Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Book One.
Published in 2005.
Unabridged audiobook read by Jesse Bernstein.

My kids (ages 11, 15, and 20) had all read and enjoyed The Lightning Thief before we watched it on DVD. I liked the movie version so much - despite the differences from the book, most notably that the main characters appear to be several years older than they are described in the book - that I decided it was time I read it too!

Rick Riordan's imaginative placement of Greek mythology in our modern world makes for a great story! The last few chapters were somewhat anti-climatic, just setting up the sequel, but overall The Lightning Thief is a fun read.

I enjoyed the narrator of the audiobook, although I understand what my friend Sue said about his women's characters being whiny. I will look for audiobook versions of the rest of series, as this one was a great accompaniment to my daily commute.



  1. I read the series (the original 5) in print, but I'm thinking of doing audio for the other, spin-off books.

  2. I have only watched the movie of this one. I'm not sure I would be reading it, though.