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
"[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)
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.
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.
Robbie Daymond did a great job of reading the characters voices. It really brought the story to life.
And the end of the world is coming... again....
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!
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
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.
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.
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.
Interesting concept. Fairly well written. It's repetitive in parts. Worthwhile listen if you're into fantasy books.
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.
The fact that the book was a new adventure mixed with old friends
The Heroes of Olympus Series and the Percy Jackson Series
Apollo finding his humanity, and all the scenes between Nico and Will
Beauty Becomes Basic
This book was fantastic and anyone who loves Greek mythology with a modern twist will love this book.
Robbie Daymond's performance was stellar. My children and I have enjoyed all but one of the readers for Riordan's books, but Damon's performance was exceptional. His ability to create such completely different voices, tones, inflections, and accents for each character is really impressive and entertaining. I'll be looking forward to more of this voice actor's work.
Also, this is my favorite Riordan book so far. It brought back some of our most favorite characters from past series, but they didn't steal the show which I thought was great. Riordan also created new, richly described characters with endearing quirks and flaws.
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.
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