The Lightning Thief

Version: Unabridged
Author: Rick Riordan
Narrator: Jesse Bernstein
Genres: Classics
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Published In: June 2005
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 12 minutes
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Overview

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp.

Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he's coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he's angered a few of them: Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends–one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena–will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. 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 failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Reviews (35)

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Written by Charliesneeze on October 23rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I must have read this whole series at least 20 times when I was in middle school and its just as good now as it was then!

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Written by Sawyer W. on July 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The Lightning Thief is a fun take on the Greek gods, and their interactions with mortal man. The young reader will find themselves immersed in this book; relating with the similar aged characters as themselves and encountering a writing style and narrative are geared towards early teens. Unfortunately, this causes the book to not age well and may disappoint an adult either returning to the story they read in the past, or looking for a new short series. The narrator is decent but has strange inflections, and the voices of the supporting characters can trend towards grating.

Written by Andrew M. on April 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this book. it is really good

Written by Anonymous on January 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

hated the reader but the book was awesome!

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Written by Kaylee W. on January 11th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I've read the book before, but being able to listen to it wherever was awesome. And the guy reading had different voices for all of the characters. It was awesome!

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1

Written by Tuocheng(eddy) W. on October 29th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is lit.

*REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Written by Susan V. on September 24th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a cute kids’s tale. Percy is 12 and apparently gets kicked out of schools often. His mom currently has them living with a dead beat, verbally abusive man that has a body odor problem. Life is just tough on Percy. But it’s about to get a lot tougher when Greek deities and monsters pop up in his life! There were several moments that made me laugh…. like Grover suddenly yanking off his pants. That’s the moment where Percy is all, ‘What the hell!’ but then Grover has fur and hooves below the waist, so Percy is stunned into silence. Grover is a Satyr assigned to protect Percy but he’s been keeping his Greek mythology side on the down low with a disguised lower half. Grover isn’t the only one who’s been keeping their real identity from Percy. In fact, there were a few times I thought Percy’s young mind might melt from the over load of reveals. After a harrowing chase and the death of someone important to him, he ends up at the Half Blood training camp where he meets other kids who are half mortal and half deity. Now, I did think that Percy took that death in stride and it was a bit glossed over. I expected tears for days and scars for life but this book seems to veer wide of any serious stuff. There’s several examples of this, like Medusa and how she really came to be a snake headed monster. It wasn’t some jealousy over dating partners. Anyhoo, pretty soon Percy gets a quest and goes on a road trip. Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) and Grover accompany him. There’s also the gifts from Luke (a son of Hermes). As Western culture has shifted further and further west, key places in Greek mythology have also shifted and several now reside in the USA. I liked this bit of world building because it meant I didn’t have to bang my head against a wall every time a Greek mythological location popped up. Percy isn’t the only one to face their fears and take on a personal challenge in this story. His companions also suffer and have a chance at victory. There’s treachery too. Percy must figure out who his true friends are while also discovering who stole Zeus’s lightning. It’s a fun tale but I didn’t have a strong reaction to it as I did with Harry Potter. 4/5 stars. The Narration: Jesse Bernstein does a really good job. He sounds like a 12 year old boy who has gotten kicked out of a lot of places. His voice for Grover is great, as he sometimes has a little goat in it. His female voices are spot on. There’s several monsters with their various yells, hisses, snorts, etc and Bernstein carries them off without a hitch. 5/5 stars.

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Written by Erin C. on May 30th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this book very much and I bought this audiobook because of that; BUT the narrator is terrible. The list of mispronounced words is endless and his vocal variations are limited. In what world does a British/foreign accent sound the same as an american southern accent!? I don't blame the narrator for his mistakes I blame the producers and editors for thinking this recording was worthy for the general public to hear.

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Written by Marcus B. on May 17th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book is great, the narrator is ok, but all his characters sound the same. I wish he would change hi styles a little bit when reading the different characters.

Written by Kristen B on March 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love! Love! Love! The book and the narrator are fantastic. I couldn't stop listening.

Author Details

Author Details

Riordan, Rick

Rick Riordan is also the author of the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: Book One: The Lightning Thief; Book Two: The Sea of Monsters; Book Three: The Titana (TM)s Curse; Book Four: The Battle of the Labyrinth; and Book Five: The Last Olympian. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.