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The Mark of Athena

Heroes of Olympus, Book 3
Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
Series: Heroes Of Olympus, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
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Summary

The explosive third part in Rick Riordan's number-one series - set in the world of Percy Jackson - now available as an unabridged audio download. One fatal prophecy. Seven brave demigods. A quest to find - and close - the door of death.

Annabeth felt as if someone had draped a cold washcloth across her neck. She heard that whispering laughter again, as if the presence had followed her from the ship. She looked up at the Argo II. Its massive bronze hull glittered in the sunlight. Part of her wanted to kidnap Percy right now, get on board and get out of here while they still could. She couldn't shake the feeling that something was about to go terribly wrong. She couldn't risk losing Percy again.

©2014 Rick Riordan (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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stunning

it was so good me and my sister finished it in 3 day because it was so amazing!!!!!!!











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  • Lee
  • Borehamwood, United Kingdom
  • 04-04-18

Brilliant

This book is the best Rick Riordan ever and overall the best yet. Don’t like the voice but that is because I am not used to him

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What more could you want?!

What made the experience of listening to The Mark of Athena the most enjoyable?

There is so much about this series I like, I don't know where to start ... except with Rick Riordan's characters. If you know anything about the genre, or his previous books, you'll have heard of Percy Jackson & his "scary Athena girl" Annabeth, but the newcomers in this 5-book adventure are as vivid and unique as any we've met so far & I soon found myself rooting hard for Leo, Piper, Frank & Hazel; even developing a soft-spot for Jason as time went on. (No mean feat, since he is rather annoyingly perfect.)

The plot careens along at Riordan's ubiquitous hair-raising pace, the narrative leaping from character to character every few chapters, which could have been confusing, but instead brings a breadth and depth to the tale it wouldn't have had otherwise; allowing you to experience the goings-on from multiple viewpoints.

Riordan writes with such charm, wit and humour you can't help enjoying yourself, & the cameo appearances of various gods and monsters (a slurring Bacchus and Leo's hysterical encounter with Narcissus and his fan-club being particular highlights) serve to draw you ever deeper into the crazy world of his ADHD demi-gods. Which is where you'll want to be, after only a few chapters.

What other book might you compare The Mark of Athena to, and why?

This is the 3rd book in a 5-book sequence, & I strongly suggest you begin at the beginning; with book 1: The Lost Hero ... if you don't feel you can spare time -or credits- enough to go all the way back to Riordan's first opus, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, which details the early adventures of "just your average Son of Poseidon ..." & his initiation into the world of half-bloods, monster-fighting & ridiculously dangerous quests.

What does Joshua Swanson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Joshua Swanson is one of the best narrators I've come across in all my Audible adventures: he has such an engaging style, great charm and a gift for characterisation that's second to none. Everyone has their own "voice" and attitude, which he conveys brilliantly; though my favourite has to be Leo Valdez, for whom Swanson affects a lovely wry drawl and strong Hispanic accent. He really seems to "get" the material, & relish reading it, which makes it a joy to listen to.

I was very disappointed to learn the last 2 books are read by someone else ...

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed so much whilst listening to this, & the previous books in the series, I had to stop myself from playing it in public, since people on trains & buses tend to look at you askance when you break into helpless fits of giggles with no prior warning & no visible excuse.

So much happens in Riordan's books they can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, but not a bad way. He has very deft touch when it comes to writing moving scenes without being in any way sentimental: you react because you've grown to care about the characters and learned enough of their backstory to anticipate when things are going to be hard or painful for them ... & know precisely why. You see it coming, & wince for them.

Any additional comments?

"Alright, cupcakes! Make my day!"

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I love it.

Dam this book is amazing. To be Frank I think it may be the best book out of the Greek series. I really like the performance. It has this energetic feel to it. Joshua Swanson has a very energetic voice, which takes a bit to get used to. The story is amazing, lots of funny, dramatic and sad moments. I personally like Leo as my favourite character because of his humorous personality. My close second is Hazel because of her backstory and over all everything.

So in conclusion I think this book is a solid 4-5 🌟

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Rick Riorden

So good don’t want to put it down somehow inspirational yet action packed with adventure

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A great continuation

This series just keeps getting better and better with every book. As it's book 3 in a series I can't say much without spoiling things but the characters are working together well despite their differences and things are definitely heading towards a climax of some kind as the tension is building and I can't wait to read more. I love Joshua Swanson too so I'm rather apprehensive about listening to the rest of the series via Audible as the narrator changed for the last two books.

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Brilliant Again

Again, another winning story. The character development just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to start the next one.

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brilliant story as always

A great story as always, not my favourite narrator for this series but still good.

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Great book, definitely worth a listen

If your a fan of the original Perry Jackson books you will love the series. Only downside I found is I preferred the other voice actor, but that is probably because I am used to his voices for characters.

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  • Chan
  • 12-07-14

Excellent narrator!

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This book is good but made great by Joshua Swanson! His narration is perfect and full of emotions.

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  • Jae
  • 08-01-18

fab

loved it
never got bored after listening to it for more than ten times
loooooooooooovvvvvvveeeeee it

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