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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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    Scott Salem, OR, United States 07-23-13
    Scott Salem, OR, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Series from Percy Jackson author"
    Would you listen to The Red Pyramid again? Why?

    maybe. I liked this narrator's method of speech that brought the story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None. I liked many of the characters.


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

    Carter, because I really understood some of his emotions and because I thought he was very well performed in this audio book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not extreme, but it was nice to see the Olympian universe expanded with Egyptian gods and showing us that the universe is more complex. Plus the different relationship that the magicians had with thier gods compared to the demigods and their Greek/roman gods was interesting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    krangu newark, NJ, United States 04-08-13
    krangu newark, NJ, United States 04-08-13

    Love Audible..!!

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    "very disaapointed"
    What would have made The Red Pyramid better?

    no,i did not like this audiobook at all


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rick Riordan again?

    no,i did not like this audiobook at all


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s performances?

    nono,i did not like this audiobook at all


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Red Pyramid?

    nono,i did not like this audiobook at all


    Any additional comments?

    nono,i did not like this audiobook at all

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 03-30-12
    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2010

    i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.

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    "Got Lucky on this one"

    i got lucky with this one. tho it is a kids story i still like it.
    if you try this one and like it get book 2.
    i do like storys about magic and the gods.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna United States 01-09-12
    Anna United States 01-09-12
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    "Mediocre - from Plot to Voice Performance"
    What would have made The Red Pyramid better?

    The plot was very drawn out, all minutia of Egyptian mythology included where a few main focal points should have been chosen carefully.


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

    I feel the author should have attempted to be more precise in his selections of elements from mythology to use and focus in the plot line. The book was too long and detailed. Not fun to listen to.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The male performance was ok. The female performance was horridly inauthentic. Didn't sound like the appropriate age, the British accent was audibly forced, and the delivery suffered greatly.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kimberlee Harrisburg, PA, United States 09-24-10
    kimberlee Harrisburg, PA, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable a good read."

    THIS IS NOT PERCY JACKSON SO GET OVER IT! I don't understand this is a new series and an a goob book what more do you want?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 08-06-10
    Jay Saugus, MA, United States 08-06-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Makes you miss Percy"

    I see that many others feel the same way about these books. They were good, but do not reach the heights of the Percy Jackson tales. I hope that the next book elevates the narrative to the level of the Olympian stories. Katherine Kellgren is amazing again, and I find myself seeking out books that she has read because of her incredible talent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Ripon, CA, United States 06-26-10
    Heather Ripon, CA, United States 06-26-10
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    "great story"

    this book was really good. i loved all the action in this book. i cant wait for another one to come out!! oh and the historical aspect of the book was well reserched!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Fort Belvoir, VA, USA 06-23-10
    Phyllis Fort Belvoir, VA, USA 06-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as good as his other series"

    This new series is just not as good as his other series--whether it's because of the 2 person narration or because there is just so much information thrown at the reader within the pages, it's just not as easy to follow along. We would much rather be listening to the 39 clues series or the Percy Jackson series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-08-10 Member Since 2006

    ASD mommy

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    "No thanks, I'll pass."

    After really enjoying the Percy Jackson series and seeing Greek myths through a fresh and funny light, I had hoped that this new series would do the same for Egyptian culture and myth giving the kids a background knowledge that might enhance their understanding of the absolute power placed in the person of Pharaoh or the significance of the 10 plagues hitting directly at the idolatry of the Egyptian gods and proving the true existence of Jehovah. Instead, apart from a humorous mention of Moses being the only "magician" ever to defeat them in a duel, this book comes alarmingly close to steeping the children in mysticism. Where the Percy Jackson "gods" were distant and flat characters which served as more prop than person, the gods in this series are much more prominent in every scene. They are described as something to be fought, controlled, or exploited for power. Readers are exposed to animism, possession, and soul travel. My advice, skip this one and stick to Percy or the 39 Clues.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 08-12-10
    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 08-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "My kids enjoyed it; I'm not so sure I did"

    The kids enjoyed listening it and said it was a good book. I was confused about everything that was going on. I found Sadie's 12 year old charater to be speaking more like an older teen (not the narrator, just everything Sadie said or did). There seemed to be too much going on for me to grasp what was going on.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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