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The Red Pyramid Audiobook

The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Ms. Hoh 02-16-13
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    "The Red Pyramid..."
    What did you like best about The Red Pyramid? What did you like least?

    BEST - the fact that a male and female narrators were used...the Egyptian theme of the book

    LEAST - I would have liked to hear more of a contrast between characters' voices.


    If you’ve listened to books by Rick Riordan before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first Rick Riordan audiobook I've listened to.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrators could have had more contrast between characters' voices. I couldn't tell what gender the character was if I was just listening to the audiobook, but luckily I was reading the e-book at the same time so it didn't matter.


    Do you think The Red Pyramid needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    As it is part of a series, this book doesn't need its own follow-up book.


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    Stacy S. Scott 02-14-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Screeeeech"

    Like the author, like the story, male voice is OK, however the female screams her way through the book. As she gets excited her voice goes up an octave or three and she starts yelling. It is a bit better in the second book, but if you sensitive ears stay away!

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    Teara PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 02-12-13
    Teara PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 02-12-13

    I like listening to books from this site.

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    "Carter and Satie Kane"
    Would you listen to The Red Pyramid again? Why?

    Yes, it's funny!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Satie, she sounded like she always took or tried to take lead of situations.


    What about Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s performance did you like?

    Their enthusiasm.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Take lead


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    Matthew Lansdowne, VA, United States 02-11-13
    Matthew Lansdowne, VA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as the Greek demigods, but still fun.."

    It is not nearly as good as the Olympians books. I may be biased because I know much more about Greek mythology. Still, this ancient mythology spin is a bit too formulaic and therefore predictable...almost apologizing for that a few times. His other books avoided the predictability with great characters and complex relationships. Not so much in this one. Rick Riordan's humor still makes it enjoyable if tiresome for a medium length book.

    I'm hoping for more in the next one but not as eager to spend a credit on it as I was with the Olympians series.

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    Lorenzo Austin, TX, United States 01-12-13
    Lorenzo Austin, TX, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Made a long drive fun"

    Other reviewers have complained about the dual narration. I thought it was great. Sure, the accents (especially Carter's for Sadie) were a little over-the-top, but the point is that the story is told through the mouths of two teenagers. If you think of it as "professional narrator with a bad accent", you might get annoyed. But if you think of it as "14-year-old American boy trying to represent his 12-year-old British sister", you'll realize that they nailed it.

    As for the story, it had Riordan's usual strengths and weaknesses. Lots of humor and laugh-out-loud moments. A fun window into an ancient mindset. Lots of good adventure. But minimal character development outside of the main heroes.

    Some of the devices were also derivative. Khufu is basically the librarian at Unseen University, and the struggles over control between gods and heroes echoes Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimeus trilogy).

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    Jeff Andreson Westminster, CA United States 12-19-12
    Jeff Andreson Westminster, CA United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting Performance - Multiple Readers"
    Would you listen to The Red Pyramid again? Why?

    Sometimes hard to follow with multiple characters Gods, Humans and magicians manifesting different roles over time but, I liked the delivery. Two readers playing a brother and sister with their separate perspectives.


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    Laurie Danville, PA, USA 12-01-12
    Laurie Danville, PA, USA 12-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a great listen for kids and adults alike. A book that both my seven year old, ten year old and I could all listen to in the car.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    My kids actually wanted to stay in the car every day that we were listening to it so that they could hear more!! They love the characters and the narrators bring them to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the other books of the series!!

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-03-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2016

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "If I was a teenager this would be a great book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I finished it and we aren't used to kids as the characters so it took some getting used to.
    The history was very interesting and it did have a unique story line.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Riordan? Why or why not?

    Yes he has a style that is interesting with just enough twist to keep you guessing


    What aspect of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s performance would you have changed?

    The readers where great they played their parts on a professional level


    Could you see The Red Pyramid being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure why not it had alot of action the stars I am not up on the younger stars


    Any additional comments?

    It took alittle while to get the hang of kids as the main characters but all in all it was OK

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    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 10-25-12
    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 10-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful Story we couldn't stop listening to!"

    This was an excellent tale, one that kept us coming back to listen further. My son loved this story, and certainly impressed his teacher with the amount of Egyptology he picked up in the book! It had those little details that really brought the story to life and gave us something to learn and debate with each other (after all, there's nothing like a debate with an 8 year old). The narrators were very good, though everyone who listened greatly preferred the sections that Katherine Kellgren narrated (the story got us to and from a very long drive to the cottage, with company in the car). It is fast paced, keeps you on the edge of your seat (so to speak) waiting for the next shoe to drop as the two are plummeted through adventure after adventure. Told between brother and sister, the effect is amusing and clever. Wonderful story!

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    david sorlagas 10-25-12
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    "Good book overall"

    Good book, and a good start to a new series. Very creative story, and good character developement for a kids book. My only problem is with the female narator. She reads very quickly, almost too quickly, and is often very high pitched and screechy.

    Even with that though, I still definitely recommend the book.

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