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The Lightning Thief Audiobook

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp.

Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he's coming to realize, are very much alive in the 21st-century. And worse, he's angered a few of them: Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has just 10 days to find and return Zeus's stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends, one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena, will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. To succeed in his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Don't miss the other titles in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

©2005 Rick Riordan; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    miamifrog 05-21-16
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    "best reader ever"
    Would you try another book from Rick Riordan and/or Jesse Bernstein?

    exciting adventurous and cool. from 7 yr old Aspenini


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    more fantasy books


    What didn’t you like about Jesse Bernstein’s performance?

    Dad- i can't stand his reading - i want to scream when i hear him
    Aspen- loves his reading - I want to read the whole series!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no none - dad
    yes for sure - Aspen


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    Amazon Customer Walnut Creek 05-18-16
    Amazon Customer Walnut Creek 05-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I was sadly disappointed"

    I heard great things about this book, but I really found the plot line boring. even the climatic events were dull. I gave it 3 stars because if I was 9 years old I'd probably have enjoyed it. the narrators voice annoyed me

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    Matthew 05-15-16
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    "Amazing book!!"

    I thought the book was amazing and it really hooks you in and I think middle schoolers should read this

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    brett mangan 05-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "late to the party, but I loved it."

    loved it. will get the second book. One two three four five six seven eight

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    Dionicio Delvalle 05-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "This is the book that got me hooked!"

    Percy Jackson is the best series I have ever listen too.I have all 11 books.

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    Thomas 05-09-16
    Thomas 05-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant Kid's Book
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    I bought this series for my daughter, who loves these books. I decided to read the first book. Now, I am hooked too! I read and loved the Greek classics when I was younger, but the master stroke of the author is bringing the ancient gods and monsters home to our contemporary society -they live their day to day lives among us. Now our kids must be relating to and understanding the myths in just the same way as Greek youth did thousands of years ago. Masterly!

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    Daniela Stapleford 04-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    Love the book. Narrator does a great job, gave him a 4 on performance because I personally didn't like his voices for the different Gods but that was minor

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    Jennifer L. Kochenauer Fort Leavenworth, KS 04-21-16
    Jennifer L. Kochenauer Fort Leavenworth, KS 04-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lightning Thief to be better than the print version?

    I don't think it's better or worse, just a matter of what you prefer. I downloaded this for my 11-year old who struggles with reading, but all the kids at school are reading the Percy Jackson books. His dad bought him the book, but he was having a hard time with some of the big words and challenging names. I had him listen to the audio and read the book at the same time. The audio is unabridged, and it worked beautifully. He doesn't have any issues with the narration, and we recently downloaded the second book in the series.


    What other book might you compare The Lightning Thief to and why?

    All of the other Percy Jackson books. They're the hip hop happenin' thing right now.


    What aspect of Jesse Bernstein’s performance would you have changed?

    I've never had to narrate an entire book before. I've narrated short films, commercials, infomercials. I'm not judging.


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    gothic jester 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad"

    The story was good. However the writing was not so so great. Also, not a fan of the narrator's voice. After hearing so much about this series I was excepting a bit more. Overall, I'd be curious to see where the rest of the books go.

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    Carley Windsor, CO, United States 03-14-16
    Carley Windsor, CO, United States 03-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    I wasn't too into this book. It was a little too young for my taste. Also, I found the fight scenes to be rather boring. Just wanted to read the book before I watched the movie.

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