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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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It was a great book

I loved the book it had action but sometimes it was freaky but is very much enjoyed this book and definitely recommend this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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We love the world of Percy Jackson

If you could sum up The Lightning Thief in three words, what would they be?

Rip roaring fun

What other book might you compare The Lightning Thief to and why?

It reminds me of a young-person's version of The Iron Druid books

What didn’t you like about Jesse Bernstein’s performance?

The performance was weak, especially the voices. But also, there are pauses at weird places (where there is no punctuation calling for it), and odd inflections, especially in dialogue. I will say that he does a much better job in the Sea of Monsters .

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

Fantastic fun for the whole family (as opposed to the movie they did make of it, which was terrible!)

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LOVED IT !!!!!!!!

Where does The Lightning Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Lightning Thief is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lightning Thief?

One of the most memorable moments was the twist at the end.

Have you listened to any of Jesse Bernstein’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Jesse Bernstein's other performances before, but I liked this one a lot.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

this book did make me cry at lest once.

Any additional comments?

this is one of the best books ever!

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Great first in series

Would you listen to The Lightning Thief again? Why?

I really love these stories. I've read them myself and have read this book with my students. A lot of people mention disliking the narrator. But, I felt the narrator did a good job in voicing the character of Percy Jackson. As it's a first-person narrator telling the story, it's important that the actual performing artist embrace the character of Percy Jackson. I felt the narrator did a great job interpreting the character of Percy into is performance.

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  • Janet
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • 04-27-10

Great Listening Adventure

I loved this book. It's first in the series and cannot wait to listen to the others. I've always loved Mythology so this is a fun listening adventure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • J
  • Indianapolis, Indiana United States
  • 03-06-10

Great New Read with Old Myths

This is an amazing idea for a book series. I LOVED the weaving of Greek myth into a new story. It was an amazing read (or listen). I agree with another post I saw on another site. Rick Riordan has awoken an interest in Greek mythology. I felt the need for a Greek myth cheat sheet at times to be sure I was understanding how everyone fit together, but I can't keep these books on the shelf in my library at school. These books GET KIDS READING and that in itself makes it a 5.

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  • sam
  • shreveport, louisiana, United States
  • 03-03-10

One of the greatest series of all time!

I happened upon Percy Jackson and the Olympians by chance and I'm glad I did! This novel has it all; great well thought out charachters, mythology, action/adventure, a little romance, and all around great fun. The narrotor did an amazing job of bringing the charcaters and their world to life in a way no movie could ever come close (if your only knowldge of Percy Jackson is that horrable movie adaptation I strongly recomend you buy this audiobook) all in all Mr. Riordan had done an amazing job and has inspiered me to be a writer as well, I only hope this book can change your life the way it changed mine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bravo - what a great entertaining book

What a great book, and Jessie Bernstein does a wonderful job reading the book as well. As an adult its fun to find a good kids book to listen to, it allows you to feel like a kid again. The HP books were so well done and these are too, plus to relearn about all the great greek gods. This book is a fun book and thats what its all about, finding that book that makes you smile and laugh out loud. this is a must read, and to those who gave it low marks, they have lost their smile and laugh, too bad, in these days when its hard out there, this is a make you feel good book

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13 Year old loved it!

I purchased this book for my 13 year old son and he gave it five stars. He loved the book and finished it in two days. Now I have to purchase the rest.

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Not heavy but nice light fare

I like the concept of the book. The opening few chapters are a little intense for young readers but the book finds its pace. It is not a brain twister but it is enjoyable. As usual with this genre I find it hard to believe a 12 year old could overcome some of the other characters but I don't pay much mind to the hero's age.

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