Reviews for Percy Jackson & The Olympians : The Demigod Files

AudioFile Reviews 2009 June/July
This adventure is perfect for new listeners to Riordan's series and for fans of the five previous novels featuring Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In this trio of stories featuring Percy, the half-mortal son of Poseidon, Jesse Bernstein voices mortal teens and terrifying gods with intimacy and glee. Teenager Percy balances woes and romance in the mortal world with adventures in the mythical world, such as battling Ares's sons, Phobes and Dimos, recovering Ares's lost chariot, visiting Hades, and nearly becoming "kibbles and dragon bits." With a blend of wry humor and drama, Berstein conveys the author's integration of ancient myths and historical characters with Percy's quotidian world of high school and camp. The three tales end with a rousing excerpt from the newest novel, THE LAST OLYMPIAN. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 September

Gr 5-8--Rick Riodan's latest entry (Hyperion/Disney, 2009) in the series is for those Percy Jackson fans who just can't get enough of his life as a demigod. It includes short adventures involving a stolen chariot, a bronze dragon, and a sword of Hades as well as interviews with some of the most famous characters--Connor, Travis, Clarisse, Annabeth, Grover and, of course, Percy. Some surprises are disclosed, such as the fact that Annabeth keeps a teddy bear in her camp trunk as well as anti-spider bug spray. Percy also reveals his scariest moment and Zeus talks about his home town and weapon of choice. The book begins with a letter of warning from Camp Half-Blood written and read by the author to would-be demigods about the dangers involved not only in Percy's world but also for listeners. Narrator Jesse Bernstein then takes over, picking up the pace in each of the adventures.--Edith Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC

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