The narrators gave the characters depth and interest. Loved Bast. The story was a bit of a surprise for me. I had never heard of the Kane Chronicles, my background lies more in "old school" sci/fi fantasy like Burroughs and I suppose this brands me as "old" too...not the young teen reader the series is geared towards. This first story is epic and interesting, full of mystery, history and magic. I look forward to reading more in this series.
I enjoyed the story to be honest. There is a lot of Egyptian history and I found that very cool. The magic system, which is hugely important to me in this genre, was not well developed however and the male reader was difficult to listen to. Always seemed to add inflection where it was unnecessary and pause where he shouldn't. It was difficult to listen to at times.
Even with those complaints I did enjoy the story. I recommend the series to anyone interested in Egyptian history or a good story.
Sadi Kane - I loved the sass and arrogance and she was quite funny.
The female was excellent but the male was difficult to listen to at times.
Probably not. It just was not the caliber of Riordans other books.
The female narrator read very fast at times trying to get the feeling of excitement and fast paced action. It worked at times, but it seemed she read fast at times when nothing of significance was happening. The male narrator was good but the female over powered him by a long-shot.
The book did not keep me engaged unlike Percy Jackson and the Olympians or The Heroes of Olympus. The first half of the book was difficult to get through awake.
I live in Caldwell IDAHO
The sudden disapperance of the father.
This is the first book by Rick Riordan that I have ever read.
When the sister had her comeuppance, causing some confusion on her part.
This is a fun book, I think, especially for young adults.
the narrators were both great. They were able to portray the characters well.
Yes. he has done some pretty good book in the past. this one just didn't live up to his other work.
First off, the narrators were awesome in this one. A great performance!
The story fell a bit short for me. The overall storyline was good, but it took way to long to get there. Some folks will love it, but I need the story to keep moving forward or my mind starts to drift.
I love to listen at work! There's nothing better that getting lost in another world while doing data entry.
I did not enjoy this book. The story itself was ok, but I didn't like the way it was written. I did not bond with the main characters and I found other's stupid, (Like the baboon). At times I almost just stopped listening to the book but then I remembered how much it cost and I listened to the rest of it. I will not be getting the next book. The one good thing about the book is that it does not leave you hanging at the end, it wraps up nicely and ties almost all the loose ends.
33 Year old professional male with a love of SciFi and Fantasy
The performance by the two readers was fantastic. The content was new, and the story does a great job of combining history with SciFi
Both readers do a great job of bringing the story to life. Carter and Sadie are both interesting, and while things become a bit predictable at the end, it is a great end to the series.
They do a fantastic job of portraying the characters. Plus, as the book was written as an "audio transcript" it was a perfect fit for audio
I love adventure, mysteries and things different from real life that I cannot do or understand. But this book just doesn't work for me. Katherine Kellgran no more sounds 12 than Elizabeth Taylor, one sibling black and dark the other blonde and white with the same parents? hummm. The entire story is just to far fetched. But then why isn't it good as a fairy tale? I don't know why not I just know it isn't.
I will always recommend anything by Rick Riordan and this book is no different. The book had witty dialogue, lots of action, and a good intro to Egyptian mythology. The narration alternated perspectives between the siblings, Carter and Sadie, which kept things interesting and fun. The book is written as an audio recording that details the events after their adventure, so the narration is peppered with side comments made by one sibling to another as they argue over the proper way to narrate the story or make fun of each other. I've read other reviews that thought that the story dragged a bit too much with background information, but being much more unfamiliar with Egyptian mythology than I was with Greek mythology in the Percy Jackson series, I appreciated a more thorough breakdown of the gods, magicians, and their stories. And Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren both did such a fantastic job with the narration that I never felt bored or wished that an explanation would end sooner. If you're looking for a fun adventure story, or you just want to expand your Rick Riordan library, then this would be a great use of a credit. And though I haven't actually read it in book format, I think that it's much more enjoyable as an audiobook.
Carter and Sadie are the obvious choices as the main characters. They were both well done, and it was easy to get a feel for both of their personalities early on from the performances of Kevin and Katherine.But I also really liked the Bast that Kevin created. His narration of Bast was spot-on for how I imagine a cat goddess would sound. I also loved Doughboy, the Kanes' shabti, especially done by Katherine. Though a minor character, I was laughing out loud every time he spoke. He sounded so indignant and full of himself, and I don't think that attitude would have come across so strongly on paper.