The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1

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Written By: Rick Riordan

Narrated By: Jesse Bernstein

Date: June 2005

Duration: 10 hours 12 minutes

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 twenty-first 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 ten 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 on 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.

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  • Callum M

    Love this book, great every time. The narration is pretty good. Defiantly worth the time to listen to

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

  • Miranda Manzanares

    I love this book! But I just wish that the narrator would have their voice impersonate the characters more!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

  • Michael M

    I love this book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

  • Dr Leta Sharp

    This book is amazing and everybody should listen to it and the narrator is awesome love this book

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful.

  • John P

    Great action packed book with greek gods, I don't know if you can get any better than that

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful.

  • teddy M

    The book is great, the whole series in paper back and have read them over many times.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Vincent N

    The book was great! The narrators voice was amazing!The voice sounded exactly live Percy Jackson's voice. would rate this all auto book 5 stars!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Shannon Gooch

    This is a great book for me and it was funny!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Shivaughn Petkus

    I love this book. The narrator is so good at the voices.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Dene Dauzat

    I love this book I would recommend this to other people.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Julie Lyden

    Amazing book great plot good narrator and this book helped me a lot on walks

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Zahraa shelly

    Very GREAT!! I read all percy Jackson books!! I know the charectars! But I wanted to see percy and the phronceny

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Kristen B

    Love! Love! Love! The book and the narrator are fantastic. I couldn't stop listening.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Tara W

    It was boring but I'm a generous man. I basically had to do it for my essay and I'm just too lazy to read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Chante Knight

    It was very engaging! The narrator did a great job of characterizing everyone. I reallt enjoyed this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Sara Heumann

    I really liked this book I have read every one at least twice. ????

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Kenneth kittrell

    to be honest at 35 years old the first time I found these books didn't really think that I was going to like them. but after listening to them on audio book while I was driving over the road semi trucks I found these books to be very good books. I would like to say thank you to the writer and to the narrator but doing such a great job.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Sarah de la Torre

    It was a great book lots of action it had great parts to it one of my favorite

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Niko Esparza

    I have read this book at school and I like it but the part in the movie when the teacher I think is scary

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Stacy bodon

    I think the book is awesome it has action and fighting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Terri Turner-Smith

    It's a good book. Read the book before watching the movie then make comparisons

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Greek mythology, so I thought I might enjoy this book. It really isn't a book for adults, though. I think the story would have been great if I were 12, but since I'm not, it was a disappointment. I still listened to the whole thing and am interested to see the movie.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This is a book for kids. It's a little too self-conscious for me. I'd buy if for my nieces but I won't read anything more by this author, myself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Van R.

    Nicely done with the most important part in this book is loutas hotel

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Tuocheng(eddy) W.

    This book is lit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Erin C.

    I love this book very much and I bought this audiobook because of that; BUT the narrator is terrible. The list of mispronounced words is endless and his vocal variations are limited. In what world does a British/foreign accent sound the same as an american southern accent!? I don't blame the narrator for his mistakes I blame the producers and editors for thinking this recording was worthy for the general public to hear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Laura F

    Great narrator!!!! Jesse really does bring life to characters. Looking forward to listening to the other books in the series :)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Kept my attention all the way to the end. Can't wait for the other two books to come out on audio.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Charliesneeze

    I must have read this whole series at least 20 times when I was in middle school and its just as good now as it was then!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Andrew M.

    I love this book. it is really good

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    hated the reader but the book was awesome!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Kaylee W.

    I've read the book before, but being able to listen to it wherever was awesome. And the guy reading had different voices for all of the characters. It was awesome!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Susan V.

    This is a cute kids’s tale. Percy is 12 and apparently gets kicked out of schools often. His mom currently has them living with a dead beat, verbally abusive man that has a body odor problem. Life is just tough on Percy. But it’s about to get a lot tougher when Greek deities and monsters pop up in his life! There were several moments that made me laugh…. like Grover suddenly yanking off his pants. That’s the moment where Percy is all, ‘What the hell!’ but then Grover has fur and hooves below the waist, so Percy is stunned into silence. Grover is a Satyr assigned to protect Percy but he’s been keeping his Greek mythology side on the down low with a disguised lower half. Grover isn’t the only one who’s been keeping their real identity from Percy. In fact, there were a few times I thought Percy’s young mind might melt from the over load of reveals. After a harrowing chase and the death of someone important to him, he ends up at the Half Blood training camp where he meets other kids who are half mortal and half deity. Now, I did think that Percy took that death in stride and it was a bit glossed over. I expected tears for days and scars for life but this book seems to veer wide of any serious stuff. There’s several examples of this, like Medusa and how she really came to be a snake headed monster. It wasn’t some jealousy over dating partners. Anyhoo, pretty soon Percy gets a quest and goes on a road trip. Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) and Grover accompany him. There’s also the gifts from Luke (a son of Hermes). As Western culture has shifted further and further west, key places in Greek mythology have also shifted and several now reside in the USA. I liked this bit of world building because it meant I didn’t have to bang my head against a wall every time a Greek mythological location popped up. Percy isn’t the only one to face their fears and take on a personal challenge in this story. His companions also suffer and have a chance at victory. There’s treachery too. Percy must figure out who his true friends are while also discovering who stole Zeus’s lightning. It’s a fun tale but I didn’t have a strong reaction to it as I did with Harry Potter. 4/5 stars. The Narration: Jesse Bernstein does a really good job. He sounds like a 12 year old boy who has gotten kicked out of a lot of places. His voice for Grover is great, as he sometimes has a little goat in it. His female voices are spot on. There’s several monsters with their various yells, hisses, snorts, etc and Bernstein carries them off without a hitch. 5/5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Marcus B.

    The book is great, the narrator is ok, but all his characters sound the same. I wish he would change hi styles a little bit when reading the different characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    that's pretty good

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Ceec

    Gooooooooood!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Teagan K.

    It’s amazing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    So good read the all the books 3 times already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Dar L.

    I tuned in to hear about the "progressive Harry Potter" the fandom talked about, but though there were a few interesting ideas regarding the concept of western civilization, I mostly got a generic 2000s kids adventure with clichéd characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Christina V.

    I love this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lori G.

    I downloaded this for my kiddo and we loved listening to it every time we were in the car! Exciting book and adds in a lot of real world scenarios such as ADHD and dyslexia. 9 year old loves it!

  • Anonymous

    There were just a few mispronunciations of some words that drive me crazy.

  • Anonymous

    amazing should read

  • Jaclyn L.

    I love the book and the

  • Sawyer W.

    The Lightning Thief is a fun take on the Greek gods, and their interactions with mortal man. The young reader will find themselves immersed in this book; relating with the similar aged characters as themselves and encountering a writing style and narrative are geared towards early teens. Unfortunately, this causes the book to not age well and may disappoint an adult either returning to the story they read in the past, or looking for a new short series. The narrator is decent but has strange inflections, and the voices of the supporting characters can trend towards grating.

Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1

by Rick Riordan

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