Narrator: Jesse Bernstein
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians,
on 01 July 2005
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Family, Friendship, Greek, Middle Grade, People of Color, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Length: 10 hours 2 minutes
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Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Unknown, New Jersey // Montauk, New York // St. Louis, Missouri // Las Vegas, Nevada // Hollywood, California
First Line(s): Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.
What if the Greek myths weren’t myths at all? What if the stories of Zeus and the other Greek Gods were real? What if as the center of civilization moves so does Mt Olympus? What if I told you that Mr Olympus is now currently located on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building in New York City ? You’d probably laugh and think I was making up stories and you’re right. In a way…the myths can’t really be real, can they? They can in Rick Riordan’sThe Lightning Thiefwhich is the first book in series involved Percy Jackson. Percy isn’t your typical 12 yr old boy. He’s has a knack for getting kicked out of schools, suffers from ADHD and trouble just seems to follow him around. Turns out though there is a reason for all that trouble, Percy is the son of a Greek God…one of the Big Three (Zeus, Hades, Poseidon) and so that makes him highly attractive to all the various monsters that exist between the world of mortals and that of the Greek Gods. Percy is only just learning about his demigod status and that the myths are real when he is thrust into a quest to find out who stole Zeus’s lightning bolt….because right now all the evidence is pointing towards him!
I loved The Lightning Thief. Loved loved loved it! Way more than I thought I would. Percy is such an enjoyable character. He is flawed and so endearing at the same time. I love the idea that the Greek Myths are real and that all the creatures and people within them are real. I think that Riordan does an amazing job in blending the mythological world with the real one. He creates a believable reality and makes the reader wonder what they might be missing because they aren’t looking closely enough. The central characters are all well written and lifelike and I love Percy’s wit and way of telling a story. But what really sold this book for me was the narrator, Jessie Bernstein, he did such an amazing job that I actually looked forward to driving into work in the morning just to hear more. (Don’t get this confused with me actually looking forward to being at work once I’m there, just the drive in.) If you like the Greek myths then this book is a must read for you.