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Publisher's Summary

Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the Gods erupts?

©2006 Rick Riordan (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks Ltd

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  • John
  • New Zealand
  • 02-03-14

Outstanding!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

Yes, I recall reading the print version in primary and I really did like it but never considered reading the other books. But when I listened to it I was hooked.

What did you like best about this story?

The action and adventure, the emotion. The precise use of greek mythology spun into it, all real myths.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Percy, Grover and Sally were fighting their way to camp half-blood. It was action-packed, and very emotional.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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great story for any greek fan

i read the book after watching the movie and have to say its day and night difference. Like listening to two different stories. the book is far more captivating and interesting than the movie could ever hope to be.

Its also my first audiobook ever and Jesse Bernstein does amazing job voicing all the different characters, switching between the voices flawlessly and hands down makes the story 100 times more engaging.

Cant wait to read the rest. Far better than reading it myself.

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  • Tegan
  • Australia
  • 06-05-12

I love young Adult Non Fiction (31)

Very entertaining and a great action book... I definately have learnt more about Greek Mythology and am committed to listen to the entire series, if it keeps up the pace...

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Great Book

This is a funny and witty book. The only fault is that all of a sudden it is over. There is no real finish, I checked out the audible manager looking for the final part?

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  • Andrea
  • Grosseto, Italy
  • 09-16-10

One word: awesome

Great writing (but that I already knew) and Jesse Bernstein is just awesome!
Buy this audiobook if you like fantasy and you wanna have a lot of fun. Witty dialogues and teen spirit, what else can you ask for?

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  • Rachel
  • Burpengary, Australia
  • 08-16-10

Good Fun

My little ADD/ASD girl is completely wrapped in this story and keeps pinching my ipod to play it. I think the narrator isn't as good as the narrator of the 39 clues but enjoyable all the same.

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  • Mrs
  • 06-25-15

Loved it

Really loved the book, great characters and storyline and loved the narrator's portrayal.
Re listen regularly.

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  • Emma
  • 04-02-11

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

A brilliant story which will appeal to teenagers, young Percy Jackson is struggling at school with his dyslexic and ADHD if thats not enough his math teacher turns into a monster and trys to kill him!
This book is much better than the film. After listening to this I was pretty sure my dyslexic was because I was also a demi god!
A wonderful story which will inspire young minds!

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  • Nathan
  • 10-10-16

Good story, weak performance

The book itself is quite fun, though aimed at a younger audience, obviously. The reading is awful though - I noticed way too many incorrectly pronounced words throughout it.

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  • R B.
  • 10-19-14

Hooked!

Would you listen to The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 again? Why?

Bought this to pass the time for my 10 year old daughter on some long journeys on holiday. Picked it mainly on the grounds that it was one of the longest books on offer, but we were all soon hooked - really enjoyed the story and the performance. Will have to listen to it again, as daughter kept sneaking into the car to listen to it by herself!

What other book might you compare The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 to, and why?

We have enjoyed the traditional Greek and Roman myths, Harry Potter and the Philip Pullman books. All have the same way of creating a whole world you can become absorbed in.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The whole bok was great - hard to single out a particular element.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Percy Jackson - half boy, half god, All hero! (has that already been done?!)

Any additional comments?

Loved this book, now read the paper version, and are moving on through the whole series.
Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Lynn Worton
  • 03-13-14

A Fantastic YA Series!

This is the first book in the Percy Jackson series. I loved it!

Percy Jackson is a fantastic character. He is a normal young boy with a learning disability. Or is he? He finds out that he is really a demi-god and the son of Poseidon, but his life is about to get even more complicated when he is accused of stealing Zeus's lightning bolt. I really liked this young man. He is not necessarily the strongest person, but when faced with a God's wrath, he certainly is the bravest!

I have watched the movie, but had not read the book, so I decided to get a copy to read. I downloaded a copy in audio format so that I could listen to it whilst doing chores.

