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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

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Another great adventure from Rick Riordan!

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".

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Let this be Swanson's Swan song

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jimmy
  • Lubbock, TX, United States
  • 10-19-11

Great story - abysmal reading

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Gail
  • Monument, CO, United States
  • 10-11-11

Great addition to the series

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Better series than the first one

This series is so much better and has a older feeling to it comparing to the first series.
i liked the first book and this one is god as well.. awaiting the 3rd one :)

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Riordan YES Swanson NO

I am addicted to the work of Rick Riordan. Books are my drug. And he is one of my dealers.
But Zeus almighty, WHO picked this narrator?
Does this guy just guess how to pronounce stuff? Or does he do it on purpose, in some evil vendetta against book lovers?
I wanted to become a narrator out of sheer love of reading aloud and bringing stories to life.
Now I have a new motive. (Or rather, another one) To prevent further butchering of stories!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One heck of an addictive adventure!

Where does The Son of Neptune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in the top few over the past few months. Every last minute of it has been addictive. I chose this book for its fantasy genre and length originally. I continued onto the second book in the series (this one) because the first one was so fantastic. Now I'm going to have to just keep going. I adore this series. It's had me enthralled with interest, adventure and upbeat spirits. The reader of the book can do all kinds of voices which make you really feel like you are listening to and befriending each character one at a time, which is good because this book has as many characters as your real life has day-to-day friends. Every moment I can't wait to hear what is happening next, makes me wish the books where longer. Even better is that this book mixes fantasy with mystical and religious history. So you are literally getting to old world religion, history and war tactics step by step as the book moves forward. You can hear and imagine seeing, tasting and smelling what the monsters and Gods would have been like. If I haven't convinced you, I don't know what will. If you love fantasy adventure like lord of the rings or love stories like fifty shades of gray or history fantasy like the Michael Scott series or the adventures of Terry Goodkind in the Wizards first rule then this book is for you (obviously start with book one)

What does Joshua Swanson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

If you love fantasy adventure like lord of the rings or love stories like fifty shades of gray or history fantasy like the Michael Scott series or the adventures of Terry Goodkind in the Wizards first rule then this book is for you (obviously start with book one)

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

yes if I could.. and I tried

Any additional comments?

This is a must read .. I mean listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Riordan is awesome

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Laurie
  • KALAMAZOO, MI, United States
  • 10-19-11

Narration much improved over The Lost Hero...

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Scilla
  • Port Orchard, WA, United States
  • 02-25-12

Par for the Course

Any additional comments?

Somehow they got a completely different narrator and this book still came out sound exactly LIKE the Percy Jackson series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful