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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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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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    J. Newberry 02-22-14
    J. Newberry 02-22-14 Member Since 2008

    Jeff

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    "I concur"
    Any additional comments?

    I certainly agree with the vast majority of the reviews posted thus far. If possible, narrators should never be switched, and this one made the switch more frustrating than most. However, I was able to compensate for the very . . . slow . . . diction . . . by doubling the reading speed on my ipod and by listening to the book in long segments to help accustom myself to the new, choppier rate. While I regret the necessity of these tactics, the end result is that the book was not ruined for me. I still greatly enjoyed the story, but I sincerely hope that the original narrator - or at least an equivalently energetic one - ends the series.

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    kathy las vegas, NV, United States 02-21-14
    kathy las vegas, NV, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator is ghastly!"
    What would have made The House of Hades better?

    Rerecord it with either Jesse Bernstein or Joshua Swanson. The newest narrator 'Nick Charmian' cannot make the characters sound different...can't tell if Hazel or Leo is talking. COULD NOT finish it...went out and bought the book and just read it...SHAME! I have loved the other audiobooks. This guy sounds like a bored middle schooler doing a book report.


    What other book might you compare The House of Hades to and why?

    When Madeline L'engle read her book Wrinkle in Time...loved the book...could not endure the narrator...same here...love the Riordan series....PLEASE RERECORD THIS BOOK WITH A REAL NARRATOR.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    RUINED IT TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!


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

    disappointed and frustrated....I have all the others books recorded by Berstein and Swanson and have listen to them several times because I enjoy them in the car.....why did they ruin the series by switching this far into the series?


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE RE RECORD IT WITH A REAL NARRATOR!!!!!!!!

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    John Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States 02-17-14
    John Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2011

    The DisneyNut!

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    "Great story - What were they thinking..."

    Change the narrator? ok but not at the same quality as the first three
    To paraphrase a legend "My Mother begs you, My Father begs you, My Sister begs you, I beg you.... please return to the original narrator for book 5.

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    Josh 02-13-14
    Josh 02-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I like magical realism.

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    "Not my favorite"

    I love all of Riordan's books, but this one was definitely not my favorite. I never quite pinpointed what quality of the book was so different from the rest in the series, but I often found myself bored. I think maybe it moved too slowly, compared to his typical fast-paced, action-driven plots. Some of it also felt very forced, like it was added as an afterthought. That's just the general feeling I got from the book.

    I'm not saying you shouldn't read it. It's still a great book, it's just not his best.

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    Chris 02-11-14
    Chris 02-11-14
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    "Slow start, decent finish"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The House of Hades to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so I can't compare it to the audio version.


    What other book might you compare The House of Hades to and why?

    This book seemed directly in line with Riordan's Olympus series (Percy Jackson as well).


    Have you listened to any of Nick Chamian’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing in the book particularly moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    It started a little slow and I was concerned the content wasn't going to be as engaging as the rest of this particular series, but that could have been in part to the performance of the narrator as well. I didn't enjoy his "valley girl" choice for some of the early characters, but apart from that it was decent.

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    Janice SWAYZEE, IN, United States 02-07-14
    Janice SWAYZEE, IN, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "OMG!! WHY CHANGE NARRATORS AFTER THREE BOOKS??"
    If you could sum up The House of Hades in three words, what would they be?

    Flat narration!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Could not get into this book at all. The narrator is horrid! The voice is flat, you cannot tell who is speaking.


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

    Could not tell the difference in characters. Flat, and unemotional.


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

    Yes, my reaction was who in the heck is this narrator and what happened to Swanson!!


    Any additional comments?

    I would have much preferred to have the original narrator. I won't listen to anything by him again. I'll have to finish this book by reading it, i can't handle this awful performance

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    HANK PEARL RIVER, NY, United States 02-04-14
    HANK PEARL RIVER, NY, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "HORRIBLE READER"
    What would have made The House of Hades better?

    GO BACK TO OLD READER. CHAIMIN'S READING IS NOT SMOOTH IT IS ALMOST LIKE SAYING A WORD ONE SYLABLE AT A TIME!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Hades?

    TO MANY TO MENTION. LOVED THE STORY!


    What character would you cut from The House of Hades?

    NICK CHAIMIN


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE GO BACK TO OLD READER'S

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    Nick Marietta, GA, United States 02-01-14
    Nick Marietta, GA, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Hate the new narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    This new narrator, Nick Chamain was just terrible. His version of their voices was disappointing, well, really just bad. He changed them to much and wouldn't stick to that voice. For Hazel he would go in and out of a sudo-southern accent. For Leo, he would go in and out of a pretty bad generic Latino accent. For Piper he did a really bad Valley Girl voice, making her sound like the type of girl she always talks about hating. So to make the performance better, go back to Joshua Swanson.


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    Jennifer PRINCETON, KY, United States 01-31-14
    Jennifer PRINCETON, KY, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as I was Expecting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I have listened to all of the previous Heroes of Olympus books in audio book form and was very excited for this one to come out but this narrator was just not up to the standard that I was expecting. The story was solid with great characters, action, and progression as I've come to expect from Riordan's books, however the narrator did not keep voices for characters consistent. Too many characters sounded so similar that you couldn't tell them apart easily when he began speaking in the voice without announcing which character was talking at the time. They were also so different from the previous narrators character voices that for someone who liked the previous audio books it was very annoying because you had already gotten to know the characters one way and these were not them. The book was great, as usual, I would recommend reading it, but listening to the audio version for someone who had listened to the previous ones in the series was dissapointing, confusing and at times annoying.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Percy is always my favorite character, his character and loyalty make him a great hero for young adults to read about. I also usually like annabeth and piper, but their voices did not match their characters in this audio edition. Piper sounded like a spoiled valley girl and her character is not portrayed that way at all which really took away from the experience for me and rather than sounding tough and thoughtful the way Annabeth has in past books, she sounds like a scared whiney little girl throughout much of this audio book. Those were downers for me; but if you didn't pay attention to the voices and focused solely on what the characters did and said they were the same great characters.


    Did Nick Chamian do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No! The voices were too similar, did not match character descriptions and weren't consistent throughout the book. There were several times that I thought one character must be speaking based on the voice and found out it was a different character a little later on.


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

    I was very disappointed overall. The book did make me laugh at parts but it was because of dialogue, definitely not the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    If this book was re-recorded with the previous narrator, I would buy it over again just to listen to it that way. It would be a much better experience. Also I will not be buying the next book in audio form if Nick Chamian remains the narrator. Changing the narrator in the middle of a series is never a good idea and in this case it was very distracting and detrimental to the enjoyment of the book.

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    Leonora Bradenton, FL, United States 01-16-14
    Leonora Bradenton, FL, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the book, narrator not so much"
    What made the experience of listening to The House of Hades the most enjoyable?

    The story was so great. The characters are so awesome!


    What about Nick Chamian’s performance did you like?

    I liked that he actually had a feeling for the character's voices. Not as good as Joshua Swanson though.


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

    The whole book is a constant extreme reaction. It felt like I was holding my breath through the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no words. This book was so wonderful. I hav a not so healthy obsession with this series. The thing I did not like was how the narrator kept pausing between sentences. I did not hate it as much as other reviewers did. But I certainly have issues with this one. Joshua Swanson over this reader any day.

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