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.
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.
I live in Caldwell IDAHO
The sudden disapperance of the father.
This is the first book by Rick Riordan that I have ever read.
When the sister had her comeuppance, causing some confusion on her part.
This is a fun book, I think, especially for young adults.
the narrators were both great. They were able to portray the characters well.
Yes. he has done some pretty good book in the past. this one just didn't live up to his other work.
First off, the narrators were awesome in this one. A great performance!
The story fell a bit short for me. The overall storyline was good, but it took way to long to get there. Some folks will love it, but I need the story to keep moving forward or my mind starts to drift.
I love to listen at work! There's nothing better that getting lost in another world while doing data entry.
I did not enjoy this book. The story itself was ok, but I didn't like the way it was written. I did not bond with the main characters and I found other's stupid, (Like the baboon). At times I almost just stopped listening to the book but then I remembered how much it cost and I listened to the rest of it. I will not be getting the next book. The one good thing about the book is that it does not leave you hanging at the end, it wraps up nicely and ties almost all the loose ends.
33 Year old professional male with a love of SciFi and Fantasy
The performance by the two readers was fantastic. The content was new, and the story does a great job of combining history with SciFi
Both readers do a great job of bringing the story to life. Carter and Sadie are both interesting, and while things become a bit predictable at the end, it is a great end to the series.
They do a fantastic job of portraying the characters. Plus, as the book was written as an "audio transcript" it was a perfect fit for audio
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