packed, good natured book.
I've never listened to any of Nick Chamian's performances before. I know a lot of people hate this performances for this book because we're so used to the other narrators. I almost didn't buy this in audiobook because all the reviews on his performance worried me. I read/listened to other books and stayed away from this book series for a while, and just recently bought it. I can see where Nick Chamian didn't quite do as well as the other narrators but he really tried. He tried to keep the same voices and tones that the narrator used before him. I don't think he did that bad of a job. Maybe it's because I took some time in-between books so I didn't notice it as badly as others.
These books always make me laugh. The comedy in them is always there to break any tense scene.
Love the series, and I can't wait to get the next one!
No. The book itself, yes. The reader NO NO NO NO!
No. Sorry. His style is is unlistenable and crazy bad!
I was forced to stop the audio books 4 books in to the series and buy the print version BECAUSE OF THE NARRATOR! I have no issues with switching narrator at the end of the series (but that was a dumb move). However, where did they find this guy? I guess there were no auditions? Its like they put an add on Craigslist.... 1st come 1st to have job!.It is literally impossible to follow the story with this guy reading. He sounds like a robot bragging about his new script in a san fran Starbucks. Uses the same Monotone deadpan emotionless voice for every character. So disappointed. Even worse is that it seems he was hired to do the last book in the series. Is he Rick R's step son or something?
For a long time I held off getting this book. Many reviewers were less than satisfied by Nick's performance. As book number five in the series loomed nigh, I took the plunge.
First of all I am a fan of full-cast or at least multiple performer productions. Those are hugely more expensive, so sometimes we settle for something other. Multivoice recordings are not necessarily better, but they offer a differentiation between voices. Evinced by the sample provided by Audible, Mr. Chamian had a completely deadpan voice and seventeen hours of him were going to drive me nuts.
Not so! There are a large number of characters herein, and the best artists would have been challenged. I found that after a couple chapters, and the helpful chapter intros that identified the prevalent character, I could follow the action easily.
I am looking forward to Nick's performance in book five.
I lost two nights sleep plowing through the last 3/4 of this book. Rick Riordan is getting very good at the cliffhangers (sometimes literally) at the end of each segment of the story.
No the way the characters were voiced brought me out of the story.
When Nico talked to Cupid
Jesse Bernstine or Joshua Swanson
Nick Chamian's narration is not good. He makes Leo and Hazel sound so stereotypical and ridiculous and makes Annabeth sound ultra nasally.
from the depths of tartarus
Nick Chamian's narration irritates me so much that when I found out he was narrating Blood of Olympus I almost didn't bother pre ordering. Honestly the way he voices the non Caucasian characters seems to be borderline raciest.
is to listen to the story on 1.5x speed on audible. OMG, he is SO BAD. I of course finished this story last year when it came out, I was seriously disappointed then, and I feel this sense of doom every time I think about it. I'm writing this review now, because having waited for The Blood of Olympus for all this time, it will be out in a couple of weeks, and IT's THE SAME LOUSY NARRATOR!! I have not listened to any of Nick Chamian's work, I only know he is absolutely not the right narrator for this story.
I am so so so disappointed. Oh Joshua Swanson, where art thou?
24 year old TEXAN-- Always Honest, Always True-- I like fictional characters more than actual people
Yes because I need it to be able to get to book 5
The story is great, just as all the others.
Either of the two guys they have used before. This Nick Chamian's delivery is dry and unappealing. It sounds like the recording was his first time to read it through. Plus he doesn't differentiate the characters voices as well as the previous narrators did.
I'm confused why the narrator changed from book 3 to book 4.
I hope book 5 is not narrated by Chamian.
After reading so many reviews of how horrible the narrator I bought the hardcover instead but the book is so thick its uncomfortable to read. So I bought the Kindle version because I was not going to sit through 17+ hrs of a bad narration! But I never got around to it because audio books are just so much more convenient!!! So I finally gave in and bought the audio edition and omg I was so mad at myself for listening to all those reviews, the narrator was great! A few chapters in and I forgot the narrator had even changed. I love audio books and prefer them to print in so many ways. But now thanks to all the reviews I at least own this entertaining book in three formats. But it is the audio edition that I will be listening to more than once, as I drive, cook, clean or work out. So convenient!
When reading any book especially a series what you thirst for is an intriguing story and good character development. It's Rick Riordan so an intriguing story is a give in but in this book in particular I feel like the characters really grow, even Percy who has been part of our lives for so many years. You forget sometimes that these characters are teenagers that are growing and maturing into adults with every story that is told.
Mr. Chamian did a great job at transitioning the character dialects that I have so gotten used to, from Hazel's slight Louisiana accent to Couch Hedge's rough and tough voice the transition to a new narrator was simple for me.
Sacrifice is just the beginning
Yes, I went back to the first book in the series The Lost Hero and glimpsed at the reviews for that one and so many were about how horrible the narrator was. The now so terribly missed Joshua Swanson ;)