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Monday, April 6, 2009

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (Audio)

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Publisher: Listening Library (website), Hyperion Book for Children (website)
Publication Year: 2007 (audio), 2008 (paperback)
ISBN: 0739350331 (audio), 1423101480 (paperback)
Format: Audio
Pages: 336
Audio Length: 7 discs (~9 hrs)
Narrator: Jesse Bernstein

Websites:
http://www.rickriordan.com/
http://voice123.com/jessebernstein

Place(s) Traveled to: New York, Washington DC, California

Rating: 5 out of 5 star

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan is the third installment in his Percy Jackson series. Percy is another year older, a little bit wiser and still chased by monsters at every turn. This book starts out in December and Percy has to have his mom drive him, Grover and Anabelle up to Maine in order to investigate the possibility of some new half-bloods. Since this is the third book in a series its hard to talk a lot about it without giving away details of the other books. But also because it’s the middle of a series the book starts out with a bang as there is no introductions that need to be made between the characters and the reader. For the most part the characters are all old friends by now and the few new people that enter the stage are done so via a seamless transition that doesn’t take away from the overall story. As with the previous two books I listened to this one on audio and Jesse Bernstein continued to do a good job bringing all the voices to life. There were times when the voice would slip or would change and that did sometimes take away from the false reality it wasn’t jarring enough to ruin my enjoyment of the book. Titan’s Curse was as fast paced novel that moved forward from the start. There were times when it was a bit too predictable for my tastes but I think that might be that I’m reading these books as an adult and not as a member of the target audience, the teens and tweens. I wish that this series had been available when I was a kid so that the flaws weren’t so noticeable. All in all though I enjoy this series and I look forward to the next installment to see what the gods have in store for Percy and his friends next.