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The Red Pyramid Audiobook

The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Ammon Anderson 12-04-13 Member Since 2015

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    "I was anxiously wanting it to be finished :("
    Would you try another book from Rick Riordan and/or Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ?

    Probably not any written by Rick Riordan. The narrators did a fine job, but the material was just sub-par.


    What was most disappointing about Rick Riordan’s story?

    It felt so much a like a rushed copy-cat book of popular YA literature. I think he saw how popular the Percy Jackson series is and tried his hardest to duplicate it with Egyptian gods. The whole book felt flat. Boring characters, and weird plot holes that didn't make much sense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    Could you see The Red Pyramid being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO!


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money and listen to a different book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 11-27-13
    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Love to exercise while listening

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    "Enjoyable for adults and young listeners"
    Where does The Red Pyramid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the playfulness to this book. I learned a lot about Egyptology and enjoyed the non-stop action.


    Any additional comments?

    It was both nice and distracting having 2 readers. You get used to one reader and their voices for characters and then have to shift gears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oksana FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-14-13
    Oksana FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 11-14-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Not a book to remember"

    My son is a fan of Percy Jackson, so I thought I would give it a shot to The Red Pyramid series. I listened to the end and found myself realizing that I don't remember what was in the beginning of the story.
    Narrators did not do justice to the story. Screaming, literally, by the female narrator was very distracting.
    Narrators are going to the least favorite pile.

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 11-10-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Couldn't finish, for children or preteens"
    What disappointed you about The Red Pyramid?

    The story seemed interesting, the way the story is told. However, the narrator's voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard. I didn't get past two chapters.


    Has The Red Pyramid turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s performances?

    NO. The young girl's voice sounded like a thirty year old. It wasn't the character's sophistication, it was the voice. I am curious to whom this book is suppose to appeal? I hate to be negative but I think this book would be a good listen with different narrators.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am disappointed I spent a credit!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Patty 11-04-13
    Ms. Patty 11-04-13
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    "My fault"

    I guess I failed to read far enough into the ratings. I assumed the book would be sort of "Tres Navarre does Egypt". I love mysteries, but not fantasy. It was both fantasy and geared toward teenagers. Having said that, it was well done for the genre...just not for me. If you are a teenager into magic and fantasy, you would probably give it 5 stars. The performances were that good also.

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    Ryan Portland, OR, United States 10-16-13
    Ryan Portland, OR, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Requires too much suspension of disbelief"
    What did you like best about The Red Pyramid? What did you like least?

    I liked that it was a world of Egyptian mythology. I liked Sadie's character the least.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Red Pyramid?

    Maybe the battle of the pyramid under the mountain.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s performances?

    Not until they practiced more.


    Could you see The Red Pyramid being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a tough listen. The narration style (the two protagonists speaking into a microphone) did not make sense - no one talks like a novel is written. In particular, it was tough to listen to the female narrator. She is very enthusiastic, but it does not fit. Also, the author/narrator makes Sadie act as if she were an adult, although she is 12. That makes me think of what Shakespeare did with Juliet in R&J. The author could have at least tried to explain it away within the story ("Sadie had always been a prodigy...").

    Maybe later books will be better rounded out. This one had potential.

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    Teddy's Mom 10-12-13
    Teddy's Mom 10-12-13
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    "Would've been better without the female narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not the best book I've listened to, I think I might be a little too old for this kind of story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Get rid of the female narrator, she seems to have two volumes- loud and louder, and a painfully piercing voice. It was a relief every time the male voice took over.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    As I said, the female could've turned the volume down a bit. Her voice was hard to listen to and gave me a headache.


    Was The Red Pyramid worth the listening time?

    Not really


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    Matthew Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-02-13
    Matthew Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Bad English Accent"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's attempt to enact a 12 year old British girl is so bad it makes the book impossible to listen to. I never should have purchased this title.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust


    Any additional comments?

    THIS PERFORMANCE IS BARFWORTHY. IF YOU AREN'T A 12 YEAR OLD ENGLISH GIRL DONT DO AN ENGLISH FEMALE ACCENT.

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    J. Hall Los Angeles, CA 07-26-13
    J. Hall Los Angeles, CA 07-26-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Extremely Pleasant Surprise"

    I don't generally read YA books. My nephew read and loved the Percy Jackson books, but I hadn't read those and wasn't overly fond of the movie. I decided to take a chance on this book because of the Egyptian Mythology. And i was completely surprised at how witty, exciting and fun this book was.

    The readers were terrific (despite the fact that Kevin R. Free cannot do a British or Southern accent. :-) I highly recommend this book. Now, i'm off to get the next book in the series.

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    Linda 07-25-13
    Linda 07-25-13
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    "Uneven volume of voices"
    Where does The Red Pyramid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very annoying recording. One voice is especially loud and piercing, if you lower the volume so that voice doesn't hurt the other voices are too soft. Quality control nonexistent. The story is good so I'm persevering but I hate having Katherine Kellgren shrieking in my ear!


    What didn’t you like about Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s performance?

    I hate having Katherine Kellgren shrieking in my ear!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I had to rest my ears and take tylenol for the headache.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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