Maybe it was too long between books, but I didn't enjoy this listen as much as I enjoyed reading the first book. The characters, especially the Kanes, seemed too stereotypical and melodramatic. I did not enjoy this as much as I enjoyed his Percy Jackson series.
The narrators were good, just the plot needed some help.
I really like the book. Very cool story and great character interaction and developement between the friends and family members.
I very much enjoy Kevin Free's reading. I just can't like Katherine Kellgren reading. She reads very quickly and very high pitch and ends up practically shrieking during the exciting scenes.
The way this book was written lends itself to the audio format. My family really enjoys this series.
I'm writing this review after my second listen of The Throne of Fire. I wanted to re-listen to the whole series before starting The Serpent's Shadow. I'm glad that I listened to it again because I had forgotten almost the entire story with the exception of the ending. However, I don't think that I will be listening to this book a third time.
The second book in the series feels a lot like the first, but without being as much fun. The Kane's are still trying to save the world from chaos in a ridiculously short amount of time against near impossible odds. But the uniqueness of the first book is missing here. Life as Egyptian magicians has become old hat to Carter and Sadie, but they don't show much growth or development as characters. I understand that they're just young teenagers, but after saving the world and skirting death multiple times, I had expected a higher level of maturity and/or understanding from our two heroes. Sadly, that was lacking.
Having said that, I still enjoyed the book as a light adventure story. The witty dialogue is still prominently featured and I often found myself smiling or chuckling at some of the character descriptions. After finishing, I'm now excited to read the Serpent's Shadow and see how Riordan wraps up the series.
Their narration makes a good book so much better. At times, things felt a bit repetitive in the writing. Riordan often repeatedly reminded the readers of the major plot points, namely that the world would end, in almost every single chapter, as if we had forgotten. The problem with an audiobook is that you just can't simply skim over those parts. The two narrators, however, made the repetition of information bearable by adding emotion and personality to it. I think that I would've been more frustrated with the sometimes slow pacing if I had been reading the book instead of listening.
I definitely recommend this audio book it has a great story line and lots of recurring done
I con't wait for the next book to come out
carter was my favorite character because he is brave and takes risks i love that he looks after his little sister Sadie
I love hearing Katherine's British ax-cent and and her interruptions
We love Rick riordan books and this one is no exception. They are fun, adventurous, showcase kids as heroes saving the world time and time again (my kids love that part!) and I love that riordan shares bits of mythology so that when the kids encounter it in high school or college, it will not be as intimidating.
I really enjoyed this one as well, I think it’s even better than the first, and I can’t wait for the third! Just as good as the first, if not better. Five stars!
After listening to the first Kane book I thought it had promise and could rise up to the Percy Jackson series. This second installment is somewhat of a disappointment. The kids sounded petulant and casual about their challenges. The ending was mildly exciting but it leaves the users hanging. The duration is short as well. I think they cut this book way short.
The first book had promise and was interesting. Not much clever or interesting things happen, and the female narrator has a voice so shrill and unpleasant, I had to practically mute the recording to deal with it.
Boring, and uninteresting, whining teens. Rick Riordan really missed the boat with this, I will never listen to a reading by Katherine Kellgren, again, I think
Have better narrators, and do something besides have the female complain.
Kevin R. Free is OK. Katherine Kellgren is dreadful.
Most of them.
Will not read this series or listen to another book in it.
He has two differing streams of Hero's in two differing series. OK, I did not even think that waking RA would be the next move. What a great twist in the plot. Immortal parents, too cool. What will he think of next??? A gifted writer.