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.
I love adventure, mysteries and things different from real life that I cannot do or understand. But this book just doesn't work for me. Katherine Kellgran no more sounds 12 than Elizabeth Taylor, one sibling black and dark the other blonde and white with the same parents? hummm. The entire story is just to far fetched. But then why isn't it good as a fairy tale? I don't know why not I just know it isn't.
I will always recommend anything by Rick Riordan and this book is no different. The book had witty dialogue, lots of action, and a good intro to Egyptian mythology. The narration alternated perspectives between the siblings, Carter and Sadie, which kept things interesting and fun. The book is written as an audio recording that details the events after their adventure, so the narration is peppered with side comments made by one sibling to another as they argue over the proper way to narrate the story or make fun of each other. I've read other reviews that thought that the story dragged a bit too much with background information, but being much more unfamiliar with Egyptian mythology than I was with Greek mythology in the Percy Jackson series, I appreciated a more thorough breakdown of the gods, magicians, and their stories. And Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren both did such a fantastic job with the narration that I never felt bored or wished that an explanation would end sooner. If you're looking for a fun adventure story, or you just want to expand your Rick Riordan library, then this would be a great use of a credit. And though I haven't actually read it in book format, I think that it's much more enjoyable as an audiobook.
Carter and Sadie are the obvious choices as the main characters. They were both well done, and it was easy to get a feel for both of their personalities early on from the performances of Kevin and Katherine.But I also really liked the Bast that Kevin created. His narration of Bast was spot-on for how I imagine a cat goddess would sound. I also loved Doughboy, the Kanes' shabti, especially done by Katherine. Though a minor character, I was laughing out loud every time he spoke. He sounded so indignant and full of himself, and I don't think that attitude would have come across so strongly on paper.
I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.
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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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.
I didn't particularly like the voices reading the book.
Not to my knowledge because I couldnt' finish it.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
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.
Discovered audio books as a way to pass the time at work and now I'm hooked.
They would be: Great new series
The realization of Set's true plan.
The brother/sister banter was very entertaining.
Mystery history fun
The Alchemyst- Nicholas Flammel. Both books have a brother sister pair that have some power and travel the world solving family mystery.
This was my first listen to them and I found them enjoyable
It was fun, but I didn't feel the need for a nonstop listen
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.
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%.
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.
There was to many to just pick one.
No but I will add them to my list of great readers
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