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  • The Mark of Athena

  • Heroes of Olympus, Book 3
  • Written by: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The explosive third part in Rick Riordan's number-one series - set in the world of Percy Jackson - now available as an unabridged audio download. One fatal prophecy. Seven brave demigods. A quest to find - and close - the door of death.

Annabeth felt as if someone had draped a cold washcloth across her neck. She heard that whispering laughter again, as if the presence had followed her from the ship. She looked up at the Argo II. Its massive bronze hull glittered in the sunlight. Part of her wanted to kidnap Percy right now, get on board and get out of here while they still could. She couldn't shake the feeling that something was about to go terribly wrong. She couldn't risk losing Percy again.

©2014 Rick Riordan (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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An amazing storyline!

This honestly is gonna be my second favorite book in the entire series after the house of hades. The book was amazing as it had so many amazing moments, from percy's and annabeth's moments too the cliff hanger at the end. This book for me is a 5 star for sure

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Awesome

loved it. especially the comments of leo valdez it was breathtakingly amazing. value for money

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HONEST REVIEW

Amazing narration..... ending was mind-blowing and in a lot of suspense..
thanks for the audiobook

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Awesome

the book was like always A-m-a-z-i-n-g !!!! I loved it and am sure u all will to ...must read or listen to !!!!

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my review

the narration was great and so was the story even though you would find it a bit boring in the middle, believe me the end is just amazing

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  • Chan
  • 12-07-14

Excellent narrator!

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This book is good but made great by Joshua Swanson! His narration is perfect and full of emotions.

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  • Jess
  • 04-11-21

Great pace and growth

I really love watching the main characters grow the the story. you can feel the love between the couples and it makes for a very compelling story to listen to.

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  • K Aspinall
  • 06-03-20

The good book

I really like the way it was written by Rick Riordan and is read really well

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  • Max K
  • 04-03-20

Best books ever

This books are amazing it’s got action adventure romance everything a book should have because the story is just so magical and you get to hear it from everyone’s point of view so I would recommend this book to everyone I rated five stars overall because the performance was great and the story was great and it’s just amazing but I would just like to say you probably shouldn’t change The voices of characters because it makes it a bit confusing

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  • Jae
  • 08-01-18

fab

loved it
never got bored after listening to it for more than ten times
loooooooooooovvvvvvveeeeee it

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  • Miriam
  • 15-10-15

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  • crystaltipps_7
  • 04-12-15

What more could you want?!

What made the experience of listening to The Mark of Athena the most enjoyable?

There is so much about this series I like, I don't know where to start ... except with Rick Riordan's characters. If you know anything about the genre, or his previous books, you'll have heard of Percy Jackson & his "scary Athena girl" Annabeth, but the newcomers in this 5-book adventure are as vivid and unique as any we've met so far & I soon found myself rooting hard for Leo, Piper, Frank & Hazel; even developing a soft-spot for Jason as time went on. (No mean feat, since he is rather annoyingly perfect.)

The plot careens along at Riordan's ubiquitous hair-raising pace, the narrative leaping from character to character every few chapters, which could have been confusing, but instead brings a breadth and depth to the tale it wouldn't have had otherwise; allowing you to experience the goings-on from multiple viewpoints.

Riordan writes with such charm, wit and humour you can't help enjoying yourself, & the cameo appearances of various gods and monsters (a slurring Bacchus and Leo's hysterical encounter with Narcissus and his fan-club being particular highlights) serve to draw you ever deeper into the crazy world of his ADHD demi-gods. Which is where you'll want to be, after only a few chapters.

What other book might you compare The Mark of Athena to, and why?

This is the 3rd book in a 5-book sequence, & I strongly suggest you begin at the beginning; with book 1: The Lost Hero ... if you don't feel you can spare time -or credits- enough to go all the way back to Riordan's first opus, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, which details the early adventures of "just your average Son of Poseidon ..." & his initiation into the world of half-bloods, monster-fighting & ridiculously dangerous quests.

What does Joshua Swanson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Joshua Swanson is one of the best narrators I've come across in all my Audible adventures: he has such an engaging style, great charm and a gift for characterisation that's second to none. Everyone has their own "voice" and attitude, which he conveys brilliantly; though my favourite has to be Leo Valdez, for whom Swanson affects a lovely wry drawl and strong Hispanic accent. He really seems to "get" the material, & relish reading it, which makes it a joy to listen to.

