Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end.
In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family. To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished. First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?
Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.
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©2011 Rick Riordan (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I loved it, but I can tell that if I'd read the print version it would not have been nearly as good. I think it would have been a bit better than the first book either way, but this series should really be enjoyed as audiobooks. Its style is that it's being dictated onto tapes to be found by future recruits, in alternating or semi-alternating chapters by the two kids who are the lead characters, so it's really meant to be heard. A lot of the humor and suspense would probably fall flat in print, but out loud it comes across as cute or very exciting. I also had the dubious benefit of being on the road a lot more than usual because of a doggy emergency, so I got to let the momentum build a lot more than I normally do, which really made it fun. (Razor seemed to really like it too.) The readers were very good, although the woman's voice was a bit more mature than I imagined a 13 year-old girl's voice to be. But it was a minor issue compared to being an excellent reader, which they both were. The story was exciting, the characters were either likable or detestable as needed, the mythology was varied and interesting from major to obscure, it was all fun. Get the kids the audiobook and listen to it together on your next car trip. Or just get it for yourself, you'll enjoy it.
The progression of the characters are very interesting . Kept me wanting more!
Yes, same in all the books...good job I liked Kevins story telling most of all.
Great story, worth the listen if you like sci-fi even for adult listeners.
Yes. The story is fun and presents a the endlessly fascinating Egyptian mythology. The narrators do a good job of bringing you the tension and excitement of the story.
Having two narrators to tell the story...I like how they play off each other's energy.
For some reason, I liked Bes. Not sure if it's his attitude or his willingness to sacrifice himself for the greater good, but I liked him the best.
Yes...They did a great job with their voice tones and speed of talking for each character.
How can you??? It's too long to listen in one sitting, but I would have loved to be able to hear it in all one sitting...I guess if I had 12 hours of uninterrupted time, I would have.
My boys have varied interests but they agree on listening to books in the car especially one like this with a high interest level for three very active boys. The descriptions, dialogue, and the twists and turns of a well-developed sequence of events leads to many discussions and an interest in reading. I can't say enough great things about audio books, and this edition was excellent!
An exciting, laugh out loud conclusion to the trilogy. We can only hope for a cross over between Percy Jackson and the Kane kids.
I was introduced to Mr Riordan’s works by my teenage cousin who wanted me to read the Percy Jackson series with her. I was instantly hooked to the series. I am a sucker for anything historical/mythological related.
I began to search for other books written by Mr Riordan.
I came across the Kane Chronicles. The dynamic relationship between Carter and Sadie reminds of my own relationship with my sibling. The sarcasm. The mutual understanding that we can pick on each other however we want, but if an outsider tries to pick on either one of us, then they’ve another thing coming…
The wonderful narration + Mr Riordan's writing made me felt like I was on the same adventure as the Kanes.
I look forward to finishing the Kane series.
Maybe it was too long between books, but I didn't enjoy this listen as much as I enjoyed reading the first book. The characters, especially the Kanes, seemed too stereotypical and melodramatic. I did not enjoy this as much as I enjoyed his Percy Jackson series.
The narrators were good, just the plot needed some help.
I really like the book. Very cool story and great character interaction and developement between the friends and family members.
I very much enjoy Kevin Free's reading. I just can't like Katherine Kellgren reading. She reads very quickly and very high pitch and ends up practically shrieking during the exciting scenes.
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