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The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 | [Rick Riordan]

The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

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.
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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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    PickyPicky 06-17-12
    PickyPicky 06-17-12

    I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.

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    "It is for TEENs or PRE-TEENs, NOT adults"

    I bought both of these titles after reading reviews by adults who seemed to think they were of interest to adults. I am halfway through the first one, and might not read the second: the story is contrived peril for two kids: a steady teen brother and an impulsive spoiled sister who keeps getting the whole family into serious trouble with "Egyptian gods" and strange creatures from Egyptian lore who are out to get them.

    True, if kids are interested in Ancient Egypt, there is a lot of stuff that would appeal re the lore about gods and afterlife and re-animation and all that. That it is mostly fantasy based on the cult of the afterlife is a bit limited.

    I liked the family and loved its being bi-racial and both parents scientists, etc. I wanted to know more about them. But the mother is "dead" (with possible portents of the father & kids somehow going to bring her back to life) and the occult fantasy already has the father trapped beneath the floor of the British museum (where he has exploded the Rosetta Stone)--AND the ultra bad reanimated god from ancient Egypt is after the kids....I probably won't stay with it long enough to know if they save their father and defeat death. But of course defeating death is what Ancient Egyptian was all about....or IS it?

    OK, I know there is a lot of interest in occult fantasy thrillers and magic and such stuff nowadays, after Harry Potter and for some reason, the vampire craze among teenagers. It has seemed to stimulate something in the teenage mega-mind that makes them like their protagonists with magic powers, being chased by bad guys and ghouls, then (I assume--haven't gotten that far) triumphing over all those ghouls and death itself.........

    For all that to appeal to adult readers like me, though, it has to pass a few other tests, among them good writing, more editing, and some halfway believable avenue to suspension of disbelief that would allow a seasoned reader in.

    It just isn't an adult novel.




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    Nora COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 06-14-12
    Nora COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2015

    I have a long commute during the week and listening to great novels always help the time go by more quickly. I love this website!

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    "I couldn't finish it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book wasn't for me at all. Sorry I bought it. I didn't know it was for young kids so perhaps they might enjoy it.


    What could Rick Riordan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I didn't particularly like the voices reading the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not to my knowledge because I couldnt' finish it.


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    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 05-31-12
    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2008

    I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.

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    "Great for the younger audience"
    Would you recommend The Red Pyramid to your friends? Why or why not?

    It is a fun book for the young listener. II bought this for my 16 yr old but it seems he has grown out of this type of book. It has a similar feel to "The 39 clues" series. I won't be getting the rest of the series.


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    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-14-12
    Gregory Gentle Carlsbad, NM, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2014

    Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.

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    "Great new series."
    If you could sum up The Red Pyramid in three words, what would they be?

    They would be: Great new series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Red Pyramid?

    The realization of Set's true plan.


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

    The brother/sister banter was very entertaining.


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    Luanne Wylie, TX United States 05-14-12
    Luanne Wylie, TX United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great!"

    Great for car trips with the whole family. We all love it. Get it!

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    wii-zer sc 05-06-12
    wii-zer sc 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good entertainment for youth and adults"
    If you could sum up The Red Pyramid in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery history fun


    What other book might you compare The Red Pyramid to and why?

    The Alchemyst- Nicholas Flammel. Both books have a brother sister pair that have some power and travel the world solving family mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first listen to them and I found them enjoyable


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

    It was fun, but I didn't feel the need for a nonstop listen


    Any additional comments?

    I listened along with my son and we had many fun discussions about sections of the book and I would recommend it for that as well as for the well written story.

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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 04-30-12
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

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    "Once you start you are hooked"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Pyramid to be better than the print version?

    yes i think that is because how good the two readers are they even seem like they are brother and sister even though they probably recorded it in two different places.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Red Pyramid?

    There was to many to just pick one.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I will add them to my list of great readers


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    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 04-27-12
    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Mr. Riordan goes to Ancient Egypt"

    As a fan of his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I was thrilled to learn Mr. Riordan was working on a new series that would tackle Egyptian Mythology, and he has done it again! I enjoyed that while it had its similarities to Percy Jackson, at the same time it also had a voice of its own. I enjoyed the two protagonists, and the two narrators did excellent jobs of conveying their different perspectives. It's a none-stop sword (er...Khopesh) and magic adventure as Carter and Sadie take you on a thrill ride that'll have you egger to download their next adventure thru Egyptian Mythology, I know I was! A must for lovers of Percy Jackson and Ancient Egypt!

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    Bil M 04-26-12
    Bil M 04-26-12
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    "Instant Classic!"
    What did you love best about The Red Pyramid?

    The social messages Riordan incoporatetes into the story. These are priceless jewels scattered throughout the book .


    Which character – as performed by Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Kevin IS Carter and Katherine IS Sadie, no one else could have pulled it off! Making a movie without their voices will be difficult.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate giving away any of the story plot so trust that this book is a must read for kids and adults!

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    Donna 04-13-12
    Donna 04-13-12
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    "A good book for youthful readers"

    This story is about a brother and sister whose father is an expert on Egyptian history. Because he is a direct descendant of a line of Egyptian Pharaohs he has god-like powers which he has used to bring ancient gods back into the world. Some of these gods are good and some are not so good. Something happens to the father (no spoiler here) which leaves the kids with the responsibility of getting rid of the gods that their father has unleashed on the world.

    In the beginning, the author engulfs you in a very interesting, fast paced, action packed story. When the kids start to battle the gods it gets a little redundant. I think I felt it was redundant and drawn out because I am too old to appreciate some of the action. I think pre-teens and teenagers will love this book.

    If I had young nieces or nephews I would probably buy this for them.

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