I love listening to people read to me, but after listening to one and a half of the Kane Chronicles books, I have to say these two readers are awful. I am sorry to say it, but I absolutely cannot listen to them anymore. Here's why:1. They base the brother and sister's relationship almost entirely on sarcasm and bickering--with little or no affection nor regard for each other. I teach high school theater and I raised 4 kids. No one knows more about listening to siblings bicker and be nasty to each other, but if there is no clear affection between them, they are people I'm not interested in. 2. They underestimate young readers by overdoing it. I tell my acting students to do it big, but this is too big. They are caricatures. I started by reading Riordan's Percy Jackson series. I'll now read the Kane series and try to get the sound of those thoroughly unlikeable, whining people out of my head.
Calm down. You need to make it real and honest. The humor is there. You don't have to underline it.
This book is probably good for youths, I however did not like it, I Love the Harry Potter books, as the hunger games books, this however is not close to these, i found the narration annoying and the story shallow.
I don't want to discourage youths to listen to this just want to warn other adults that they might want to look for something else.
My goal is to write a review of everything I've listened to, but I'm woefully behind. Wish I would have kept up. I'm a writer!
When I read this book I liked it, but I like the audio version better because you hear all the Egyptian names pronounced. I have a good understanding of Greek and Roman mythology, but know almost nothing about Egyptian mythology and culture. This book has awakened my curiosity.
The narrators could be better. Kevin Free does an adequate job, but his accents are hard to listen to. Katherine Kellgren sounds like she is shouting everything. Overall, I could follow the characters no matter who was narrating. This is a good a bedtime listen if you turn the volume down a bit.
This book would appeal to all ages.
Well, where to begin?
Honestly, the story is solid, and the narrators where both talented. However, I think using two narrators was a misstep. Both Mr. Free and Ms. Kellgren could have pulled off the book on their own, as they both had the voices to do it. As it was, listening to two readers read the same characters with different sounding voices caused some minor dissonance.
Other than that, the experience was enjoyable.
I enjoyed this book. The readers were great and that made it particularly good. It was definitely a kids books but keeps the interest of the adult reader. The new god pantheon was interesting and different but didn't step on the toes of the Percy series. I look forward to future titles.
* Decent story but similar to Percy Jackson (just not as intriguing or fun).
* I like the use of a different mythological pantheon, but the characters aren't as appealing as in the Percy Jackson books.
* It appears the author commingled different ideas from different books to create the rules of this book.
* It is a good story for a young person to listen to
This was an awesome book! And as an audio book it was even better! The narrators nailed it. I am not a "pre-teen" by far...but, I would recommend this book to anyone of any age, in audio or regular book form. It is fun and exciting, heart wrenching in some parts, and hilarious in others! Impeccably done! Can't wait for further installments!
It has taken me forever to get through this audio book. FINALLY completed it today. I loved the author's other series (Olympians). I struggled to tolerate Katerine kellgren for this book--she yelled the entire time. I'm going to pass on the rest of this series in audio--will try print for the next book in the series and see if that is better. Kevin Free was fun (I would rate his performance a 3).
Avid reader from children's lit to history, to mathematics.
My kids really got into this book. Very exciting and having two readers really added to the story. My younger one who always begs for music in the car was disappointed when it ended.
Rick is a phenominal writer. He uses history, geography, fantasy, and classic tales for a fantastic conglomeration of details. He writes all of this information that can be a learning experience for your children in a fun exciting manner. I love all his books myself; let alone my kids.