The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

Audiobook CD - 2005
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Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Publisher: New York : Random House/Listening Library, p2005
ISBN: 9780307245304
0307245306
Branch Call Number: RIO
Characteristics: 8 compact discs (10.25 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Bernstein, Jesse 1976-

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 23, 2017

Rick Riordan's 'The Lightning Thief' introduced us to the Percy Jackson series. From the beginning, it was a slow book to start off, with very little action and a lot of confusion. I often found myself having to go back and reread parts of the story just to completely understand but that didn't last long. As the book picked up and began to reach its climax, I believe Riordan shocked not just me, but others when it was revealed who the true villain was. He had me hooked after just a few chapters, especially after the chapter with Sally and the Minotaur, I just had to read what happened with that plot. The book kept me on my toes, especially towards the end when we had no idea what Zeus was going to do, as Percy fought off the true villain just a world away. Overall, I think the book was a fantastic read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who was looking for a good fantasy book and series to start with! I'd give it a 4.5/5 rating.
- @NemoReads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is the first book in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It is about a 12 year old boy named Percy Jackson who has ADHD and is Dyslexic. He is sucked into a world he only thought to be myth. I really enjoyed this book, because it has easy to understand language for kids, teaches you more about Greek Mythology, and has many funny jokes and characters. It is not a dark, eerie book. It is very light-hearted. I would recommend this book to young adults. From 8-15 year olds. Older people can read it of course, but I feel that was the target audience. I couldn't set the book down when I started. Percy Jackson was an amazing book and character, along with his friends Annabeth and Grover. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 for sure. A must-read. 
- @Blue of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 19, 2017

“The Lightning Thief” is an excellent start to an outstanding series. “The Lightning Thief” included genres of fantasy, greek mythology, and fiction. Ranging from the half-bloods to Camp Half-Blood itself, it reminded me a lot of the Harry Potter series. “The Lightning Thief” had an amazing plot that made me want to keep reading, monsters described in a way where I could feel their essence, characters with great character development, and overall it was written very well. I finished this book quickly and was dying to get my hands on the next book. If you read the Harry Potter series and enjoyed it, this may be your next favourite series. Without a doubt, I would recommend reading this book for ages 9+. 5/5 stars.
- @Riddikulus of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and it is a stellar hit. You realize later on how much we needed this book to understand and see Percy’s character develop along the way. Percy Jackson has always been a troubled kid and has been kicked out of almost every school he has been to. On top of that; he’s dyslexic and doesn’t have a lot of friends other than Grover. But when a freak accident involving his mean teacher turning into a monster and attempting to kill Percy happens, he is thrust into a world of Greek gods and sees his world turn upside down. His best friend Grover turns out to be a satyr ordered to protect him and Mr. B is Chiron, the hundreds-old centaur in charge of Camp Half-Blood. But things don’t even stop there; Percy is the son of Poseidon and one of the most powerful in the camp. You get caught into a tornado of crazy events alongside Percy and feel as though you, too, live in Camp Half Blood and you are a demigod. Meet Annabeth, Grover, Luke, and all the demigods and monsters in this thrilling first book with much more coming.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This is the first book of an amazing 5 book series. It introduces us to a quirky, clever and relatable character as our main protagonist named Percy Jackson. He is a sarcastic 12-year-old from Manhattan who is thrown in between a war, a war between Greek Gods. We also meet characters such as Grover, Percy's friend, who is given the task of protecting him but usually it is the other way around. We also meet Annabeth Chase, a smart, Hermione-like character who seems like just another bossy 12-year-old but Rick Riordan captures these characters' emotions and tells their backstories in such a beautiful way. The best thing about this book and the whole series is how the author takes real life settings that the readers have probably seen and shows them in a way we never think about. The Empire State building as the Home of the Olympians, Mount Olympus..?
- @TRBB99 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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slpl_tpearson
Sep 14, 2016

Narrator Bernstein does a fine job--it's easy to keep the characters straight, and his reading of Percy himself is spot on!

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SunnyD1976
Aug 16, 2016

We checked out this audiobook for a long car trip. It turned my 10-year-old into a Greek Mythology fan. He's now read the Ken Jenning's mythology book and the Brick Greek Myths, and he's comparing and contrasting what he knows from the different versions of the stories. He enjoys the actor's tone and voices in the story and we will continue to listen to the series over the summer.

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smitasub
Jun 24, 2016

The story is great however the person reading it this not so much.

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jhartman2
Dec 14, 2015

my fave book!this was thebook that made me a poocy fan

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haloreach12
Sep 04, 2015

This was the book that turned me into a Percy Jackson fan. The book introduces readers to the world of gods and Greek mythology, as well as showing how they tie to the lives of Perseus Jackson a 12 year old troubled child living in Manhattan. The story is excellently written and is shown from the Percy's point of view It shows the struggles he has had to face as a demigod for his whole life. The book teaches readers about Greek Mythology and how it has been around for thousands of years. The book shows the adventures demigods would have to do for god's bidding, and how certain gods can be very treacherous and deceitful. The book shows the importance of friends and how friends can betray you at any instance. There are many memorable moments established in this book, one of these moments is Percy defeating the Minotaur as he first arrives at camp Half Blood. This book was able to appeal to me because I was interested by the fact that Percy had been living life like a normal human for the majority of his life, I loved reading about Percy's transition from a lonely troubled child to a monster killing hero. My personal favorite moment from this book was when Percy is told about his origins and his ties to the gods, for me I really enjoyed Percy's reaction to this news. If I had to give this book a rating out of ten I would certainly give it no less than a 9. If you are looking for a children's fantasy book, than your search is over. Once you read this book you will want to read the rest of the series.

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haloreach12
Sep 02, 2015

This was the book that made me into a Percy Jackson fan. The book introduces us to the world of gods and Greek mythology, as well as showing how it ties to the lives of Perseus Jackson a 12 year old troubled child living in Manhattan. The story is excellently written and is shown from the Percy's point of view It shows the struggles he has had to face as a demigod for his whole life. The book teaches readers about Greek Mythology and how it has been around for thousands of years. The book shows the adventures demigods would have to do for god's bidding, and how certain gods can be very treacherous and deceitful. The book shows the importance of friends and how friends can betray you at any instance. If I had to give this book a rating out of ten I would certainly give it no less than a 9. If you are looking for a children's fantasy book, than your search is over. Once you read this book you will want to read the rest of the series.

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de_grammont
May 10, 2015

Much better than the film of the same name, not sure why the film felt the need to deviate from the source material as wildly as it did. Could have been better, and I'm not a huge fan of the 1st Person writing style. It also seems to have a ton of parallels to Harry Potter on some basic levels. Not saying I didn't enjoy the book, and I'm not saying it was bad.

KCLS_Gerry Oct 17, 2014

I've been assuming I wouldn't like this series. "It's not my kind of book" So when I saw it available as a downloadable audio book, I gave it a shot and really enjoyed it.
This is the first in the series. We meet the main characters, get introduced to lots of Greek myths both bad and good. In Percy's world, myths turn out to be real.
I'm looking forward to the next adventure.

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titanic007
Apr 12, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some particularly intense bits, but it's fine if you don't have too much of a wild imagination!

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