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The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero | [Rick Riordan]

The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.
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Publisher's Summary

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

Listen to An Interview with Rick Riordan.

©2010 Rick Riordan (P)2010 Listening Library

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    Matthew Taylor 12-08-12

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    "Excellent literary continuation, awful narrator"

    A great continuation of Riordon's Olympus saga, but I wish I would have read it instead of listened to it. The narrator was the worst I've heard, and I've listened to a lot of audio books. His character voices are inappropriate and poorly done, but the worst part was how he put accents on words in all the wrong places. His sentences sound like they were read by a computerized text-to-speech program.

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    D. Taylor Atlanta, GA USA 11-30-12
    D. Taylor Atlanta, GA USA 11-30-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Even better than the original series!"

    Rick Riordan's writing skills have definitely improved over the years, and this book shows it. This new series is even better than the original Percy Jackson books!

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    Janice Manchester, MI, United States 11-14-12
    Janice Manchester, MI, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration can ruin a book"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the storyline and meeting the new characters, however the book was ruined for me by the narration. I will probably buy the rest of the books and READ them, but will not listen to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Memphis, Tunisia 10-17-12
    Charles Memphis, Tunisia 10-17-12 Member Since 2006

    Love a good read!

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    "I am reading it again!"
    What did you love best about The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero?

    The storyline is great but the narrator is definitely a pleasant surprise! Excellent narrator skills are on display here. The narrator makes each character distinct, you can almost picture each character as they enter the plot. Wonderful. Kudos to Joshua Swanson. Great story by Rick Riordan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero?

    Story line is fast paced. I didn't really see lag or meandering as the story progessed. I was happily engrossed in the plot. It was all memorable for me. Listen to the book and you will appreciate it as well.


    Have you listened to any of Joshua Swanson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listen to a lot (and I mean a lot) of audiobooks but never been really impressed with the narrators. This guy is good and helped shaped the story in my mind's eye.


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

    No way! I lkisten to it on the work to and from work. I listened whenever I found the time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book with an excellent narrator. Give it listen when you find the time. It's really a great listen!

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    John Berk 10-11-12
    John Berk 10-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Time for a Grown Up Narrator"
    Would you listen to The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero again? Why?

    I've listened to it three times. This is an amazing story & really showcases Rick Riordan's talent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When you start a new series with brand new characters, you always wonder if it will be the same, or just a pale imitation. The way Rick is tying this new series in with the old one is fantastic. The way the characters are growing, and the challenges they face continue to grow with them, brings life & reality to the series.


    Did Joshua Swanson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Josh Swanson was a great choice for a Narrator when the demigods were all dopey little adolescents. But they're teens transitioning into adulthood, and this narrator is actually holding back the series now. It's time for someone like Kate Redding, who read the Codex Alera & the Wheel of Time, to take the reigns.


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    Amazon Customer 10-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    The latest series in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson World, The Heroes of Olympus is every bit as amazing as the previous series. The characters are rich and vibrant, the plot is mysterious and complex. The only drawback is the new narrator, he pretty much kills the performance. At first I thought it was just because I was so used to the previous narrator, but after listening several times it hasn't grown on me. Mind, the Narrator isn't horrible. He just isn't as good as the previous one and it's noticeable.

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    Stephanie 09-11-12
    Stephanie 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice spinoff story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero the most enjoyable?

    The reader does a great job of giving each character their own voice which makes it entertaining and easy to follow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't want the story to end. I'm glad the 2nd book was available because I got it right away.


    Which character – as performed by Joshua Swanson – was your favorite?

    Jason


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    "Love the narrator!"

    This narrator is perfect for this series, just as Jesse Bernstein was perfect for the Percy Jackson series. He does a great job with the different characters, making them come alive. The story line is a nice transition from the adolescents of the Percy Jackson series to young adults in Heroes of Olympus. The story line from the Percy Jackson series is continued in the series Heroes of Olympus. New characters are introduced adding to the characters from Percy Jackson.
    Great Book! Would Highly Recommend!

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    Jennifer Greenville, NC, United States 03-16-12
    Jennifer Greenville, NC, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book if you can get past the Narrator"
    Where does The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is a great one and I would rank this among the kids' favorites, but it falls at the bottom of the list because of the bad narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero to and why?

    I'm not sure I would directly compare this to any other books, other than similar stories by the same author. However, I think this book is a good fit for folks who enjoy Harry Potter, The Narnia Chronicles or mythologies. While the book is geared towards younger readers it is enjoyable enough for adults.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joshua Swanson’s performances?

    I may be forced to in order for my kids to listen to the other books in this series, but I would go out of my way to avoid this guy if I could help it. He speaks in a halting manner (Think William Shatner), and some of the characters sound detached from the surrounding emotions or action. Even more frustrating for me is that he mispronounces what should be commonly known mythological names such as Chiron and Gaia. It grates my nerves every time I have to hear Gaia pronounced as


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    Julie United States 01-07-12
    Julie United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved IT"
    What did you love best about The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero?

    This book was so much fun to listen to that I am officially a fan of Rick Riordan and the Narrator was amazing.


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