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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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A Struggle Listening to Katherine Kellgren

It has taken me forever to get through this audio book. FINALLY completed it today. I loved the author's other series (Olympians). I struggled to tolerate Katerine kellgren for this book--she yelled the entire time. I'm going to pass on the rest of this series in audio--will try print for the next book in the series and see if that is better. Kevin Free was fun (I would rate his performance a 3).

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  • Tyler
  • Columbus, OH, United States
  • 01-06-12

Interesting Listen, but...

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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too much

* 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

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Great book

Absolutely love this series my only problem was the reading from Carter's point of view The reader spoke to slowly if he would've been able to read his part just a little faster it would've made it a lot more enjoyable also can't help to think that the British accent on Sadie's part was really bad it sounds like mine and I am horrible at accents still enjoyable to listen to though and like I said before truly love this book

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Myeh

Took me years to be motivated to finish. Annoying voices of character's

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PURELY ENTERTAINING

Would you listen to The Red Pyramid again? Why?

Yes, I'll listen again in time. It was fun and exciting audio book. kept my interest the whole way thru.

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cant wait to listen to more of the Kane Chronicle series.

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unpredictable, entertaining for all ages.

I love the series. It makes family night so much family fun. We can gather round the computer and listen for 1 hour or till the chapter ends and then it ends up opening conversations between adults and tweens. We do this now 3 nights a week because the kids asked if we could, instead of just 1 night. The discussions usually start with what we just heard but often leads to communication about what is on their minds, what is happening with school and friends. I try not to cheat but sometimes I listen while doing boring chores around the house. Its a secret. Don't tell.I wish this series were longer, like the previous series by this author. We loved the lightening kid and his friends too.

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So Far So Good :)

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Haven't finished listening yet, but it's asking for a review and I can share what I do know. I got this book to listen to with an 11 year old boy. This audio book has had me hooked from the beginning. The two narrators are, in my opinion, perfect for their parts. The story is amazing, it is truly a story. Makes you think that it's all very possible and probable! I didn't read (or listen) to R. R.'s other series - the lightening one. Saw the movie, which I enjoyed, but I think I'm liking this setting in Egyptian myth's and history better! I'm having a hard time not listening when my step-son isn't with me, but I do wait (not patiently). Definitely don't have to be a kid to enjoy this!

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It is for TEENs or PRE-TEENs, NOT adults

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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good part 1

I might never pursue the rest of this series, but it's a well-done opening volume. IT's a witty narrative with good interaction between the two POV characters, which are well-read by actors with a good enough range of voices to sound like kids or adults or mythic characters. The narrative is a good mix of witty banter and serious consequences, some Egyptian mumbo-jumbo mixed with modernity. The author doesn't seem to take himself or his book too seriously. I don't know if kids would like it, but this old geezer found it to be entertaining background noise.

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