This audiobook is good. It is not the best, but far from the worst audiobook I have listened to, it is above average and is a solidly good book. The author embraces this format and brings it into the story masterfully, while the performances by the two narrators is very good and moves the story along effortlessly. The differing perspective of the two main characters was intriguing and in many instances downright captivating. I would have rated this series higher, as I think that the way that Rick Riordan uses the audio format in this series is brilliant, but I listened to a superior work (The Colour of Magic by Terry Prachett) and cannot in good conscience give this work the same rating. This series is much better than Riordan's other, more famous, Percy Jackson series, which I also enjoyed.
Their narration gave more depth to the characters and brought that enjoyable sibling rivalry to life. Also, the accents they did were very good, even on the very very few instances where they attributed the wrong accent to a particular speaker. In fact, that is the only reason that they got 4 instead of 5 stars. Their performances were still well above par. I wish I could give them a 4.75. I have even started adding books they narrate to my wish list, simply because I enjoyed them so much.
I just want to make clear that this is a quality production and written work. I very much enjoyed listening to this series, much more than I anticipated.
I don't usually listen to this type of book, but it was quite enjoyable.
Both were great.
No. Too much going on al the time...needed to take breaks to appreciate it.
Kind of tough to keep up with all the characters they were interacting with (names, jargon, etc), but it didnt stop me from getting through the book. This isn't my usual genre, so I am not sure I will want to go past this Book One of the series, but on its own, still worth it!
Fasten your seat-belts.
The destruction of the Rosetta Stone
It's a great pre-teen book, kids learn about archeology, ancient Egypt, the culture, the stories of the gods and goddesses... it's fantastic. Going to see the Egyptian section at the museum will never be the same...
After reading some reviews I almost didnt buy this. BUT thankful I did. I have listen to all three books and my 6 and 8 year olds are now on book two. They love it! Yes this book talks about Gods and Egypt but it is fantsy and history mixed up. There are scary parts but nothing tooo scary. The car goes quiet when this is playing!
I drive a great deal for work, and love variety in the stories I listen to. Rick Riordan may have written this book for teens, but it is simply lots of fun anyway. The comic aspect keeps the "drama" of all the bad luck the kids run into from getting out of hand. I loved listening and am glad there are two more in the series!
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!