Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
Series: Heroes of Olympus
Source: Requested from Random House
Read By: Nick Chamian, Jesse Bernstein, Joshua Swanson, Aaron Groben
Audiobook Publisher: Listening Library
Length: 5 hours, 32 Minutes
About the Book: What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn't take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion...all in one hour or less?
With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and illustrated profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection that is sure to delight legions of loyal fans.
My Thoughts: It's been a long time since I've been in the world of Camp Half-Blood and I loved being back! I absolutely adored the Percy Jackson series. I've yet to read The Lost Hero or any of the other Heroes of Olympus books but they are high on my TBR pile! I enjoyed getting an introduction to some of the characters through a short story!
There are four different short stories, as well as a brief interview with George and Martha (the snakes on Hermes' caduceus.)
The first short story takes place before The Lightning Thief. In it we get a glimpse at the boy Luke was before he made it to Camp Half-Blood. He and Thalia have already met up and are soon to find Annabeth. It certainly gave me a different view on Luke!
My favorite story was the second one. It's the most reminiscent of the Percy Jackson series. Percy and Annabeth are on a date in NYC (this takes place after The Last Olympian) when adventure finds them. I loved seeing more of Percy and Annabeth together :)
Leo Valdez is the focus of the third story. This was the story I knew the least about. Having not read the Heroes of Olympus books I didn't know the characters. I still found it enjoyable. It made me want to get caught up on my Camp Half-Blood books even more!
The final short story was actually written by Riordan's son Haley when he was sixteen. When talking about this on his blog Riordan said, "Haley ponders the question: 'What happened to the demigods who fought with Kronos's army after the battle in Manhattan?'" I was impressed by Haley's writing. I wish I had read The Last Olympian more recently though... there was so much I had forgotten!
Over all I really enjoyed this audiobook. Each story had a different narrator. The pacing was great and I stayed entertained. I particularly liked the Sean Connery feel that the narrator of the fourth story gave to one of the main characters! Fans of Riordan's Camp Half-Blood books will not want to miss these additions!