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The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2 | [Rick Riordan]

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

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.
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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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    BRWesty Richmond, VA USA 09-03-06
    BRWesty Richmond, VA USA 09-03-06 Listener Since 2003

    VA winelady

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    "great family fare"

    My 11 and 9-year-old kids (a boy and a girl) have really enjoyed this series and I have gotten caught up in it too. The story is fun and engaging. There are a series of battles and challenges and plenty of suspense, but it is all laced with humor. The books have also gotten my kids very interested in learning about Greek mythology-- bonus! The reader is pretty good with voices and does a convincing teenage narrator. I'm glad they've chosen to go with the same reader for both books in the series so far and hope they continue. The first book in the series is called the Lightening Thief.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Josh USA 07-12-10
    Josh USA 07-12-10
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    "This is realy good book"

    I previously owned the book but this audio makes the book feel all new to me. It makes it feel like I am acually there with Percy as he is the nearly getting blasted by dodgeballs of death. It was defiantly woth my time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Waltham, MA, USA 06-25-08
    William Waltham, MA, USA 06-25-08 Member Since 2004
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 03-17-11
    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 03-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Genuinely Wonderful Teen Writer"

    My teenage daughter loves to read and has thoroughly enjoyed Riordan's books. I have also read these stories and they are very well written. I am an extremely difficult to please reader and I actually enjoyed this book. I prefer paper to my MP3 but the plot and story line was well thought out and planned. The flow is great and the Greek history or Greek God stories actually play a phenomenal part in the stories. The way the author flows the historical stories of the Greek gods with the present is inspiring and just fun. He leaves something for the next book and keeps you wanting more. I believe Rick Riordan is very talented writer and I read about 30 to 40 novels per year and listen to the same amount.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Temecula, CA, USA 10-04-08
    Jason Temecula, CA, USA 10-04-08
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    "Sophmoric"

    Rick Riordan's second book in the Olympus series is quite good, but is not as entertaining as the first book. However, much like JK Rowling, his second book seems to be a spring-board for upcoming books in the series: Events that transpire in book 2 will likely be relevant in later books in the series. I look forward to "The Titan's Curse".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemarie Glendale Heights, IL, USA 01-01-09
    Rosemarie Glendale Heights, IL, USA 01-01-09
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    "Horrible narration takes the fun out of the story."

    My daughter couldn't wait to listen to this as she just finished reading the book, but she and I both found the narrator's rendition of the various characters annoying. He didn't seem to match voices with personalities and made all the children sound a bit dumb. If it wasn't for the poor narration, the book would have been a delightful listen though I believe the first book in this series is better. Then again, I read the first book and did not listen to it. This may be better served read and not listened to.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa little elm, TX, USA 07-19-07
    Melissa little elm, TX, USA 07-19-07
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    "great book"

    The Sea of Monsters was a great sequel to the lightning thief. It was probrably the best book i have read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 07-24-12
    Nicole 07-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great"

    .My 10YO has listened to it multiple times. It is hard to get him to do anything else once he has started.

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    Wendy North York, ON, Canada 02-13-12
    Wendy North York, ON, Canada 02-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Greek Gods made easy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sea of Monsters to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. I like listening to this kind of thing while I drive. It's easy to start and stop, and still draws you in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters, and the unpredictability


    What does Jesse Bernstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices are pretty fun.


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

    This whole series makes me laugh often -- the unexpected campiness, and the juxtaposition of current times and ancient times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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