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Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp.

Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he's coming to realize, are very much alive in the 21st-century. And worse, he's angered a few of them: Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has just 10 days to find and return Zeus's stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends, one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena, will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. To succeed in his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Don't miss the other titles in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
©2005 Rick Riordan; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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AWESOME BEST BOOK EVER! It was so so so so amazing

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There is no Book better then the Lighting Thief.
Needs know improvement or enemy thing like that.
I recommend it to everyone in the world. I hate to read but I love this book! So I think that even people that hate reading will love this book!

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My biggest pet peeve...

I really like this readers voice however he commits one of my biggest audio pet peeves.... Mispronunciation. Every time he says naiad (and a few other words I cringe and drop out of my story head space.... it sucks.

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This book was amazing! 😃

This book was pretty much a comedy......and I LOVED it!!!!!!!!! Best book ever! 😀 Whoohooo! 😊😊😊😊😊

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love it

wish I could've slow down listening to it so it could've last but it was awesome

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Listened to this series many times.

Love it! We've listened to it together as a family many times. Perfect for a family and long trips.

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Good book, really good narrator

Story is really interesting.Narrator performed well and acted out voices of others in a perfect tone, fitting the description of each character.

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Greek myth nostalgia

Delightful way to open the world of the greek gods and myths which have always intrigued me. Without literature like this the knowledge of ancient history will be lost, so bravo Rick Riordan!

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Unapologetically racist

The story is predicated on the notion that Western civilization is the best civilization ever and that before that there was darkness. This obviously racist premise is so refreshing its almost endearing - almost.

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I love the Percy Jackson books !😍😘😙

I loved the part when Percy was discovered Poseidon's son.It was just so surprising. I think that the first book is going to be my favorite book in the collection of Percy Jackson books.😀

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Long first book but great story 😴😎👍🏻 I don't think A story whith so much story

Your books are good but THE MONY$$$$$$$ I like it though 🏵🏵🏵🏵🎗🎗🎗🎗🎗 cant get to old for this book