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The explosive third part in Rick Riordan's number-one series - set in the world of Percy Jackson - now available as an unabridged audio download. One fatal prophecy. Seven brave demigods. A quest to find - and close - the door of death.

Annabeth felt as if someone had draped a cold washcloth across her neck. She heard that whispering laughter again, as if the presence had followed her from the ship. She looked up at the Argo II. Its massive bronze hull glittered in the sunlight. Part of her wanted to kidnap Percy right now, get on board and get out of here while they still could. She couldn't shake the feeling that something was about to go terribly wrong. She couldn't risk losing Percy again.

©2014 Rick Riordan (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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Excellent narrator!

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This book is good but made great by Joshua Swanson! His narration is perfect and full of emotions.

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  • Jae
  • Hong Kong
  • 01-08-18

fab

loved it
never got bored after listening to it for more than ten times
loooooooooooovvvvvvveeeeee it

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  • Andy
  • 05-12-17

brilliant story as always

A great story as always, not my favourite narrator for this series but still good.

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  • redness24
  • 04-28-14

cant beat heroes!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! I have read all the Rick Riordan books and have gotten others hooked

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mark of Athena?

Leo and hazel finding out the link between them

What about Joshua Swanson’s performance did you like?

He was good at doing the different characters but took some getting used to some of the accents he used.

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  • Ian Lloyd
  • 11-05-17

Rick Riorden

So good don’t want to put it down somehow inspirational yet action packed with adventure

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  • Toni
  • 10-22-17

A great continuation

This series just keeps getting better and better with every book. As it's book 3 in a series I can't say much without spoiling things but the characters are working together well despite their differences and things are definitely heading towards a climax of some kind as the tension is building and I can't wait to read more. I love Joshua Swanson too so I'm rather apprehensive about listening to the rest of the series via Audible as the narrator changed for the last two books.

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  • Adam Walker
  • 09-10-17

Brilliant Again

Again, another winning story. The character development just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to start the next one.

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  • Prarthana Patel
  • 05-27-17

Audio not audible

Till Chapter 13 more than mid-way the audio book is perfect but after that there is no audio of the book.

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  • Nancy
  • 02-26-17

Afro Afro Afro Afros

Afro's lots of Afro's MORE AFROS caboom Rome he he he polibaty smashy ( this was apral fools)

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  • Gethin
  • 08-12-16

Great book, definitely worth a listen

If your a fan of the original Perry Jackson books you will love the series. Only downside I found is I preferred the other voice actor, but that is probably because I am used to his voices for characters.

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  • 05-16-16

Mark of Athena

Wisdoms daughter walks alone the mark of Athena berms thought Rome
This line makes a great story

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  • crystaltipps_7
  • 12-04-15

What more could you want?!

What made the experience of listening to The Mark of Athena the most enjoyable?

There is so much about this series I like, I don't know where to start ... except with Rick Riordan's characters. If you know anything about the genre, or his previous books, you'll have heard of Percy Jackson & his "scary Athena girl" Annabeth, but the newcomers in this 5-book adventure are as vivid and unique as any we've met so far & I soon found myself rooting hard for Leo, Piper, Frank & Hazel; even developing a soft-spot for Jason as time went on. (No mean feat, since he is rather annoyingly perfect.)

The plot careens along at Riordan's ubiquitous hair-raising pace, the narrative leaping from character to character every few chapters, which could have been confusing, but instead brings a breadth and depth to the tale it wouldn't have had otherwise; allowing you to experience the goings-on from multiple viewpoints.

Riordan writes with such charm, wit and humour you can't help enjoying yourself, & the cameo appearances of various gods and monsters (a slurring Bacchus and Leo's hysterical encounter with Narcissus and his fan-club being particular highlights) serve to draw you ever deeper into the crazy world of his ADHD demi-gods. Which is where you'll want to be, after only a few chapters.

What other book might you compare The Mark of Athena to, and why?

This is the 3rd book in a 5-book sequence, & I strongly suggest you begin at the beginning; with book 1: The Lost Hero ... if you don't feel you can spare time -or credits- enough to go all the way back to Riordan's first opus, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, which details the early adventures of "just your average Son of Poseidon ..." & his initiation into the world of half-bloods, monster-fighting & ridiculously dangerous quests.

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

Joshua Swanson is one of the best narrators I've come across in all my Audible adventures: he has such an engaging style, great charm and a gift for characterisation that's second to none. Everyone has their own "voice" and attitude, which he conveys brilliantly; though my favourite has to be Leo Valdez, for whom Swanson affects a lovely wry drawl and strong Hispanic accent. He really seems to "get" the material, & relish reading it, which makes it a joy to listen to.

I was very disappointed to learn the last 2 books are read by someone else ...

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

I laughed so much whilst listening to this, & the previous books in the series, I had to stop myself from playing it in public, since people on trains & buses tend to look at you askance when you break into helpless fits of giggles with no prior warning & no visible excuse.

So much happens in Riordan's books they can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, but not a bad way. He has very deft touch when it comes to writing moving scenes without being in any way sentimental: you react because you've grown to care about the characters and learned enough of their backstory to anticipate when things are going to be hard or painful for them ... & know precisely why. You see it coming, & wince for them.

Any additional comments?

"Alright, cupcakes! Make my day!"

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  • Electricplum
  • 06-15-17

Greatest series and best book so far

I really like Rick Riordan and his books. They are always really interesting. I recommend this for teenagers. Plus check out my Youtube channel: Starrydude (the one with an icon that is stars(

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  • PJ
  • 04-15-16

Brilliance from go to woh

This book has taken the series to a new level. The characters are portrayed by the reader as I believe the author intended and this has created the feeling of being there with them. I would recommend this book to all readers who can get a hold of it. Whether you are 8 or 80 this book will thrill and amuse you. From the thrill of the dangers faced to the corny humour of Leo. From the rivalry between the characters to the love they share the book grows until it suddenly is ended and we are left hanging out for the next book.

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  • jessica
  • 04-06-15

Another block buster special

Fabulous fast paced adventures. Loving learning about Greek and Roman gods. Time to download the next one. We can't wait.