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The Burning Maze

The Trials of Apollo, Book 3
Written by: Rick Riordan
Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
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Book three in the number-one New York Times best-selling Trials of Apollo series

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor - and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles - somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon....

©2018 Rick Riordan (P)2018 Listening Library

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"Just as he has been for the previous two audiobooks in Riordan's Trials of Apollo series, narrator Robbie Daymond is wholly in sync with Apollo's voice.... Daymond creates individual voices for the large cast of supporting characters, including satyr guide Grover, demigod Meg, and dryad Aloe, and listeners will find it hard to press pause as he delivers every twist and turn in Apollo's continuing adventures." (AudioFile)

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  • Nathan
  • 2018-09-30

Entertaining

As an adult I've found many YA stories entertaining and Rick's books are no exception. I used to play a video game in the apple 2 as a kid that was a Greek good adventure writer and this reminds me of that. Fun.

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  • grant culbertson
  • 2018-09-23

great book

the author did a great job for this third book in a fantastic series. the narrator was very good

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  • kim
  • 2018-06-03

Not Sure How I Feel!

First off I liked the story but there was a drastic change in this installment. Book was much darker than I was expecting not that it was a bad thing but I did cry several times and that’s what has me feeling lost. Still I will be eagerly awaiting the next book. Oh yes and Apollo is still whiny but he is growing up.

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  • Victoria
  • 2018-12-13

Amazing

This is a great book, keeps your attention, with enough action and story telling to keep you on your toes. The entire Apollo series is great and the reader was a perfect choice, I can't imagine a better voice. Rick doesn't disappoint with the story line either. 10/10 would recommend.

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  • Brandon
  • 2018-05-19

This book gets a bit real.

Readers beware this story gets a bit real and has some actual consequences to Apollo's choices. Pretty decent story.

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  • Thomas Dobosiewicz
  • 2018-05-13

I hate you Rick Riordan

I don't know how, but uncle Rick managed another masterpiece. Keep tissues handy fellow demigods.

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  • Duane A. Pierson
  • 2019-04-10

Not sure if it's me or Apollo...

I thoroughly enjoyed the Percy Jackson series...I absolutely loved the Kane Chronicles...I was a huge fan of the Heroes of Olympus series...This series and the 2nd and 3rd installments of Magnus Chase have lost me...I have found The Trials of Apollo just plain silly more often than not and its attempts at incorporating all pop culture a bit overreaching...In the previous series' mentioned before, Rick did a good job of humanizing "gods" but still allowing them their godliness...Apollo is absolutely too dumbed down if you will...There is very little action in this book, just rambling set ups and brief encounters...I have considered maybe it's me and that maybe I have outgrown the genre, but can't go so far as to say that as I still enjoy many other series for this same age range...While the Magnus Chase series took on a political soap box tone, this series doesn't even do that...I was hesitant to even purchase book 3 after books 1 & 2, but foolishly thought things would pick up...I was wrong...Also, Robbie Draymond isn't a favorite of mine, but, in this case, his silly tone matches the silliness of the main character...So either things have really gone down, or "It's not you, it's me" Rick...

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  • Lauren
  • 2019-04-08

Robbie is the best!

I don’t write reviews that often. I share my love of books usually in person, the old-fashioned way, by word of mouth. This book, and this series, “The Trials of Apollo” are really some of Rick Riordan’s best written work. I was an emotional mess by the end, and now I have to endure the cliff hanger of what happens next for Apollo. The story itself is engaging in a way that’s refreshing. Apollo has grown, has much more to do, but is starting to gain wisdom in a way that I think is admirable. It’s worth the journey!

I really came here to say Robbie Daymond’s interpretation of the stories, his understanding of the characters, and how he narrates the series really makes it that more enjoyable. He’s my favorite narrator for all of the Riordan series.

I can’t say enough about what I love! If there’s a question of the narrator, he’s up there with Davina Porter amongst my favorites!

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  • Kyle Maskell
  • 2019-03-15

not really for kids

the story was good till it was spoiled by the homosexual content. im really glad i review all my kids books.

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  • Jia-Min Rosendale
  • 2019-02-25

Devastating, But Amazing

Mr. Riordin is an amazing writer, and I have a feeling there will be more heartbreaks in the next book. Just hope it's not Tyson!!! I love the guy (cyclops?). I'm excited, and nervous for the next book, and this one was the best TOA book yet! A lot of character development and the amazing narrator is awesome!