Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012
My 10 year old reluctant reader son loved this book. I thought the narrator was great and I was happy to listen along. My son was disappointed it wasn't part of a series. The added plus was that it was educational and got him excited about Ancient Egypt.
There are many exciting moments -- enough that it was too absorbing to listen to at bedtime.
Excellent narrator for both children and adults to listen to. There are unfamiliar names and places in the book, due to its setting in Ancient Egypt, and I could imagine my son being frustrated with that if he had to read it without benefit of the audio. As it was, the names were handled so naturally it wasn't a barrier.
It was a very uplifting book by the end.
If you otherwise like the NERDS series, it is worth it to continue the series. Not the place to start the series, however.
Johnny Heller is one of our favorite audio narrators. His performances are always very good.
My 11 year old certainly hopes the series continues! Hopefully with the same narrator.
Interesting story with familiar characters. Always enjoyable to be back in one of Riordan's worlds.
He wasn't as terrible as other reviewers said, but he suffers in comparison to the other Riordan books' narrators.
One aspect of the story involves a same-sex attraction. It waas handled well and fairly poignantly. I had heard some parents were offended and it certainly didn't warrant that, whatever your views on the issue.
That said, my personal view is that I wish it been treated even more as a matter of fact. As an adult, I enjoy the Riordan books a lot, and they are great to listen to with my sons. My least favorite aspect of the books has been the teen romances. (I realize I am not the target audience for these books, and realize the romance aspect may add to the appeal for the usual audience.) That said, if an author is going to include romances for almost every character, I would appreciate it if some of the happy/normal romances involved gay characters. At least where I live, that's a normal aspect of teen life, and it would be good if the only gay attraction in these books wasn't an unrequited love by a sad/tragic character. That aspect seemed awfully dated.
Especially when we are dealing with ancient Greece and Rome, gay themes should be appropriate!
Very enjoyable and only suffers in comparison with the other Riordan installments.
It is certainly a fun one to listen to on audio.
We did listen in one sitting -- it is very short.
The audio isn't the best quality. And of course it is very short -- I wished it had been paired with other Christmas stories.
But I assume most folks know what they are getting with the Grinch, and this recording could save parents of younger children from repeat readings!
Funny. Exciting. Extraordinary.
Per my 11 year old: Interesting plot. Lots of humor.
The 11 year old: Duncan is my favorite in the overall series. In this book, Heathcliff/Simon/Choppers/Screwball/Brainstorm. The narrator is great, and adds to the laughs.
No, but it was very enjoyable.
Definitely one of the better kids' books. My 11 year old and I both enjoyed it.
From my son:
Similar to Ranger's apprentice in that they are both set in a medieval fantasy world, although this book is more humorous.
The humor is like Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom.
No. He grew on me as a narrator. I was sorry initially that the David Tennant narrations are no longer available.
We could have, but we didn't have the time. Certainly it is fast paced, and would be great for a long road trip.
I'm torn about how to review this book. I adore Stephen Fry's narration, and we all have loved the Paddington stories. I'd particularly recommend the other two that are available on Audible. I realize this comment may be unfair, but I didn't notice how short this one was when I bought it. The other two audios are over 2 hours long and this is like 13 minutes. So I wanted to warn any prospective purchasers who thought this was volume 3 of a wonderful series.
On the other hand, anyone who loves children's books on audio needs to listen to Paddington as read by Fry. I would just recommend the other 2 recordings.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved it as a child and was looking forward to listening to it with my son. I feared he wouldn't get into it, since it isn't written in a modern style. But he was engrossed. I didn't like the narrator at first, but he grew on me as the story progressed. My son seemed to enjoy him.
The biggest negative is the racism. I realize that it is just part of the time it was written, but I would hesitate to suggest it to other parents without making sure they knew it contains the N word, as well as fairly racist depictions of African savages. If you are an adult listener, presumably you can use your historical filter.
I might. I'm not opposed to her as an author but I didn't like her narration.
I bought it thinking it would be a short biography similar to the "Who Was X?" series. Unfortunately, it had less content and weaker narration. We didn't seem to learn much from it, or find it very enjoyable.
She wasn't a smooth or engaging narrator. My son and I had a hard time paying attention, which is surprising since Obama's life is such an interesting story.
Sure -- I would enjoy seeing a film about Obama's life.
Overall, yes. The humor in this work is brought out well on audio.
I think it is one of the funnier of Austen's stories to me.
The narrator did a fine job with the reading. From her voice, she sounded on the older side. I found this distracting since this book has an extremely young and naive main character. I couldn't decide if it was intentional to have an older voice as the narrator, yet she sounded even older than Austen was at her death. As a result, for me the narration really took me out of the story, rather than being a plus or even neutral. She might have been on another book.
A Gothic Satire
Although the audio version necessarily omits the pictures of the print version, the narrator -- and the story telling quality of the writing -- make this an excellent history for kids and teens on audio. Although we bought this for educational purposes, my 11 year old son has asked for this to be played at bed time, and he was not similarly attracted to the print books.
No, there's a lot to absorb and it isn't a cliffhanger. That said, we did return listening to it night after night, instead of starting a novel.
Although this is written at a middle school level, I found it completely enjoyable to listen to as an adult along with my son. It has enough detail that I learned something new every chapter.
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