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
As is? No. If Joshua Swanson narrates the book, I would buy it again just for that reason.
Love the series.
He doesn't have an unpleasant voice, but his delivery is flat and he does a very poor job of bringing the characters to life. I'm sure he would be enjoyable in a different type of audiobook but he falls flat with the wonderfully detailed characters in the Heroes of Olympus series.
Not with this narrator, absolutely not.
I waited anxiously for a year for this new book and am very disappointed with the narration. I'm ready to run out and buy the actual book but I'm also hoping that a new version with Joshua Swanson narrating is either currently being recorded or will be recorded in the very near future.
Rick Riordan is always worth listening to and my family and I enjoy doing it together. The story is interesting, the characters are like family and its a sneaky way to sneak mythology into my children's education.
Percy and Leo are my favorite characters because they strike a cord within me. They aren't trying to prove anything to anyone, but will go the distance to help the ones they love. The other demigods like Hazel and Frank are up there too, but Percy and Leo are funny, affectionate, goofy and brave in their own ways.
He does not have the ability to recreate regional accents at all. He is a dry reader, and may be good for another series, but not this one. Poor Hazel would never even be considered Southern under his narration. Poor Leo, the funniest of the crew was boring and the only time he has a Spanish accent was when poor Nick had to read a Spanish phrase. I think that Nick should have turned this job down because he's only hurting his voice-acting portfolio. I would not have pre-ordered the audio if I had realized he was the narrator. I didn't like his reading in the Demigod's short stories and my family always skips his portion of the audiobook. He just doesn't have the enhusiasm/joy/energy that this series requires ... especially after Jesse and Josh's performances. Thoughts by my 10 year old: Well he is very flat. the only one who sounded good was Nico. I want the old narrator back. Leo always made me laugh when Josh narrated, but Nick makes him very boring. Hazel doesn't have an accent and doesn't even really sound like a girl.
To hear the next installment of the storyline, yes. To suffer through Nick Chamian's performance - NO! If I had paid attention and noted who the narrator was I would have stuck with the book this time around.
Get Joshua Swanson back for the next installment (if there is one). And maybe hire him to redo this mess.
No. I could not deal with Chamian's excessive vocal fry.
When it ended and Chamian finally stopped talking
Joshua Swanson, Kevin R. Free, James Marsters, pretty much anyone else
It's not that I dislike change, it's just that I dislike bad things. I suffered through Jesse Bernstein's narration of all the Percy Jackson books, and I was thrilled when Joshua Swanson took over for the Heroes of Olympus. When I heard that the narrator was different for this book, I was a bit disappointed that Swanson was not lending his great characterizations, but I was willing to give this new guy a shot. I listened to about two sentences that Nick Chamian uttered and knew I was in for a long 17+ hours. He has some of the most pronounced vocal fry I've ever heard outside of a twenty-something woman. Don't they teach you not to speak that way in narrator school?? I was very distracted throughout the whole book because I was trying to translate it into an enjoyable performance.
The book itself was a great continuation of the demigod saga. Riordan delivered a thoughtful and exciting story. I'm sure Nick Chamian is a very nice guy, but PLEASE do not allow him to narrate the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series. Please.
They changed narrators and this guy is awful. He has the same inflection for every sentence. Flat. Everything runs together and it is hard to concentrate on the story. I could not tell which characters was talking. I have every other book in this series on audio, but I only made it to chapter four with this narrator. I just bought the book instead. I was really looking forward to it. I am very disappointed.
The story itself was great. Never let me listen to the narrator again, please! He brings no life to the book. He reads each line then stops. There is no flow to the story or emotion . He sucked all of the fun out of the book. I had to turn off the audio after 3 hours, go buy the book and finish reading it.
NO! NO! NO! Absolutely NO!
Read the book don't listen to it!
i preordered this book awhile go, and was looking forward to listening as soon as it came available. Unfortunately I noticed immediately that this narration was going to be horrible 5 minutes into it. I checked on here to see what everyone was saying to confirm my suspicions. But i have trying to get passed it and try and just enjoy the story but this a struggle. He basically does the same voice for each character with only a slight difference. I recently listened to the last two books to prepare myself for this new one and i have to fight myself to keep going. I am at chapter 11 and i keep hoping for an improvement that is not coming. He has a very nasal voice. I really hope whomever is in charge of turning Rick's books into audio sees all these complaints and immediately sets out to re record this book with the previous narrator.
To anyone who hasn't purchased this audio book i suggest they do not and just read it themselves
NO! NO! NO! NO! The narrator was awful. I couldn't distinguish between characters hardly at all except for atrocious accents. The reading was flat and monotonous. Even after more then 2 years, I can still hear Percy Jackson when being read by Jesse Bernstein. This Percy I forgot with in seconds of turning off the book. I spent so much time trying to concentrate on what was being said, I couldn't lose myself in the story.
Nothing, I had to concentrate so hard to hear the story I don't remember any of it.
I spent so much time trying to concentrate on what was being said, I couldn't lose myself in the story. A great narrator makes the story come alive so I feel like I am watching a tv show with my back to the screen. You know exactly what going is going on with out looking. With no distinct voices, you had to listen hard to be able to follow along.
Based on the previous movies, No, this couldn't be a movie. Possibly a tv series but doubtful. Too much detail and too many locations to make it an affordable project.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE rerelease this with a better narrator.
The story was phenomenal and some of Riordan's best work yet.
I cant pick a favorite because they all are.
He sounds like a robot reading from a book and does not have enough of a range of voices to cover such a diverse array of characters. PLEASE RE-RELEASE WITH JOSHUA AS THE NARRATOR!!!!!!!!!!!
Chapter 36. That's all I have to say.
FYI this was my first review out of the fifty or so books I have bought from audible so believe me when i tell you that the narrator has got to change. I will gladly pay for another copy of this book if it is narrated by Joshua or even Bernstein.
I will buy more books from Rick Riordan.
I would but not books that have more than 2 main character. Nick Chamian killed this book.
I think the performance would have been better if the narrator hadn't talked so haltingly through out the story. Also I don't like how they keep switching the readers because you get used to the characters sounding a certain way and then they get someone else to read for the next book and you have to get used to a whole new set of voices for the same characters. I mean seriously? Jesse Berstien, then Joshua Swanson and now Nick Chamian? Can't you just choose one reader for the whole series? So yeah that's all for my review. Story is fantastic though as usual well done Rick Riordan :)
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