Riordan's story is a terrific read - exciting, engaging, perfect for youth and adult. He alternates chapters, one in the voice of younger sister Sadie, the other in older brother Carter's. That works great for story telling! Unfortunately, in the audiobook the weakness of the male voice is distracting. Katherine Kellgren is magnificent! Her ability to convey the characters' personalities, while maintaining a plethora of accents, is extraordinary! The male narrator does not have the same skills, and is obviously reading his material.
The publisher would have been better served to have Kellgren perform all of the parts. She already does Carter's voice when she's narrating Sadie's chapters. Her vocal styling is such that the character differences would have been obvious, without the distraction that results from the current pairing.
Definitely an all together different experience from reading the book, totally worth the listen!
How it is chalk full of historic facts, spun into an funny yet believable and thrilling story!
The true winner is Katherine, I like Kevin, but I get excited when Katherine takes over the narration! She's fabulous!!!
The truth behind the magic!
Rick Riordan has done it again! A great new series that closely rivals the Percy Jackson/Hero's of Olympus books! His research is impeccable and his story line flawless!
I loved the characters. Their actions were very believable. The plot kept you interested through the whole book.
I loved Sadie. She was all sorts of fiesty.
They gave Carter and Sadie a voice. The arguments and ribbing wouldn't have come acroos as well if I'd just read the book.
The intro of the Gods and Goddess..great story !
I knew something was weird about Carter and his Dad. Very interesting and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
The museum blowing up and the dad is kidnapped...
The whole series is worth a listen! Love this author
Let me start by saying that when purchased a couple of years ago, my oldest daughter was just a little younger than Sadie (the female protagonist). A voracious reader, she'd never been interested in trying the Percy books (because "only the boys" read those). I picked up "The Red Pyramid" thinking I'd listen to it myself, if nothing else, but both my daughters were hooked on this series within five minutes of the audiobook starting.
If you have daughters, or both daughters and sons, I would go so far as to recommend making this your first Rick Riordan book. My daughters were able to relate to Sadie, and enjoy Carter, in a way they haven't been able to relate to Percy. (My younger daughter even insisted on dressing like Bast for a costume party.)
I've since gone back and listened to the Percy Jackson series, and in my opinion the Kane Chronicles books show just how much Rick Riordan has honed his craft over the years. The Kane Chronicles are funnier than the original Percy Jackson series, for one thing, and the Egyptian mythological characters come off as being a good deal more likable than the Greek. (To be fair, this is partly due to cultural differences--- Riordan portrays both Greek and Egyptian mythology in terms that are pretty consistent with the tales that have been passed down through history.)
The readers of this series truly add to the work. While it is slightly confusing for the first two or three chapters to hear different voices for the same characters, after that the performances really gel in one's mind. Because the story's structure alternates between Sadie's and Carter's points of view (and the tales are supposedly transcripts of audiotapes!), I believe the use of two readers was the right solution here. Kevin Free and Katherine Kellgren are a joy to listen to!
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!
I like listening to books from this site.
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).