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!
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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).
Sometimes hard to follow with multiple characters Gods, Humans and magicians manifesting different roles over time but, I liked the delivery. Two readers playing a brother and sister with their separate perspectives.
This book is a great listen for kids and adults alike. A book that both my seven year old, ten year old and I could all listen to in the car.
My kids actually wanted to stay in the car every day that we were listening to it so that they could hear more!! They love the characters and the narrators bring them to life.
Can't wait to listen to the other books of the series!!
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
I finished it and we aren't used to kids as the characters so it took some getting used to.
The history was very interesting and it did have a unique story line.
Yes he has a style that is interesting with just enough twist to keep you guessing
The readers where great they played their parts on a professional level
Sure why not it had alot of action the stars I am not up on the younger stars
It took alittle while to get the hang of kids as the main characters but all in all it was OK
This was an excellent tale, one that kept us coming back to listen further. My son loved this story, and certainly impressed his teacher with the amount of Egyptology he picked up in the book! It had those little details that really brought the story to life and gave us something to learn and debate with each other (after all, there's nothing like a debate with an 8 year old). The narrators were very good, though everyone who listened greatly preferred the sections that Katherine Kellgren narrated (the story got us to and from a very long drive to the cottage, with company in the car). It is fast paced, keeps you on the edge of your seat (so to speak) waiting for the next shoe to drop as the two are plummeted through adventure after adventure. Told between brother and sister, the effect is amusing and clever. Wonderful story!