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The Last Olympian

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5
Written by: Rick Riordan
Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
Length: 11 hrs
4.8 out of 5 stars (189 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's 16th birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

©2009 Rick Riordan (P)2009 Listening Library

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Poor narration

This cool concept story is entertaining for kids and the plot and characters are enjoyable. However, Jesse Bernstein's narration is very poor. His voices aren't consistent, his intonation and interpretation are rarely accurate. I often found it confusing when he changed a characters voice mid story or read something incorrectly. It's a pretty tall order to do a series with so many different voices and Jesse does not have what it takes. It seemed as though there was no preparation what-so-ever. His narrating took away from the story, a very poor choice! When you consider the cost to purchase this audiobook, the expectation is for a professional actors performance.

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An amazing ending with some mediocre voice acting

This book is just so fantastic. I truly love this series. It's such a breathtaking ending and it wraps up so many things yet leaves from for Heroes of Olympus. But the voice acting really impacts the series. I noticed more with this book than any other that the characters voices change half way through a scene. There is also some really odd choices made such as with Persephone who also seemed to be switched up half way though with Demeter. Also taking into account that voices for bipoc characters are often stereotypical and racist. The head of the Demeter cabin and Ethan Nakajima sounds the exact same and both like something out of the 1950s.

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Wow

Amazing books, just wow. I'm glad I got to listen to the audio book series.

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Best book ever

THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ THANK YOU RIORDAN BEST BOOK EVER

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Another excellent Listen

We have listened to all 5 of these books this winter/spring. My boys are 7 and 10. The narrator is consistent as with the previous books. The story is an exciting conclusion to the series and ties up loose ends.

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Yay! We loved it!

We have been listening to this whole series as a family. We thought it was engaging and very well performed.

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awesome series!

loved the series. can't wait to hear more. great characters and great story. highly recommended.

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  • Christine (and Alex)
  • 2013-02-24

10 y.o. boy became a READER with this book!

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10 y.o. boy (ADD and dyslexic) started audio books as companions to hardcopy books (teacher recommendation) and it was a huge success. The Percy Jackson series absolutely turned him from "I hate reading" to a boy who is now told to "please put the book DOWN and EAT!!".

Mom: Loaded this book onto the iPad and played it on longer drives. VERY well presented, fascinating story, and has spawned a whole family interest in the series, and a small research project (for the kids) into greek myths.


Of the 5 Percy books, this is the one that turned a corner for our son. Family demanded we only listen to it TOGETHER, so Alex began reading the hardcopy on his own - sneaking it into bed with a flashlight. Happy, happy Mom!! Prior to this book, it was actually easier to pull teeth than get him to read (ask our dentist).

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  • Joseph
  • 2009-08-26

Good conclusion to pretty good series.

I've listened to every book in this series, and it really grew on me. Both the writer and the narrator improved as the series developed, and the characters and story became more interesting.

As with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson develops through the series from an awkward outcast to a respected hero who must save the world. Based on Greek mythology set in modern day America, Percy and a team of half-blood children of Greek gods (think Hercules) battle Greek monsters and outwit gods and try to understand the motives of gods and titans as the danger escalates with each book. Some of the monsters are simplistic with complicated names, but they get better as it goes along.

"The Last Olympian" is a good end to the series. There are moments to satisfy, moments to sadden, and moments to surprise. All in all a great end to an increasingly great series, and I can't wait for the movies.

Just a couple of comparisons, because they are so obvious. The series is not as well written as Harry Potter or Artemis Fowl, but it gets better with each book (though the fourth book--"The Battle of the Labyrinth"--was my favorite), and it kept both my kids--the oldest of whom was sixteen when hearing this book--engaged. It probably won't catch on with adults the way Harry or Artemis do, but parents probably won't be bored, either.

So that's my review, from the perspective of a parent, in case any are trying to decide on these books for their kids.

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  • naomi
  • 2017-05-22

Awesome

I literally listened to all almost 12 hours of this book in one day. The reader is really understandable and does the voices great. A good listen for anyone!

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  • Rose
  • 2010-12-26

Good Book

Good story that held the attention of the listener. The narrator could have been a bit more versitile but did a passable job.

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  • Lee
  • 2014-04-06

Great series to share with kids

My 8 year old grandson and I listened to the entire series - twice! I like the values of friendship, diversity, leadership shared among the male and female characters, My grandson loves the action, and I enjoy the fun of the use of contemporary cultural icons in a whimsical way.

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  • Anand
  • 2012-08-06

Jesse Berstein IS Percy Jackson

What made the experience of listening to The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson, Book 5 the most enjoyable?

In an audiobook, more than the story, the narrator has to tell it well.
In the old days, story tellers used to wander between villages with stories of Heroes and Gods.
They were legend. Their narration was SO good that it has followed us down the ages.
To me, Jesse Bernstein represents the very few of those dying breed. The other being Ray Porter.
He truly likes Percy Jackson and you could see the characters leaping off the book into your car.
Guido, Blackjack, Tyson, Annabeth and Hades: To me they are as real as the NY Subway or the traffic in Chennai.

What did you like best about this story?

The Narration. Duh !

Have you listened to any of Jesse Bernstein’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

ALL of his Percy Jackon books. Each one is extremely good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Hades arrives to the Battle.

Any additional comments?

Audible: Please, Please use this narrator well. He's one of the very few Gifted ones. Listen to your customers.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-10-25

Love the Percy Jackson books!

Great book series! I read the printed books years ago along with my kids. The narration was great!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-15

Five Stars

In this book I liked how it is so action packed. It's so exciting what's going to happen next, but what I didn't like was how there were some parts where it took a pretty long time to get to the best parts. I would suggest this book to you if you like action, Greek Mythology, and a little of romance, I would suggest this book to you.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Jessica
  • 2010-01-06

Wonderful Book

I would recommend this book to children, teenagers, and adults a like. I am 25 years old and really enjoyed this entire series. I suggest reading the books before the first movie comes out in 2010.

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  • K
  • 2014-01-17

Absolutely terribble performance

The story is good but the reader was appalling. I had to stop listening and read the book instead. Jesse Bernstein has a whiny voice, is terrible at at accents (and often picks a very jarring accent), can't pronounce greek words, does not seem to understand the descriptors 'angry' or 'silky' and was frankly racist in his representation of Ethan Nakamura. I would strongly suggest that these books be re recorded by someone with some talent, skill and education.

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