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The Sea of Monsters Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (169,374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Riordan Narrator: Jesse Bernstein Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series Release Date:
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In this dynamic sequel to The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson is sent on yet another whirling adventure across the world of Greek mythology. Percy discovers in the first book that he is not just an average teenage boy, but is actually a demigod and the lost son of the great Poseidon. He is introduced to this new world of myth and legend, and expected to step in as the demigod that he is. Here, in The Sea of Monsters, we find our hero gaining confidence and reputation as he continues to mature in this strange realm.

This sequel presents Percy with two major challenges. First, his friend Grover (a Satyr) has been taken captive by a Cyclops and is in desperate need of saving. Second, Thalia (a demigod previously transformed into a pine tree) is dying and needs the long-lost Golden Fleece in order to be revived. Percy realizes, through a series of dreams, that Grover may have found the Golden Fleece. So, along with his fellow demigod friends Tyson and Annabeth, Jackson sets out to rescue Grover and recover the Fleece from the Sea of Monsters, the treacherous place where Grover is trapped. Along the way, the company encounters a number of unsavory characters, old and new, and fall into dangers fitting for the mythos from which this epic tale is derived.

Rick Riordan is a highly praised American author, best known for this very series. He has also written a similar series focused on Egyptian mythology, and is currently writing a second series inspired by Percy Jackson called Heroes of Olympus. He has also co-written several works and overseen spin-off projects of his Percy Jackson work.

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.

But things don’t stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia, only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name: the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends—Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson—must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family, one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An action-packed adventure.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Fives OnTheFly | 2/9/2014

    " Another wonderful read by Rick Riordan. The kids especially enjoyed the inclusion of the Tyson character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Sarah McLain | 2/4/2014

    " Poor Grover, then again, he is part goat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Twicky | 1/23/2014

    " Great book in all, but this book just seems like the Lightning thief with different quests. The only difference is that Percy recognizes the Greek world he is in, really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Molly | 1/22/2014

    " Great modern interpretations of classic great myths in this one, especially the Circe section. I loved the character Tyson. "

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About the Author
Author Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. For fifteen years, he taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award. He now writes full-time and lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.

About the Narrator

Jesse Bernstein is an audiobook narrator. His many works include The Battle of the Labyrinth, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Girls, Chasing Windmills, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series.