The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle : The Trials of Apollo

  • by Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by Robbie Daymond
  • Series: The Trials of Apollo
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father, Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the 4,000-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus' favor.
But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.


What the Critics Say

"[Narrator] Robbie Daymond is completely charming as the god Apollo.... Apollo is conceited and self-important, but Riordan's funny writing and Daymond's narration make sure the listener is always on his side as he learns how to manage without his godly gifts." (AudioFile)


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What made the experience of listening to The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle the most enjoyable?

Rick Riordan did it again! He brought us a new series that leaves us vying for more! Sadly, I finished the book quickly after I started, which means I have to wait another year for the next book :( But this series is going to be great! I love the character development throughout the book. The book brings us a slew of new characters, yet with enough familiar characters to make us smile.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle?

The most memorable part that sticks in my mind is probably how narcissistic Apollo is at the start of the book, and how he grows into a character that cares for others and is willing to put others first.

What does Robbie Daymond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Robbie Daymond did a great job of reading the characters voices. It really brought the story to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

And the end of the world is coming... again....

Any additional comments?

As much as I love Percy, Anabeth, and the 7 demigods, I like that Riordan has given them a little bit of a break from having the fate of the universe on their shoulders. They deserve a break... I mean poor Percy! every time he wants to have a normal life, the world is ending and he has to save it... So I am glad he has taken a break from that. Even so, I am glad that we find out snippets of what is going on in our favorite characters lives since Gaia tried to rise. Its neat to see what they are up to!

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- anne

Well Earned Mega-Success

I'm an adult (with a Grandson who LOVES these books!), and I certainly enjoyed finding and promoting an author who quickens and enriches kids' appreciation of mythology.

But, can he produce that quality over and over again? Well, yes, apparently! "Apollo" is a case in point: there's reference to earlier books and some overlap of familiar and loved characters; new characters are just as sympathetic (or horrifying!) and fresh as in earlier series; and Riordan's enthusiasm for myth and expanded detail seems not to have diminished at all.

I always wonder if kids really "get" his many jokes and references devoted to the 1960's and '70's, but, if you can go by my grandchildren's reactions, these seem not to phase them at all or reduce enjoyment. If those babyboomer sections are skipped over, there are still plenty of age-appropriate bits of humor and current pop culture quips to please the target audience. We all loved, for instance, this book's mention of "Groot", and my grandkids are now running around shouting "Peaches!" at every opportunity.

And, thank you, thank you for this new narrator! While still sounding appropriately like a youngster, Robbie Daymond's delivery is so much less cartoonish than the previous reader. He interprets all the characters well and brings the whole thing to life for listeners of any age.

Rick Riordan deserves his fame and success.
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- C. Telfair

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2016
  • Publisher: Listening Library