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The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
Series: Heroes Of Olympus, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (7,305 ratings)

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After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

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.

Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

©2010 Rick Riordan (P)2010 Listening Library

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

New Story New Characters New Narrator

I almost didn't download this one from the reviews that were posted. But all of Riordan's other books have been great, I just had to find out for myself. And I am glad I did! Tremendous story great characters and the narrator's alright. If you pass on this one because of the narration you're missing out. If you pass because of what others have written, well then you probably don't need to read about heroes.

32 of 33 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew
  • South Jordan, Utah, United States
  • 12-16-10

Great Book, The Narrator Was Alright

I really enjoyed this book. I haven't read the other Percy Jackson books. This makes me want to go read the rest of the books by Rick Riordan. The narrator took some getting used to, but after a few minutes I had no problems with him.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great listen!!! Highly recommended!

I haven't even finished listening to this one yet, but I know I will be disappointed when it's over. I've listened to the entire Percy Jackson series and was prepared to be disappointed with the new "heroes", but I was wrong! The story is wonderful and I found that I was totally intrigued by these new characters. Can't wait for more!

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Jack
  • san antonio, TX, United States
  • 11-17-10

A Good Spinoff sans Percy

This was a great way to introduce new characters to an already successful series. The new spin - hinted at throughout the book - and revealed at the end is an interesting angle and should produce more great reads.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Cyndi
  • Richmond, TX, United States
  • 10-23-10

Do I rate the book or the narrator?

With an audiobook, a bad narrator can certainly ruin a good book. While I don't think this book is as well written as those in the Percy Jackson series, it is much better than the narrator makes it.
Ultimately, the narrator seriously hurts this book. At times, his "computer-like voice" is immensely irritating. At other times, all of his characters have the same voice (which makes telling the characters apart very difficult). On a personal note, I'd just like to tell our narrator Joshua Swanson that he is a horrible reader and he should not butcher future books.
I would like to point out that this is NOT Audible's fault. They didn't choose the narrator. I don't know who at the Listening Library (the company which produced this book) is responsible for choosing this narrator, but that person failed miserably. If you want to prevent this narrator from destroying future books, make sure to visit the Listening Library's website and register your complaints.

37 of 43 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

A New Voice for a New Chapter.

I'll be the first to admit, it is hard to get used to a new reader. I have enjoyed the previous Readers work so much getting used the new "voices" is difficult. But that shouldn't prevent you from enjoying the new story. I suspect there may have been a new editor or something involved, there were a couple wording choices in the first part that weren't consistent with the previous books. However if your new to the series this is a great place to start, it does a wonderful job of re-introducing the setting in whole new light.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Waldorf, MD, United States
  • 10-26-10

Great Book, Bad Narrator

I loved the book. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Made a long distance road trip seem like minutes. Unfortunately, the narrating needed alot of work. I look forward to the next book in the series but hope there will be a different narrator. Perhaps the same person that read Percy Jackson's adventures.

29 of 34 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Good book, awful reader

Totally agree with the other readers. Don't know why some didn't like Jesse, but my kids loved him. He brought the characters to life. But this reader's monotone just drove us crazy. He gave Annebeth a totally different unpleasant personality. Change the reader back to Jesse!

23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Catherine
  • Greenbelt, MD, United States
  • 04-26-11

Pronunciation matters

Both the book and the narrator are good, but he mangled nearly every god's name that he said. It's not Gee-ah, it's Gie-ah. It's not Hee-rah, it's Hair-rah. It really made my teeth hurt. Why didn't they do some research on pronunciation? It would have been a lot less distracting.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Terry
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 10-14-10

Really truly enjoying the book but...

I'm only 4 or 5 hours into the book right now but I had to stop and mention about the narrator. He's "okay" but certainly not great. But what disappoints me the most is the way the reader is mispronouncing some small, simple Spanish words. Rick Riordan is from San Antonio, Texas and I love that the author has included a few small references here and there that remind me of home. But the reader can not say "tia" or "mijo" correctly or even closely resembling the author's intent. I don't speak fluent Spanish and you don’t need to speak fluent Spanish to get these basic, common words correctly.

Plus another example of the narrator missing the author's intent, at one point, Annabeth says something that was obviously meant to be spoken with an inquisitive tone and the narrator read the sentence as an exclamation or as an excited accusation. Just wrong.

All that being said, the narrator cannot prevent this book from being highly enjoyable. I’m enjoying the writing and, as always, love Rick Riordan’s book.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful