Reviews for Last Olympian


AudioFile Web Reviews
The fifth volume of the Percy Jackson adventure series follows the travails of the 15-year-old half-human son of the Greek god Poseidon. The dyslexic, hyperactive teen takes on the curse of Achilles's heel, discovers newfound powers, visits the kingdom of Poseidon, and finds romance as a battle mounts against Kronos. With a touch of teenage geekiness to his voice, Jesse Bernstein is able to master Percy's sense of angst. While his voice is youthful, however, Bernstein lacks the speed and energy to allow listeners to completely suspend disbelief, and his tone lapses into a whining quality that some may find off-putting. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 September

Gr 5-8--Percy Jackson is back in another adventure and so is Jesse Bernstein, who masterfully voices all the characters. He captures their individual inflections and perfectly conveys their annoyance, arrogance, innocence, and even humor. In the final book (Hyperion/Disney, 2009) in Rick Riordan's series, Percy is pitted against his old nemesis Luke who has been transformed into Kronos, the Lord of Time. An attack on New York City is planned so that Kronos can destroy Mount Olympus. Percy ultimately gets all of the cabins from Camp Half-Blood to participate in the battle which is intense and deadly for both sides. There are a number of prophecies resolved in this tale (including what will happen when Percy turns 16) and new ones to ponder as the story closes. Romance is in Percy's life, with his relationships with Annabeth and Rachel, and much is disclosed about Luke's early life and his relationship with Annabeth. This is a more emotional journey than some of the earlier books, and Bernstein lingers over some of the moments of loss and grief, but picks up the pace during the many ferocious battle scenes. An exciting addition for Jackson fans.--Edie Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC

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