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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 | [Rick Riordan]

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

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.
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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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    Chris Heard Malibu, CA USA 08-03-12
    Chris Heard Malibu, CA USA 08-03-12 Member Since 2015

    biblical scholar

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    "I now understand why my son loves this series!"
    If you could sum up The Lightning Thief in three words, what would they be?

    “Teenage demigod heroism.”


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lightning Thief?

    The whole book was exciting from beginning to end. The confrontation in the museum, early on in the book, is particularly memorable, perhaps in part because Percy’s identity is still unfolding to the reader at that point.


    Which character – as performed by Jesse Bernstein – was your favorite?

    I can’t choose just one. Bernstein did a fabulous job of bringing Percy’s first-person narration to life. The narration was entertaining and evocative.


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

    Yes! It’s a real “page-turner,” so to speak (for an audiobook). I kept looking for reasons to do yard work or house chores so I could pop in my earbuds.


    Any additional comments?

    My son (fourteen years old at the time I write this) started reading the Percy Jackson series a few years ago, and he really loves the series. Now, after listening to the audiobook of “The Lightning Thief,” I understand why! The stories are a great ride for both young and adult readers.

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    Lisa RIDGECREST, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Lisa RIDGECREST, CA, United States 07-30-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, our kids loved it! This is our first audio book and our road trip flew by so much faster than ever before.


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

    We were driving so one sitting wasn't an option. But the kids were actually disappointed whenever we stopped the car because they wanted to keep listening. :)


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    Ashleah 07-08-12
    Ashleah 07-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyed it as much as my kids"

    I have listened to this book twice now. I first wanted to listen to it because it was made into a movie. I'm one who prefers to listen to or read the book before I see the movie. I was drawn in to this book because of the mix of Greek mithology and adventure. The second time I listened to this book was with my son on a long road trip. He is seven and it captured is imagination the entire trip. He is now listening to the fourth book and hopefully he will be interested in actually reading Rick Riordans books as his reading comprehension improves.

    I was impressed how well the author understood the mind set of the age group he is targeting. The insecurities and moral dilemmas his characters go through and the way they over come are great life lessons for the child audience targeted. These books are clean and fun and have opened a world of interesting concepts to my child that have interested him in books.

    The narrator does well with the performance. All his characters have distinctive voices and are easy to follow. I can't complain about the voices I found annoying because in all reality most of the annoying voices were for annoying characters.

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    Amanda United States 06-12-12
    Amanda United States 06-12-12
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    "open at the same time"
    What did you love best about The Lightning Thief?

    It would of been better if the same book in my amazon ereader could have followed the audi book. As it was I still had to borrow book from the library and follow in the library book. Even though I had bought both the ebook and audi book. As both could not be opened at the same time. Maybe amazon can look at making these changes. However the book was great and it has helped to speed up my sons reading.


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    GinnysHex Stretton, Australia 05-26-12
    GinnysHex Stretton, Australia 05-26-12
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    "Enjoyable combination of Fantasy and Myths"
    What did you love best about The Lightning Thief?

    The humor and the combination of the Greek Mythology and fantasy.


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

    It reminded me a little of Harry Potter in the that Percy and Harry are a like in the way that they are both boys of a certain age and that his companions are one male and one female. They also seem to have leadership and heroism thrust upon on the but it suits them at the same time.


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

    I have never listened to Jesse Bernstein before but I enjoyed his performance very much.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh at times but I wouldn't that an extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a very enjoyable listen and I am looking forward to the next installment very much

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    thefoxgirl 05-15-12
    thefoxgirl 05-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    Where does The Lightning Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I know this book is supposed to be written for kids, but I love it and I am in my late 20's. I'm really into mythology and I loved the modern day twist.


    Which character – as performed by Jesse Bernstein – was your favorite?

    Annabeth was my favorite character.


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    timothy ocala, FL, United States 05-10-12
    timothy ocala, FL, United States 05-10-12
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    What did you love best about The Lightning Thief?

    Very well constructed, Characters are very relatable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Percy, Its nice to see a hero with ADHD and Dyslexia, I've been dealing with these disorders my entire life, and for a child they can seem overwhelming at times.


    Any additional comments?

    If I was going to to compare this story to a series it would be Harry Potter. Harry Potter was better, but the Percy Jackson series is almost as good

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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-06-12
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "Pretty good teen fiction"

    I enjoyed this series (still have one book to listen to yet). The narrator is very good. And the stories are interesting. Not great fiction (even fantasy fiction) but still enjoyable. My favorite part of the series is the Greek gods and goddesses angle. I loved reading the myths as a kid, and it is interesting the different personalities the author has chosen to give each one.

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    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-03-12
    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2014

    Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.

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    "A great way to learn mythology"
    If you could sum up The Lightning Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining and educational


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lightning Thief?

    The modernization of the gods.


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

    On par with he other work.


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

    Don't see this movie it ruins the material. (Which is what Hollywood did)


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    Bernard C. Woody Richmond, VA 04-29-12
    Bernard C. Woody Richmond, VA 04-29-12 Member Since 2009

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    "So much cooler than the movie.."

    Ok, so I saw the movie first. I'm a sucker for mythology. It was pretty good. Then I read the book....Then I re watched the movies I know people say this all the time. But the book is Sooo much better. I liked what they did in the movie but damn. They left out a Lot of cool parts from the book in the movie. in the move the kid was great, i can't wait to see him in the other chapters in the story. Don't get me wrong i liked them both, i just have to separate them from each other. However the book was better.

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