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Half boy. Half God. ALL Hero.

I was just a normal kid, I went to school (got expelled a lot, but that wasn't my fault), played sports and hung out with my best friend.

Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher.

Now, I spend my time at Camp Half Blood, battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive.

And now that Zeus thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt, staying alive is going to be even harder....
 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM PERCY JACKSON:

  • Monsters
  • Greek Gods
  • Laughs (and terrified screams)

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

©2006 Rick Riordan (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This is the stuff of legends." (The Guardian)

What listeners say about The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1

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Fantastic and well placed

The narrator is truly fantastic and gives great character and memorability to everyone. Must read.

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8 year old boy loved it

My son and I listened to the book in the car over a period of a couple of months. I didn’t particularly like the narrator and I was a bit annoyed with the story and stereotypical stubborn hero, but my son absolutely loved it and that’s really all that matters!

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Good Story

Solid story.
The voices of the gods could have used some variation but besides that. Good listen.

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Great reading from audible

A great story made better with the great reading done by the great people at audible.

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Awesome Percy Jackson

I love how the story ends as the start to a new story. If you read he first one and you like it you can't stop you have to read the next book. Jesse Bernstein reads the book with so much expression and great character voices. I think this book is so good. I ❤️ this story.

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Highly recommended

The Lightning Thief is fantastic. The amount of research which must have gone into creating the Percy Jackson series is crazy. Rick Riordan is inspiring by the way he combines the ancient Greek gods and there myths into modern society. The narrator was also amazing.

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bad narrator,good story

I dont think the narraor was the right narrator for this story. He didnt do a good job with female voices and he couldnt pronouce the name Thalia correctly! The overall story is really good though. :)

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The Vocie

I think Stephen Fry should have voiced for this because it would sound much better but Jessse Bernstein was very good to.

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better than the movie!

100% this was way better than the movie, cant wait to red the rest of them!

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  • 02-07-2021

Very good

This book is excellent this is one of the best series you will find I have listen to it multiple times and it is still as interesting as it was when i first listened to it

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  • Katharina Thomassen
  • 11-04-2019

Terrible narrator

Good story, terrible narrator. I want to listen to the other books, but I cannot stand to make myself suffer through any more from this narrator, so I will not be buying the rest.

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  • John
  • 03-02-2014

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
  • 05-06-2012

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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  • Cheryl Price
  • 12-01-2022

Enjoyable Story

Liked the characters and the quest. I also found parts of the dialogue amusing. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-10-2021

love the story

still one of my favorite stories. The complexities of the gods and the children that they have makes the story very much more interesting.

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  • Nolene Summerton
  • 05-07-2021

Excellent narration!

Do yourself a favor and listen to this audiobook! This narrator is the epitome of why I enjoy audio books!

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  • Kristrun Ingólfsdóttir
  • 19-04-2021

It’s ok

I liked the story and all butt the writing was frustrating and spelled everything out for you and didn’t let you think at all

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-03-2021

Love it!

All the caracters have different voices and it is really well read. I simbly love it.

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  • Varnavas Lambrou
  • 14-01-2021

Fun story to revisit over and over again

I come back to this book over and over again every time I start listening to the Percy Jackson books again, so it always amazes me how well it sets up the world.
Amazing characters and funny dialogue is something that hooks the reader and keeps them invested.
I think that’s why I love these books so much!

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  • barkat
  • 12-12-2020

bad narrator

i love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and I've re read the series several time but this is my first time listening to the audiobook. I wasn't impressed with the narrator. Hard to hear the difference between the characters because he doesn't use much of a different voice while doing them. So glad the other RR series' doesn't have Bernstein as a narrator

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  • Jeremy Fisher
  • 05-03-2018

The book is a reasonably good read... but the narration is absolutely abysmal

Although I would give the books story a 3/5 the absolutely terrible narration from Jesse Bernstein means this audiobook is an absolute recommended to miss this one, if you have the time pick up the book and read it for yourself and you may have an enjoyable time.
However, I can only recommend you listen to this audiobook if you enjoy listening to Jesse Bernstein’s thin range of voices, mispronounce basic English words like “music” and “elevator” (which sounded something like ‘elvatoire’). And that’s basic English not even taking into account the Small Amount of Greek found in this book.
I understand that some of these words are hard to pronounce, but this is a professional audio production and I can’t let the mispronunciation of basic English go.
Sorry Rick Riordan but whoever hired this man, has messed up your whole audiobook collection.

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  • Debbie
  • 25-06-2015

Loved it

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

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  • R B.
  • 19-10-2014

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-2018

poorly read

i could barely listen to this audio book and i admit i did not finish listening, the guy reading it just does not sound right.

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  • Book Queen
  • 01-10-2017

Bad reading of an amazing novel

I absolutely LOVE the Percy Jackson series, and Rick Riordan’s novels generally, but sadly the narration on this audio book sounds like it’s being delivered by Percy’s extremely confused, and slightly slow, great-great grandfather which utterly ruins the experience.

Any novel that relies on first person needs a convincing narrator and this audiobook’s narrator is so awful that he’s almost as bad as the atrocious film versions of the series.

My advice would be to buy the original (and utterly amazing ) book series and read it for yourself.

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  • Gull
  • 13-07-2016

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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  • Lynn Worton
  • 13-03-2014

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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  • Emma
  • 02-04-2011

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!

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  • George A Bear
  • 14-06-2015

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.

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  • Nathan
  • 10-10-2016

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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