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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Can't wait to listen to the other books of the series!!
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
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.
Yes he has a style that is interesting with just enough twist to keep you guessing
The readers where great they played their parts on a professional level
Sure why not it had alot of action the stars I am not up on the younger stars
It took alittle while to get the hang of kids as the main characters but all in all it was OK
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!
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.
Loved the Percy Jackson series, so the Kane Chronicles was an obvious choice.
From Greek mythology onward to Egyptian. Great story, with excellent narrations. Didn't want the story to end. Looking fwd to book 2 and book 3.
It matters not, if you're not the targeted audience, this audio book is for you, if you like classical mythology, are an avid fan of the sci-fi channel, want to escape several hours by listening to a good story with excellent voice acting…
Family, commitment, adventure
Sadie - she has sponck !!
The way they play off each other !!
I just keep listening and re-listening !! Great story and wonderful performance by the naratiors !!
No. Overly dramatic rambling story. Overly frequent outbursts of teenage angsts and sibling rivalry creates 1-dimensional characters that were not likeable (could be due to the narrators' voices too)
It already has one, and I won't be listening to it.
Listen to the Bartimaeus trilogy instead - great writing and pace. Also recommend Andrew Lane's young sherlock holmes series.
I enjoyed this whole series. I loved the Percy Jackson series and this was just as fun!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.