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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 | [Rick Riordan]

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1

Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.
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Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the Gods erupts?

©2006 Rick Riordan; (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks Ltd

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    Emma 02/04/2011
    Emma 02/04/2011 Member Since 2011

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    "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief"

    A brilliant story which will appeal to teenagers, young Percy Jackson is struggling at school with his dyslexic and ADHD if thats not enough his math teacher turns into a monster and trys to kill him!
    This book is much better than the film. After listening to this I was pretty sure my dyslexic was because I was also a demi god!
    A wonderful story which will inspire young minds!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John DublinIreland 04/01/2011
    John DublinIreland 04/01/2011
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    "Lots of style, not a lot of substance"

    The idea for this book was clever and I wanted to like it. I quickly got bored of the repetitive series of monsters that Percy just happens to keep running into though. I found myself tuning out.

    I should say that I'm not the target audience. I'm in my 30s and looking for books with characters that my kids will love and admire. This isn't one of those - it's an action book with lots of fights with monsters. Kids will like it well enough for that, but it's a bit empty at heart.

    One thing to be aware of is that many of the main characters in the book are the offspring of one night stands of greek gods who 'just can't help themselves' with pretty humans. It's not a major theme in the book, but it comes up several times because the kids are occasionally angsty about their parents. I felt it was a bit premature for a pre-teen book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Arlingham, United Kingdom 16/04/2015
    Ann Arlingham, United Kingdom 16/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A great read"

    I bought this audible book for my 12 year old daughter, but thought I'd give it a listen. Very American - both in content & focus of the story line. Parts of it are therefore irritating & grate on you when listening. I liked the link to Greek/Roman gods. Obviously I am not target market for this book, but I think it would make a good read for 9-13yr old boys and girls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrew 07/04/2015
    andrew 07/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "More than the film"

    It is always refreshing to see big guys knocked off their pedestal and Percy does that with Aries. A simple trip to Tartarus and the myths of Hades are revealed with good references. Good camp high jinks and tensions give the characters strength and you can see awareness of their God given skill develop. Messing with Medusa, Fighting Furies and haranguing hades are all in a months work for the little hero. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ross 08/03/2015
    Ross 08/03/2015
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    it was great and that's all I can say about it bl bl bl bl

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    Karen Hall 07/02/2015
    Karen Hall 07/02/2015
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    "Narrator could have been better"

    The narrator is alright but lacks he enthusiasm and passion when reading certain parts.

    Otherwise a good buy but the reading the book is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    the book lover 05/01/2015
    the book lover 05/01/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Love the book!"

    I really love this book! It is the best series EVERRRRRRR! The narrator is ok, and I recommend the book a little more. This is very good. Get it!

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    Sushma 31/12/2014
    Sushma 31/12/2014 Member Since 2011
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    Best ever
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    It's good for children best reading cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool cool

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    Sharon C 27/12/2014
    Sharon C 27/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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    fun book really enjoyed the plot and was left wanting more so off to read next book

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    Bernadette 19/10/2014
    Bernadette 19/10/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Hooked!"
    Would you listen to The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 again? Why?

    Bought this to pass the time for my 10 year old daughter on some long journeys on holiday. Picked it mainly on the grounds that it was one of the longest books on offer, but we were all soon hooked - really enjoyed the story and the performance. Will have to listen to it again, as daughter kept sneaking into the car to listen to it by herself!


    What other book might you compare The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 to, and why?

    We have enjoyed the traditional Greek and Roman myths, Harry Potter and the Philip Pullman books. All have the same way of creating a whole world you can become absorbed in.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The whole bok was great - hard to single out a particular element.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Percy Jackson - half boy, half god, All hero! (has that already been done?!)


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, now read the paper version, and are moving on through the whole series.
    Thoroughly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Pete
    Pretoria; South Africa
    17/02/10
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    "Fun, fun and more fun"

    Selected this book based on the trailers of the up and coming movie. I was not disappointed. the book is fast paced adventure that does not bore you. It is filled with light-hearted humor. And the characters are likable and easy to relate to. Percy is a down-to- Earth typical teenager with the kinds of problems that most of us can understand, and then a few more. Loved the book so much i have moved into the rest of the series with wild abandon. The best so far since Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • John
    New Zealand
    03/02/14
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    "Outstanding!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I recall reading the print version in primary and I really did like it but never considered reading the other books. But when I listened to it I was hooked.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action and adventure, the emotion. The precise use of greek mythology spun into it, all real myths.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Percy, Grover and Sally were fighting their way to camp half-blood. It was action-packed, and very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tegan
    Bonnet Bay, Australia
    05/06/12
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    "I love young Adult Non Fiction (31)"

    Very entertaining and a great action book... I definately have learnt more about Greek Mythology and am committed to listen to the entire series, if it keeps up the pace...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    23/09/10
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    "Great Book"

    This is a funny and witty book. The only fault is that all of a sudden it is over. There is no real finish, I checked out the audible manager looking for the final part?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Grosseto, Italy
    16/09/10
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    "One word: awesome"

    Great writing (but that I already knew) and Jesse Bernstein is just awesome!
    Buy this audiobook if you like fantasy and you wanna have a lot of fun. Witty dialogues and teen spirit, what else can you ask for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Burpengary, Australia
    16/08/10
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    "Good Fun"

    My little ADD/ASD girl is completely wrapped in this story and keeps pinching my ipod to play it. I think the narrator isn't as good as the narrator of the 39 clues but enjoyable all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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