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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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    Alejandra 04-15-14
    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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"
    How could the performance have been better?

    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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    Sabrina 01-25-14
    Sabrina 01-25-14
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lightning Thief the most enjoyable?

    This was awesome! !! Enjoyed the voice, storytelling, And the deliverance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annabeth her display of wisdom


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

    No


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    Daniel M 12-20-13
    Daniel M 12-20-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Solid listening..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to introducing it to my children.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It already is a movie and it was good. I am looking forward to more movies.


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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-11-13
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.

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    "Great story"
    If you could sum up The Lightning Thief in three words, what would they be?

    This was a great story told by a good narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Percy Jackson Because he is awesome


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

    Surfer bad guys


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    Julie Iowa 11-15-13
    Julie Iowa 11-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "My son might be a tad obsessed."

    We ordered the audio book last year and all of my kids were so taken they ended up reading every single other book in the series within the next couple months. We've since ordered 2 more audio books from the series and my kids listen to them repeatedly and I keep finding the Kindle 'reading' to the kids late at night under a pillow somewhere long after they have fallen asleep.

    I have read some of the other reviews about the quality of Jesse Bernstein's narration. I thought he did a great job! Yes, the accent was off in a couple places but his style and tempo were perfect for the kids. He sounded just as I imagine a young demi god might sound if he were retelling a story.

    I would suggest to anyone with a boy in the 9-11 age range having any reading motivation issues that it might help to start with an audiobook and then provide them with a 2nd book in the series.

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    Kathleen Banff, AB, Canada 10-27-13
    Kathleen Banff, AB, Canada 10-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Greek Mythology meets the future"
    Where does The Lightning Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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".


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Greek Mythology meets the Future


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the Harry Potter series, you will probably like this one too.

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