The explosive third part in Rick Riordan's number-one series - set in the world of Percy Jackson - now available as an unabridged audio download. One fatal prophecy. Seven brave demigods. A quest to find - and close - the door of death.
Annabeth felt as if someone had draped a cold washcloth across her neck. She heard that whispering laughter again, as if the presence had followed her from the ship. She looked up at the Argo II. Its massive bronze hull glittered in the sunlight. Part of her wanted to kidnap Percy right now, get on board and get out of here while they still could. She couldn't shake the feeling that something was about to go terribly wrong. She couldn't risk losing Percy again.
©2014 Rick Riordan (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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"cant beat heroes!"
Yes! I have read all the Rick Riordan books and have gotten others hooked
Leo and hazel finding out the link between them
He was good at doing the different characters but took some getting used to some of the accents he used.
"What more could you want?!"
There is so much about this series I like, I don't know where to start ... except with Rick Riordan's characters. If you know anything about the genre, or his previous books, you'll have heard of Percy Jackson & his "scary Athena girl" Annabeth, but the newcomers in this 5-book adventure are as vivid and unique as any we've met so far & I soon found myself rooting hard for Leo, Piper, Frank & Hazel; even developing a soft-spot for Jason as time went on. (No mean feat, since he is rather annoyingly perfect.)
The plot careens along at Riordan's ubiquitous hair-raising pace, the narrative leaping from character to character every few chapters, which could have been confusing, but instead brings a breadth and depth to the tale it wouldn't have had otherwise; allowing you to experience the goings-on from multiple viewpoints.
Riordan writes with such charm, wit and humour you can't help enjoying yourself, & the cameo appearances of various gods and monsters (a slurring Bacchus and Leo's hysterical encounter with Narcissus and his fan-club being particular highlights) serve to draw you ever deeper into the crazy world of his ADHD demi-gods. Which is where you'll want to be, after only a few chapters.
This is the 3rd book in a 5-book sequence, & I strongly suggest you begin at the beginning; with book 1: The Lost Hero ... if you don't feel you can spare time -or credits- enough to go all the way back to Riordan's first opus, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, which details the early adventures of "just your average Son of Poseidon ..." & his initiation into the world of half-bloods, monster-fighting & ridiculously dangerous quests.
Joshua Swanson is one of the best narrators I've come across in all my Audible adventures: he has such an engaging style, great charm and a gift for characterisation that's second to none. Everyone has their own "voice" and attitude, which he conveys brilliantly; though my favourite has to be Leo Valdez, for whom Swanson affects a lovely wry drawl and strong Hispanic accent. He really seems to "get" the material, & relish reading it, which makes it a joy to listen to.
I was very disappointed to learn the last 2 books are read by someone else ...
I laughed so much whilst listening to this, & the previous books in the series, I had to stop myself from playing it in public, since people on trains & buses tend to look at you askance when you break into helpless fits of giggles with no prior warning & no visible excuse.
So much happens in Riordan's books they can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, but not a bad way. He has very deft touch when it comes to writing moving scenes without being in any way sentimental: you react because you've grown to care about the characters and learned enough of their backstory to anticipate when things are going to be hard or painful for them ... & know precisely why. You see it coming, & wince for them.
"Alright, cupcakes! Make my day!"
"Best book ever"
This sires and and pursy Jackson is awesome. I think it is great idea. Best book ever. I leant lots.
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