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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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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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    Erik Huntington Beach, CA, USA 02-29-08
    Erik Huntington Beach, CA, USA 02-29-08
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    "good story"

    You'll want to keep listening in some parts, other parts seem too kidish, but then again it is a kids book. Not bad.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 02-28-08
    Margaret Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA 02-28-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Happy Child!"

    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!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Palm Bay, FL, USA 07-06-07
    Tom Palm Bay, FL, USA 07-06-07 Member Since 2007
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    "A List"

    I saw the review on the morning news which made me download the book. Both my son and I have now listened to the entire series, twice. It has been one week. Well that should tell you something right there. We have both enjoyed the epic adventures of the Greek tales for some time much like the Percy, and enjoyed reading along as he lived his adventures. We can't wait to see what lay ahead for our heroes. Personally, I hoppe that a whole group of these books will open up within all of the worlds mythologies. Such a great job was done, just think what could be done to teach everyone about all of the other myths of the world.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Skeph Atlanta, Georgia, United States 03-19-10
    Skeph Atlanta, Georgia, United States 03-19-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Just go see the movie."

    If you're over twelve, don't buy this book. Grown-ups will not enjoy it.

    First off, the narrator is not good at reading audio books. Every voice he does sounds the same or annoying, and the flow of his reading just fights the enjoyment, with inappropriate pauses everywhere. Just my opinion, of course. There is an audio preview, so you judge. The plot and dialogue are just not well-done. It reads like a ten hour chapter book. If you have a child under fourteen, I'm sure they'll enjoy it, but unlike your Rowlings or your Eoin Colfers, or your Pratchetts or even Nix at his worst, it's just not good enough for an adult audience. If an abridged version comes available with a different narrator, that might be a good purchase.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Raleigh, NC, USA 08-21-06
    Anita Raleigh, NC, USA 08-21-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Cant wait for the next one"

    Loved it.

    Unique point of view for a fable. Highly recommend it. Can't wait for the next release.

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    Marybeth Dailey 05-16-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Not the best kid's book I have ever heard"

    This book is good if you want to use it in the classroom to support study of Greek Mythology. I heard that students at my school LOVED it. I got it and was intrigued at first, then got bored during some parts. It took longer to listen to this book than others I have gotten of same length because it is not the most compelling one I have ever bought. I just finished it today. Was just glad to have it completed so I could buy something else. It has the same "formula" as Harry Potter but not as well written so not as good for adults. Kids like it because the author panders to the them with silly stuff. He even has some surfers talk about "must have had some bad mushrooms." I think that is not very appropriate in a kid's book. I think the author wants to use that sort of thing to get kids to buy his book. I did finish it, but that is mostly a testament to my OCD personality rather than the quality of the book.

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    John Williams Charlotte, NC 10-28-13
    John Williams Charlotte, NC 10-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wrtten for very stupid children"

    The book isn't bad. But it telegraphs every reveal so much that I feel like its going. "Hey can you guess what is about to happen, can you? What if I give you a hint? TWO HINTS? Eh? eh? eh? You guest it yet? Don't you feel cleaver? Good for you."

    Seriously, I wont give the details exactly in case someone reads my review who would otherwise enjoy the "surprise!"

    But if you can't guess who Percy's Jacksons father is long before the book tells you, then you may not be very bright or you are a very young kid with no previous understanding of Greek mythology.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Antonette 09-05-13
    Antonette 09-05-13 Member Since 2011

    I love to read! I love reading even more now with my Audible account. I probably read two to three books a month. And, yes, I have a life!

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    "I shouldn't have read the Heroes of Olympia first"

    This book reads just the others. The movie was great, and I wanted to read book 2 before I went to see the movie. I don't think I will. I will only invest in the Heroes series, and just see these movies.

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    Lori North Reading, MA, USA 07-14-10
    Lori North Reading, MA, USA 07-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining but not Twilight or Harry Potter"

    I thought this was an entertaining story and something a little different however being dyslexic, I really didn't like the annoying misunderstanding of how dyslexic's read. It was really irritating to me. Also, this is a good book but not great, I loved the Twilight Series and Harry Potter.

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    Douglas Springtown, TX, USA 03-23-10
    Douglas Springtown, TX, USA 03-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Lightning thief"

    good book

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