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20 May 2020

I Listened to the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Audiobook

Earlier this month, the news broke that there would be a brand new Percy Jackson adaptation. And I am excited. I read the series as an older teen years ago and I really enjoyed them. They were exciting and friendly and exhilarating and addictive. I know I reread them in my early twenties too.

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Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the Gods erupts?

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5 Word Review: Power, secrets, bravery, friendship, family.

Content warnings: domestic abuse

I got rid of most of my books over the years, but I still have a copy of the first one because nostalgia. I decided that now was the perfect time to jump back in. I was having a bit of a bad time with my brain when it came to reading, so I hit up a digital library and got the audiobook out.

The audiobook is about ten hours long and is narrated by Jesse Bernstein. I think they did a wonderful job. I listened at 2x speed (it's a processing thing, any slower and I can't take it in) so it was a nice way to pass a couple of afternoons when I wasn't up to much else.

I think more than anything I enjoyed the nostalgia of my listen. It still holds up amazingly well, the story is pretty timeless. I love it when a book I loved when I was younger isn't dated by the details.

I love the exploration of family and friendship in this book. There is a lot of self discovery, and a lot of that revolves around the discovery that friendship isn't always what you think it is, and that things change. I love the themes of loyalty and sacrifice and support.

I'm now super excited for the new adaptation, and I'm going to continue on my audiobook journey.

Have you read any of the Percy Jackson books?


  1. I never read these when they came out, I missed a lot of hyped books back in my teen years. I did like the film though!

  2. I have still never read the Percy Jackson series and I don't think I ever will tbh. But I am excited to watch the new adaptation!

  3. I just read the first book for the first time and while it didn't live up to my expectations sadly I did really enjoy it!

  4. I've never read any of these. Glad you enjoyed your reread

  5. I'm rereading the series at the moment too! I've missed the characters so much.

    Katie @ The Queen of Teen Fiction

  6. I read the first in this series a while ago, but I definitely want to reread and continue on with the series. Especially before the new tv show comes out.

  7. I've never read this series - awful I know! But now there's a new book coming out I'm half tempted to borrow them from my library!


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