Audiobook Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I have to admit that I’m just getting used to audiobooks. I have tried to listen to a few over the years, and have always caught myself daydreaming through the first chapters, then being irritated that I wasn’t able to absorb anything and giving up entirely. I’ve realized that I was listening to the wrong books (or perhaps the wrong readers), because I am beginning to love the experience of having an exciting story read to me.

lightning thief audiobookI just finished Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief in audiobook form, and I really enjoyed it. The reader, Jesse Bernstein, gives each character a unique personality without going over the top. He keeps the fast-paced story moving, and his acting fits perfectly with Riordan’s writing style.

Percy Jackson seems to bring trouble with him wherever he goes­. After he is kicked out of another boarding school under very strange circumstances–namely, a battle with a monster–he discovers that he is not just an ordinary kid: he may be the son of a Greek god. This is a coming-of-age story not unlike Harry Potter and its ilk, but Riordan takes Greek mythology and spins it in the present day, which has made the story appealing to a wide range of young readers. The Lightning Thief reinterprets a fascinating cast of Greek gods and goddesses, and uses the very appealing idea that a normal kid (a troublemaker, even) can suddenly find out that he has gifts that defy the imagination.

The Lightning Thief has been made into both a movie and a graphic novel. I’ve had many requests from voracious young readers for the subsequent books in the series. (Yes, I am about 8 years late in talking about this book: we do have much more of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, in audio and print.) Audiobooks may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a fun introduction to the format (and a great adventure), I would highly recommend listening to the first in Rick Riordan’s very popular series.




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