Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012
As always, an interesting story with humor and mythology.
I'm glad that Riordan has continued his mythology series, and has woven in characters from the original Camp Half Blood series into this new one. This was an interesting storyline, though I feel his best ones were found in the original Percy Jackson books.
Certainly the Riordan mythology series work well as audiobooks -- the characters and humor translate well, and the reader did a good job with the different voices, and building excitement. That said, my personal preference is for the other narrators used on the Riordan books.
No. But it was suspenseful.
Neither my 10 year old son nor I have liked this series as much as the original Percy Jackson series or Riordan's Egyptian mythology series. Nonetheless, this installment was well done. My son wanted to zip through it. He keeps pestering me about the next one, so despite being a tad off from the Riordan highwater mark, it is still the most exciting series going to him.
These are great audio books for younger kids. Even my 11 year old still loves them! Both my sons devoured these when they were younger, and frankly I enjoyed them as well. Very formulaic in a comforting way.
As always, the author does a great job melding educational information (here, Alexander the Great and Bucephalus) with an interesting story.
I've always thought the narration was the weakest part of these audios, and I often don't care for author/narrators. I know other parents find MPO's voice grating. I can tolerate it, and at the 50 book mark, I now can't imagine anyone else narrating them. Still, I would listen to a preview if you plan to listen with your child (though these are good ones for younger kids to listen to alone).
This is a series that I would unqualifiedly recommend for younger listeners.
I read it almost 40 years ago and found the final plot twist really shocking. What was fun about the audio was that I could share the experience with my 6th grade son. He loved it! This was some elective reading he had to do for school, but it turned into a fun experience for us to do together. I wouldn't have thought of this as a kids' book!
Well, it is a great example of Agatha Christie. It actually isn't one of her ones I most enjoy experiencing -- in fact, I found it disturbing enough when I read it as a tween that I didn't reread it until now. However, because of its subversion of the conventions I can see why it is an interesting one to read for English class. A great example of the unreliable narrator.
So to compare it to other Christies, I would say it is more thought provoking, but not a cozy (though much of Christie has disturbing elements, especially for the time it was written).
Well, I enjoyed him as Dr. Hastings, Poirot's sidekick on PBS Mystery. Although my son often watches Mystery with me, he wasn't familiar with the Poirot episodes so it was a new narrator/actor for him. Neither of us had listened to his audios before.
I thought he was an outstanding narrator for this book. I would hope that he narrates other Christies.
My son certainly found it hard to take a break from. We had to turn it off so he could get some sleep!
I continue to marvel about how accessible this was to a modern 11 year old who has grown up on TV and computers.
My 11 year old son would say it is one of his all time favorites. It didn't capture me quite the same way, but then again, I am not in the target demographic. There are a lot of books and series out now that attempt to retell classic fairy tales or set them in modern times or with modern characters. This is one of the better entries.
One of the things my son has particularly liked about this series is the way they are so interconnected, instead of being discrete episodes. The disadvantage is that he wants to rip through all of them back-to-back instead of interspersing with other books.
I didn't read the print version but this fun and adventurous story certainly lent itself to audio. Enjoyable for children and tweens - and their adults. Would be a great choice for a car trip - very lively.
One of the good narrators. I'm not as fond of female narrators but my son thought this book was up there as one of the better narrations. Certainly in no way irritating as some children's book narrators can be.
Although an entirely different book if you liked Fablehaven you should like this book too.
I haven't read the print version but this is a great book on audio. Fairy tale fantasy type stories seem to translate really well to the audio format.
The fresh take on fairy tale stories we all know. Enjoyable for all ages.
My 11 year old and I listened to his first book as well (the prior book in this series). They were very similar so if you liked the last one, you will likely enjoy this as well.
There were several funny moments.
Colder isn't my favorite narrator which surprised me since he's an actor. He has a flat quality to his voice which I didn't really like. I preferred other narrators in this genre like Bronson Pinchot and Johnny Heller.
That said, my 11 year old liked the narration. He also found the story engrossing.
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.
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