Yes! My kids (7 & 12 yrs old) and I have listened to this book twice already. At the end of they already asked if we could just start it again.
(1) Peter and The Starcatchers and (2) Arthur and the Minimoys. Both of these audio books are narrated by Jim Dale.
Red Pyramid is targeted at the same audience as Peter & the Starcatchers and Arthur and the Minimoys. They are written for young readers, but are entertaining and engaging enough for an adult.
I read the book also. What the audio brings to the story is a better ability to imagine the unique characters - the large ones as well as the bit players - because you actually hear them in different voices.
Katherine Kellegren perfectly captures the voice of a sassy 12-year old british girl....but also easily and rapidly transitions to the voices of other characters ranging from a stuffy French man accent to a hick Tennessee cowboy accent with ease and believability. Kevin R. Free, though a grown man, is equally believable as a 14-year old boy or ancient cat goddess.
Yes. We often found ourselves sitting in the driveway for an extra few minutes to finish chapters, or the kids requesting "just a bit more!" of listening before going to bed.
I accidently bought this book when it was in the "daily special". I inadvertently hit "purchase" and figured at that point to give it a try.
I wish I could give 1/2 stars. 3 stars is too little and 4 stars seems to high a rating, especially if you're an adult reader. The story itself is a 4 star kids book, but will seem too childish for most adults. I found this so, and from an adults perspective, this would be a 2 or 3 star novel.
As for the performance, that was solid. This is my second experience with dual narrators, and it seems to work well. It did so for this book especially, and having both genders represented should make this listen enjoyable for both boys and girls in their "tweens".
This has got to be one of the best books I've ever read/listened to. The narrators are amazing! It seems as it was written especially for them to narrate. The story was awesome! I really loved learning about ancient Egyptian history. Everything about this book was perfect, from the flow of the events to the characters and the excitement leading to the climax. There is nothing that I would change about this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves adventure. It was better than, in my opinion, the Percy Jackson series.
Other than the very annoying voice for the female character, this book is just not for adults. 10 to 13 year olds might enjoy it.
Probably not any written by Rick Riordan. The narrators did a fine job, but the material was just sub-par.
It felt so much a like a rushed copy-cat book of popular YA literature. I think he saw how popular the Percy Jackson series is and tried his hardest to duplicate it with Egyptian gods. The whole book felt flat. Boring characters, and weird plot holes that didn't make much sense.
Save your money and listen to a different book.
Love to exercise while listening
I loved the playfulness to this book. I learned a lot about Egyptology and enjoyed the non-stop action.
It was both nice and distracting having 2 readers. You get used to one reader and their voices for characters and then have to shift gears.
My son is a fan of Percy Jackson, so I thought I would give it a shot to The Red Pyramid series. I listened to the end and found myself realizing that I don't remember what was in the beginning of the story.
Narrators did not do justice to the story. Screaming, literally, by the female narrator was very distracting.
Narrators are going to the least favorite pile.
The story seemed interesting, the way the story is told. However, the narrator's voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard. I didn't get past two chapters.
Not the genre.
NO. The young girl's voice sounded like a thirty year old. It wasn't the character's sophistication, it was the voice. I am curious to whom this book is suppose to appeal? I hate to be negative but I think this book would be a good listen with different narrators.
I am disappointed I spent a credit!!!
I guess I failed to read far enough into the ratings. I assumed the book would be sort of "Tres Navarre does Egypt". I love mysteries, but not fantasy. It was both fantasy and geared toward teenagers. Having said that, it was well done for the genre...just not for me. If you are a teenager into magic and fantasy, you would probably give it 5 stars. The performances were that good also.
I liked that it was a world of Egyptian mythology. I liked Sadie's character the least.
Maybe the battle of the pyramid under the mountain.
Not until they practiced more.
This was a tough listen. The narration style (the two protagonists speaking into a microphone) did not make sense - no one talks like a novel is written. In particular, it was tough to listen to the female narrator. She is very enthusiastic, but it does not fit. Also, the author/narrator makes Sadie act as if she were an adult, although she is 12. That makes me think of what Shakespeare did with Juliet in R&J. The author could have at least tried to explain it away within the story ("Sadie had always been a prodigy...").
Maybe later books will be better rounded out. This one had potential.