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I've always had a love of mythology so I was intrigued by the series after I saw the movie trailer. I loved the story - but I will purchase the paperback books and read them instead of downloading the next in the series because I could not abide the narrator. I'm usually fairly non-judgmental about the narrator if the story is good - and I totally get that he is suppose to be just a kid and "clueless" but I felt the narrator's inability to bring the characters to life did not do the story justice. My own mind can do a better job while I read the printed page and I won't be as annoyed as I got with this audiobook.
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Jesse Bernstein's voice has a condescending tone, like he is talking down to children, in every moment of the story. It makes him unbelievable as the main character, though he does a fine and consistent job as other character voices. It doesn't make the book unlistenable, but it certainly detracts from the enjoyment of a good tale.
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What made the experience of listening to The Lightning Thief the most enjoyable?
My kids loved this! We listened together each night before bed and they got to the point they didn't want to turn it off each evening!
What other book might you compare The Lightning Thief to, and why?
My kids recognised some of the creatures from the Narnia books.
What does Jesse Bernstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I've always read to them at bedtime but we've never listened to an Audible version of a book. I loved the way Jesse could bring the characters to life with different voices - something I have never mastered!
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
We gasped in awe in some of the scenes - we often had to listen to just the beginning of the next chapter so we weren't left hanging on the edge of our seats. My boy especially loved the funny stuff, while I enjoyed the way the story wove in mythology so cleverly.
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