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The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4 | [Rick Riordan]

The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
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Publisher's Summary

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don't succeed, Gaea's armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

©2013 Rick Riordan (P)2013 Listening Library

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    amyrex2 Cheektowaga, NY, United States 10-08-13
    amyrex2 Cheektowaga, NY, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This narrator was fine for the Luke story, but be just hasn't been able to pull off the longer, and varied voices of this book. I would re buy the book for Swanson reading it.

    I'd rather have waited a couple of weeks to have maintained the narration.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Chamian’s performance?

    He doesn't have the amount of voices needed. His female voice sounds like a man trying to speak with a girls voice. It's just bad. I liked his reading of the Demi god diaries, so I don't think he's a bad reader, he's just not a good fit for this book


    Any additional comments?

    Please stop switching readers in a series that maintains the same narration. It's very distracting from my enjoyment.

    64 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    devlin Seattle, WA, United States 10-08-13
    devlin Seattle, WA, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Why switch the narrator?"
    What disappointed you about The House of Hades?

    I can't even get into the story via audio book. Why was the narrator changed?


    What didn’t you like about Nick Chamian’s performance?

    All of it. The bored drawl he would have saying everything except when he tried the voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like my credit back.

    49 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-08-13
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    "why oh WHY!!"
    What disappointed you about The House of Hades?

    The narrator is horrid! The voice is flat, you cannot tell who is speaking. Just Horrid!! I am not able to finish it. Plan on getting the book and reading imagining Joshua Swansons voices.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total disappointment due to the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring Joshua Swanson and I will buy audio again....PLEASE

    42 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Ryuhi 10-08-13
    Ryuhi 10-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A terrible choice of narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Sticking with Joshua Swanson, who did a great job with all three previous books, or if impossible, Jesse Bernstein from the Percy Jackson books, or pretty much ANY other narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By being in any sense a performance, this was flat and lifeless from the start and a very bad surprise as I preordered it without paying attention to whether they switched narrators...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is with all likelihood the continuation of a very enjoyable series, in written form or with a different narator.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, this is a best-seller series, DON'T ruin it with bad narration.
    I would gladly buy this book if they released it with a better narrator, but this way, I will have to return it right now and pick up the ebook version instead.

    42 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    C. MacMillan Sharon, CT 10-08-13
    C. MacMillan Sharon, CT 10-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, but....."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book, yes, the audiobook, no.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Couldn't finish the audiobook.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Chamian?

    Joshua Swanson or Jesse Bernstein


    Do you think The House of Hades needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't listen to anymore than 5 mins of this audiobook. The narrator is terrible. Very dry, unenthusiastic and sounds like he's reading from a book. All of the other audiobooks on the series have drawn me in and held me captive. I've sat in my car waiting to hear what happens. I usually go back and forth for. The audio and the book, but I'll be sticking with the book only this time.

    72 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New Cumberland, PA, United States 10-09-13
    Amazon Customer New Cumberland, PA, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "9 year old cried about how bad audio is"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My kids and I have been looking forward to this book for a year, they listen to the others all the time. My daughter was so excited to get the audio version today but that soon turned to tears on how bad the narration is. she asked to return it and read the book instead. Horrendous!


    What didn’t you like about Nick Chamian’s performance?

    It is like listening to a dead fish, there is no life in his voice, he makes the book sounds bland and boring! Save yourself money and buy the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this book could be returned, its audio ruins the whole story, we will be buying the book!

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    T. Pauley 10-08-13
    T. Pauley 10-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Needs a better narrator."
    Where does The House of Hades rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is good. What I expected.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Chamian’s performances?

    No. If I had to, it would be something without a lot of characters. These books are about the characters stories and Nick Chamian's performance is so dry and he doesn't seem to have the range to perform a book with so many varied characters. And the voices are nothing like I have come to expect from Joshua Swanson and Jesse Bernstien.


    Any additional comments?

    The switch in narrators has me seriously considering returning this one. I would rather try to find the time to sit down and read it then be bored in the car from the voice.

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Gabe Hoffman Snellville, GA, US 10-09-13
    Gabe Hoffman Snellville, GA, US 10-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible Voice Acting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've listened to every single book in this series multiple times, I'm a fan. I'm not sure I can even finish this one. The story is great, the narration is dreadful. Dude is bored. Next to no voices. Not sure why they switch people, the other guys are great great, even their other works are great. And this is my first review, I just had to log in to comment on how bad it is and save others from it. Audible should pull this work until it's fixed, imagine releasing a book without being proofread, I can't imagine the guy that gave this a listen, and said, "Yeah, that will be ok".


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's Rick Riordan, it's the Hero's of Olympus


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Chamian?

    Joshua Swanson, his voices for each character were so well developed, and helped you understand the dialogue just by listening. With Nick, I can't tell who is talking most of the time.


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

    If you had the right talent, instead of the all wrong talent


    Any additional comments?

    First Review Ever, It was that bad

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Shari San Mateo, CA, United States 10-08-13
    Shari San Mateo, CA, United States 10-08-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Why was the narrator changed?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having a better narrator.


    Would you recommend The House of Hades to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend the audiobook. Too boring to listen to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator's pace of reading was too slow and the voice variations for the different characters was not very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Bing back the previous narrator please!

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Medford, Morocco 10-08-13
    Jonathan Medford, Morocco 10-08-13
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    "New Narrartor is Horrible"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although I am a huge fan of the story, this new narrator is horrible. He sounds stiff and robotic, and he pauses way too long for commas, giving a stilted quality to the audiobook. Basically, I consider buying this audiobook a waste of money and am going to just download the ebook and read it instead.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Chamian’s performances?

    No, I am completely unwilling to try this narrator again. I have been looking forward to this for months, and he really ruined it. It was painful to listen to, like watching a kindergarten rendition of Swan Lake. He's reading a part where one of the main characters has "never been happier," but he has no emotion at all. It is how I would imagine a Vulcan would narrate an audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    I am already invested in the series, and the story itself is great. But if I were new to the Heroes of Olympus series, based on the first chapter of this book, I wouldn't even bother. I even skipped ahead to several points in the book to see if the performance got better, but it never does. Every pause is too long, and the characters' experiences, joys and struggles are cheapened by the colorlessness of the narration.

    57 of 58 people found this review helpful
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