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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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    Roni 10-09-13
    Roni 10-09-13
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    "Joshua Swanson, where are you?!?"
    Would you listen to The House of Hades again? Why?

    As is? No. If Joshua Swanson narrates the book, I would buy it again just for that reason.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


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

    Not with this narrator, absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-09-13 Member Since 2005

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    "This narrator is unsuited for series. Period."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was The House of Hades worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Get Joshua Swanson back for the next installment (if there is one). And maybe hire him to redo this mess.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Harrisonburg, VA, United States 10-10-13
    Emily Harrisonburg, VA, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I don't dislike change, I dislike bad things"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. I could not deal with Chamian's excessive vocal fry.


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

    When it ended and Chamian finally stopped talking


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

    Joshua Swanson, Kevin R. Free, James Marsters, pretty much anyone else


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Stacie Broken Arrow, OK, United States 10-10-13
    Stacie Broken Arrow, OK, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Read the book instead. Unlistenable!"
    What disappointed you about The House of Hades?

    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.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rachelle Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 10-09-13
    Rachelle Eagle Mountain, UT, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worst narrator ever!!"
    What did you like best about The House of Hades? What did you like least?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reading it!


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

    NO! NO! NO! Absolutely NO!


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book don't listen to it!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Pomfret, MD, United States 10-09-13
    Justin Pomfret, MD, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible Narration"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Chamian’s performances?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    To anyone who hasn't purchased this audio book i suggest they do not and just read it themselves

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    S. weiler 10-09-13
    S. weiler 10-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What a waste of a good story!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Nothing, I had to concentrate so hard to hear the story I don't remember any of it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Could you see The House of Hades being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE rerelease this with a better narrator.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Philippa Weston, MA, United States 10-12-13
    Philippa Weston, MA, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Re-release With Joshua Swanson"
    What did you love best about The House of Hades?

    The story was phenomenal and some of Riordan's best work yet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I cant pick a favorite because they all are.


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

    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!!!!!!!!!!!


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

    Chapter 36. That's all I have to say.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    sebrina Marianna, FL, United States 10-10-13
    sebrina Marianna, FL, United States 10-10-13
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    "if you have read the other posts you know!"
    Would you try another book from Rick Riordan and/or Nick Chamian?

    I will buy more books from Rick Riordan.


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

    I would but not books that have more than 2 main character. Nick Chamian killed this book.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story not so great Narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    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 :)


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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