Sorry, but this does not read (or sounds in this case) like a story. The book is more like a videogame:
1. Introductory Sequence
2. Some sort of action
3. Another explanatory Sequence
3. Some other form of action
and so on and on... I couldn't finish it.
Maybe I'm to spoiled after listening to The Bartimaeus Trilogy. Which has much more depth in my opinion.
Good story but I couldn't listen to more than 1 chapter due to the awful narration of both the male & female.
While this is billed as a children's book, I couldn't turn it off. Mysterious and action packed from the very start. This is another great book from Rick Riordan that I can plug into the car on a long trip and None of my 4 kids ( 15,13,11, 9) ask to listen to something else. Made for a quiet and entertaining car ride from Michigan to Missouri. Thanks Carter and Sadie.
I read a couple of chapters of this book at the bookstore, found it an intriguing concept, and downloaded the audio version upon returning home. Unfortunately, only the first two chapters are interesting. Whatever mystery, history, or story line exists is soon smothered by repetitive, running battles between the gods of Egypt and the teenage protagonists. If you must read it, borrow it from the public library.
The book was entertaining but probably more for a younger reader/listner. I did enjoy the book but seemed to be a bit like Harry Potter.
Cute story for kids, I didn't realize it was a kids book until I started to listen. I did listen to the whole thing, but would recommend for adult listening.
I read several reviews for this book before buying it, so I was aware of the debate going on regarding the voice of Sadie. Some people thought the voice to be so bad that it was distracting, while others were not bothered at all, and rather enjoyed Sadie's voice. After listening to this book for over six hours I have to conclude that the problem with this book has nothing to do with voice quality at all. The problem is that this book is dark! The main characters have demons living in them! Magical powers are fun on the Disney level, but when Carter has a demon speak for him, from inside his body, the book danced a little too close to demonic without any hope of a living God to balance things out. They would quote the bible for relevance, totally leaving out the hope that comes from an all-powerful God. I wouldn't have minded my kids listening to a book about demons, if there were a good guy (God) challenging him; but this book is not about good and evil, it is about varying levels of chaos in the demonic realms. Very dark. Wish someone would have warned me before I bought it.
I was pretty excited about this series, because I'm a huge fan of the Percy Jackson books, but The Red Pyramid was disappointing. It was entertaining enough when the female character was narrating, but Carter Kane is so boring (the male narrator did a good job, I just thought Carter was a boring character), I found myself not caring what happened. I guess that's how I felt about the entire book. I just didn't care much about any of the characters, and thought the "quest" itself was really boring. So far, this series just doesn't have the intensity and the emotional impact of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I almost didn't make it through the entire book, but made myself finish since I had used a credit for it. I won't continue with this series when the next books come out. To summarize: Percy Jackson fans, don't get your hopes up - this is a let down.
maybe. I liked this narrator's method of speech that brought the story to life.
None. I liked many of the characters.
Carter, because I really understood some of his emotions and because I thought he was very well performed in this audio book.
Not extreme, but it was nice to see the Olympian universe expanded with Egyptian gods and showing us that the universe is more complex. Plus the different relationship that the magicians had with thier gods compared to the demigods and their Greek/roman gods was interesting.