Yes! The story and narration work very well together, and although there wouldn’t be much suspense the second time through, I’d listen again.
Lawhead continues the story from “King Raven” well, but with a twist, by changing the point of view to Will Scarlet’s first-person perspective. This was a great way to see Bran and his followers through another (yet sympathetic) character’s eyes.
Verner reads with energy and expressiveness that really bring the characters to life, especially when he’s speaking in the first person as Will Scarlet to Odo.
This was my first Peter Clines novel, but I doubt it will be my last! The pacing, the characters, the situations—everything works together extremely well. I don’t want to say too much about the content, because much of the fun of the book is discovering, along with the characters, just what is going on in their building. If it seems at first like a book about nothing, don’t give up … pretty soon you’ll be on the edge of your seat.
“Teenage demigod heroism.”
The whole book was exciting from beginning to end. The confrontation in the museum, early on in the book, is particularly memorable, perhaps in part because Percy’s identity is still unfolding to the reader at that point.
I can’t choose just one. Bernstein did a fabulous job of bringing Percy’s first-person narration to life. The narration was entertaining and evocative.
Yes! It’s a real “page-turner,” so to speak (for an audiobook). I kept looking for reasons to do yard work or house chores so I could pop in my earbuds.
My son (fourteen years old at the time I write this) started reading the Percy Jackson series a few years ago, and he really loves the series. Now, after listening to the audiobook of “The Lightning Thief,” I understand why! The stories are a great ride for both young and adult readers.
Yes: the channeled ancient Egyptian spirit wouldn’t speak King James English.
See above. Also, the whole business with the extended near-death experience was rather odd theologically. The story doesn’t seem to reflect a coherent cosmology.
None of them really stood out from any other.
Yes; I enjoyed the story and I don’t regret listening to the book. I won’t listen a second time, though.
Child cleverly one-ups Dan Brown by having his “enigmologist” hold down a day job as a history professor.
No, not really. Very little of what Holiday “reveals” in this book is actually surprising. It all boils down to the claim that online media outlets are driven primarily by desire for page views and rankings, with relatively little concern for accuracy. Not much of a shock. The only thing that really surprised me was the relatively high frequency of profanity. Also, although Holiday occasionally speaks of feeling “guilty,” he shows no real signs of remorse and expresses no intention to change. At the end, he even swears off improving the situation with a curt “not my problem.” The book was, however, quite entertaining.
The book was very repetitive and could have been considerably shorter.
It depends on the topic, but probably not. Holiday’s narration skills fall considerably below his media manipulation skills.
Not for many years. If Holiday can claim, decades from now, to have helped make things better, then a memoir to that effect could be worthwhile.
I suppose it would be awfully snarky to wonder whether any of the strong reviews/ratings of this book came via sock puppets operated by Holiday himself, wouldn’t it? And yet, that’s the kind of reality that he seeks to expose in the book.
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