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The Akhenaten Adventure

Children of the Lamp, Book 1
By: P.B. Kerr
Narrated by: Ron Keith
Series: Children of the Lamp, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When 12-year-old twins John and Philippa get their wisdom teeth, they suddenly have the power to grant wishes and make things disappear. They are genies! Quickly, they learn to control their powers just before they embark on a dangerous quest that will take them into the tomb of an ancient pharaoh. Along the way, the must confront Iblis, the most evil genie in the universe! This fast-paced and funny fantasy is the first children's novel from critically acclaimed thriller writer P.B. Kerr.
©2004 Phillip B. Kerr (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"British thriller-writer Kerr puts an ingenious spin on the enchanted-lamp theme.¿" (Booklist)

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Fun and Satisfying

I've seen this title on the shelves for years, but I always had so many others to read. In looking for an audible (sometimes I want someone else to read to me), I stumbled across the Children of the Lamp series again. I downloaded this first one and was delighted. It had just enough adventure, history, mystery, and fantasy to satisfy my literary appetite. Ron Keith did an awesome job of narrating. He has a whimsical style to his reading that made even the most mundane sentences fun to hear. I look forward to listening to the next book of the series.

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Wonderful!

My children and I listened to this as well as the other two books on a long road trip. We couldn't wait to get started each day to hear more of the book. "Can we turn on John and Phillipa yet?!" is what I would hear every time we returned to the car. Some of the references were over the head of my 8 year old, but he still greatly enjoyed them and has actually asked to start them all over again right away. My 12 yo and I laughed hysterically over many of the references to customs and legends that "mundanes" have misinterpretted from Djinn. Plenty of humor even for adults. Some 'scary' parts, but not too long or too intense.

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One of My Favorite Books

It's quite exciting and enthralling. I can't wait till audible gets the next book. When there's not excitment, there's always something interesting.

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Accurate

This book is astonishingly accurate to Egyptian history and mythos. Ahkenoten (i apologize for my poor spelling) was in fact not originally referred to as Ahkenoten. That as well as many other facts combined with the writing style and the very nice voice of the man reading this is very well done. It is amazing how fun this book is! It is VERY creative and the made up more meshes so nicely with every thing else that one might think that this was really an ancient moth or story in the Arabian nights, well if it were not for all of the modern day concepts, of course.

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This has always been my favorite book.

This has been my favorite book for the past 10 years. it's crazy when they say a book chooses you because this articular one has definitely chose me. Having the narrator read it makes it so much more alive. I hope sometime soon they will add the extra series to Audible.

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very fun story

I enjoyed the story, but didn't like the narrator very much. His accents aren't realistic or diverse, and don't do anything to enhance the story. It's a good thing that the storyline is engaging by itself!

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Culturally offensive.

The author's concept is brilliant and he blew an opportunity to convey valuable, rich information about Arab language and customs in his book. He chooses names like Baksheesh for a child ("spare change"), and names the dog Effendi ("Sir" or "Master"). Karim is called "Creamy" because he looks like a cat that just finished a saucer of milk. The final straw was naming a character after a great N. African group of nomadic pastoralists, the Tuareg, and calling him "Toe Rag.") The narration was equally tiresome, flowing with coy intonation and an affected manner last heard on a Vaudeville stage. The entire production infantilizes Arab culture and language. It may be a wonderful story, but the inherently racist style, the insensitivity, and the twee manner of the narrator had me returning the book unfinished.

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interesting<br />

it was a very imaginative tale delving deeper into the lives of the genie comparatively I would say it is to genies what Harry Potter has become to the wizarding community

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hook your kids on audiobooks with this series

this is a great story to hook even a reluctant child on a car trip. the story doesn't talk down to children, but includes a few icky bits that keep kids entertained.

nice light mystery with a lot of good and bad character traits mixed to differing results.

as an adult I find these a nice escape into a kind and dangerous world.

"audible 20 review sweepstakes entry"