This story is about a brother and sister whose father is an expert on Egyptian history. Because he is a direct descendant of a line of Egyptian Pharaohs he has god-like powers which he has used to bring ancient gods back into the world. Some of these gods are good and some are not so good. Something happens to the father (no spoiler here) which leaves the kids with the responsibility of getting rid of the gods that their father has unleashed on the world.
In the beginning, the author engulfs you in a very interesting, fast paced, action packed story. When the kids start to battle the gods it gets a little redundant. I think I felt it was redundant and drawn out because I am too old to appreciate some of the action. I think pre-teens and teenagers will love this book.
If I had young nieces or nephews I would probably buy this for them.
Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!
My 8 year old son happily sat through many hours of cross country road trip listening to Red Pyramid. He said he really enjoyed how the narrators portrayed the brother and sister, and was totally mesmerized by the story.
The narrators were great - both of them played their roles well, and they did a great job with the voices of other characters, so much so that even though there were two narrators, I could tell which of the other characters was talking because both narrators portrayed them consistently.
The story itself was fun and exciting, it was a good listen.
I enjoyed listening to the book. I also liked the two characters read by two people one for the male and one for the female. Getting ready to purchase the next book.
Great reader of a great story. The combinationo of teenage angst and Egyptian mythology is fabulous.
The Lightning Thief
The battle against Set was amazing
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!
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.