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.
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©2005 Rick Riordan; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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I thoroughly enjoyed how Mr. Riordan built a fun story in an effort to teach readers about Greek mythology. I found myself learning as the chapters progressed, and that's no easy feat.
On the other hand, some of the coincidences were pretty forced, and it seemed as though Mr. Riordan set a goal for himself that ever chapter must include a battle scene with yet another god or goddess. There seemed to be no end to the action scenes, many of which simply did not propel the story along.
I appreciated Mr. Bernstein's efforts, but he unfortunately spends so much time doing his best to speak slowly and clearly that he seems completely incapable of creating an interesting performance. His inflections and tone were the same almost regardless of what was happening in each scene. Also, Mr. Bernstein seemed incapable of giving any of the characters any convincing voices. Instead, his performance sounded like a teenager doing a bad job imitating someone. I often found myself lost within scenes, unsure of who was speaking. Lastly, there seemed to be no attention to pacing on Mr. Bernstein's part. Action scenes plodded along at the same pace as conversations, and after a while, the audio kept pulling me out of the story, instead of drawing me into it. I advise that Mr. Bernstein spend significant time listening to Jim Dale's Harry Potter series, and learn how to make a book really sing.
For kids, this was a great intro into YA. They may not mind Mr. Bernstein's recording, but I doubt they'll get sucked into it they way they would if a real master narrator read it. But for adults, I'd advise looking elsewhere for a book that is less predictable and better edited.
My children and I could not wait to listen to this story. We were hooked! My kids asked me to put on the story over watching tv!!!!! It is THAT good!! Now for book 2 👍🏽
As Percy Jackson enters the mysterious world of Greek Demi gods everything is not as it seems, betrayal is at stake, the era of a new world of gods and battles of the western civilization is about to begin... Does Percy have what it takes to lead his friends?
The storyline is quite a creative twist on old myths. If you love Greek mythology then this is a great series to read. The narration was good, but I would have preferred if each characters voice was done by a different actor.
This is a kid's book. My boy was nine when he first became obsessed with the series so I wanted to know what he was in to and listened. Surprisingly enjoyable. Nothing more. It has started his interest in Greek mythology and that is a great thing.
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