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The Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2
Written by: Rick Riordan
Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (282 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.
©2006 Rick Riordan (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Company

What the critics say

"Adventure follows chaotic adventure at a rapid pace, and readers with even a passing acquaintance with the Odyssey will enjoy this fresh use of familiar stories." (School Library Journal)

What listeners say about The Sea of Monsters

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The story is good but the reader has a bad tendency to put an ‘L’ in the word both and pronounces it like ‘bolth.’ It gets annoying after a while. There are quite a few characters who the reader uses the same voice for which can be confusing at times.

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Pretty neat

A pretty dang cool book. Very intriguing to people with interests of Greek mythology and early teen books

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Cyclops voice won me over

The voice of the cyclops is fantastic, a must listen for the good feels. It has a good story and if you like Greek mythology it is a good follow up to book 1.

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  • Eva
  • 2020-04-03

Great story + good narration

Love this narrator. His voice is so soothing and easy to follow while doing other things

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Engaging Story and Performance

Enjoyed this book as much as the Lightning Thief. The narrator is consistent and easy to listen to. The story is engaging. Enjoyed it with my 7 and 10 yr old sons and occasionally joined by the 13 yo who read the books herself a few years ago.

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wonderful family listen

Kids 9 and 1( + parent!) loved it. makes bedtime much easier for us all.

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Amazing book

This book is amazing the series is awesome and thrilling and the series to follow is even better amazing overall would recommend

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you are awesome 😘my cat likes to listen too .

loved it 😂💶💴I love you you are awesome you're the best best awsome I love you

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Boys Enjoyed This Book & Series

I have three boys and all of them really, really loved this series. They listened on drives and begged to keep listening when we got home.

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Truck ya lol

Loved it, time to move onto the next one. My girlfriend is reading the books and I'm Listening to the audio books lol

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  • Josh
  • 2010-07-12

This is realy good book

I previously owned the book but this audio makes the book feel all new to me. It makes it feel like I am acually there with Percy as he is the nearly getting blasted by dodgeballs of death. It was defiantly woth my time.

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  • BR from Richmond
  • 2006-09-03

great family fare

My 11 and 9-year-old kids (a boy and a girl) have really enjoyed this series and I have gotten caught up in it too. The story is fun and engaging. There are a series of battles and challenges and plenty of suspense, but it is all laced with humor. The books have also gotten my kids very interested in learning about Greek mythology-- bonus! The reader is pretty good with voices and does a convincing teenage narrator. I'm glad they've chosen to go with the same reader for both books in the series so far and hope they continue. The first book in the series is called the Lightening Thief.

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  • Margarita
  • 2015-03-05

Brace Yourself

This book was amazing! Just as good as the first one! It was enthralling and an overall mysterious feel as if the next step they took could have been off a cliff. But on the other hand the narrator was'nt as good with some of the characters, they just sounded either shrill or dopey or flat or all three. I would consider buying this as a real book but since Jesse spoke as Percy most of the time it was'nt the worst. Great book and the audiobook is good if your hands are busy. If you have time I would try to read the book. Just one warning, have the next book ready to read right away!

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  • S. A. Hall
  • 2015-03-25

love the books

I love the stories and learning more mythology also. Great storytine and worth the read. much better than the movies.

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  • Brad
  • 2015-05-07

The best

This was a very good book if you like the first one you would like this one. I love it.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2012-03-26

So what if I'm a grown up?

I am not afraid to admit that I love these books! Obviously, the mythological basis for the stories is the magnet for me, but the action and adventure hold my attention. I find the narrator a little distracting at times, but he does a fair job. I do think the best narrators are the ones who don't act like they're reading a kid's book, of which Mr. Bernstein is unfortunately guilty.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-03-28

excellent book good performance

Rick Riordan is a master story teller, I really love his modernization of Greek mythology in these books. The introduction of Tyson made this book for me. One question though why did Blackjack change genders? This is the only book where the character is a mare.

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  • Melissa
  • 2007-07-19

great book

The Sea of Monsters was a great sequel to the lightning thief. It was probrably the best book i have read.

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  • Craig H.
  • 2011-03-17

Genuinely Wonderful Teen Writer

My teenage daughter loves to read and has thoroughly enjoyed Riordan's books. I have also read these stories and they are very well written. I am an extremely difficult to please reader and I actually enjoyed this book. I prefer paper to my MP3 but the plot and story line was well thought out and planned. The flow is great and the Greek history or Greek God stories actually play a phenomenal part in the stories. The way the author flows the historical stories of the Greek gods with the present is inspiring and just fun. He leaves something for the next book and keeps you wanting more. I believe Rick Riordan is very talented writer and I read about 30 to 40 novels per year and listen to the same amount.

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  • Jason
  • 2008-10-04

Sophmoric

Rick Riordan's second book in the Olympus series is quite good, but is not as entertaining as the first book. However, much like JK Rowling, his second book seems to be a spring-board for upcoming books in the series: Events that transpire in book 2 will likely be relevant in later books in the series. I look forward to "The Titan's Curse".

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