In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest:
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Who are the other four mentioned in the prophesy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea.
Also listen to the first book, The Lost Hero.
©2011 Rick Riordan (P)2011 Listening Library
As a huge Percy Jackson fan's, my son and I found this to be another great addition to the series. We love the way Mr. Riordan combines humor, action, and learning about Greek and Roman characters. We can't wait for the next book in the series. All we can say is "Write faster, Mr. Riordan, write faster".
As usual Riordan writes a wonderful story and makes me long to be apart of his world. The Roman myths are a bit unexplained but it seems that the Romans dont want to talk about anything. everything seems forbidden to their culture. I did like the way the Romans looked down on all the Camp Half-Blood traditions. Now on to my Headline. Swanson makes most of the characters sound kinda lame. His accent for some of the characters slips and makes it harder to tell if his voice is just a little higher for the girls or slightlydeeper for the boys. All the gods sound like either old dusty cowboys or my old aunts. I cringed everytime Octavius had lines. He can definitely improve in his performance, but he should try it on books that aren't written by my favorite authors.
I am an educated adult and I love Riordan's books. I have read all of his so called children's books. He is a greta writer. I read a novel a week and his books are a fantastic break from my normal readings. I very my topics weekly but I always go back to a few authors. Riordan is on my top list.
Great story, moves fast but not too fast. The narration by Joshua Swanson is much better than his narration of the previous book. (Still not as good in my opinion as the narrator of the first series, so I gave it four stars.)
Between the writing and the improved reading you really get a feeling of the character differences between Percy's point of view and persona and that of Jason in The Lost Hero. Can't wait for the next book!
Loved the story, great listen while traveling. Once again Mr Riordan does not disappoint.
Joshua Swanson does need to work on his range, but he has definitely made improvements since The Lost Hero (Book 1). Many of those passages sounded computer generated, a quality not found in this performance. Perfection would be nice, but improvement is good enough for now.
This was one of my favorite books in the whole Percy Jackson series. I didn't have a problem with the narrator. I'm just excited about the next book when everyone finally gets together. I wish Rick Riordan could write as fast as I can read!
This works borders more on the incredulous than even the other books. Since it is fantasy, we can believe in fighting cyclops and centaurs -- but fighting blades of grass? The story is good enough to keep buying -- but please replace the reader with a computerized text reader -- at least then, we would not feel bad about saying things so negative about a fellow human. This reader apparently never practices before he records for production. His articulation is more like a digitized reader. I guess he thinks the next words after commas in English are to sound like the start of new sentences. I have two hours of commutes every day and use it all for audio books. Of the dozens I've listened to, this is the worst reader -- period.
Yes! My son could not put it down. He needed to read it.
My son chose to listen to it over playing Xbox! I see that as a victory for a good story! He's already listening to the next book!
My son is an audible learner. He has tried to listen to stories read by other people and he by far has enjoyed the voice and pace at which this story is read.
If I'm not reading, I'm listening.
Somehow they got a completely different narrator and this book still came out sound exactly LIKE the Percy Jackson series.
Just finished listening to it 2 days ago and loved it. I was a bit disappointed he left out something I wanted to catch the camps reaction through instead skipping the reaction and and starting right on the argument. And still don't like the narrator, but could be worse, they could have used Sam Tsoutsouvas still can't stand to even listen to his narration. And I think this book was much better than the first of the series. I was getting worried near the end that he just gave up advancing Percy and it was just going to be about the other character surprising skills.
I can't wait for the next book. I hope this time we get Annabeth's point of view. It is looking like she might be the seventh but it is hard to tell, I hope so. It also seems like Gaea may use her to blackmail Percy or something like that.
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