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From the creator of Percy Jackson, best-selling author Rick Riordan, comes a brand-new adventure, inspired by Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class' weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a 150 years. But now the heat is on, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.

Rick Riordan's trademark humour, fast-paced action and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.

Rick Riordan has now sold an incredible 60 million copies of his books worldwide. 

©2021 Rick Riordan (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Alright, if you can get past the narration

This irritated me enough to actually bother to leave a negative review.

I really love Jules Verne, so I assumed something that pays homage to 20000 Leagues Under the Sea could be an interesting take, but to be completely honest the best I can say about the book is that it is alright and within what's expected of Rick Riordan, but not even close to as good as his other books which focus on mythology. The narration is where the problem lies, I STRUGGLED to get through it, the actual style of the narration is obnoxious, I have heard Soneela Nankani in a few other books and she actually has a pleasant voice and tone, but in this it's a wreck, I'm obviously not the target audience for this kind of book anymore as I grow up with the first Riordan books but Jesus Christ on a bike, teenage me would have gauged her eyes out with this narration and I wasn't exactly picky. I tend to listen to audiobooks as I go about my day, but this is definitely something that I recommend stopping to read rather than waste a credit (or money) with the audiobook.

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Really enjoyed both story and narration.

While I'm not keen on newer books referencing a certain book series by a certain transphobic author, in this case it was extremely brief, made sense and doesn't glorify the books or author in any way.

With that out the way I loved this. It was well narrated and full of the action and humour I've come to expect with Riordan. It had a diverse cast of interesting characters including one of the best representations of an autistic female I've ever read in fiction. While this was always intended to be a stand-alone there's room for expansion and if the author chose to write more I'd love to read more featuring these characters.

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love the story hate the music

I love this book, as a fan of Jules Verne I was ecstatic but i truly hate music in the narration

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Get rid of the music

Good story. Enjoyable as always. Shame about the music, so unecessary and so irritating. It really spoiled the performance.

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I'm abandoning ship due to narration

Despite a promising story line, I'm abandoning ship as i just can't cope with the narration. Despite being a Brit, I don't normally have problems listening to US narration - just LOVED all the different narrators of the Percy Jackson books. But unfortunately this narrator has - to a British ear - I very unusual American accent. She pronounces system as "systum" and concern as "concorn". The tone sounds really grating and whiny. On top of all this she overplays every sentence so there is no sense of dynamics. Every line is just super-dramatic as if you can't drop the adrenalin level at any point. I don't write many reviews and almost never write negative ones, so apologies. I am about to buy the kindle version and having looked into it, it's got lots of nice extra info such as introductions by the author, character and house lists etc, so it looks as if there's some added value in going down this route.

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Love this

As with his other books i am a full grown adult (32) getting upset with him finishing a book rather than continuing with the story i love. What can i say i want more. No i need more. Another book or five might do. As always Rick has written a book that will captivate you young or old make you miss work (or school) just to finish it. I hope more underwater adventures come.

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Riordan as we know and love him

Can't wait for book 2 in this new series!!! Because there will be a series... RIGHT!?!?

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Well done Rick

Really good book again from Rick Riordan, very emotional and really sucks you into the world.
As ever Rick takes an older story and uses that as a base line to create a brilliant story from
Great narrator and I loved the music that really engaged you as much as the words
Really happy and would recommend this

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Why the music?

That’s all. Loved the story, loved the person reading. Found the added music super distracting and annoying.

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Enjoyable but quite long

I love percy Jackson but this is not percy Jackson yes there is captain nemo lore but no other mythalogical creatures its written very differently more I feel like it was written more with the femanine mind at its heart I'm not sure I'd read anouther as this was Iver 11 hours and I think it could have been told in a shorter time there was alot of traveling here and there and cleaning ships but an I treating listen

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  • Ye Thiha Tun
  • 29-10-21

Uncle Rick's version of Star Trek.

Curious to see where this series heads towards. As I have mentioned, Star Trek vibe. Nautilus/Enterprise and potential exploration of the depth where no man has ever been!

First time listening to an audiobook with background music. I m still on the fence about it. It:s awesome at parts but takes me out of the story sometimes.

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Fabulous start to a new series?

A great story, very cool tie in to the Jules Verne classics. My only criticism is the narrator constantly sounding panicked or forced but it doesn't detract too much.

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  • Janene Steenkamp
  • 23-10-21

My review of Daughter of the Deep

As usual, I loved the story that Rick has come up with. i love how he writes about the see and the peace of its water's, I love that he wrote about veganism and how good the food can be 🤤, I especially loved how he wrote from a young woman's point of view. being a girl is hard and I really appreciate how he did include this in the Daughter of the Deep. I could go on and on about how wonderful this book is, I really liked the different types of characters that where introduced. They are all inspections. I can't get over the Marry Berry thing, Loved that! What an amazing book!
I didn't enjoy the music in the background. I felt that it was unnecessary and took away from the experience of the story. The narrator was really good, I enjoyed listening to her.
It is very inspiring to me as a young woman and writer.
Thank you for this book, I will probably listen to it many times in the future ❤️📖