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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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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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    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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    Dee West Brookfield, MA, United States 04-02-12
    Dee West Brookfield, MA, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2008

    Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!

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    "My son has discovered the joy of audio books!"
    Any additional comments?

    My 8 year old son happily sat through many hours of cross country road trip listening to Red Pyramid. He said he really enjoyed how the narrators portrayed the brother and sister, and was totally mesmerized by the story.

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    Priya 03-21-12
    Priya 03-21-12
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    "Thrilling"
    What made the experience of listening to The Red Pyramid the most enjoyable?

    The narrators were great - both of them played their roles well, and they did a great job with the voices of other characters, so much so that even though there were two narrators, I could tell which of the other characters was talking because both narrators portrayed them consistently.
    The story itself was fun and exciting, it was a good listen.


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    Dominique Manassas, VA, United States 03-20-12
    Dominique Manassas, VA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Listen"

    I enjoyed listening to the book. I also liked the two characters read by two people one for the male and one for the female. Getting ready to purchase the next book.

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    Pamela Pasadena, MD, United States 03-12-12
    Pamela Pasadena, MD, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Riordan does it again!"
    Where does The Red Pyramid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great reader of a great story. The combinationo of teenage angst and Egyptian mythology is fabulous.


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

    The Lightning Thief


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle against Set was amazing


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

    Yes


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    William Bronx, NY, United States 03-03-12
    William Bronx, NY, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Poor Book is an Understatement"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a children's book but I can't imagine any child enjoying it. It has no depth of character and you don't feel endeared to the father, brother, sister or anyone else.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rick Riordan again?

    Although he has gotten fair reviews which led me to read this book, he would not be high on my list of authors. I was looking forward to his series, The Lightening Thief, so I can't say never; my curiosity at times gets the better of me. This has been extremely hard to swallow. maybe he had a bad day -I can't imagine it took longer to write it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    They should have listened to anyone else and taken a hint on how it should be done. My favorite audio performers are Scott Brick, John Lee and Steven Weber. Even Grover Garland, who is not one of my favorites, could do a better job.


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

    In print it's a waste of paper, and as an audiobook, it was a wasted credit.


    Any additional comments?

    Even by reviewing this book I give it value, which it has none. Mind you, I am aware that this is a children's book and there are many great ones: The Pathfinder and The Chocolate Wars, for example. And then The Hunger Games, which I thought was poorly written, is still superior to this. What gets me the most is the minutia of rambling and the cat-and-mouse maze chase that does not lead to anything. You don't care for the characters or their plight and the narrators took two obnoxious figures and made them shrill and annoying.

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    Alfreda Chicago, Illinois, United States 02-26-12
    Alfreda Chicago, Illinois, United States 02-26-12
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    "Great for Keeping the Kids in Line"
    Would you listen to The Red Pyramid again? Why?

    I love The Red Pyramid and I would listen to it again, probably in a year or two when my kids are older and need to be reintroduced to the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have biracial children and I believe my kids connected with the characters. Although my kids are only 6 and 8 and we live in a very diverse neighborhood thus they haven't encounter any anti-blackness stuff yet, they did like hearing about the racial difference the kids had and it made them think that they were Sadie and Carter. My son who is 8, believes that like Carter he has magical powers hidden inside and I only encourage this spirit of inner power. My daugter, the 6 year old, is a ball of energy and determination just like Sadie. We listen to the story to and from school as it is about 20 minutes each way. They love this book and so do I. It even keeps them from fighting and nagging each other in the back seat of the car.


    What does Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the excitement they both bring to the characters. They are both excellent storytellers.


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

    I did not want to listen to all of the book in one sitting. My kids and I have something to look forward when we get in the car and go to school. The first thing they ask of me is to turn on the story!


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    Tim 12-19-11
    Tim 12-19-11
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    "I just don't get it."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Rick Riordan again?

    NEVER!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The male performer was like listening to finger nails on a chalkboard when attempting the female characters voice and accent. Awful!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book out of 167 individual titles that I could not stand to listen to for one more second. The story is completely ridiculous and the characters are totally unlovable. I am really very confused by other reviews singing the praises of this totally useless book.

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