Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life. But Carter has just what Sadie longs for — time with their father. After six years of living apart, the siblings have almost nothing in common. Until now.
On Christmas Eve, Sadie and Carter are reunited when their father brings them to the British Museum, with a promise that he’s going to “make things right.” But all does not go according to plan: Carter and Sadie watch as Julius summons a mysterious figure, who quickly banishes their father and causes a fiery explosion.
Soon Carter and Sadie discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking, and the worst of them — Set — has a frightening scheme. To save their father, they must embark on a dangerous journey — a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its links to the House of Life, a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
©2010 Rick Riordan (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I don't generally read YA books. My nephew read and loved the Percy Jackson books, but I hadn't read those and wasn't overly fond of the movie. I decided to take a chance on this book because of the Egyptian Mythology. And i was completely surprised at how witty, exciting and fun this book was.
The readers were terrific (despite the fact that Kevin R. Free cannot do a British or Southern accent. :-) I highly recommend this book. Now, i'm off to get the next book in the series.
This is a very annoying recording. One voice is especially loud and piercing, if you lower the volume so that voice doesn't hurt the other voices are too soft. Quality control nonexistent. The story is good so I'm persevering but I hate having Katherine Kellgren shrieking in my ear!
I hate having Katherine Kellgren shrieking in my ear!
No. I had to rest my ears and take tylenol for the headache.
Yes, this book was quite enjoyable even as an adult listening to a young adult adventure book. The character development along with a easy to follow and effective story line keeps the story and reader's interest going. Any person who likes coming to age and adventure books will enjoy this book. I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
The coming of age and realization of how important family is, even dead but you have to listen/read the book to understand that part. The Kane kids go from being "why me" and whinny kids to "ok, if not me who" and put on their big boy/girl pants and just do the job.
It takes some getting used to when listening to the voice of "Sadie." During the first part of the book with the switching of the narrators between Carter and Sadie was a little off putting to enjoy the book but by the time I reached the second half of the book I didn't seem to really notice it.
This audiobook is good. It is not the best, but far from the worst audiobook I have listened to, it is above average and is a solidly good book. The author embraces this format and brings it into the story masterfully, while the performances by the two narrators is very good and moves the story along effortlessly. The differing perspective of the two main characters was intriguing and in many instances downright captivating. I would have rated this series higher, as I think that the way that Rick Riordan uses the audio format in this series is brilliant, but I listened to a superior work (The Colour of Magic by Terry Prachett) and cannot in good conscience give this work the same rating. This series is much better than Riordan's other, more famous, Percy Jackson series, which I also enjoyed.
Their narration gave more depth to the characters and brought that enjoyable sibling rivalry to life. Also, the accents they did were very good, even on the very very few instances where they attributed the wrong accent to a particular speaker. In fact, that is the only reason that they got 4 instead of 5 stars. Their performances were still well above par. I wish I could give them a 4.75. I have even started adding books they narrate to my wish list, simply because I enjoyed them so much.
I just want to make clear that this is a quality production and written work. I very much enjoyed listening to this series, much more than I anticipated.
I don't usually listen to this type of book, but it was quite enjoyable.
Both were great.
No. Too much going on al the time...needed to take breaks to appreciate it.
Kind of tough to keep up with all the characters they were interacting with (names, jargon, etc), but it didnt stop me from getting through the book. This isn't my usual genre, so I am not sure I will want to go past this Book One of the series, but on its own, still worth it!
The story line was good and the narration wasn't half bad. The issue I couldn't get over was that the author of the story had zero boundaries. Magic, mythical characters, or even outrageous fantasy worlds need to have a defined (even gray) border or set of rules in which the charecters in the story must work within. In this story the author takes liberty to inject unreasonable escapes from a well thought out predicament. He just randomly introduces a magical 'happening' that lets them get away and it defies all previous or future rules that he sets for this world. The result allows to much unanswered chaos to rule and keeps the reader from proper involvement in the story. I stopped reading this towards the end because I was convinced this trend would continue through the story line and make me not care how it ended because the finale would all be pulled magically out of a hat anyway.... I suppose my feeling was that this story wasn't being built as it went along, it was being invented as it went along.
Fasten your seat-belts.
The destruction of the Rosetta Stone
It's a great pre-teen book, kids learn about archeology, ancient Egypt, the culture, the stories of the gods and goddesses... it's fantastic. Going to see the Egyptian section at the museum will never be the same...
After reading some reviews I almost didnt buy this. BUT thankful I did. I have listen to all three books and my 6 and 8 year olds are now on book two. They love it! Yes this book talks about Gods and Egypt but it is fantsy and history mixed up. There are scary parts but nothing tooo scary. The car goes quiet when this is playing!
I drive a great deal for work, and love variety in the stories I listen to. Rick Riordan may have written this book for teens, but it is simply lots of fun anyway. The comic aspect keeps the "drama" of all the bad luck the kids run into from getting out of hand. I loved listening and am glad there are two more in the series!
Riordan's story is a terrific read - exciting, engaging, perfect for youth and adult. He alternates chapters, one in the voice of younger sister Sadie, the other in older brother Carter's. That works great for story telling! Unfortunately, in the audiobook the weakness of the male voice is distracting. Katherine Kellgren is magnificent! Her ability to convey the characters' personalities, while maintaining a plethora of accents, is extraordinary! The male narrator does not have the same skills, and is obviously reading his material.
The publisher would have been better served to have Kellgren perform all of the parts. She already does Carter's voice when she's narrating Sadie's chapters. Her vocal styling is such that the character differences would have been obvious, without the distraction that results from the current pairing.
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