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The Sea of Monsters Audiobook

The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

Don't miss the other titles in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

©2006 Rick Riordan; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Company

What the Critics Say

"Adventure follows chaotic adventure at a rapid pace, and readers with even a passing acquaintance with the Odyssey will enjoy this fresh use of familiar stories." (School Library Journal)

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    Alex Child 11-15-16
    Alex Child 11-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Find another reader"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and characters and almost all parts of this audio book. The story gets a little cheesy and the plot walks a fine line between referential and derivative, but that works for the story being told.

    Bernstein however comes close to ruining it for me. His character voices are consistent, but frequently don't match their descriptions, and his tone and rhythm make the intelligent and engaging prose sound like the bad lies of a dumb 8 year old. I know that seems harsh, but I honestly feel that Bernstein puts so much effort into injecting a sense of youth into his voice that it ruins the illusion and only reminds me of being talked down to in middle school.

    I recognize that these novels are intended for a younger audience, but I feel that is no reason to deny that audience the respect Riordan's text pays to them and Bernstein's performance mocks.

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    Christina Donovan 12-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    My favorite in the series and Rick Riordon sounds just like Persy I loved it and by the way where's my cookie from the Greek gods book.

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    Amazon Customer 03-28-15
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    "excellent book good performance"

    Rick Riordan is a master story teller, I really love his modernization of Greek mythology in these books. The introduction of Tyson made this book for me. One question though why did Blackjack change genders? This is the only book where the character is a mare.

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    Karrin A. Blazek Lake Villa, IL United States 03-09-15
    Karrin A. Blazek Lake Villa, IL United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, bad preformance"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love this series and after reading the first book with my son, got the second on audible so we could listen in the car. Once again the story is fantastic. Rick Riordan does an amazing job blending Myth, history and the modern world into something really magical. The problem is the narrator. He's terrible. He mispronounces words left and right and, when not using a character voice (the only decent part of his performance) he uses what amounts to baby talk. It's insulting to the intelligence of the kids these books were meant for, and frankly, highly annoying and grating. We will likely switch back to reading to each other in what little spare time we have instead of listening to the rest of this series.


    Was The Sea of Monsters worth the listening time?

    The story is totally worth it and I recommend both this series of books and the following one.


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    Joshua 01-23-15
    Joshua 01-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, poor narration"

    Love the Greek mythology, so I enjoyed the book itself. However the narrator was extremely lackluster in his rendition of the character dialogue. For example if a character spoke "calmly" the narration didn't come off as calm.

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    Stephanie Lynn, MA, United States 03-26-12
    Stephanie Lynn, MA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "So what if I'm a grown up?"

    I am not afraid to admit that I love these books! Obviously, the mythological basis for the stories is the magnet for me, but the action and adventure hold my attention. I find the narrator a little distracting at times, but he does a fair job. I do think the best narrators are the ones who don't act like they're reading a kid's book, of which Mr. Bernstein is unfortunately guilty.

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    Jere Rock Springs, WY, USA 05-19-09
    Jere Rock Springs, WY, USA 05-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Another wonderful Percy Jackson book"

    A must read for all kids, and adults. My only problem is that it was too short.

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    William Waltham, MA, USA 06-25-08
    William Waltham, MA, USA 06-25-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent"

    It's a kids book, so as an adult, the plot devices are nothing to write home about. It's got some interesting ideas, which is what made me come back and listen to this, the second book in the series. The narrator is prone to overacting, and his voices are marginal, but it's still a halfway decent listen.

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    Anto 02-22-17
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    "just loved it"

    very entertaining story! nice voice and intonation! I enjoyed it a lot. it is great book

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    James VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA 02-17-17
    James VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA 02-17-17 Member Since 2010
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    "It was a very nice story and the reader wad ok"

    Couldnt stop listening to it!Loved to listen to the book when i was cleaning!Great Book

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