©2009 Rick Riordan; (P)2009 Listening Library
These stories add almost nothing to the Percy Jackson saga. They seem to be chapters that were cut out of the final draft -- who knows. The individual stories are good -- very much like what you would expect of Percy and his pals. I was so glad that Jesse Bernstein was the reader. If it had been Joshua Swanson, the reader who is murdering the Heroes of Olympus series, I would not have touched it. I have to admit, Bernstein was hard to get used to -- but now, I could not imagine Percy Jackson with any other voice. I bought this audiobook to fill the LONG wait I am experiencing between Riordan's books. I know he is turning out a book a month (or so it seems). It is just that he is leaving these series, like the Heroes of Olympus, unfinished. How long are we supposed to wait? While we are waiting for Percy and Jason to team up against the bad guys, this is a good filler.
It mainly offered a lot of the same refrains that you find in the Percy Jackson series without enough story to compensate for the repetition of the initial storyline. It doesn't really offer anything new. I just seems like some extra stories that, for whatever reason, he cut out of the main series and do not on their own merit an entire book. I felt cheated.
Maybe if he put these stories together with the other one, the demigod diaries, and added a few more stories that would be worth a credit. This work felt like a rush job, incomplete and a lot of filler.
Absolutely: it's very entertaining!
Next time I'll listen to The Demigod Files after having finished The Battle of the Labyrinth, but before starting The Last Olympian. This book describes adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends that happen between those two books.
Jesse Bernstein is a master of voices: he adds humor to a story by choosing the right voice for a character and puts the right emotion in every chosen voice at the right time.
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
Of course, the story never gets old and you always learn something new each time you listen/read.
The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. Both series share the trait of taking established work and weaving it into a completely new story.
Beckendorf, he's just an awesome dude.
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