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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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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 06-26-10
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 06-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "More than I expected, less than I hoped"

    I have to start with the confession that I am a Potterphile. It probably makes me biased.
    This book wants desperately to be Harry Potter, and it just isn't. There's the boy, the prophacy, the trio of friends, the big bad guy, and even the wise old teacher type, but it lacks the wonder, originality, and the deeply good story telling Rowling can bring.
    On its own, it's not a bad story. It is for younger readers, but so were the early HPs. I'm hoping the books will age with the characters . If so, then this is a good way to start. They're told first person narrative, so this is fine.
    A lot of reviewers didn't like the narration, but I had no problem with it. This one is really just a matter of taste. I probably wouldn't have picked him out of all possibilities, but he didn't detract from the story.
    All this sounds, if not absolutely negative, then at least ambivelant, and it probably is. I'm reserving final judgment for at least one more book. Having said that, I am getting the next book. There is enough good in the first one to make me think it wasn't recommended by mistake.

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    Danielle Meriden, CT, United States 09-15-09
    Danielle Meriden, CT, United States 09-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    I bought books 1-4 in paperback for my autistic son, and figured I'd give it a listen (I try to read whatever he's interested in so we can talk about it later). I was pretty impressed! I would have gone nuts for a series like this as a child (I am a big fan of Harry Potter/Narnia/LOTR still!) Since I work on a PC all day, I listen to many audio books and wish I could trade some of the awful adult ones for this series! But I have to say that I really liked the narrator. He sounds like my 12 yr old son would if he could get the emotions/inflections just right. The story was entertaining enough for me to pick up the rest of the books! Riordan and Jesse (the narrator) did a good job in my opinion, and I will be purchasing more if he does indeed go on to another series.

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    Charles Lees Summit, MO, USA 09-07-09
    Charles Lees Summit, MO, USA 09-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book and reader good too"

    After all the reviews of how bad the reader was, I almost didn't get this but I didn't want to wait for the book to come in the mail. I had no problems with the person reading it and I was glad it wasn't an audio book they tried doing music and sound effects. That's generally annoying and often drowns out what is being read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Exciting story, really fun!"

    Rick Riodon is really imaginative. He turned those boring myths into something interesting. I've read a lot about hercules, athena , zeus, Hades..... none of that were as exciting as this. Can't wait for the movies to come out.

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    Victoria 12-08-06
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    "good book, bad narrator"

    I liked the story, although it is a little sophomoric. The narrator almost ruined the book for me. I couldn't get past his bad acting and horrible sound effects. I'll get the next one if someone else reads it.

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    Ariel Venice, CA, United States 02-05-14
    Ariel Venice, CA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story, terrible narration."

    Jesse Bernstein's voice has a condescending tone, like he is talking down to children, in every moment of the story. It makes him unbelievable as the main character, though he does a fine and consistent job as other character voices. It doesn't make the book unlistenable, but it certainly detracts from the enjoyment of a good tale.

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    Janet San Jose, CA, USA 04-27-10
    Janet San Jose, CA, USA 04-27-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Listening Adventure"

    I loved this book. It's first in the series and cannot wait to listen to the others. I've always loved Mythology so this is a fun listening adventure.

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    "Great Read"

    I purchased this book for my son who is learning about greek mythology in school and he thought the book was awesome!

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    Jessye Indianapolis, Indiana United States 03-06-10
    Jessye Indianapolis, Indiana United States 03-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great New Read with Old Myths"

    This is an amazing idea for a book series. I LOVED the weaving of Greek myth into a new story. It was an amazing read (or listen). I agree with another post I saw on another site. Rick Riordan has awoken an interest in Greek mythology. I felt the need for a Greek myth cheat sheet at times to be sure I was understanding how everyone fit together, but I can't keep these books on the shelf in my library at school. These books GET KIDS READING and that in itself makes it a 5.

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    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 03-03-10
    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 03-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the greatest series of all time!"

    I happened upon Percy Jackson and the Olympians by chance and I'm glad I did! This novel has it all; great well thought out charachters, mythology, action/adventure, a little romance, and all around great fun. The narrotor did an amazing job of bringing the charcaters and their world to life in a way no movie could ever come close (if your only knowldge of Percy Jackson is that horrable movie adaptation I strongly recomend you buy this audiobook) all in all Mr. Riordan had done an amazing job and has inspiered me to be a writer as well, I only hope this book can change your life the way it changed mine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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