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.
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!
I enjoyed the movement from one reader to the other ! The banter and point of view was great, as well as the sidebars to each other as they are recording their adventures. Love Rick Riordan even though I am an "old fogey"!
The story telling by both POV characters was very well executed and added a richness to the narrative that wasn't present in the print version.
Because this book is one action sequence after another, it was fun to take in one or two chapters at a time in the car over a few weeks. We all enjoyed the tension, the characters and the new insights on Egyptian history.
Linda in Omaha
This is entertaining in a "Harry Potter" sort of way, but not as good. If reviews said it was for the younger audience, I missed it. The narrators were perfect, and made it worth listening to, but I lost interest toward the end and skipped ahead a couple of times. The end was satisfying, but I think I'll pass on the next two books of the series.
The narrators gave the characters depth and interest. Loved Bast. The story was a bit of a surprise for me. I had never heard of the Kane Chronicles, my background lies more in "old school" sci/fi fantasy like Burroughs and I suppose this brands me as "old" too...not the young teen reader the series is geared towards. This first story is epic and interesting, full of mystery, history and magic. I look forward to reading more in this series.
I enjoyed the story to be honest. There is a lot of Egyptian history and I found that very cool. The magic system, which is hugely important to me in this genre, was not well developed however and the male reader was difficult to listen to. Always seemed to add inflection where it was unnecessary and pause where he shouldn't. It was difficult to listen to at times.
Even with those complaints I did enjoy the story. I recommend the series to anyone interested in Egyptian history or a good story.
Sadi Kane - I loved the sass and arrogance and she was quite funny.
The female was excellent but the male was difficult to listen to at times.
Probably not. It just was not the caliber of Riordans other books.
The female narrator read very fast at times trying to get the feeling of excitement and fast paced action. It worked at times, but it seemed she read fast at times when nothing of significance was happening. The male narrator was good but the female over powered him by a long-shot.
The book did not keep me engaged unlike Percy Jackson and the Olympians or The Heroes of Olympus. The first half of the book was difficult to get through awake.
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