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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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    Danielle Meriden, CT, United States 12-05-10
    Danielle Meriden, CT, United States 12-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Love it!"

    After enjoying the Percy Jackson series, and being somewhat disappointed by the "39 Clues-Book 1", I was unsure how this one would sound. I was surprised to find that I like this one more than the Percy Jackson series, mostly due to Katherine Kellgren's narration. Funny, with interesting Egyptian facts, I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 09-17-10
    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 09-17-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Kids LOVED this book!"

    All 3 kids read The Red Pyramid with great enthusiasm. They thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark New York, NY, United States 08-07-10
    Mark New York, NY, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible narration"

    Good story but I couldn't listen to more than 1 chapter due to the awful narration of both the male & female.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Sacramento, CA, United States 07-23-10
    Nicole Sacramento, CA, United States 07-23-10
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    "too dark for our family"

    I read several reviews for this book before buying it, so I was aware of the debate going on regarding the voice of Sadie. Some people thought the voice to be so bad that it was distracting, while others were not bothered at all, and rather enjoyed Sadie's voice. After listening to this book for over six hours I have to conclude that the problem with this book has nothing to do with voice quality at all. The problem is that this book is dark! The main characters have demons living in them! Magical powers are fun on the Disney level, but when Carter has a demon speak for him, from inside his body, the book danced a little too close to demonic without any hope of a living God to balance things out. They would quote the bible for relevance, totally leaving out the hope that comes from an all-powerful God. I wouldn't have minded my kids listening to a book about demons, if there were a good guy (God) challenging him; but this book is not about good and evil, it is about varying levels of chaos in the demonic realms. Very dark. Wish someone would have warned me before I bought it.

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    Amazon Customer 06-20-10
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    "Can't wait for book 2"

    While this is billed as a children's book, I couldn't turn it off. Mysterious and action packed from the very start. This is another great book from Rick Riordan that I can plug into the car on a long trip and None of my 4 kids ( 15,13,11, 9) ask to listen to something else. Made for a quiet and entertaining car ride from Michigan to Missouri. Thanks Carter and Sadie.

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    Michelle Los Alamos, United States Minor Outlying Islands 06-17-10
    Michelle Los Alamos, United States Minor Outlying Islands 06-17-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Possibly of interest to kids"

    I read a couple of chapters of this book at the bookstore, found it an intriguing concept, and downloaded the audio version upon returning home. Unfortunately, only the first two chapters are interesting. Whatever mystery, history, or story line exists is soon smothered by repetitive, running battles between the gods of Egypt and the teenage protagonists. If you must read it, borrow it from the public library.

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    Alan Norman, OK, United States 06-17-10
    Alan Norman, OK, United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2013
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    "The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles"

    The book was entertaining but probably more for a younger reader/listner. I did enjoy the book but seemed to be a bit like Harry Potter.

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    Kelly Gloucester, MA, USA 05-26-10
    Kelly Gloucester, MA, USA 05-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Cute for kids."

    Cute story for kids, I didn't realize it was a kids book until I started to listen. I did listen to the whole thing, but would recommend for adult listening.

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    Eileen Alexandria, VA, United States 06-28-10
    Eileen Alexandria, VA, United States 06-28-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Made me miss Percy..."

    I was pretty excited about this series, because I'm a huge fan of the Percy Jackson books, but The Red Pyramid was disappointing. It was entertaining enough when the female character was narrating, but Carter Kane is so boring (the male narrator did a good job, I just thought Carter was a boring character), I found myself not caring what happened. I guess that's how I felt about the entire book. I just didn't care much about any of the characters, and thought the "quest" itself was really boring. So far, this series just doesn't have the intensity and the emotional impact of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I almost didn't make it through the entire book, but made myself finish since I had used a credit for it. I won't continue with this series when the next books come out. To summarize: Percy Jackson fans, don't get your hopes up - this is a let down.

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    Scott Pike Salem, OR USA 07-23-13
    Scott Pike Salem, OR USA 07-23-13 Member Since 2013

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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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