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
Could not get into this book at all. The narrator is horrid! The voice is flat, you cannot tell who is speaking.
Could not tell the difference in characters. Flat, and unemotional.
Yes, my reaction was who in the heck is this narrator and what happened to Swanson!!
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
GO BACK TO OLD READER. CHAIMIN'S READING IS NOT SMOOTH IT IS ALMOST LIKE SAYING A WORD ONE SYLABLE AT A TIME!
TO MANY TO MENTION. LOVED THE STORY!
PLEASE GO BACK TO OLD READER'S
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was very disappointed overall. The book did make me laugh at parts but it was because of dialogue, definitely not the narration.
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.
The story was so great. The characters are so awesome!
I liked that he actually had a feeling for the character's voices. Not as good as Joshua Swanson though.
The whole book is a constant extreme reaction. It felt like I was holding my breath through the whole book.
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.
Everyone will enjoy this book just not read by this guy.
Frank and Leo are my favorite characters but the way this guy reads its impossible to differentiate any characters from each other.
If I had listened to more than 5 minutes of his narration I think my ears would have started bleeding.
Every part read by Nick Chamian
If they were to re-release this book with Joshua Swanson as the narrator again I would pick it up but Nick's monotone reading just kills everything that made the previous audio books excellent. Hopefully they will take these comments into account and not make the same mistake for the 5th book in this excellent series.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
Whew! Tracking the normal 3 Heroes fulfilling prophecy was easy compared to having 7 Heroes & a few other key characters.
Another excellent addition to the Heroes of Olympus & Olympians books. In addition to the fabulous story line & writing, I am enjoying the growth of each of the characters in not only their powers but also in their confidence, maturity and their trust in one another.
Nick Chamian was good, but it did take a little getting use to due to Joshua Swanson's & Jesse Bernstein's excellent narration of the previous books. Nick was a little flat at the beginning but that improved throughout the book.
What else could Rick Riordan possibly think of to challenge these 7 Heroes & others after this book? This group is going to need serious counseling after this adventure is concluded but.... as the saying goes "What doesn't break you (kill you) makes you stronger".
Very boring. He does not seem to have the range of voices need for this book.
I didn't have an extreme reaction to the book but for some reason on this book I had a bit of problem with the characters were flowing.
I bought the audio version of this book because I am dealing with an eye issue. The book was next in my stack of books therefore I did not check into who doing the narration. I will next time. I have upped the speed to 2x to get through the book faster.
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Rick Riordan wrote another great book keeping you on your feet.
No Nick was monotone and not someone I would want to listen to. I tried giving him the benefit of the doubt but after 4 chapters was saddened by the performance.
I must admit, I am not that in, but not sure how far I am going to make it with this narrator. The emotionless, stultifying reading is bad enough, but if you are going to narrate a book about Greek mythology, check pronunciations! His pronunciation of Epirus just made me wince.
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