I loved it, but I can tell that if I'd read the print version it would not have been nearly as good. I think it would have been a bit better than the first book either way, but this series should really be enjoyed as audiobooks. Its style is that it's being dictated onto tapes to be found by future recruits, in alternating or semi-alternating chapters by the two kids who are the lead characters, so it's really meant to be heard. A lot of the humor and suspense would probably fall flat in print, but out loud it comes across as cute or very exciting. I also had the dubious benefit of being on the road a lot more than usual because of a doggy emergency, so I got to let the momentum build a lot more than I normally do, which really made it fun. (Razor seemed to really like it too.) The readers were very good, although the woman's voice was a bit more mature than I imagined a 13 year-old girl's voice to be. But it was a minor issue compared to being an excellent reader, which they both were. The story was exciting, the characters were either likable or detestable as needed, the mythology was varied and interesting from major to obscure, it was all fun. Get the kids the audiobook and listen to it together on your next car trip. Or just get it for yourself, you'll enjoy it.
Each book is new and exciting in characters, places to go, As a family night favorite we have now started to gather info on Egypt and have added it to our discussions after the listening hour. We were surprised to find how many references in the series is associated to some extent of what we do know about Egyptian history. The kids have even downloaded maps of excavation sites and are working as a team to research. Swapping out research data so everyone learns and can participate in sharing. My daughter wants her room to represent Egypt. Because of budget concerns they have actually started crafting the tiny bedroom as a research room and are duplicating what they read about in the decorating of the room as a team effort. These books are awakening research hobbies as well as superb entertainment. Please, can't the Kanes have a growing future?
The progression of the characters are very interesting . Kept me wanting more!
Yes, same in all the books...good job I liked Kevins story telling most of all.
Great story, worth the listen if you like sci-fi even for adult listeners.
Yes. The story is fun and presents a the endlessly fascinating Egyptian mythology. The narrators do a good job of bringing you the tension and excitement of the story.
Having two narrators to tell the story...I like how they play off each other's energy.
For some reason, I liked Bes. Not sure if it's his attitude or his willingness to sacrifice himself for the greater good, but I liked him the best.
Yes...They did a great job with their voice tones and speed of talking for each character.
How can you??? It's too long to listen in one sitting, but I would have loved to be able to hear it in all one sitting...I guess if I had 12 hours of uninterrupted time, I would have.
My boys have varied interests but they agree on listening to books in the car especially one like this with a high interest level for three very active boys. The descriptions, dialogue, and the twists and turns of a well-developed sequence of events leads to many discussions and an interest in reading. I can't say enough great things about audio books, and this edition was excellent!
An exciting, laugh out loud conclusion to the trilogy. We can only hope for a cross over between Percy Jackson and the Kane kids.
I was introduced to Mr Riordan’s works by my teenage cousin who wanted me to read the Percy Jackson series with her. I was instantly hooked to the series. I am a sucker for anything historical/mythological related.
I began to search for other books written by Mr Riordan.
I came across the Kane Chronicles. The dynamic relationship between Carter and Sadie reminds of my own relationship with my sibling. The sarcasm. The mutual understanding that we can pick on each other however we want, but if an outsider tries to pick on either one of us, then they’ve another thing coming…
The wonderful narration + Mr Riordan's writing made me felt like I was on the same adventure as the Kanes.
I look forward to finishing the Kane series.
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.