This was a BRILLIANT reading of a wonderful book! You have to understand that I ENJOYED getting stuck in traffic twice a day for 2 hours EACH WAY so I could listen to this book. It was an absolute MASTERPIECE!!!!! Buy it, download it, listen and see for yourself.
I had a hard time listening to this book. As many have already stated, the narrator change was an absolutely TERRIBLE thing to do. I read the reviews myself and though, "it can't be that bad." It was. Usually when listening to Rick Riordan's books you become almost a part of the story. The narration was a distraction from the creativity of the story. It was sometimes really hard to figure out which character was speaking because the inflection was missing from his voice and at times there was no change between characters. Sometimes the character would sound one way and further into the story, that character's voice would suddenly change. Also some of the accents - wow! It's was hard to listen to. I still don't really understand some of the accent choices - Southern accents were just weird sounding and a bit inappropriate for the characters. I don't think it was time well spent listening to this audible.
Honestly, it was difficult to even HEAR the beauty of the story. Unfortunately I would not be able to recommend this audio to anyone. It's too disappointing. I kept reminding myself that he's doing his best and I should appreciate that.
Joshua Swanson - I'm actually begging for his return. Give him whatever he wants to come back. I would actually appreciate it if he re-recorded this book. I would repurchase it to hear him read it properly.
This was a difficult review to write. I don't like bashing people or criticizing someone's best efforts. On the other hand, not everyone has the same talents and abilities. Nick Chamian many be the best narrator for another series but I don't think he's suited for this one (sorry Nick).
The audio quality was AWFUL!!!!!
This was a wonderful story and an absolutely wonderful audio file. I thoroughly enjoyed the reader's voice.
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