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.
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For the book: I found the story to be trite, formulaic, and predictable. There were many scenes and conflicts that seemed contrived just to add excitement, and possibly length, to the book overall. I have not read any other books by Riordan, and I probably won't due to this book. The use of Greek/Roman gods as foundations for a fantasy "universe" seems lazy in terms of creativity - almost like "fan fiction", where you take someone else's characters that are already developed, and use them to tell some side story.
He also gave away a LOT way too early in the book. There were very few surprises, for me at least.
For the narration: The reader was horrendous. Most of the female voices were grating on my nerves. The monsters almost all sounded the same, and some sounded like other "good guy" characters. His pronunciation of uncommon words and proper names was disastrous. It's GUY-ah, not GEE-ah... HAIR-ah, not HEER-ah... His French accent was shaky, his Latino-American slipped every so often in to who-knows-what, and he TOTALLY voiced Hera's voice to make her sound like an evil witch rather than a "queen of the gods who may be slightly miffed"... He did not properly understand the emotional foundations of the characters when they were speaking, so they would come across as angry when they were not, or as making a statement when they were asking a question. His inflection simply did not appropriately match the words and context of many of the situations.
In short: I am not impressed at all... and 16.5 hours of listening to bad narration is a bad trade-off, when you could read this thing yourself in half the time and actually have a proper mental voice in your own head for each character, so as to not have the characters RUINED by a guy who just can't voice them properly.
I love the Percy Jackson series. I like the new characters, their abilities and personalities. Very interesting story line. I got use to Jessie B. narrating. I thought he got the different attitudes just right. However, the characters are getting older so I suppose Swanson's voice is more suitable. It's a young adult flick but I'm all over it like white on rice=D
I hesitated for months over buying this audiobook based on all the recommendations. I'm so glad I finally got it. I'm just aghast at all the hatred for the narrator. I felt he was fine. Sure, there were a few voices I didn't care for, namely Chiron and Annabeth, but they weren't so bad I wanted to turn it off or anything. In fact, in the original Percy Jackson books, I would always cringe when the cyclopes would talk. I hated the over the top cartoonish voices the narrator gave them, but I still felt the narrator as a whole did a good job. The same goes for this book.
As for the people who said that the narrator made all the characters sound alike and therefore had trouble following the dialogue to figure out who was speaking, that's just silly. This is a reading of a book. If you read the book, there's no one there to make the voices sound different in your head, yet you still know who is speaking because the author writes that into the text of the book. In fact, I've always thought that Riordan's biggest writing flaw is that nearly every line of dialogue ends in "...Percy said", "...Grover whined", "...Annabeth shouted".
So, if you can't follow the dialogue, it's the fault of the author, not the narrator. This was written in book form, it's not a play that must be acted out to make sense.
I was also worried about reading a story in the Percy Jackson universe but withouth Percy himself, but I shouldn't have been. The characters, while maybe not quite as lovable as Percy and Annabeth, are still very enjoyable.
The story was good. The narrator was fine. If you like Riordan's work, then get this audiobook.
My middle school students love Rick Riordan's work so I decided to listen to this book-it's a great story, filled with demi-gods and other mythological creatures. Fun to listen to.
My 13 y/o and I are into the first 3 hours of the book and are struggling to get through this. The narrator does not read as though he is part of the story. It's robotic at times and seems as if he is encountering words for the first time and just taking a stab at how to pronounce them. When he said the word "nada" and Hercules we had to cut the recording off and laugh outloud. My son wants me to purchase the hardcopy so he can read it. We enjoy Rick Riordan, but if Joshua Swanson is the narrator for any more of his books we will pass.
I really like the book, it was entertaining and gave a new take on the Percy Jackson series. I just was not impressed with Joshua Swanson's narration. He was very staccato. Every time he did a girl's voice he would pause in between words so it sounded like ... "My ** boyfriend ** Percy ** Jackson." Annoying. And his accents would slip at points. French accents mixed with Chicano... kept things interesting I guess.
I'm only halfway through the book, and the narrator is driving me insane. Between the terrible mispronounciations (Hee-Ra?!?!?!) and the bad female characterizations (Annabeth a simpering idiot?), I just can't get into this book. I burned through the other Percy Jackson audiobooks in 6 weeks, because they were enthralling, but the new narrator's monotone and almost mechanical reading style makes me tune it out without realizing it. I'll realize 5 minutes later that I didn't register a single thing said, and have to go back and listen to it again. If the next book is done by this narrator, I'll get the actual book from the library and save my credits.
The story had all of the trademarks of the Percy Jackson stories, but the reader had no real diferentaition between the voices and also the reader butchered the Latin and greek names. It is not Gia (sounded like chia) this killed a lot of the story. On the other hand Rick Riordan created a great story with a lot of his twist and adventure. It is only for that reason that I am giving this three stars rather then the one star the reader deserves. Please bring Jesse Bernstein back to the books.
This is my second time purchasing an audio book and the experience was much greater than my first; it is all about how the narrator expresses and bring the story to life for the reader/listener. I am sure the first audio book I listened to was good, but when listening to this audio book, the individual characters, their expression, plot, cinematic climaxes, imaginary pictographs, voice tones, etc; I enjoyed it for sure. It is very important what type of book, what is expected, and the type of experience following. I did not want to stop listening to this one. I enjoyed every second of it!!! When the narrator changed his voice to express someone speaking, I knew right away who he was expressing before he said, 'said Jason' or said, 'said Leo'. Those small stuff made my listening experience come alive. I even find myself looking at reviews in deciding what book to listen to next - already, its all about a great story complimented with a outstanding narrator. Although one may read good it does not mean one narrates well. I love the Eragon trilogy when I first read it and it is one of those stories worth reading again - simply exciting. If I listen to it on an audio book and the narrator cannot capture the adrenalin and race to read the next page to see and know and experience what will happen next, then I may not be interested. Simply because it would have left a black stain on a perfectly good story, only I would not have known that because I listen for the first time through someone that didn't tell it right. I loved this book. It had all the right ingredients, and a very comfortable ending. Like a movie that keeps you wanting more even after the story has ended, yet leaves you satisfied. I look forward in being completely satisfied by the next book and yet expecting the final showdown with the earth in his last! I hope the narrator doesn't change, I think his voice and expressive tones represents MY characters well for me!
I read the reviews about the narrator and I was hesitant to purchase this book. However I’m glad I did because we all thought he was good, in fact very good. This is the first book from this author I’ve listened too and I found the story and the narration very enjoyable. Highly recommended Sunday drive listen.
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