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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This is a well written and solid novel. It is great reading for young adults and I enjoyed listening to this audiobook with my 12 year old daughter. The plot was good and the use of Egyptian mysticism was a refreshing change. I think this is a better read for kids than adults but I still liked it myself. It isn't a complex book and the characters are a bit on the 2D side but I am sure that will improve as the series progresses. I really enjoyed the narraration of this novel as well.
Since having kids - the luxury of sitting down and reading a book is out of the question. Now I can put on good book for just me, or one for the kids while driving and everyone is at PEACE and no one is YELLING. Life is good.
We will be putting this book on our - Will Listen Again, section. Bought this book for a two day (6-8 hour drive each day) car trip with the kids. It was such a good book, that my 8 yr old daughter would be angry when we had to stop for gas/bathroom breaks. As soon as the car started back up, she would start demanding that we turn the story back on.
The story starts with characters that don't look like everyone else. Carter and Sadie are siblings, but they are different. Their family is bi-racial. Carter looks like his father, dark complexion with dark eyes. Sadie looks like her mother, pale skin, her hair the shade of caramel and pale eyes. No one would ever consider them brother and sister and it makes them angry when people ask. Their mother was killed in a mysterious way and the kids were raised apart and very differently. Carter was raised by his father, a historian, and has to travel the world, always moving, home schooled and doesn't have any friends. Sadie is raised by maternal grandparents in ENGLAND. She never gets to go anywhere, she becomes rebellious preteen, goes to a boarding school and has several close friends. Carter and Sadie only see each other for ONE DAY twice a year. All of a sudden something happens to their father.
So now we have two siblings, who are sort of strangers to each other, nothing in common, who have to try and stop an Egyptian God. Oh yea, and he wants to kill them (forgot to mention that earlier). Just because someone shares your DNA, does that mean you can trust them - with your life?
This is my first Kevin Free book, but I am great fan of Katherine Kellgren's work on the "The Bloody Jack, tales of Jackie Faber."
Yes, we do want to listen to it all at one time. We are on the second of the series right now. I had to promise my child that I would not listen to it until she gets back from school. This is also I book, she can not listen to at bedtime, not because it's scary, but because she would NEVER go to sleep until it was over.
I wonder if the story would have sounded different (better or worse), if the characters would have been able to read their parts they were playing all through the book. Right now Kevin reads his chapter as Carter and changes his voice for Sadie and Katherine Keller does the same in her chapters as Sadie. Would it not have been better if Katherine could have read Sadie's part throughout.
I love listening to people read to me, but after listening to one and a half of the Kane Chronicles books, I have to say these two readers are awful. I am sorry to say it, but I absolutely cannot listen to them anymore. Here's why:1. They base the brother and sister's relationship almost entirely on sarcasm and bickering--with little or no affection nor regard for each other. I teach high school theater and I raised 4 kids. No one knows more about listening to siblings bicker and be nasty to each other, but if there is no clear affection between them, they are people I'm not interested in. 2. They underestimate young readers by overdoing it. I tell my acting students to do it big, but this is too big. They are caricatures. I started by reading Riordan's Percy Jackson series. I'll now read the Kane series and try to get the sound of those thoroughly unlikeable, whining people out of my head.
Calm down. You need to make it real and honest. The humor is there. You don't have to underline it.
This book is probably good for youths, I however did not like it, I Love the Harry Potter books, as the hunger games books, this however is not close to these, i found the narration annoying and the story shallow.
I don't want to discourage youths to listen to this just want to warn other adults that they might want to look for something else.
This was one book that my 15 year old son and I both enjoyed listening to!! We can not wait for the others, this one was truly a great read and the narrators made the book come to life.
* Decent story but similar to Percy Jackson (just not as intriguing or fun).
* I like the use of a different mythological pantheon, but the characters aren't as appealing as in the Percy Jackson books.
* It appears the author commingled different ideas from different books to create the rules of this book.
* It is a good story for a young person to listen to
When I read this book I liked it, but I like the audio version better because you hear all the Egyptian names pronounced. I have a good understanding of Greek and Roman mythology, but know almost nothing about Egyptian mythology and culture. This book has awakened my curiosity.
The narrators could be better. Kevin Free does an adequate job, but his accents are hard to listen to. Katherine Kellgren sounds like she is shouting everything. Overall, I could follow the characters no matter who was narrating. This is a good a bedtime listen if you turn the volume down a bit.
This book would appeal to all ages.
Well, where to begin?
Honestly, the story is solid, and the narrators where both talented. However, I think using two narrators was a misstep. Both Mr. Free and Ms. Kellgren could have pulled off the book on their own, as they both had the voices to do it. As it was, listening to two readers read the same characters with different sounding voices caused some minor dissonance.
Other than that, the experience was enjoyable.
This was an awesome book! And as an audio book it was even better! The narrators nailed it. I am not a "pre-teen" by far...but, I would recommend this book to anyone of any age, in audio or regular book form. It is fun and exciting, heart wrenching in some parts, and hilarious in others! Impeccably done! Can't wait for further installments!
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