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
This audiobook was very good but it isn't the best I have listened to. The narration was well done and the story line is interesting.
Percy is a very typical 12 year old boy with ADD. Anyone who has dealt with kids that age will recognize all the sign of an Attention Deficit child but the fact that there is another reason for Percy's behavior is what is intriguing.
The Lotus Hotel was a place that most of us think we will like to spend time but it fact it is a trap that takes away free will. The description made it very real to me and I kept thinking of the old Eagles' song "Hotel California".
Greek Mythology meets the Future
If you like the Harry Potter series, you will probably like this one too.
I bought this book for my grandson who does not read well. We read the book and listened to the audio book at the same time. It helped him get interested in reading more and improved his ability to read. I got hooked on the story line and decided to buy the entire set for me. I also decided to continue to buy the audio version in addition with the hard copy of the books, because I can listen to them in the car when I drive to work or when I take public transportation to work. I get to hear the story and have something to discuss with my grandson. Jessa Bernstein did a good job in portraying the various characters in the book. His voice was pleasant and maintained my interest in the story line.
I loved reading myths when I was a kid and didn't realize I was getting a solid foundation for future studies in literature. I thought I was just enjoying exciting magical adventure stories. This series is great because it captures the excitement and intrigue of the ancient myths and weaves those elements into fast-paced, contemporary novels, accessible to any reader. The narrator is perfect, believable in every character's voice.
I've enjoyed every book in all of Rick Riordan's series and, dare I admit it, the books have deepened my understanding of mythology. Highly recommended.
Sci-fi/fantasy junkie, storyteller, devourer of books, workaholic
Generally, I don't listen to audiobooks twice simply because I don't have time, but I am eager for the sequel - more Percy, Annabeth, and Jesse Bernstein!
Jesse Bernstein does a fantastic job of bringing Percy's snarky, sarcastic voice while at the same time making the character sympathetic
I started off reading the series before my son is born,hoping I could find a fun way to introduce classic mythology to him. One book later, I was sucked in. I like how the author transports the ancient Greek monsters to modern versions of their original traps and keeps their base purpose alive. The only real downside so far has been a need for character development in secondary characters. Hoping this picks up in later books.
I would recommend this book and the series. My Grandson was reading it so I decided I would read it and we would have something to discuss. I couldn't get into it so I switched to another book that he was also reading. He told me to go back to this book and listen a little more. Sure enough, I got really interested and finished it before I knew it. I'm getting ready to read the next book in the series.
I purchased this book to listen to on our road trip for Spring Break. After 12 hours of driving we had only less than an hour left and they didn't want to get out of the car!! Very well written and read and my children enjoyed it so much we have purchased them all!! We are now on the 3rd book and listen to it every time we are in the car. This has also had a pleasant side affect of no more sibling squabbling while driving...lol
good character development, I liked it enough that I bought the next 4 books in the series.
feeling that you are part of the story.
This is near the middle of my experience with Audiobooks. While not poorly read, the strange 1st/2nd person perspective of the story itself makes it a strange listen for someone used to a more common 3rd person perspective in their readings.
The story line itself is original, and as a Young Adult Fiction piece it has just enough maturity to make it interesting to adults as well.
Squeaky, 1st-person, excitable
I winced and almost looked to return the book as soon as I realized it was fully 1st person, but I'm glad I kept at it - the story got you very involved.
I ranked this lower than higher less on the story and more on the perspective and reading; Jesse sounds like a kid, and while it 'fits' as the main characters are youthful, he also makes it sound more kiddish than I think such a clever story deserved. Worth a listen, though!
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