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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 | [Rick Riordan]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kasi 01-10-12
    Kasi 01-10-12
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    "Engaged my 8 year old son!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lightning Thief to be better than the print version?

    Yes, this is a couple of grade levels above my son's reading level. He would have had great difficulties reading the text on his own, this way he was able to enjoy this book by listening to it on his iPod. He loved the book and it's helping increase his vocabulary and auditory comprehensions skills.


    What other book might you compare The Lightning Thief to and why?

    I would compare this series to the Harry Potter series.


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

    I listened to this book with my son. We listened to everyone morning and night to and from school. Jesse did a great job reading various characters!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My son was excited in general, the story line grabbed him...now we need to download the whole series.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, my 8 year old son loved it! He's hooked to audiobooks...this makes me very happy!

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    LaVonna SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 01-08-12
    LaVonna SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 01-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story; not so good narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend The Lightning Thief to readers of all ages. The book is imaginative, action-packed and engaging.


    What didn’t you like about Jesse Bernstein’s performance?

    Bernstein doesn't have good expression and sometimes his phrasing isn't appropriate, taking breaths in unnatural places. Also the speed is way too slow. My sixth graders commented that it was annoying to listen to because of the speed of the narration.


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    Brooke 12-14-11
    Brooke 12-14-11 Member Since 2011

    Audio books are the best :)

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    "Definitely a children's series"

    I normally really enjoy easy listens, and this book was pretty enjoyable but it definitely wasn't one of those books that I couldn't stop listening to. I thought maybe since I enjoyed the Harry Potter books so much that maybe this would be a nice listen, but I found myself getting bored often. The story just isn't enough to keep adults entertained I feel, but that's what I got myself into when I bought a children/YA book! Families with children, enjoy :)

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    michelle Coolum Beach, Australia 12-13-11
    michelle Coolum Beach, Australia 12-13-11
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    "Favorite audio book so far"
    Any additional comments?

    My daughter has loved this whole series - can't stop listening and has just finished the whole series for a second time!

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    Pasquale NOTTINGHAM, PA, United States 12-06-11
    Pasquale NOTTINGHAM, PA, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Narrorator- eh"

    When I pick up a audio book I don't read the reviews before I read the book. I don't want to be influenced by other peoples judgments before I get a chance to see it for my self and make my own opinions. So After I finished the book a little while ago I thought I had already made a review... I didn't so here it is:

    A lot of people didn't like the narrator, but liked the story. I have to agree the narrator wasn't what I had expected as a voice however he grew on me. Just like in many of the other series novels I listen to once you get used to one voice you can't imagine another. I hope to hear this narrator again in the next book that I've already bought.

    The downside to the narrator is that he does sound a little childish. Not in the way he speaks but how he speaks. He has a young voice which is alright. At first I didn't like it like so many others, but as I said he grew on me. His voice was the voice of the main character, Percy Jackson, and I could not even fathom another voice being his. Jesse Bermstein made Percy Jackson come to life with his voice alone. Given the characters nature and as another reviewer had said... I think Jesse's voice completed the character which I'm assuming is why he is also the narrator of the novel.

    So then review the story time; The story was a 10/10 hands down. I've always loved the Olympian gods and the mythology of the era I even thought about writing my own story modernizing or bringing the gods into our life... To bad Rick Riordan beat me to it :) It's ok though my story would have sucked in comparison as I'm a sci-fi writer.

    Everything about this novel is excellent the reason I picked it up is because I saw the movie and I was amazed and dazzled. So I came for the book and I shouldn't have been awed at how much better it was, but I was. The Lightning Thief is a good read so much detail and research thrown into this book's background. I learned things about the mythology of the gods I probably had forgotten so many years ago. The characters sounded like their ancient stories. Perfect capture of everything. Story, characters, and presence. I don't know how to explain that part really, but all I can say is you should read it for your self. Once you get past chapter 1 you'll get passed the voice because thats when things start getting good.

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    Susan 11-22-11
    Susan 11-22-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Much Better than the Movie"

    Great narrator, inventive story, suitable for all ages, a good way to pass the time.

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    Line oslo, Norway 11-04-11
    Line oslo, Norway 11-04-11
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    "A good story!"
    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief again? Why?

    No, I only need this book once, and keep going to the next one. This is lovely stories! Easy to follow, educational, funny, a little mystery and likable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't really have a favorite character..


    Have you listened to any of Jesse Bernstein’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It's good, I've started to listen to the rest of the books, And I like Jesse Bernstein's voice, but sometimes he has problems with telling what the characters are feeling and doing their voices and *tones* correct... Its hard to explain in english, but he does a alright job overall.


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

    Yes! The story is easygoing and it's easy to


    Any additional comments?

    It's very similar to the movie, when it comes down to the feeling of the book. So if you liked the movie you're gonna like the book(s).

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    Deborah Casselberry, FL, United States 10-17-11
    Deborah Casselberry, FL, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Exciting and educational!"

    The Lightning Thief is an exciting adventure book even if you know nothing about Greek mythology. If you also know Greek mythology, it's even better, with lots of references and puns. (My high school was nuts about mythology.) This is the best book in the series, but they are all worth reading/listening.

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    Richard Mundelein, IL, United States 09-30-11
    Richard Mundelein, IL, United States 09-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining and Educational"

    The author does an impressive job of adapting Greek Mythology to fit into the modern world. This is better and more educational than anything on Greek Mythology that I read in High School. The narrator is better than Scott Brick but his performance is a little campy and aimed at the young teenage reader . . . oh that's right it's a kids book! I have read all of the Percy Jackson books, this one is good, but they get better as the story progresses.

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    Jenna Carsello 07-31-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Book Way Better Than Movie"

    I got hooked on this story because i saw the movie. I liked the movie and thought the book was worth trying. After reading the book, i was mad at the movie. The book was so much better than the movie. The book flowed well and explained a lot of things way more then the movie. i reccommend seeing the movie first so when you listen to the story you can complain about the movie not following the book fully. ha ha. Enjoyed it, bought the books and audio. love it.

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