Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.
The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it mightbe able to stop a war between the two camps.
The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
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Great story, terrible narrator
I hate this narrator. I had to adjust the speed of the story to 2x just so I could finish it. He is slow... very slow.
By hiring someone, anyone, else.
I love this series. The books are excellent. The narrator is horrible.
Love the Story!! Dislike the Narrartor....
The story wrapped up so many loose ends. I loved seeing the relationships develop between the characters. I loved seeing Nico start to move past some of his issues and begin to connect with the other characters. In the end, we get to find out what will happen with many of the characters and the series concludes much like I hoped it would. While this isn't my favorite book in this series, that would be Son of Neptune, however, this could have been my favorite with just a different narrator. Because I can't really find time to sit down and read, this one was worth the listen, even if I had to grit my teeth while listening to Nick Chamian and ignore his narration and do my best to focus just on the words of the story.
There are many great moments in The Blood of Olympus, but the last campfire scene is a really great one.
I was ridiculously disappointed when the book went on presale to see that Nick Chamian was returning. The only thing I can figure is they had him under contract and couldn't get out of it. I have come to expect a lot from this series because of the excellent narration Joshua Swanson and Jesse Bernstein have provided in the past. Nick Chamian just does not have the range or tone of voice to adequately narrate a story with so many characters and personalities. I'm most upset that the characters I had formed so strongly in my head based on the narration of the first three books was just completely wiped out with the last two.
No, I can not tolerate Nick Chamian for that long. If I was listening to Joshua Swanson or Jesse Bernstein, then yes, I would have wanted to listen continuously.
My family loves Rick Riordan's books. They are great in the car on trips. But switching the narrator was a big mistake. We have listened again and again to the Percy Jackson series and to the first three books in the Heroes of Olympus series. However, we only occasionally listen to House of Hades because Nick Chamian takes an amazing, exciting series and actually makes it boring. This was the same for Blood of Olympus. I wanted so bad for him to improve between books, and while I think he did get a little better, he still didn't do nearly a good enough job to make listening to the book a great experience. We only purchased the audiobook because we have the other nine audiobooks. I'm going to get the physical book to read eventually because I know I missed some things in the story in my effort to ignore Nick Chamian's narration and focus on the story.
- T. Pauley