What The Lightning Thief is about:
Fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology, it is the first novel in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, which charts the adventures of modern-day twelve-year-old Percy Jackson as he discovers he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god Poseidon. Percy and his friends go on a quest to prevent a war between the gods Zeus, Poseidon and Hades.
Why I wanted to read it: Because I work in a middle school library and all of the kids are reading this series and the others by Riordan. And because I need to know what gets them so excited about each new book that is released!!
Source: Public Library for the audiobook
- I thought the narrator for this book was a perfect choice. His voice wasn't too old sounding and he actually made me think of Percy when he spoke (is that weird?)
- The action in the story never stopped and so this was a very fast audio book for me. I actually sat in my car a few times so that I could listen to just one more sentence!!
- I loved being able to talk to the students about listening to this one on audio. Many of the kids were very interested and hoped that I loved the book as much as them!
- Many, many aspects of this story felt almost parallel to Harry Potter. The powers, the invisibility hat, the three friends, going on a quest, losing your parents.....you get the picture.
Even though at times I thought the book was a bit cheesy (but it is targeted to 9-13), I can absolutely see why the students love it and I'm pretty sure that I will continue on with the rest of the series. Not sure if I will do them on audio books or read them, but either way I've found out that I love Greek mythology and want to read more about Percy Jackson and what happens next!!