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Publisher's Summary

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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Great for family trips

I really liked the way the author draws on Greek mythology to create a contemporary coming of age story. I believe fans of Harry Potter would enjoy this story. I listened while in the car with my elementary school aged kids. They really enjoyed the book and asked to read more about Greek mythology. Any book that sparks a love for learning in my children is fantastic to me. This one did just that. Now they are begging to hear the rest of the series. As for an adult view of the book, some areas were a little predictable but still read well with excitement and suspense. Sometimes the adult narrator, impersonating a 12 year old, is a little distracting (especially when he is portraying the voice of a teenage girl) but after the first chapter you get used to it and he does a good job with the other voices in the book. I'm looking forward to getting the rest of the books by this author.

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awesome!!

the voice kept me listening and the story was great! loved this book. oink oink

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miss read

her name is anabell! not anabeth! wish I would have canceled this. the story I love the audio of this one no I do not.

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Fun series!

This was a fun and entertaining book. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

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It was amazing!

I loved Percy Jackson a lot because the characters were brave to visit Hades! ✨

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  • 05-10-17

Should be a staple in everyone's library

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

8/10 great narrator but I hated the way he voiced the gods.

Any additional comments?

If you ever wanted to know where Medusa wound up or what Dyonisis does in his spare time... this is for you. <br/><br/>The first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is a wonderful introduction into this new world where Greek mythology exists and is very present in our modern society. A creative reimagining of the old myths- I've never been more interested in the subject. <br/><br/>Five stars period. A book that I've read before but never truly appreciated until this time around. Percy Jackson is a lighthearted, exciting, and adorable read for those of us who always wish there was more of Harry Potter. Fantastic book for both middle grades AND adults who never get sick of reading YA fiction. This is should be a staple on everyone's bookcase and/or audible collection.<br/>

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  • MGS425
  • Dawsonville, GA, United States
  • 04-25-17

Read and listened to all of these!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lightning Thief to be better than the print version?

Not better, but different. Jesse does a good job of varying the voices and you get a different sense of the characterizations from a voice.

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

The fight with the minotaur and his mother going golden! There are so many, it is hard to pick one or two. Also, the battle with Ares at the ocean. Good stuff.

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

Haven't listened to the Greek gods yet.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Certainly a page turner but one can't sit and listen all day!

Any additional comments?

This is a great series. Gave the whole set to my grandchildren and they all read all the books. Will listen to Greeks next!

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fun!

this was a fun book a little childish at times, but can't knock it for that due to it being aimed at a younger audience. If you looking for just fun read check it out.

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Amazing

This book was lovely and fun and it also helps teach history about God's so yes this deserves 5 stars