Audiobook Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Posted April 23, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 5 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 9 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanSource: Audiobook Purchase, Kindle Purchase

Format: Audiobook

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Narrator: Jesse Bernstein
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min

Date Read: April 2013

Genre: MG

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

More Information:
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1

Also by this author: The Lightning Thief

World Book Night USA

NOTE: I am giving this book away tonight at my local public library in The Colony, Texas!  I am excited to take part in World Book Night 2013 and share my love of reading.  Tomorrow I will be sharing pictures from tonight and my experiences.  I hope to participate in this for many years to come!

Read/Listened for Fun/World Book Night (Audible/Kindle)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: What a great story and adventure The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan was 🙂

Story Thoughts: I love stories of grand adventures and quests! There is something fun about following someone as they save the world, get a crush, and work out who they are in the process. Percy Jackson was no exception to that rule. This was just his first adventure of many to come and it was a brilliant one. This story is catered to Middle Grade readers but I have to say as an adult I had fun reading it (or in this case rereading it). I think it would be a great story for parents to read along with their kiddos and share the adventure.

Character Thoughts: As a history buff (and fan) I love that this series mixes in tons of Greek Mythology. I love when YA and MG books do that because I think it spurs on younger readers to find out more about these myths! Percy Jackson, the leading man, was a character that most can relate too even when he was thrown into a very interesting life. His best friends and quest partners are fantastic too! I think everyone can find someone in this book that they can identify with and that is always fun for the reader.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by Jesse Bernstein / Running Time 10 hrs and 1 min

Jesse did a great job with the narration of The Lightning Thief! The pacing was great, the voices were distinct, and the emotion was pretty spot on. The version I listened too had a few production pauses that threw it off a bit but otherwise it was fantastic.

Final Thoughts: I am giving this book out for World Book Night 2013 because it is one that I think all ages can enjoy. I was thrilled when I got my first choice. I highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure 🙂 You won’t go wrong!

FTC Disclosure

Overall Rating
5 / 5
Story Rating
5 / 5
Character Rating
5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
Felicia S
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9 responses to “Audiobook Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

  1. I have the first book and I still need to read it. I’ve heard it was so good and now that I have your recommendation… I’m going to have to make time. I gave it to my mom to read first, but she hasn’t gotten to it either. I must crack that whip and make her get on it. LOL

  2. I loved this book and definitely want to give the audio version a listen. I’ll make sure to look out for it (although not sure whether it’s the same narrator in the UK version?). Have a wonderful World Book Night! x

  3. I read this when I was pregnant and sick and I really enjoyed the book, but now seeing it I am having pregnancy illness flashbacks. That sounds like such an amazing event you are going to. I will be looking forward to your full report and pics! Have fun!