I really enjoyed this third (last?) book in the series. Once again I suspect that part of my enjoyment was because I listened to the audiobook. I wonder if the humor, emotion, and excitement would come across quite as well without the voices to express the them, I suspect some of it might be a bit flat on the page. And the series really was designed to be listened to, the whole concept is that it's being dictated by the two main characters. Why imagine you're hearing their voices when you really can? The woman who voices Sadie still seems a bit mature to be a teenage girl, but it doesn't take away from the narration to any real degree. Neither reader is one of my favorites, but both are quite skilled. But I've really enjoyed the series and I'm holding out hope that the references at the end of the book to future troubles and other gods in New York weren't just inside jokes about Camp Half-Blood and were hints about a crossover book or series to come.
Well, it looks like the Kanes are saying good-bye. It has been such a wonderful trip for my whole family. We listen as a family for an hour or so and discussions just began springing up, about the books, about school. This has been the tool that made the bickering far less important than what was happening to the Kane family. Egypt has become a place that is real. One of the more studious boys is looking into archeology,... Egypt, My daughter is gathering research and wants to try writing a book that mixes facts and fancy. My youngest son just wants to start the series over.... so we have. 3 nights a week is what they want, for an hour, then discussion about the book and anything else on there mind, Their study room is crammed with downloaded Egyptian facts and folk lore and as parents,,,, well, we just want the series to continue. Did Rick know that what he wrote for his own children would have such a positive change to other families? We also have started the first series, it has lots of books. and more research is being planned. Thanks for the opportunity to bring something to the table my whole family can love..
Absolutely love Rick Riordan books. Once again the story was rich in gods and godesses, but this time it's those of Egypt. The plot was gripping and certainly kept my son engaged through the entire trilogy. I, however, found it hard to get into due to the harshness of Katherine Kellgren's narration.
The narration was hard to listen to, especially Katherine Kellgren. Both readers were very intense, partly because of the constant action of the story, but that intensity coupled with her shrill and sometimes screeching voice was hard to bear. Of course, my son never seemed to notice.
Yes, It captures your interest right away
Bast, She was with the kids all a long and was willing to give everything. She is a cat.
Better picture in my head.
No, just a fun listen. I learned a lot about the Egyptian Gods and now I have shared it with 2 other teens who are interested in the Egytian history.
I put this book on for a group of tired kids in the car on the way home from a meeting we only made it through 1 chapter. I told the kids as they got out of the car the name of the book and they bugged their Mom for days to get it for them. One of the boys asked his grandparents for it as a birthday gift.
Good ending but wish the series continued...
Carter, he seems more realistic . Sadie seemed kinda annoying at times...
Not crazy about her voice ...but great story !
The whole series is worth the listen ...
How the kids were finally able to rally the magicians and gods to fight Apophis.
The narrators, especially the male. His portrayals of the characters were so good. The female narrator was also good, but of the two, I prefer the male's portrayals.
I think so...When things got panicky, the narrators got panickier. When things got sad, the narrators got sad. When things sped up or slowed down, the narrators matched.
I laughed a lot, but I wouldn't say that it was "extreme". So, no, I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
*MILD SPOILERS* Five Stars? Yes. This was a great book from a really good series. Sadie and Carter are so good together in their fight against Apothos. Also compared to "Percy Jackson and the Olympians", this series gives us some romance! Walt, Sadie, Zia and Carter just seem to NEVER catch a break, but it's fun getting to the end with all their teen angst. Very satisfying, really. The gods are so different from the Olympians in some ways. I like the contrast. I liked the darker nature of this series. I wish it was more than 3 books long. Great narration by two people. Honestly, the narration made this series even more delightful than I thought it could be.
Fun light young reader's story.
The description of Apophis' shadow when they find it at the edge of the Sea of Chaos.
Dynamic voices tackling a variety of accents and dialects, they often perform the same characters from the perspectives of the primary character's they play. For those not familiar with how the Kane Chronicles are told, I can see how this might be confusing at first, but it makes for some more fun as the stories progress.The narrators really do an excellent job, and have some fun with the story, and the pronunciations are consistent all the way through the book, which can be hard with the very foreign sounding words and names from ancient Egypt.
No, can't say I had an extreme reaction, but I did enjoy the story and especially the narration.
The Kane Chronicles are a light fun fare, not quite as good or thought provoking as the Percy Jackson series, but still a nice read/listen. I did find a lot of direct comparisons and desriptions right out of Harry Potter, but I guess that is inevitable when dealing with a snake as a bad guy.
I would definitely listen to all three books in The Kane Chronicles. The story was exciting and engaging, the characters were easy to love, and it was fun learning about Egyptian gods and their religion and traditions.
I would compare the Kane Chronicles to the Harry Potter series and the Percy Jackson series, but not because it's a repeat of the same story or the characters are similar, because they're different stories all together. But each series invites the reader to enter a new world of magic and mystery thick with fables and old traditions.
Ok, I'm a Christian and for whatever reason I was drawing a lot of parallels between the way Sadie and Carter could channel the power of the gods and how when our will aligns with God we become more powerful as well. So my favorite part, or the part that I connected most with was at the end where the kids race to the pyramid where their uncle was channeling Set to battle the bad wizards and Sadie disagrees with Isis about destroying her uncle and she says something like "you can't share the mind of a god and have a disagreement, to be the eye you must act in perfect unison." Then to prove the point of her acting alone instead of with Isis' help Sadie is blasted into the magical history curtains. That's my favorite part because that's when i drew the connection between the way the kids channel the gods and the way I, or just everyday people, can become greater than ourselves by allowing God to enter our lives and aligning our will with His.
Do the Kane kids have what it takes to stop Apophis from swallowing the sun?
This is a great book, one I'm sure would be fun for parents and kids to read together. I plan to read them with my nephew when he gets a little older and if I have kids we'll read them together too.
I'm an engineer. I listened to the book with my 8 year old on the way to and from school. Both of us really looked forward to listening to these books.
We are listening to the same author's "see of monsters" book. Both my son and I are unimpressed. We'll probably finish it and not ask for our money back, but I won't be tempted to get any more of that series.