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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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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-11-13
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-11-13

    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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    Craig M. Ramsey 10-15-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Great Escape Book for kids and adults"
    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief again? Why?

    I bought this book for my grandson who does not read well. We read the book and listened to the audio book at the same time. It helped him get interested in reading more and improved his ability to read. I got hooked on the story line and decided to buy the entire set for me. I also decided to continue to buy the audio version in addition with the hard copy of the books, because I can listen to them in the car when I drive to work or when I take public transportation to work. I get to hear the story and have something to discuss with my grandson. Jessa Bernstein did a good job in portraying the various characters in the book. His voice was pleasant and maintained my interest in the story line.


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    Andrea F. Ozment New Haven, CT USA 10-13-13
    Andrea F. Ozment New Haven, CT USA 10-13-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Great introduction to Greek mythology"
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    I loved reading myths when I was a kid and didn't realize I was getting a solid foundation for future studies in literature. I thought I was just enjoying exciting magical adventure stories. This series is great because it captures the excitement and intrigue of the ancient myths and weaves those elements into fast-paced, contemporary novels, accessible to any reader. The narrator is perfect, believable in every character's voice.

    I've enjoyed every book in all of Rick Riordan's series and, dare I admit it, the books have deepened my understanding of mythology. Highly recommended.

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    Mary Fan Princeton, NJ 08-13-13
    Mary Fan Princeton, NJ 08-13-13 Member Since 2013

    Sci-fi/fantasy junkie, storyteller, devourer of books, workaholic

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    "Fun boy's adventure with a lively narrator"
    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief again? Why?

    Generally, I don't listen to audiobooks twice simply because I don't have time, but I am eager for the sequel - more Percy, Annabeth, and Jesse Bernstein!


    What about Jesse Bernstein’s performance did you like?

    Jesse Bernstein does a fantastic job of bringing Percy's snarky, sarcastic voice while at the same time making the character sympathetic


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    Joseph Whitaker 07-26-13
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    "better than anticipated"

    I started off reading the series before my son is born,hoping I could find a fun way to introduce classic mythology to him. One book later, I was sucked in. I like how the author transports the ancient Greek monsters to modern versions of their original traps and keeps their base purpose alive. The only real downside so far has been a need for character development in secondary characters. Hoping this picks up in later books.

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    Ann 05-23-13
    Ann 05-23-13
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    "Slow start but good read"

    I would recommend this book and the series. My Grandson was reading it so I decided I would read it and we would have something to discuss. I couldn't get into it so I switched to another book that he was also reading. He told me to go back to this book and listen a little more. Sure enough, I got really interested and finished it before I knew it. I'm getting ready to read the next book in the series.

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    jessica 05-19-13
    jessica 05-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good tweens story - kids younger ..than movie"

    saw the movie first. did not realize kids were so young in the book. But it was still a good read.

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    Jamie Maumelle, AR, United States 04-17-13
    Jamie Maumelle, AR, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great family listen!"

    I purchased this book to listen to on our road trip for Spring Break. After 12 hours of driving we had only less than an hour left and they didn't want to get out of the car!! Very well written and read and my children enjoyed it so much we have purchased them all!! We are now on the 3rd book and listen to it every time we are in the car. This has also had a pleasant side affect of no more sibling squabbling while driving...lol

    Highly recommend!!

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