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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1
 
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1 [Abridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Rick Riordan (Author), Walter Lewis (Narrator)
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,267 customer reviews)

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An action-filled audio recording of The Lightning Thief, published to tie in with the release of the star-studded and eagerly awaited Percy Jackson film.

Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek god. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends and generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea . . .

©2006 Rick Riordan; (P)2006 Penguin Audiobooks Ltd

Product Details

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 3 hours and 53 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Audible.com Release Date: January 13, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NDGBYS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,267 customer reviews)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
269 of 287 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Thrill Ride April 15, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I held off buying THE LIGHTNING THIEF for a couple years. The market seems glutted with YA fantasy at the moment, and I read quite a bit of it with my 9-year-old. We've discovered several good series, but THE LIGHTNING THIEF seemed too long to hold his attention when it first came out.

This year we noticed it in the book fair at school, then saw that it was an Accelerated Reader book. So I picked it up and read a couple chapters to try it out. I was 50 pages into it when I realized I needed to be reading this to my son.

I did read it to him. We FLEW through the book (375 pages!) in 6 days because he kept pestering me to read it to him. We finished it up in a 5-hour marathon yesterday, hanging onto every page as Percy and his friends tried to save the world and put things to rights in their own lives.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF is a great book for adults and kids. I've already recommended it to a couple of adult friends who experienced the same kind of can't-put-it-down pull that I did.

Percy Jackson, the hero of the book, comes across as every kid you'd ever meet or ever would. He's no brainiac (he has dyslexia and ADHD) but he has friends who are. But he is courageous and clever, stubborn and loyal. He is the best he can be, and he's getting even better.

Riordan works in many of the Greek myths in the novel. There was a time when knowing Greek mythology was a pre-requisite for having a "classical" education. Many morals and philosophies are presented in the tales.

From the very beginning of the novel, we find out Percy is different when he ends up fighting a harpy in the museum while on a school trip.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wow Story! October 6, 2008
Format:Paperback
I am a senior citizen--a librarian--a woman-- who could not possibly be interested in the story of a 12-year-old boy whose ADHD behavior causes him to be moved from private school to private school or that he has momentary lapses when strange behavior takes over or that he finally learns that he is a half-blood (no, not a HP half-blood), but the son of a god. No, I could not possibly be interested in such a far-fetched story, but then again I AM interested in this story because--WOW--what a story!!

Percy Jackson (Perseus at that!) learns in this first installment of The Olympians that he is indeed the son of a god and not some little podunk god, but one of the big three--Poseidon, god of all the seas. As a half-blood, he is given a quest: to find Zeus's thunderbolt. Someone has stolen it, giving rise to the book's title: the Lightning Thief.

If all this seems really strange, then you are normal. After all, we thought Greek mythology was dead. How little we knew, when in reality, it is alive and well and operating in the New West---America. The reader gets so caught up in this new telling of the old myths, ahem, stories of the living gods, that it becomes fresh and vibrant again. In fact, Mt. Olympus is now located on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building and accessible only through a special elevator ticket. You must have an appointment to get there.

Percy Jackson's pursuit of the lightning thief is just plain out fun reading. When I had to stop for any period of time, I couldn't wait to get back to the story. If the reader thinks it unrealistic that a 12-year-old is the hero, then put two and two together. Being a hero does not always take brawn--often thinking, intellect, strategy are required to solve a problem.
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277 of 308 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Hipper Harry Potter May 19, 2006
Format:Hardcover
There's always the "what to read while waiting for the next HP" question for some of us, but...now don't get upset folks - I like Harry Potter as much as you do - "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" has a modern, hip, even urban style that people weary of Harry's earnest heroism may actually PREFER.

Plus, people with an interest in legends and myths will bug their eyes out with excitement, because the premise of "Percy Jackson" is that there are a handful of kids who are in fact the children of Greek gods and goddesses, who had come down to dally with modern Americans. These kids, called "half-bloods" in the book, grow up not knowing their origins, alienated by their disjointed lives and absent parents. (A nice conceit of the book is that many half-bloods have dyslexia, but only because their minds are wired for ancient Greek, and ADHD, but only because their minds are wired for hunting, a notion that should give a lot of comfort to real kids with these real problems.) But there are forces of darkness - monsters - whose aim it is to destroy such kids. They are only protected at a special camp - "Camp Half-Blood." Percy, who turns out to be a son of Poseidon, lands at this camp, but must eventually leave it and risk the monsters, to fulfill a Quest.

Even on the basis of this short description you can see there are a lot of superficial similarities to the Potter books - an orphan, with supernatural powers, who has two friends (one brainy girl and one geeky sidekick), several envious rival students. He goes to a special school and learns he is highly skilled at the school's favorite sport (in this case chariot racing). He is personally charged with a quest that, should he fail, will result in the ruin of the world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Percy Jackson
I think this book is very awesome because it has a mix of Greek mythology and adds the gods to it.
Published 23 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Percy Jackson the lighting Thief
5 stars it was such a good book If there was a book any better I would die.The best book ever
Published 2 days ago by Kathleen Proffitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect price. If only the rest of the series were also $0.99. Come on, Amazon!
Published 2 days ago by Harv
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
one of son's favorite authors; loaned this one to friend and didn't get returned so glad to find replacement at good price and in decent condition
Published 4 days ago by mm2
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
I have read a lot of books but nothing like this, it deserved a five star rating so read this book sea of monsters here I come
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customergolu
2.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile literature
This was a bit more juvenile than expected. Good book for 12-15 year olds
Published 6 days ago by M. Lowry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book series
Published 6 days ago by jesse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great to read
Published 8 days ago by Linda Ann Shearer Aanderud
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, hooked me on the series.
I really enjoyed this book. It took a little while to get into, but once you get immersed in the world, you won't want to leave it.
Published 8 days ago by Alexander K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Daughter Loves this Book more than the Movie.
Published 9 days ago by Brenda Wilmsen
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