I was very disappointed to learn the last 2 books are read by someone else ...

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed so much whilst listening to this, & the previous books in the series, I had to stop myself from playing it in public, since people on trains & buses tend to look at you askance when you break into helpless fits of giggles with no prior warning & no visible excuse.

So much happens in Riordan's books they can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, but not a bad way. He has very deft touch when it comes to writing moving scenes without being in any way sentimental: you react because you've grown to care about the characters and learned enough of their backstory to anticipate when things are going to be hard or painful for them ... & know precisely why. You see it coming, & wince for them.

Any additional comments?

"Alright, cupcakes! Make my day!"

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  • B. R. Hansen
  • 10-08-18

stunning

it was so good me and my sister finished it in 3 day because it was so amazing!!!!!!!











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  • Lee
  • 04-04-18

Brilliant

This book is the best Rick Riordan ever and overall the best yet. Don’t like the voice but that is because I am not used to him

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-20

Amazing ending. favorite of the books so far

The Narator was great as always and gave a lot of life to the characters with distinct voices

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  • Rebecca Greenwood
  • 13-05-20

Brilliant !!

I really really liked this book, it's a great book and a great series. I highly recommend it.

ps if you liked this book I recommend Magnus chase,. it's another series by Rick Riordan

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  • sam scott
  • 03-04-20

Love it.

I L L L L L L LOVE IT hello all I love it everyone!

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  • James Aylward
  • 15-03-20

Slim story

The best twist and terrns since the lord of the Rings if there is amother book

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  • Paul Gyles
  • 08-06-20

Amazing

It’s just so good you have to listen to it 👍

Better then anything I have listened to before

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  • Prarthana Patel
  • 27-05-17

Audio not audible

Till Chapter 13 more than mid-way the audio book is perfect but after that there is no audio of the book.

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  • Andy
  • 12-05-17

brilliant story as always

A great story as always, not my favourite narrator for this series but still good.

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  • ryshell
  • 26-01-18

its really good

i loved it so much. Its sad, happy. overall great. I think everyone should get this book

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  • Electricplum
  • 15-06-17

Greatest series and best book so far

I really like Rick Riordan and his books. They are always really interesting. I recommend this for teenagers. Plus check out my Youtube channel: Starrydude (the one with an icon that is stars(

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  • Em
  • 05-10-21

Amazing!

I love the Mark of Athena! Rick roid an has filivered a great story again, the narrator is good also🐓🦈🦈🙈🦆🙄🍓⏰📚🌳🏀😶☀️🙈😬❄️👏💩

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  • Ultra_Doom
  • 06-06-21

Good book

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  • Joshua
  • 17-03-20

beautifully delivered

Love all the books in this series! Rick is such a talented author and Josh's delivery is incredible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-19

awesome adventure tail

loved it start to finnish and the voices made it even easyer to follow throughout

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-21

SO FUNN

I WAS SO SAD WHEN IT WAS FINALLY OVER
NARRATOR WAS TOP TEIR
GREAT READ

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-21

Love the Percy Jackson series

If you loved the Percy Jackson series when reading you’ll love the audio book. However, some feed back:
The narrator has some amazing qualities but some annoying ones as well.
He does voices and some of them I fell in love with and others I didn’t. At one stage he tried to pull of a middle eastern accent and it was very Indian (which there is nothing wrong with but as some one who is familiar with middle eastern accents, it irks me a bit). He also mispronounces some names (eg he pronounces Gaia as “Gia”) so if you’re somewhat of a grammar nazi, look elsewhere.
I do LOVE most of the voices he pulls off. When there is a transition from a male to female; he conveys it really well. The tone of specific chapters is conveyed very well through his narration so that when it’s funny- you laugh, and when it’s emotional- you feel.
Overall I am thoroughly enjoying this audiobook. It takes me back to the first time I read this series, and my love is rekindled!

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  • suzie
  • 04-06-21

Great story

It was an amazing story, however at times it would cut out sounds like bad editing.

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  • Jack
  • 26-02-20

American Harry Potter

American Harry Potter, just not as good. Writing is VERY average. Full of cringe inducing moments and lame humor. I wouldn't recommend it, but I'll get the rest of the series just to see what happens. 2 stars.