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The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle Audiobook

The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle

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Publisher's Summary

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father, Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the 4,000-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus' favor.

But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go...an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

©2016 Rick Riordan (P)2016 Listening Library

What the Critics Say

"[Narrator] Robbie Daymond is completely charming as the god Apollo.... Apollo is conceited and self-important, but Riordan's funny writing and Daymond's narration make sure the listener is always on his side as he learns how to manage without his godly gifts." (AudioFile)

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    anne 05-05-16
    anne 05-05-16
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    "Fantastic!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle the most enjoyable?

    Rick Riordan did it again! He brought us a new series that leaves us vying for more! Sadly, I finished the book quickly after I started, which means I have to wait another year for the next book :( But this series is going to be great! I love the character development throughout the book. The book brings us a slew of new characters, yet with enough familiar characters to make us smile.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle?

    The most memorable part that sticks in my mind is probably how narcissistic Apollo is at the start of the book, and how he grows into a character that cares for others and is willing to put others first.


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

    Robbie Daymond did a great job of reading the characters voices. It really brought the story to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    And the end of the world is coming... again....


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I love Percy, Anabeth, and the 7 demigods, I like that Riordan has given them a little bit of a break from having the fate of the universe on their shoulders. They deserve a break... I mean poor Percy! every time he wants to have a normal life, the world is ending and he has to save it... So I am glad he has taken a break from that. Even so, I am glad that we find out snippets of what is going on in our favorite characters lives since Gaia tried to rise. Its neat to see what they are up to!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-03-16
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-03-16

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Well Earned Mega-Success"

    I'm an adult (with a Grandson who LOVES these books!), and I certainly enjoyed finding and promoting an author who quickens and enriches kids' appreciation of mythology.

    But, can he produce that quality over and over again? Well, yes, apparently! "Apollo" is a case in point: there's reference to earlier books and some overlap of familiar and loved characters; new characters are just as sympathetic (or horrifying!) and fresh as in earlier series; and Riordan's enthusiasm for myth and expanded detail seems not to have diminished at all.

    I always wonder if kids really "get" his many jokes and references devoted to the 1960's and '70's, but, if you can go by my grandchildren's reactions, these seem not to phase them at all or reduce enjoyment. If those babyboomer sections are skipped over, there are still plenty of age-appropriate bits of humor and current pop culture quips to please the target audience. We all loved, for instance, this book's mention of "Groot", and my grandkids are now running around shouting "Peaches!" at every opportunity.

    And, thank you, thank you for this new narrator! While still sounding appropriately like a youngster, Robbie Daymond's delivery is so much less cartoonish than the previous reader. He interprets all the characters well and brings the whole thing to life for listeners of any age.

    Rick Riordan deserves his fame and success.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 05-08-16
    Michael 05-08-16
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    "Finally a good narrator"

    The world of Camp Half Blood is once again filled with the drama and adventure that makes Rick Riordan's YA novels thrilling for readers/listeners young and slightly older. This new series revives the humor and unique perspective that made the original Percy Jackson series so great. But what impresses me more is the fact that Listening Library has finally cast another quality narrator. After sending listeners through disappointing series of narrators in Heroes of Olympus and the new Magnus Chase, Robbie Daymond finally gets Riordan's style and characters right.

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    Jordan 05-04-16
    Jordan 05-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Rick you're a genius"

    We get to see the world through the eyes of an ex god, reconnect with our favorite demigods, meet the new face of evil, and meet some amazing new characters.
    I also extremely appreciate the very respectful portrayal of a young bisexual boy, and the true natures of the gods.

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    Danielle nj, USA 08-19-16
    Danielle nj, USA 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "such a fun tale"

    I absolutely love how well this is written but moreover it is soooooo much fun to read. Got to love the return to camp half blood!

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    Jessica 06-01-16
    Jessica 06-01-16
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    i loved it
    the reader had a clear voice
    and the book took me 3-days-to-finish
    im-waiting-for-the-next-book

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    L. Foster Texas 05-23-16
    L. Foster Texas 05-23-16 Member Since 2016

    Dreaming Wild Dreams

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    What did you love best about The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle?

    The fact that the book was a new adventure mixed with old friends


    What other book might you compare The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle to and why?

    The Heroes of Olympus Series and the Percy Jackson Series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Apollo finding his humanity, and all the scenes between Nico and Will


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Beauty Becomes Basic


    Any additional comments?

    This book was fantastic and anyone who loves Greek mythology with a modern twist will love this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David New York, Ny, United States 05-22-16
    David New York, Ny, United States 05-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Decent book"

    Interesting concept. Fairly well written. It's repetitive in parts. Worthwhile listen if you're into fantasy books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eiryn 05-21-16
    Eiryn 05-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprisingly Awesome"

    I wasn't sure about this book at first. But, since I love the other Olympian books, I gave it a shot. Riordan stunned again.


    At times, you hate Apollo, at others, you want to cry for him and what he's been through. Admittedly, there were a few soapbox moments, but they didn't detract from the plot and were funny and appropriate.

    I can't wait for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harold Klein Orlando, FL 05-19-16
    Harold Klein Orlando, FL 05-19-16 Member Since 2011

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    "The best yet"

    A book for everyone and their parents The best of his books since the lightening thief. Can't wait for the next one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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