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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“Teenage demigod heroism.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, our kids loved it! This is our first audio book and our road trip flew by so much faster than ever before.
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. :)
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.
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.
The humor and the combination of the Greek Mythology and fantasy.
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.
I have never listened to Jesse Bernstein before but I enjoyed his performance very much.
It made me laugh at times but I wouldn't that an extreme reaction.
It was a very enjoyable listen and I am looking forward to the next installment very much
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.
Annabeth was my favorite character.
Very well constructed, Characters are very relatable.
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.
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
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
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.
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
Entertaining and educational
The modernization of the gods.
On par with he other work.
Don't see this movie it ruins the material. (Which is what Hollywood did)
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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