BEST - the fact that a male and female narrators were used...the Egyptian theme of the book
LEAST - I would have liked to hear more of a contrast between characters' voices.
This was the first Rick Riordan audiobook I've listened to.
The narrators could have had more contrast between characters' voices. I couldn't tell what gender the character was if I was just listening to the audiobook, but luckily I was reading the e-book at the same time so it didn't matter.
As it is part of a series, this book doesn't need its own follow-up book.
Like the author, like the story, male voice is OK, however the female screams her way through the book. As she gets excited her voice goes up an octave or three and she starts yelling. It is a bit better in the second book, but if you sensitive ears stay away!
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Yes, it's funny!
Satie, she sounded like she always took or tried to take lead of situations.
It is not nearly as good as the Olympians books. I may be biased because I know much more about Greek mythology. Still, this ancient mythology spin is a bit too formulaic and therefore predictable...almost apologizing for that a few times. His other books avoided the predictability with great characters and complex relationships. Not so much in this one. Rick Riordan's humor still makes it enjoyable if tiresome for a medium length book.
I'm hoping for more in the next one but not as eager to spend a credit on it as I was with the Olympians series.
Other reviewers have complained about the dual narration. I thought it was great. Sure, the accents (especially Carter's for Sadie) were a little over-the-top, but the point is that the story is told through the mouths of two teenagers. If you think of it as "professional narrator with a bad accent", you might get annoyed. But if you think of it as "14-year-old American boy trying to represent his 12-year-old British sister", you'll realize that they nailed it.
As for the story, it had Riordan's usual strengths and weaknesses. Lots of humor and laugh-out-loud moments. A fun window into an ancient mindset. Lots of good adventure. But minimal character development outside of the main heroes.
Some of the devices were also derivative. Khufu is basically the librarian at Unseen University, and the struggles over control between gods and heroes echoes Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimeus trilogy).
Sometimes hard to follow with multiple characters Gods, Humans and magicians manifesting different roles over time but, I liked the delivery. Two readers playing a brother and sister with their separate perspectives.
This book is a great listen for kids and adults alike. A book that both my seven year old, ten year old and I could all listen to in the car.
My kids actually wanted to stay in the car every day that we were listening to it so that they could hear more!! They love the characters and the narrators bring them to life.
Can't wait to listen to the other books of the series!!
I finished it and we aren't used to kids as the characters so it took some getting used to.
The history was very interesting and it did have a unique story line.
Yes he has a style that is interesting with just enough twist to keep you guessing
The readers where great they played their parts on a professional level
Sure why not it had alot of action the stars I am not up on the younger stars
It took alittle while to get the hang of kids as the main characters but all in all it was OK
This was an excellent tale, one that kept us coming back to listen further. My son loved this story, and certainly impressed his teacher with the amount of Egyptology he picked up in the book! It had those little details that really brought the story to life and gave us something to learn and debate with each other (after all, there's nothing like a debate with an 8 year old). The narrators were very good, though everyone who listened greatly preferred the sections that Katherine Kellgren narrated (the story got us to and from a very long drive to the cottage, with company in the car). It is fast paced, keeps you on the edge of your seat (so to speak) waiting for the next shoe to drop as the two are plummeted through adventure after adventure. Told between brother and sister, the effect is amusing and clever. Wonderful story!
Good book, and a good start to a new series. Very creative story, and good character developement for a kids book. My only problem is with the female narator. She reads very quickly, almost too quickly, and is often very high pitched and screechy.
Even with that though, I still definitely recommend the book.