Fun for Family!
All. Each person has a special story and motive.
Read the series. The audio books are just as fun. The voices are different than I imagined, but good. Great story for a road trip across the country. My husband and tween daughter also enjoyed it. We downloaded the next 3 as we went. Now we listen to the others as we make the long drive to soccer practices.
I have expected this book to be exciting and fun just as much as the Percy Jackson series and the Kane Chronicles. However, it seems that I was wrong. I am not saying that this book is that bad, but it's just that it's not a book that can be compared to Rick Riordan's other books. This is not thrilling and also not exciting . However, I really liked the idea of the characters, finding out the clues by following Benjamin Franklin.
If you really want to listen to an audio book that you would not regret, I recommend you the Kane Chronicles and the Warrior Cats.
This is the first of a group of books for young adults that is using ALL available media sources to play a game. Socialistic wisely chose Rick Riodan to start this project. Rick Riodan is known for the Percy Jackson books (young adults) and for his Tres Navarre mystery (adult) books.
The plain is for Kids to read the books, go on line assume a family, and search for clues to solve the 39 clues.
I must say I am having a ball..
I am trying hard to keep up with my son, and must say he is winning. For now
Get this and have some fun too.
It was a fun listen but when we saw it was 5 hours, we were shocked. The book just ended what I would say was about 1/3 of how long one of these books should be. Seems like you'd be into the series over $100 and no end in sight.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
So I decided to listen to Book 1 of The 39 Clues, The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, despite all the criticism heaped on this series for being a "poorly concealed scheme to sell cards" or some such. And it IS the most contrived series I ever even tried to read. Still, since I like fantasy when it isn’t too depressing and violent, I like to give fantasies aimed at kids a try. Somewhere I read a description of the characters (other than our two main characters, Amy and Dan Cahill) as being “intentionally exaggerated caricatures”, which is clearly what they are, but that just makes me say, "Why?" Wouldn't normal characters have been more interesting? Like the family that all wears purple running suits and is "buff" and is always marching in formation with a snapping family pitbull at their heels. Was that really necessary? Amy and Dan are (of course) orphans and have an (of course) uncaring guardian. They did have their powerful and mysterious grandmother who loved them but it is her death that starts the whole series. Her will gives the heirs a choice between a million dollars and a clue which could lead to power/riches/something . There isn’t much to say about the book itself. It’s short and moves along quick as we follow the two kids in their quest for clues.
I thought about reading the next one. I might have except that there are at least 11 of these and I don't think I could stand 11 books of Amy and Dan discovering a clue only to have it stolen from them by some nasty relative or other. Not to mention - and I suppose this isn't an uncommon problem with books aimed at kids - but I found myself wishing the author would just decide if there is or isn't mortal peril here. Are these relatives really willing to kill Amy and Dan? They can't be - or they would just do it already. Yet, one must acknowledge, that rigging up a pit to open at their feet and sending guys to poor cement in it seems like a real threat. And their 11 year old cousin who is always slinking around with a gun full of poison darts seems a real threat too and the former KGB agent cousin. And yet, Amy and Dan live on, and aren't offended enough by their near death experiences to suit me. But the real problem is just knowing each clue gets stolen. Sooo frustrating. I was interested to see how things flowed when we got to book 2 and there was a different author, but not interested enough to actually waste an audible credit on it.
Won't say, don't like spoiler alerts.
After a suggestion from a friend, I got the first two books for my grandchildren. Then I decided to listen so I could discuss it with them and I really enjoyed the story.
Enjoyed this first book very much! Although Rick Riordan writes for a younger audience, I was drawn into the story! Looking forward to continuing this story line!
I don't really know. The book didn't engage my son and that is a bit unusual for a audio book. The book may very well be good but he didn't think so at the time
Yes, there is a lot of history to learn as well as follow the mystery in finding the clues
When the mansion was burnt
this was our first
Dan makes us laugh
The Characters the story we can't wait to buy the next one
They are al my favourite I loved the book so much
This is our first but it will be the first of many
The entire book moved us from start to finish we just couldn't stop litening
Highly reccomend for kids and adults great one to listen to as a family