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The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson, Book 5: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5 | [Rick Riordan]

The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson, Book 5: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's 16th birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

©2009 Rick Riordan; (P)2009 Listening Library

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    Anandasubramanian 08-06-12 Member Since 2009

    Harry Turtledove fan

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    "Jesse Berstein IS Percy Jackson"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson, Book 5 the most enjoyable?

    In an audiobook, more than the story, the narrator has to tell it well.
    In the old days, story tellers used to wander between villages with stories of Heroes and Gods.
    They were legend. Their narration was SO good that it has followed us down the ages.
    To me, Jesse Bernstein represents the very few of those dying breed. The other being Ray Porter.
    He truly likes Percy Jackson and you could see the characters leaping off the book into your car.
    Guido, Blackjack, Tyson, Annabeth and Hades: To me they are as real as the NY Subway or the traffic in Chennai.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Narration. Duh !


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

    ALL of his Percy Jackon books. Each one is extremely good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Hades arrives to the Battle.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible: Please, Please use this narrator well. He's one of the very few Gifted ones. Listen to your customers.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 02-24-13
    Christine Hoffman Estates, IL, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Chris, mom to Alex (born 2002). Audible account is for him, reviewing on his behalf. He's a fan of star wars, legos, cub scouts and now reading.

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    "10 y.o. boy became a READER with this book!"
    Any additional comments?

    10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) started audio books as companions to hardcopy books (teacher recommendation) and it was a huge success. The Percy Jackson series absolutely turned him from "I hate reading" to a boy who is now told to "please put the book DOWN and EAT!!".

    Mom: Loaded this book onto the iPad and played it on longer drives. VERY well presented, fascinating story, and has spawned a whole family interest in the series, and a small research project (for the kids) into greek myths.


    Of the 5 Percy books, this is the one that turned a corner for our son. Family demanded we only listen to it TOGETHER, so Alex began reading the hardcopy on his own - sneaking it into bed with a flashlight. Happy, happy Mom!! Prior to this book, it was actually easier to pull teeth than get him to read (ask our dentist).

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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 08-26-09
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 08-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good conclusion to pretty good series."

    I've listened to every book in this series, and it really grew on me. Both the writer and the narrator improved as the series developed, and the characters and story became more interesting.

    As with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson develops through the series from an awkward outcast to a respected hero who must save the world. Based on Greek mythology set in modern day America, Percy and a team of half-blood children of Greek gods (think Hercules) battle Greek monsters and outwit gods and try to understand the motives of gods and titans as the danger escalates with each book. Some of the monsters are simplistic with complicated names, but they get better as it goes along.

    "The Last Olympian" is a good end to the series. There are moments to satisfy, moments to sadden, and moments to surprise. All in all a great end to an increasingly great series, and I can't wait for the movies.

    Just a couple of comparisons, because they are so obvious. The series is not as well written as Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl, but it gets better with each book (though the fourth book--"The Battle of the Labyrinth"--was my favorite), and it kept both my kids--the oldest of whom was sixteen when hearing this book--engaged. It probably won't catch on with adults the way Harry or Artemis do, but parents probably won't be bored, either.

    So that's my review, from the perspective of a parent, in case any are trying to decide on these books for their kids.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rose United States 12-26-10
    Rose United States 12-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Book"

    Good story that held the attention of the listener. The narrator could have been a bit more versitile but did a passable job.

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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-11-13
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.

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    "Great final book, but not the end"
    Where does The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson, Book 5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to a lot but I would rank it as a great audio book. The percy Jackson series to me is after Dresden and the Heroes of Olympus in my book.


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

    I could but I like breaking it up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Fan Princeton, NJ 11-15-13
    Mary Fan Princeton, NJ 11-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Sci-fi/fantasy junkie, storyteller, devourer of books, workaholic

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    "A bit of a letdown, but still fun"

    Let me start by saying I really like the Percy Jackson series overall. It's a fun romp through Greek mythology, and the characters are wonderfully entertaining. I went through the whole series in a relatively short period of time (I was listening to the audiobooks) because I couldn't wait to find out how it all tied together in the end.

    Well, plot-wise, everything came together nicely, but I was a bit disappointed in the execution. First of all, I found myself far more interested in the side characters and the antagonist than in Percy himself. At this point in the series, Percy is little more than a lens for the story. He's just too perfect, and everything works out too easily for him. I would have been far more interested in seeing Grover's POV, or Annabeth's, or Nico's, or especially Luke's, since he takes on a Darth Vader type of role (hero turned evil with someone trying to redeem him). I've never really cared much for Rachel Elizabeth Dare (why must Percy always say her whole name?), and most of the other campers seem like throwaway characters there to pad the ranks.

    About 90% of the book consists of either battle scenes or dreams/visions, in which Percy gets glimpses into the lives and pasts of the people around him. Luke's backstory was probably the most interesting, since he's the series antagonist. I also liked learning more about Nico, who is a bit of a wildcard. The battle scenes, however, bored me. That's probably just because of my personal tastes--I tend to get bored when one particular fight drags on too long. In this case, a great bulk of the book is spent defending Olympus from the titans, which bored me because, let's face it, Percy was never going to lose, and the twists weren't all that interesting (it was always like "okay, did he kill the monster yet" and never like, "oh no, how is he going to get out of this one?")

    Maybe it's just because by the time I reach the end of a series, I've built up major expectations that the author can't live up to, but this conclusion felt a bit flat. I had plenty of fun with Percy, but I won't be returning to Camp Half Blood for the Heroes of Olympus series.

    Mr. Riordan, so long, and thanks for all the fish!

    P.S. Even Jesse Bernstein seemed a bit worn out by this book. In his desperation to give all million and one characters different voices, he gave them all weird random accents and reduced Persephone's voice to a choked whisper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 01-06-10
    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 01-06-10
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    "Wonderful Book"

    I would recommend this book to children, teenagers, and adults a like. I am 25 years old and really enjoyed this entire series. I suggest reading the books before the first movie comes out in 2010.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 12-10-14
    Mary SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 12-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Son loves this series!"
    Where does The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson, Book 5 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ranking from my 10 year old. I enjoyed the additional humor in this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We both like Percy & Grover


    What does Jesse Bernstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He adds unexpected dimensions to the characters with his vocal interpretation. His narration has come a long ways over the course of the series - it has been a pleasure to listen to his growth.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Adventure abounds!


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    Ken 09-28-14
    Ken 09-28-14 Member Since 2011

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "The Prophecy"

    Days left till the final battle. Demigods prepare to fight the impossible war that is coming and the Gods are busy fighting another threat. How do you win a war with the Titans when the Gods are not there.

    a exciting end to the series. with twists no one would expect. Just a few more hours till you get to the end make sure you have time to listen to this because its going to be painful if you have to stop lots while you listen.

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    Lee Albany, NY, United States 04-06-14
    Lee Albany, NY, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great series to share with kids"

    My 8 year old grandson and I listened to the entire series - twice! I like the values of friendship, diversity, leadership shared among the male and female characters, My grandson loves the action, and I enjoy the fun of the use of contemporary cultural icons in a whimsical way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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