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The Lightning Thief Audiobook

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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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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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 01-01-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    Read/Listened for Fun/World Book Night (Audible/Kindle)
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    Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

    First thought when finished: What a great story and adventure :)

    Story Thoughts: I love stories of grand adventures and quests! There is something fun about following someone as they save the world, get a crush, and work out who they are in the process. Percy Jackson was no exception to that rule. This was just his first adventure of many to come and it was a brilliant one. This story is catered to Middle Grade readers but I have to say as an adult I had fun reading it (or in this case rereading it). I think it would be a great story for parents to read along with their kiddos and share the adventure.

    Character Thoughts: As a history buff (and fan) I love that this series mixes in tons of Greek Mythology. I love when YA and MG books do that because I think it spurs on younger readers to find out more about these myths! Percy Jackson, the leading man, was a character that most can relate too even when he was thrown into a very interesting life. His best friends and quest partners are fantastic too! I think everyone can find someone in this book that they can identify with and that is always fun for the reader.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated by Jesse Bernstein / Running Time 10 hrs and 1 min


    Jesse did a great job with the narration of The Lightning Thief! The pacing was great, the voices were distinct, and the emotion was pretty spot on. The version I listened too had a few production pauses that threw it off a bit but otherwise it was fantastic.


    Final Thoughts: I am giving this book out for World Book Night 2013 because it is one that I think all ages can enjoy. I was thrilled when I got my first choice. I highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure :) You won't go wrong!

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    Matthew Lincoln City, OR, United States 11-02-14
    Matthew Lincoln City, OR, United States 11-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "For kids or simple minded only. Annoying reader."

    If I had read this 18 years ago I probably would have liked it. But no matter what age the listener, the reader is terrible. Give Jesse Bernstein an A for effort, and F for execution, with the asterisk that he didn't have much to work with. Wish I could have my credit back for this one.

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    William 10-15-14
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    "Chapters are wrong, way wrong!"
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    Very disappointed. The chapters are off, they only have it listed as 8 chapters when there are actually over 20. Very disappointed. I would like my credit back!!

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    Ken 09-28-14
    Ken 09-28-14 Member Since 2014

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "I new classic"

    Rick Riordan has created a great story that merges Greek Mythology with the modern world. Did you know that the Greek Gods have moved to america? that they still have demi gods? Those demi gods have a training camp (no Danny Daveto does not train them). What happens when the symbol of Zeus is stolen?

    Jesse Bernstein does a great job narrating this story making sure that every important person in the story has a great and unique voice. his skills make it so that its easy to follow the story and powerful enough to keep them entertained.

    This be a book for your kids on a long car ride or for your personal listen I think you will enjoy this book no matter where you are, or what you are doing.

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    Cheecho 04-28-14
    Cheecho 04-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD"
    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to the lightning thief again. All the action was so cool and is one of my favorite books.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to the lightning I couldn't wait for my next credit so I could listen to it again.

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    Alejandra 04-15-14
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    "WHAT IS MICROSOFT SOMETHING"
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    THERE IS THIS DUMB MICROSOFT THING THAT IS INTERFERING SO I CAN'T EVEN READ THE BOOK

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    Richard 04-09-14
    Richard 04-09-14 Member Since 2012

    As a visually impaired person, it has always been difficult for me to read books in print, but Audible makes books enjoyable again!

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    "Good Book!!!"
    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief again? Why?

    Yes. I just finished the Series and LOVED IT!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmm. Well, it's a toss-up between Percy and Annabeth. I like Percy because i can sort of relate to his mortal life, and i like his ability to take action on the quest. And Annabeth is just awesome. Period.


    What does Jesse Bernstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jesse has a knack for expressing the emotions and attitudes of the characters very well.


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

    No. To be honest, it took me a bit to get into it, but that's more because I'm not 12 anymore, but i still loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    You won't regret reading (listening) to this!

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    Tara florida 03-31-14
    Tara florida 03-31-14 Member Since 2015

    just fueling my book addiction

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    "LOVE"
    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief again? Why?

    I love these books! My son is only 5 and love to listen to this series in the car.
    I love the greek mythology aspect, the fantasy, and the great characters.
    I read these books when I was a teenage and am not listening to them with my son as an adult and still enjoy them.


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    Debbie Azusa, CA, United States 03-16-14
    Debbie Azusa, CA, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story bad narrator"
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    The narrator made the book sound corny. I liked the story, but not the way it was read. He only had a couple different voice variations which made the story hard to follow. The characters sounded too much alike.


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    Christal 02-15-14
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    "Awesome!!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief again? Why?

    We listen to books in our long daily commute. My kids and I really enjoyed this book! We bought the whole series.


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

    Lots of laughs!


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