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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 Audiobook

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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 Listener Since 2011

    Emma

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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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Westcliff-On-Sea, United Kingdom 25/06/2015
    Mrs Westcliff-On-Sea, United Kingdom 25/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    Really loved the book, great characters and storyline and loved the narrator's portrayal.
    Re listen regularly.

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mils 05/09/2015
    Mils 05/09/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Love it, love it, love it!"

    I have read the full collection and I loved it so much that I wanted to listen to it. xxx a must!!!

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    Amazon Customer 14/06/2015 Member Since 2014

    'The other cat!'

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    "Enjoyable"

    Percy Jackson and his friends get into all types of trouble as they go on an heroic quest. Greek Gods and mythical creatures in abundance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Worton Sheffield, UK 13/03/2014
    Lynn Worton Sheffield, UK 13/03/2014 Member Since 2013

    Reading is a passion and an obsession.

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    "A Fantastic YA Series!"

    This is the first book in the Percy Jackson series. I loved it!

    Percy Jackson is a fantastic character. He is a normal young boy with a learning disability. Or is he? He finds out that he is really a demi-god and the son of Poseidon, but his life is about to get even more complicated when he is accused of stealing Zeus's lightning bolt. I really liked this young man. He is not necessarily the strongest person, but when faced with a God's wrath, he certainly is the bravest!

    I have watched the movie, but had not read the book, so I decided to get a copy to read. I downloaded a copy in audio format so that I could listen to it whilst doing chores.

    I started listening to it and was quickly pulled into the story. I began to really enjoy the tale, but it was a little strange to note all the differences between the movie and the actual book. I understand that making a movie out of a book is not necessarily the easiest thing to do - logistics and time etc., but there were whole scenes that were chopped out in the movie, and others written in that were not in the book. The narrator of the story, Jesse Bernstein, did a wonderful job reading the story and bringing the characters to life. I couldn't help but envision the characters as portrayed by the actors in the movie; it made it easier to imagine.
    However, I may be the only one to say this, but I think I preferred the movie to the book. This is not my usual finding after watching a movie, and then reading the book the movie is based on. The book is a lot darker than the movie, and I liked the feeling the movie had. Nevertheless, the story was really engaging and I found myself listening intently. I am looking forward to continuing the series.

    Rick Riordan has written a wonderful and exciting novel (and series) for children that brings the old Gods to life. The mythology has been well researched and presented in such a way as to be educational, but have a modern take that will appeal to today's young readers. His writing style is fast paced, but not rushed, and is easy for young readers to follow.

    I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 12 to 16 and to adults who love reading Young Adult novels. - Lynn Worton

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    Nathan 10/10/2016
    Nathan 10/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story, weak performance"

    The book itself is quite fun, though aimed at a younger audience, obviously. The reading is awful though - I noticed way too many incorrectly pronounced words throughout it.

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    Gully 13/07/2016
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    "Demigod Mayhem"

    This was a fast-paced, fantasy story. I think it's targeted towards children (and perhaps young adults). It started off well, but slowly declined. I found it a little strange how quickly the characters moved on from fighting intimidating creatures from ancient mythology! The narrator, Jesse Bernstein, really needs to work on pronunciation, since he mispronounced far too often. He also put on really strange accents for certain characters: Luke, for example.

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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

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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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  • John
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    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.

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  • Tegan
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    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...

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  • 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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