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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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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 02-15-13
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "Another Solid Story in the Heroes of Olympus Serie"

    I continue to find great joy in Rick Riordan's books. The Heroes of Olympus series builds significantly on his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. In this third book, the demigods of Camp Halfblood must join forces with the demigods of Camp Jupiter on a world-wide quest. The Greeks and the Romans must work together, which is no small task as they were not even aware of each other! Moreover, an incident in the beginning of the book causes war to break out between the Greeks and Romans. Seven demigods (from both camps) are chosen for this quest: Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel, and Leo. In this quest, the demigods work to fight the rise of Gaea and save Nico di Angelo. In addition, Annabeth must go on her own quest to follow the Mark of Athena in the hope of finding and saving the Athena Parthenos. It is believed that this statue will help bring peace to both the Greeks and Romans by uniting Athena with her Roman form, Minerva.

    There is a lot going on in this story, and it takes the characters all over the United States, across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Straits of Gibraltar, and on to Rome. In the past, I have frequently given Riordan's books five stars. I'm giving this one only four stars for one main reason: the number of characters is starting to get a bit challenging because its not always easy to remember who is Greek and who is Roman. In addition, the relationships between and among the demigods are becoming rather complex. The only way I could remember which demigod was which was by thinking about who he or she was dating--or not dating. In some ways, this caused the book to slip a bit into the teen romance genre, which is not what I enjoy about the series. While I understand it's a common part of growing up, I am hopeful that there will be just a bit less emphasis on it in subsequent books in the series.

    3 of 3 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 2002

    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!

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    Charlene Blake Durham, NC United States 10-31-13
    Charlene Blake Durham, NC United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story-- Josh Swanson (narrator) is PERFECT"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without hesitation yes-- if they like fantasy, magic and Greek/Roman mythology.


    What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

    I could DEFINITELY tell who was who at all times-- and he even keeps this the same across books. He is animated when he needs to be and the narrator voice is also distinct. How he keeps them all straight-- and different-- is beyond me. SO TALENTED!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karissa Eckert Minneapolis, MN 08-20-13
    Karissa Eckert Minneapolis, MN 08-20-13 Member Since 2004

    Devourer of all books fantasy

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    "Well done continuation of this fantasy series"

    This is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Riordan. As with all of Riordan’s book he follows his normal formula. The story is well done and entertaining; although with all the different characters we are following now things get a bit drawn out.

    I listened to this on audiobook and, like the previous two audiobooks in this series, this one was very well done. The narrator does a good job of keeping all of the voices straight...and there are a ton of voices to keep straight.

    Finally the two groups of Demi-gods meet. The meeting results in our group of heroes, basically the groups from the first two books, joining forces and journeying to Rome to confront some giants. Additionally Annabeth is told by her mother Athena to follow the Mark of Athena, which also takes them to Rome....but leads Annabeth on a solo quest. The fight against Gaia continues.

    Great continuation of this series. There is a lot of action and adventure and some great monsters just like in previous books. We even get to meet Hercules/Heracles. This story follows the same formula as previous ones...the heroes leave on a desperate quest to save the world, then find out they only have seven days to complete their mission. They fight monsters, journey, fight tougher monsters, journey, and then fight the big baddie at the end.

    The story gets a bit drawn out because it's following seven different characters and we hear from all of their different points of view. It's just a lot of characters to try and stay engaged with. It ends up making for a long story. The characters are pretty easy to distinguish between; Riordan has done a good job of giving them all outstanding characteristics.

    Despite the multitude of characters the story never gets confusing though and moves at a fast pace. The majority of the story is about these characters learning each others secrets and learning to trust each other. Of course they are also trying to prevent Gaia from ending the world.

    My favorite part was Annabeth’s solo quest to follow the Mark of Athena, I love her character and she confronts some truly creepy things.

    Overall I enjoyed this book and found it entertaining. These books are formulaic but also fast-paced and engaging. I look forward to the Doors of Hades when it comes out later this fall. Recommended to those who enjoy fantasy/adventure reads...or who have enjoyed previous Riordan books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Flynn La Grande, Or United States 11-27-12
    Patrick Flynn La Grande, Or United States 11-27-12

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    "The Heroes of Olympus still going strong"
    Would you listen to The Mark of Athena again? Why?

    No, I don't re-listen very often, and Riordan does a good job of making the marking events memorable especially as you read next entries into the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great historical tie-ins and doesn't give us the "lite" versions of mythology. The characters get to shine in seperate moments, allowing more of their personality to be revealed. I just wish I knew more about Jason!


    What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

    He keeps things moving and engaging, He has fun with the voices, even if they aren't all that dynamic (you can always tell it's Swanson, you never get the feeling he "transforms" into his characters) He make distinct differences between his characters (with maybe the exception of the giants, but that is understandable) Swanson also handles all the difficult names and locations which could easily get butchered.


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

    Simply because the book is relatively short, yes I would listen in one sitting. But the book isn't so engaging or edge-of-the-seat that I felt like I "couldn't put it down".


    Any additional comments?

    As a series, the Heroes of Olympus is not as good as the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but is fun, and continues the stories of the main characters, and the story is good enough, you want to know what happens next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kymberly Vienna, VA, United States 10-30-12
    Kymberly Vienna, VA, United States 10-30-12
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    "Just OK"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Its childish considering the characters are teenagers not fifth graders.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Riordan? Why or why not?

    Yes! The end keeps you waiting and you cant stop there!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Joshua Swanson?

    He sounds like 34 different people!


    Was The Mark of Athena worth the listening time?

    Well of course! I mean what else are you supposed to do during a five hour drive?


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sjae5678 04-18-14
    sjae5678 04-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mark of Athena to be better than the print version?

    Well, I enjoy reading the books on my own so the characters can develop and find a voice in my head on their own. I am not a fan of using someone else's thoughts to paint the characters for me..however, once I have read the book I thoroughly enjoy listening to the audio versions while driving and during my lunch breaks at work!! While the audio is wonderful I will always be a paper page reader first!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am a huge fan of Percy of course!!! I am also coming around to Hazel.


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

    I love the life that he puts into his characters they are spot on, fantastic in my opinion.


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

    I was devastated when....sorry I don't do spoilers!!! Of course there were moments that moved me!!


    Any additional comments?

    Love, love, love listening to this series as performed by Mr. Swanson!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila WAXHAW, NC, United States 02-01-14
    Sheila WAXHAW, NC, United States 02-01-14
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    "Loved the story but not the narrator"
    Where does The Mark of Athena rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5/5 right next to House of Hades


    Has The Mark of Athena turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No it has not


    What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

    I persons.lay do not like the voice for this type of book. I prefer Jesse Berenstien


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

    Kind of


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-27-13
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-27-13 Member Since 2011

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lankyknitter Singapore, Singapore 10-19-13
    Lankyknitter Singapore, Singapore 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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