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.
Why read when someone else can read to you.
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.
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.