Excellent concept with some of the best character development I have seen since the early Potter books! The story is imaginative, riveting and fun from page one.
Each character was unique and intriguing. Oona and her Raven, Deacon, are an excellent duo!
Not since Jim Dale have we been so entertained! Shawn Thomas Odyssey is a family favorite. The kids listened to this story, then completed the second book, and then went back to book one! Great for family story time and road trips.
The tragedy in Oona's early life was very grim to be sure, but my family is convinced their is still hope (this book is about a magical place after all) and they are impatient for the third book... Mr. Odyssey, PLEASE HAVE A THIRD!
I wish I had not read this story as it takes away from the ending of the original run. Compared to the initial series, Book 12 lacks the same intriguing character connection. The update regarding Will's life at the beginning derails the tale and it never quite recovers.
I hope the next Brother Band book closes the existing story loops and that the characters are not altered as drastically as those in the Apprentice series.
Mr. Keating did a wonderful job of story telling.
No. The original run was an excellent adventure for boys, the role reversal in this new effort takes away from the story line. There are very few books out that I can recommend for my boys, they were so disappointed the main character has shifted to a girl.
Riordan introduces a homosexual character and situation that ruins what was an excellent story line for all ages. The saddest part is, the development does nothing to enhance the story, but only introduces a social issue that has no place in the story line and is inappropriate for younger audiences. I have been reading these books to my young family members and recommending them to students because they have been fun adventures. I will not continue this practice as there was no need to introduce homosexuality the way it was done.
The Olympian gods did some bizarre things, we get it, but making a main character gay served no purpose other than to promote Riordan's work within the gay community. If the book were geared more for young adults I would not take such an issue with this development, but younger audiences love these stories and are ill-equipped to understand such a controversial subject.
Amazingly, Rowling pulled no such political / social ploy and Harry Potter's popularity did not suffer for it.
Not without proof reading it first. I would not want to blind side parents or my children with someone else's agenda.
The narrator was fine, if a bit less polished than the previous reader. I was not expected the shift after so many other books. I look forward to hearing this narrator in another performance.
The entire homosexual issue needs to be cut. It serves no value and makes light of a serious social issue of gay teens... The character had issues to begin with, but now homosexuality is used as an explanation for not fitting in. This reinforces a stereotype that many wish to break. My issue is primarily the topic is not suitable for young audiences. If these books are truly geared for young adults, why the constant and juvenile references to flatulence? Most teens are not amused by such references. For example, Twilight did not experiment with gross humor, but because it was focused on a young adult audience, much of the relationship oriented material made good story sense..
I wish Mr. Riordan had picked another story line to introduce his reference to a sensitive subject without slapping it into the final pages of what has been a fun adventure for all ages.
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