This is a children's book but I can't imagine any child enjoying it. It has no depth of character and you don't feel endeared to the father, brother, sister or anyone else.
Although he has gotten fair reviews which led me to read this book, he would not be high on my list of authors. I was looking forward to his series, The Lightening Thief, so I can't say never; my curiosity at times gets the better of me. This has been extremely hard to swallow. maybe he had a bad day -I can't imagine it took longer to write it.
They should have listened to anyone else and taken a hint on how it should be done. My favorite audio performers are Scott Brick, John Lee and Steven Weber. Even Grover Garland, who is not one of my favorites, could do a better job.
In print it's a waste of paper, and as an audiobook, it was a wasted credit.
Even by reviewing this book I give it value, which it has none. Mind you, I am aware that this is a children's book and there are many great ones: The Pathfinder and The Chocolate Wars, for example. And then The Hunger Games, which I thought was poorly written, is still superior to this. What gets me the most is the minutia of rambling and the cat-and-mouse maze chase that does not lead to anything. You don't care for the characters or their plight and the narrators took two obnoxious figures and made them shrill and annoying.
I love The Red Pyramid and I would listen to it again, probably in a year or two when my kids are older and need to be reintroduced to the characters.
I have biracial children and I believe my kids connected with the characters. Although my kids are only 6 and 8 and we live in a very diverse neighborhood thus they haven't encounter any anti-blackness stuff yet, they did like hearing about the racial difference the kids had and it made them think that they were Sadie and Carter. My son who is 8, believes that like Carter he has magical powers hidden inside and I only encourage this spirit of inner power. My daugter, the 6 year old, is a ball of energy and determination just like Sadie. We listen to the story to and from school as it is about 20 minutes each way. They love this book and so do I. It even keeps them from fighting and nagging each other in the back seat of the car.
I loved the excitement they both bring to the characters. They are both excellent storytellers.
I did not want to listen to all of the book in one sitting. My kids and I have something to look forward when we get in the car and go to school. The first thing they ask of me is to turn on the story!
I might never pursue the rest of this series, but it's a well-done opening volume. IT's a witty narrative with good interaction between the two POV characters, which are well-read by actors with a good enough range of voices to sound like kids or adults or mythic characters. The narrative is a good mix of witty banter and serious consequences, some Egyptian mumbo-jumbo mixed with modernity. The author doesn't seem to take himself or his book too seriously. I don't know if kids would like it, but this old geezer found it to be entertaining background noise.
The male performer was like listening to finger nails on a chalkboard when attempting the female characters voice and accent. Awful!
This is the first book out of 167 individual titles that I could not stand to listen to for one more second. The story is completely ridiculous and the characters are totally unlovable. I am really very confused by other reviews singing the praises of this totally useless book.
This is a different sort of read since you have two people reading it. They do a good job and it is fast-paced enough to hold the attention. i just got used to having one voice read and here you have two. If you like Egyptian Myths, this is fun to listen to. Be sure the seat belt is fastened because they try to keep things moving.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
The most enjoyable was the narration switch between the Kane siblings.
When Carter and Sadie FIRST realize they have Egyptian gods in them.
When Sadie meets the God Anubis and falls for him.
I laughed a lot. It was fast paced and anxiety provoking.
This is a great start to another great series by Riordan. I'm impressed.
This was an excellent book. I love mythology and having already read Riordin's other Percy Jackson books I knew that It was probably going to be a good book. I liked both narrators, I think they both did a good job. I have to say that the male narrator was my favorite. He had a smoother voice. I loved the story about ancient egyptian gods and myths, my only concern about the book was that much of the twists and turns in the plot reminded me of the percy jackson novel. I predicted most of the book. Other than that it was a good book.
The voice of Kevin Free the narrator is awefull. I have read the book and, I do not want to listen to another word. I The narrator for the Percy Jackson series was great I throughlly enjoyed it and bought this book beacuse of that. I regret it. DO NOT BUY THIS. I will not buy anymore in the series if this Narrators are reading.
This is a good choice for a long, funny, charming, exciting and educational story about magic, siblings and Egyptian gods. The narrators where a little annoying for my taste, but I’m too old for this book..!
I loved it non the less!
This is really a good listen,! It was my first audible book and I don’t regret it for a second.
If you are looking for a book for your teens, get this one.
If you’re looking for an easy going book that will make you laugh, cry and cheer, this is it.
I enjoyed it a lot!