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T. Pauley

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  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1299)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Needs a better narrator."
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    Where does The House of Hades rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is good. What I expected.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Chamian’s performances?

    No. If I had to, it would be something without a lot of characters. These books are about the characters stories and Nick Chamian's performance is so dry and he doesn't seem to have the range to perform a book with so many varied characters. And the voices are nothing like I have come to expect from Joshua Swanson and Jesse Bernstien.


    Any additional comments?

    The switch in narrators has me seriously considering returning this one. I would rather try to find the time to sit down and read it then be bored in the car from the voice.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Olympus: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

    Kathy says: "Great story, terrible narrator"
    "Love the Story!! Dislike the Narrartor...."
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    What did you love best about The Blood of Olympus?

    The story wrapped up so many loose ends. I loved seeing the relationships develop between the characters. I loved seeing Nico start to move past some of his issues and begin to connect with the other characters. In the end, we get to find out what will happen with many of the characters and the series concludes much like I hoped it would. While this isn't my favorite book in this series, that would be Son of Neptune, however, this could have been my favorite with just a different narrator. Because I can't really find time to sit down and read, this one was worth the listen, even if I had to grit my teeth while listening to Nick Chamian and ignore his narration and do my best to focus just on the words of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood of Olympus?

    There are many great moments in The Blood of Olympus, but the last campfire scene is a really great one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Chamian?

    I was ridiculously disappointed when the book went on presale to see that Nick Chamian was returning. The only thing I can figure is they had him under contract and couldn't get out of it. I have come to expect a lot from this series because of the excellent narration Joshua Swanson and Jesse Bernstein have provided in the past. Nick Chamian just does not have the range or tone of voice to adequately narrate a story with so many characters and personalities. I'm most upset that the characters I had formed so strongly in my head based on the narration of the first three books was just completely wiped out with the last two.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I can not tolerate Nick Chamian for that long. If I was listening to Joshua Swanson or Jesse Bernstein, then yes, I would have wanted to listen continuously.


    Any additional comments?

    My family loves Rick Riordan's books. They are great in the car on trips. But switching the narrator was a big mistake. We have listened again and again to the Percy Jackson series and to the first three books in the Heroes of Olympus series. However, we only occasionally listen to House of Hades because Nick Chamian takes an amazing, exciting series and actually makes it boring. This was the same for Blood of Olympus. I wanted so bad for him to improve between books, and while I think he did get a little better, he still didn't do nearly a good enough job to make listening to the book a great experience. We only purchased the audiobook because we have the other nine audiobooks. I'm going to get the physical book to read eventually because I know I missed some things in the story in my effort to ignore Nick Chamian's narration and focus on the story.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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