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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 | [Rick Riordan]

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1

Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.
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Publisher's Summary

Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the Gods erupts?

©2006 Rick Riordan; (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks Ltd

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    Pete Pretoria; South Africa 02-17-10
    Pete Pretoria; South Africa 02-17-10
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    "Fun, fun and more fun"

    Selected this book based on the trailers of the up and coming movie. I was not disappointed. the book is fast paced adventure that does not bore you. It is filled with light-hearted humor. And the characters are likable and easy to relate to. Percy is a down-to- Earth typical teenager with the kinds of problems that most of us can understand, and then a few more. Loved the book so much i have moved into the rest of the series with wild abandon. The best so far since Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John New Zealand 02-03-14
    John New Zealand 02-03-14
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    "Outstanding!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I recall reading the print version in primary and I really did like it but never considered reading the other books. But when I listened to it I was hooked.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action and adventure, the emotion. The precise use of greek mythology spun into it, all real myths.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Percy, Grover and Sally were fighting their way to camp half-blood. It was action-packed, and very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tegan Bonnet Bay, Australia 06-05-12
    Tegan Bonnet Bay, Australia 06-05-12
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    "I love young Adult Non Fiction (31)"

    Very entertaining and a great action book... I definately have learnt more about Greek Mythology and am committed to listen to the entire series, if it keeps up the pace...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 09-23-10
    Michelle 09-23-10
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    "Great Book"

    This is a funny and witty book. The only fault is that all of a sudden it is over. There is no real finish, I checked out the audible manager looking for the final part?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Grosseto, Italy 09-16-10
    Andrea Grosseto, Italy 09-16-10
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    "One word: awesome"

    Great writing (but that I already knew) and Jesse Bernstein is just awesome!
    Buy this audiobook if you like fantasy and you wanna have a lot of fun. Witty dialogues and teen spirit, what else can you ask for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Burpengary, Australia 08-16-10
    Rachel Burpengary, Australia 08-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Fun"

    My little ADD/ASD girl is completely wrapped in this story and keeps pinching my ipod to play it. I think the narrator isn't as good as the narrator of the 39 clues but enjoyable all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Emma
    4/2/11
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    "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief"

    A brilliant story which will appeal to teenagers, young Percy Jackson is struggling at school with his dyslexic and ADHD if thats not enough his math teacher turns into a monster and trys to kill him!
    This book is much better than the film. After listening to this I was pretty sure my dyslexic was because I was also a demi god!
    A wonderful story which will inspire young minds!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John
    DublinIreland
    1/4/11
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    "Lots of style, not a lot of substance"

    The idea for this book was clever and I wanted to like it. I quickly got bored of the repetitive series of monsters that Percy just happens to keep running into though. I found myself tuning out.

    I should say that I'm not the target audience. I'm in my 30s and looking for books with characters that my kids will love and admire. This isn't one of those - it's an action book with lots of fights with monsters. Kids will like it well enough for that, but it's a bit empty at heart.

    One thing to be aware of is that many of the main characters in the book are the offspring of one night stands of greek gods who 'just can't help themselves' with pretty humans. It's not a major theme in the book, but it comes up several times because the kids are occasionally angsty about their parents. I felt it was a bit premature for a pre-teen book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Hall
    2/7/15
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    "Narrator could have been better"

    The narrator is alright but lacks he enthusiasm and passion when reading certain parts.

    Otherwise a good buy but the reading the book is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • the book lover
    1/5/15
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    "Love the book!"

    I really love this book! It is the best series EVERRRRRRR! The narrator is ok, and I recommend the book a little more. This is very good. Get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sushma
    12/31/14
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    "Book"

    Best ever
    Book cool super
    It's good for children best reading cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon C
    12/27/14
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    "enjoyed"

    fun book really enjoyed the plot and was left wanting more so off to read next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bernadette
    Manchester
    10/19/14
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    "Hooked!"
    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 again? Why?

    Bought this to pass the time for my 10 year old daughter on some long journeys on holiday. Picked it mainly on the grounds that it was one of the longest books on offer, but we were all soon hooked - really enjoyed the story and the performance. Will have to listen to it again, as daughter kept sneaking into the car to listen to it by herself!


    What other book might you compare The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 to, and why?

    We have enjoyed the traditional Greek and Roman myths, Harry Potter and the Philip Pullman books. All have the same way of creating a whole world you can become absorbed in.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole bok was great - hard to single out a particular element.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Percy Jackson - half boy, half god, All hero! (has that already been done?!)


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, now read the paper version, and are moving on through the whole series.
    Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Ward
    Somerset UK
    8/9/14
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    "Fantasy that an adult can be childlike to trust"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    never read the book - went straight to audio


    What other book might you compare The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 to, and why?

    Hercules, Thor, loads of films where man works for Gods


    Have you listened to any of Jesse Bernstein’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    not listened to others but this was ok - bit too american for my taste


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Believe that man is as vital as any god


    Any additional comments?

    Fun listening - but get it as a bargain price to get real enjoyment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr E J Skinner
    7/7/14
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    "Not just for children. Fantastic fantasy adventure"
    What did you like most about The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1?

    Very easy listening and never a dull moment


    What did you like best about this story?

    Twists turns and great imagination from the author!


    What about Jesse Bernstein’s performance did you like?

    Enthusiastically read and easy to listen to


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bringing Greek mythology back into the forefront of the modern world.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't stop listening to the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farina Azhari
    6/12/14
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    "A fun story"

    A good book. Even if I'm not quite the target audience. Interesting and relatable characters. With more depth then I'm used to in book aimed at a younger age.

    Story was gripping through out and I thoroughly enjoyed 'seeing' all the twists and turns as they happened. It even made gods and myths interesting in a way that I don't often see. I felt like I learned something even while enjoying myself. I would definitely pick up the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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