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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 21st-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 10 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 in 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.
Don't miss the other titles in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
©2005 Rick Riordan (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ariel on 02-05-14

Great story, terrible narration.

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 02-28-10

Loved the story - but.....

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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5 out of 5 stars
By CraftyMummy on 10-07-14

Hooked from the first chapter!

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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