I started listening to it and was quickly pulled into the story. I began to really enjoy the tale, but it was a little strange to note all the differences between the movie and the actual book. I understand that making a movie out of a book is not necessarily the easiest thing to do - logistics and time etc., but there were whole scenes that were chopped out in the movie, and others written in that were not in the book. The narrator of the story, Jesse Bernstein, did a wonderful job reading the story and bringing the characters to life. I couldn't help but envision the characters as portrayed by the actors in the movie; it made it easier to imagine.
However, I may be the only one to say this, but I think I preferred the movie to the book. This is not my usual finding after watching a movie, and then reading the book the movie is based on. The book is a lot darker than the movie, and I liked the feeling the movie had. Nevertheless, the story was really engaging and I found myself listening intently. I am looking forward to continuing the series.

Rick Riordan has written a wonderful and exciting novel (and series) for children that brings the old Gods to life. The mythology has been well researched and presented in such a way as to be educational, but have a modern take that will appeal to today's young readers. His writing style is fast paced, but not rushed, and is easy for young readers to follow.

I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 12 to 16 and to adults who love reading Young Adult novels. - Lynn Worton

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  • Gully
  • 07-13-16

Demigod Mayhem

This was a fast-paced, fantasy story. I think it's targeted towards children (and perhaps young adults). It started off well, but slowly declined. I found it a little strange how quickly the characters moved on from fighting intimidating creatures from ancient mythology! The narrator, Jesse Bernstein, really needs to work on pronunciation, since he mispronounced far too often. He also put on really strange accents for certain characters: Luke, for example.

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  • Mils1001
  • 09-05-15

Love it, love it, love it!

I have read the full collection and I loved it so much that I wanted to listen to it. xxx a must!!!

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  • George A Bear
  • 06-14-15

Enjoyable

Percy Jackson and his friends get into all types of trouble as they go on an heroic quest. Greek Gods and mythical creatures in abundance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-23-18

poorly read

i could barely listen to this audio book and i admit i did not finish listening, the guy reading it just does not sound right.

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  • Jezzabeans
  • 03-05-18

The book is a reasonably good read... but the narration is absolutely abysmal

Although I would give the books story a 3/5 the absolutely terrible narration from Jesse Bernstein means this audiobook is an absolute recommended to miss this one, if you have the time pick up the book and read it for yourself and you may have an enjoyable time.
However, I can only recommend you listen to this audiobook if you enjoy listening to Jesse Bernstein’s thin range of voices, mispronounce basic English words like “music” and “elevator” (which sounded something like ‘elvatoire’). And that’s basic English not even taking into account the Small Amount of Greek found in this book.
I understand that some of these words are hard to pronounce, but this is a professional audio production and I can’t let the mispronunciation of basic English go.
Sorry Rick Riordan but whoever hired this man, has messed up your whole audiobook collection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ronelle
  • 07-22-18

8 year old boy loved it

My son and I listened to the book in the car over a period of a couple of months. I didn’t particularly like the narrator and I was a bit annoyed with the story and stereotypical stubborn hero, but my son absolutely loved it and that’s really all that matters!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-17

Good Story

Solid story.
The voices of the gods could have used some variation but besides that. Good listen.

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  • Jake
  • 09-07-18

Fantastic and well placed

The narrator is truly fantastic and gives great character and memorability to everyone. Must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-18

lol

bad narrator. cant pronounce names correctly such as thalia. good book otherwise just an annoying narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-17

Great reading from audible

A great story made better with the great reading done by the great people at audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-30-17

Awesome Percy Jackson

I love how the story ends as the start to a new story. If you read he first one and you like it you can't stop you have to read the next book. Jesse Bernstein reads the book with so much expression and great character voices. I think this book is so good. I ❤️ this story.

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  • Heather
  • 03-16-17

Highly recommended

The Lightning Thief is fantastic. The amount of research which must have gone into creating the Percy Jackson series is crazy. Rick Riordan is inspiring by the way he combines the ancient Greek gods and there myths into modern society. The narrator was also amazing.

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  • Ms Leah A Bell
  • 03-16-16

Entertaining!🤗

I loved how the author included Greek gods in the story it wasn't just Harry Potter things.( but I do love Harry Potter.) I recommend this book to anyone who is into fantasy and adventure stories. The story isn't completely original which is why I only gave it four stars. But overall the story is entertaining and once you start listening you won't want to stop.

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  • Jessica
  • 01-07-15

Harry Potter with an unwritten prologue.

Very much made me think of Harry Potter, except HP is better because it's original. Percy Jackson was a class-room effort to utilise Greek mythology in the modern world.

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