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The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3 | [Rick Riordan]

The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 3

Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans.
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Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy - after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera - it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon figurehead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket, Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving command: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find - and close - the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader - but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

©2012 Rick Riordan (P)2012 Listening Library

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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-27-13
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-27-13

    Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.

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    "Another great story"
    Where does The Mark of Athena rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Another top of the lister


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

    It was well done and I would listen to it a couple times and one sitting works as well. It was a great listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lankyknitter 10-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So Much Better"
    Have you listened to any of Joshua Swanson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    When we started this series, we did not enjoy Joshua Swanson's narration. He has improved so much over the three books. I know part of it is getting used to a different person but really, with each book he has gotten stronger. I have read that they changed the narrator for the next book and we don't want to buy it.


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

    The book is too long to listen to in one sitting. We listen while we drive all over Singapore. (Which is very small but we drive a lot.)


    Any additional comments?

    Please quite changing narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ailene Pennsylvania, USA 09-04-13
    Ailene Pennsylvania, USA 09-04-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Natural, engaging performance with great story"

    Josh Swanson's performance in the Heroes of Olympus series is fantastic. Very natural without being stilted or overacted. The performances brings Riordan's brilliant storytelling to life. These audiobooks don't conflict with the way I pictured and "heard" the story while reading the books and make hours in the car for vacation travel fly by this summer. I wish the rest of the series and Riordan's books lived up to Swanson's versions!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dejibo 01-20-13
    Dejibo 01-20-13
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    "Hurray!"
    If you could sum up The Mark of Athena in three words, what would they be?

    We waited what seems like forever for this last in the series to come out.


    What other book might you compare The Mark of Athena to and why?

    Percy Jackson series


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

    yes, and love them


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

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    Coach Jackson was awesome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jm Arcata, CA, United States 11-13-12
    Jm Arcata, CA, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2010

    Professional Escapist and Self-Help Junkie. I have a background in the classics, but a love for fantasy, horror and science fiction

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    "Felt like an episode of a weekly tv series..."

    Clearly not Riordan's best work, but not all that bad. The contrivances felt a touch heavy handed, from the quasi-comic insert-a-villain to the plot speeding helpful mortal on the street. It had the aroma of segue all over it.
    That said, there is some interesting character growth from a few or the characters and a nicely executed tie in of the Leo/Sammy conundrum.
    Most importantly it has captivated my interest for the next installment!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-29-13
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "Good Continuation for Riordan Fans"
    What made the experience of listening to The Mark of Athena the most enjoyable?

    As always, an interesting story with humor and mythology.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm glad that Riordan has continued his mythology series, and has woven in characters from the original Camp Half Blood series into this new one. This was an interesting storyline, though I feel his best ones were found in the original Percy Jackson books.


    What does Joshua Swanson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Certainly the Riordan mythology series work well as audiobooks -- the characters and humor translate well, and the reader did a good job with the different voices, and building excitement. That said, my personal preference is for the other narrators used on the Riordan books.


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

    No. But it was suspenseful.


    Any additional comments?

    Neither my 10 year old son nor I have liked this series as much as the original Percy Jackson series or Riordan's Egyptian mythology series. Nonetheless, this installment was well done. My son wanted to zip through it. He keeps pestering me about the next one, so despite being a tad off from the Riordan highwater mark, it is still the most exciting series going to him.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Fresno, Ca, United States 12-30-12
    Sara Fresno, Ca, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic"

    This is the first book of Riordan's I have gotten on Audio. I love his writing style and cannot wait for the next one in the series. This book did not disappoint. The reader was fantastic. Thank you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth East Hardwick, VT, United States 12-18-12
    Elizabeth East Hardwick, VT, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So good once you start it is hard to stop."
    If you could sum up The Mark of Athena in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Captivating and Imaginative!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It explained things from the other books that were left hanging.


    What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

    He was clear, easy to follow and voices not over done.


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

    I laughed out loud a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    Once I started listening it was hard to stop. I have listened twice so far and will listen again. The story was entertaining and action packed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KP United States 11-20-12
    KP United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "This is My Last Percy Jackson Book"

    I have listened to all of the Percy Jackson books and I have pretty much lost steam at this point. Each book is more and more similar to the previous one. Sometimes that works, but in this case, there is almost no innovation to each book. I originally thought the premise of the stories was clever -- why create new stories when you can just borrow from Greek and Roman mythology? Genius! -- but it is as though the author is on auto-pilot. I made it through because I listened to it at 3x speed and even then didn't really have to pay attention to get through it. I'm not planning to read any more Percy Jackson books.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 07-27-15
    Christopher 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Anna Beth the EPIC"
    What made the experience of listening to The Mark of Athena the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator really captured the whole cast incredibly. Anna Beth's personal quest and struggles as well as the wonderful yet horrible ending had me biting my nails!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mark of Athena?

    Can't say so no spoilers here. Just know that this book is going to make you wish you were a child of Athena.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last few chapters were unbelievable.


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

    Yes, and then re-listen to make sure that I got all the wonders Riordan had written.


    Any additional comments?

    BUY THIS BOOK ITS WORTH IT! (if you have read/listened to the first two books but still worth it, just might not quite be as epic)!

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