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The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two | [Rick Riordan]

The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest.
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Publisher's Summary

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Who are the other four mentioned in the prophesy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea.

Also listen to the first book, The Lost Hero.

©2011 Rick Riordan (P)2011 Listening Library

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    Dana Altamont, UT, United States 10-08-11
    Dana Altamont, UT, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great adventure from Rick Riordan!"

    As a huge Percy Jackson fan's, my son and I found this to be another great addition to the series. We love the way Mr. Riordan combines humor, action, and learning about Greek and Roman characters. We can't wait for the next book in the series. All we can say is "Write faster, Mr. Riordan, write faster".

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    Jim Wuhan, China 10-20-11
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    "Let this be Swanson's Swan song"

    As usual Riordan writes a wonderful story and makes me long to be apart of his world. The Roman myths are a bit unexplained but it seems that the Romans dont want to talk about anything. everything seems forbidden to their culture. I did like the way the Romans looked down on all the Camp Half-Blood traditions. Now on to my Headline. Swanson makes most of the characters sound kinda lame. His accent for some of the characters slips and makes it harder to tell if his voice is just a little higher for the girls or slightlydeeper for the boys. All the gods sound like either old dusty cowboys or my old aunts. I cringed everytime Octavius had lines. He can definitely improve in his performance, but he should try it on books that aren't written by my favorite authors.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 08-27-12
    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Better series than the first one"

    This series is so much better and has a older feeling to it comparing to the first series.
    i liked the first book and this one is god as well.. awaiting the 3rd one :)

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    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 05-05-12
    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    I am an educated adult and I love Riordan's books. I have read all of his so called children's books. He is a greta writer. I read a novel a week and his books are a fantastic break from my normal readings. I very my topics weekly but I always go back to a few authors. Riordan is on my top list.

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    "Great addition to the series"

    This was one of my favorite books in the whole Percy Jackson series. I didn't have a problem with the narrator. I'm just excited about the next book when everyone finally gets together. I wish Rick Riordan could write as fast as I can read!

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    Jimmy Lubbock, TX, United States 10-19-11
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    "Great story - abysmal reading"

    This works borders more on the incredulous than even the other books. Since it is fantasy, we can believe in fighting cyclops and centaurs -- but fighting blades of grass? The story is good enough to keep buying -- but please replace the reader with a computerized text reader -- at least then, we would not feel bad about saying things so negative about a fellow human. This reader apparently never practices before he records for production. His articulation is more like a digitized reader. I guess he thinks the next words after commas in English are to sound like the start of new sentences. I have two hours of commutes every day and use it all for audio books. Of the dozens I've listened to, this is the worst reader -- period.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 10-19-11
    Laurie KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Narration much improved over The Lost Hero..."

    Great story, moves fast but not too fast. The narration by Joshua Swanson is much better than his narration of the previous book. (Still not as good in my opinion as the narrator of the first series, so I gave it four stars.)

    Between the writing and the improved reading you really get a feeling of the character differences between Percy's point of view and persona and that of Jason in The Lost Hero. Can't wait for the next book!

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    Bryant Sugar Hill, GA, United States 10-13-11
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    "Great Story, and an improved performance"

    Loved the story, great listen while traveling. Once again Mr Riordan does not disappoint.

    Joshua Swanson does need to work on his range, but he has definitely made improvements since The Lost Hero (Book 1). Many of those passages sounded computer generated, a quality not found in this performance. Perfection would be nice, but improvement is good enough for now.

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    "More of the Same Ain't Quite Enough"

    I have read every "Percy Jackson" novel written so far. I thought this novel was just OK. I feel as though I'd like a little more originality. (Originality may be an unfairly tall order from the author who is basically re-writing Greek and Roman mythology --a clever way to craft a series of novels, in my mind -- I'm sure several people wish they had thought of it first!)

    I did like learning about new characters Frank and Hazel, but I suppose the original appeal of this series (I love Greek mythology and was psyched to read the stories in a different way) is just wearing off.

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    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-19-12
    Desarae QUINCY, WA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010

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    "One heck of an addictive adventure!"
    Where does The Son of Neptune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top few over the past few months. Every last minute of it has been addictive. I chose this book for its fantasy genre and length originally. I continued onto the second book in the series (this one) because the first one was so fantastic. Now I'm going to have to just keep going. I adore this series. It's had me enthralled with interest, adventure and upbeat spirits. The reader of the book can do all kinds of voices which make you really feel like you are listening to and befriending each character one at a time, which is good because this book has as many characters as your real life has day-to-day friends. Every moment I can't wait to hear what is happening next, makes me wish the books where longer. Even better is that this book mixes fantasy with mystical and religious history. So you are literally getting to old world religion, history and war tactics step by step as the book moves forward. You can hear and imagine seeing, tasting and smelling what the monsters and Gods would have been like. If I haven't convinced you, I don't know what will. If you love fantasy adventure like lord of the rings or love stories like fifty shades of gray or history fantasy like the Michael Scott series or the adventures of Terry Goodkind in the Wizards first rule then this book is for you (obviously start with book one)


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

    If you love fantasy adventure like lord of the rings or love stories like fifty shades of gray or history fantasy like the Michael Scott series or the adventures of Terry Goodkind in the Wizards first rule then this book is for you (obviously start with book one)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes if I could.. and I tried


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read .. I mean listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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