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
I read the entire Percy Jackson series aloud to my kids, and then we got the audio books so they could listen again. We were all appalled not only by the ridiculous "acting" job done by the narrator, but also by the frankly unbelievable number of words he mispronounces, including the names of gods (Janus? How hard is THAT?). With so many great actors out there, it's beyond me why the publishers chose such a rank, untalented amateur for such a marvelous, popular series. If you just can't find a way to read the books, then go ahead and listen to the audio versions, but prepare yourself.
I was looking for a children's book for a 5 year old. I realized right away (first chapter) that this was more in line for teenagers. Too scary. Death scenes. Too complex to absorb.
I continued listening to it for myself. The reader did a great job, and brought characters to life.
There were some clever parts, and I was pulled along with the plot for most of it. But in general, the pieces didn't fit together well enough. It kept stretching reality further than it needed to. It was to the point of distraction. It popped me out of the story such that I was no longer engaged.
The reader needs a lot of practice. While he can do Percy's voice okay, when he reads the other voices, I cringe. It is almost embarrassing to hear him read the voices of Poseidon and Zeus, and the other gods. Oh my!
I gave this 3 stars for the story alone. I had read the book and really enjoyed it and went on to read the whole series. I will not, however be listening to the rest of the audio series. This book is so poorly read, it ruined it. Mr. Bernstein needs a few voice acting lessons before he tries to read any more audio books.
Not a bad listen, but really made for young readers. Simple and lightweight. Even if you like some youthful fantasy (can you say early Harry potter), this will feel younger than that.
My daughter so loves this series, and was THRILLED that I could put it on her new Ipod. The hard part is getting her to do anything else since she has started listening to it!
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