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The Red Pyramid

The Kane Chronicles, Book 1
Series: Kane Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (8,198 ratings)

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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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    5 out of 5 stars

Much appreciated

At the end of our trip, the seven year olds asked if we could stay in the car in the driveway to hear more.... the best praise for an audiobook I can possibly imagine.

47 of 47 people found this review helpful

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Throughly enjoyable

A marvelous listen. Riordan's new series after completing the Percy Jackson one last year is a terrific adventure tale. This time, it is the Egyptian gods that are on the loose and at the heart of the story, a brother and sister. Fast paced than the Jackson series in some regards, this one excels from two excellent voice actors, each playing one of the main characters. Although targeted for early teens, it is still an adventure any lover of the genre will enjoy.

Highly recommended.

78 of 82 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great author, great narrators. Excellent!

After thoroughly enjoying Riordan's Percy Jackson series, and have been a huge fan of Katherine Kellgren's narration in the Bloody Jack series, I knew this book was going to be great and I wasn't disappointed. The format of banter between siblings was delightful and added humor to tense moments. The suspense was prickly, the plot well thought out with enough detail to cast mental images very well! I can't wait for the next one to come out! Like LA Meyer's Bloody Jack series, Riordan's books are the few that I listen to more than once!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great Narration

I think Katherine Kellgren nailed the reading, as usual. I did not realize the target reading group was teens untill after i started listening, but even so i enjoyed every minute. I dont usually post these things, but i absolutely could not believe someone ranked it one star due to the naration of the female side of the story.

49 of 52 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Rick Riordan does it again...

I loved the Percy Jackson series so I knew this would be good. But I didn't know just how good it would be. Turns out it was full of surprises and twists that keeps you guessing until the very last page. Just like with the Percy Jackson series you get a refresher course in & learn more about mythology; this time Egyptian. Both Carter & Sadie Kane are fantastic main characters. Both strong and smart for their ages of 14 and 12 without being unrealistic. The Red Pyramid is not only captivating but hilarious too. You shut the book wanting more. This is definitely a book for all ages.

48 of 51 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Highly Enjoyable

I really enjoyed Riordan's Percy Jackson series and decided to give this book a try regardless of the mixed reviews. I wasn't surprised at all to find that I highly enjoyed the book. I wasn't sure about having two narrators, but it worked out alright. I thought they did a much better job than the narrator for the Percy Jackson books. I'm always on the lookout for child-friendly books that I can listen to around my two toddlers yet still be interested- this definitely fills the bill. I did not find the book dark or disturbing. It was highly enjoyable.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

What a good listen!

I wanted a good but fun story to listen to. I found it with this audio book. Although targeted to young teens...and I am hardly a teen...it was a good listen for people who enjoy a little fantasy, history, and a bit of sarcasm!

I really enjoyed the story - full of action, wit and some really over-the-top voices for certain characters. It was great. The narrators were enjoyable and I could envision the two teen heroes of the story. I am looking forward to the next book.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Had me Laughing

I think this book is great and the narrators where fantastic. It was hard not to laugh out load on my commute on the train. I've read every one of Rick Riordan's books, and think with every book he's writting gets better. This is book really brough out my inner child, of course accourding to my wife that's not hard. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythology and childrens books.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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A Lesson in Egyptian Legends that kids will like!

Would you listen to The Red Pyramid again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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?

Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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."

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

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Great narration, story a bit much

The two narrators for this book did a terrific job. As an adult listener, I found the plot a bit confusing with too much action and too many characters for me to keep track of. My 11-year old son didn't have those problems though, and as he is the target audience, I give the book high marks.

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