I was looking for a book to play during family car trips. I thought this fantasy coming-of-age book would fit the bill.
There is a gem of a story in here, and paced nicely enough to keep you interested. This isn't the work of a polished author, yet there is real promise. The language can be a little stilted. There are more than a few holes, and some holes which the author evidently could not bridge without resorting to "here a miracle occurs". These are a mild distraction.
The narrator could use a lesson or two from Simon Vance or Bronson Pinchot... It doesn't seem to matter which character is speaking, you can never seem to picture anything but a British university student desperately trying to land a role in the summer stock production.
Distractions aside, I was pleased to see a story where the kid (hero) couldn't quite measure up to his own unrealistic expectations, and yet finds he is ideally suited to be a hero in his own right. I was also pleased to see interesting and engaging secondary characters whose aspiration was NOT to storm castles or slay the dragon.
elementary school art teacher
Started with the first one and couldn't stop there! Wonderfully written and read. Nice combination of intensity, action, and description.
Flanagan has written a book that makes you care about the characters from the get go.
Keating is the best at narrating these books. Only buy his versions!
Yes, I almost did!
Most interesting aspect of the story would be non-existent. The world is rather straightforward, the crafts/professions are fairly standard and to tie in with the least interesting aspect is the premise that a small skinny boy who is talented in climbing trees, moving unseen, and general theft and mischief has any belief in being a knight (full plate armor and heavy weaponry) but is forced into being a ranger (who fits his talents quite well).
The book never really gave Will any challenge, his training was skimmed through and appeared to be quite easy. The drama and suspense of the fighting never really drew me into it and Will didn't appear to really develop particularly compared to Horace. The characters are stereotypical and bland.
I would listen to this story again. It is highly entertaining, fast-paced, and interesting. The entire series is excellent and good for all ages.
I love to listen to his voice! He does a great job on all of the books.
Yes! I listen to audio books in the car and sometimes I was tempted to stay in the car a little longer when I would pull up in my driveway just to hear what would happen next :)
This entire series is fun, action-packed, and easy to listen to. If you like clean, easy-read fiction, this book and series is for you and your kids!
The storyline moves quickly, so there is no time to get board. The characters are nicely developed, and the plot leaves you wanting more. This was my first book by this author, but it certainly won't be my last!
The reader did an excellent job with the narration. However, In moments of silence you can hear the narrator gulping down some water. Really takes me out of the moment to hear it every 15 minutes or so!
The story is far too simple for the adult read in my opinion.
So, I listened to this entire series (including the lost stories) and I really enjoyed it. The details given to things like stealth and archery discipline was really enjoyable. The full character development that the main characters experience was excellent and you really feel like you are growing up with them throughout the series.
However, be prepared to spend 2 credits for every story after the first one. Yes, the books are just 1 credit each, but starting in book 2, you only get half of a story in each book. That was very annoying, but the books were long enough and I got some credits/books on sale so it was still worth it.
I feel like this book is the only one that stands on its own as a complete story.
I like the narrator for this (Keating), but I prefer the alternate narrator (Stuart Blinder). Unfortunately, audible did not have all of the books narrated by him (only 2 and 5). So, I stuck with Keating even when I got to book 5 since the change was too jarring (different pronunciations and accents on characters).
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the medieval type fantasy genre with swords and bows. It is targeted toward the early to mid-teen age (I think) but I enjoyed it at twice that age. The language and the content is safe for family listening (depending on your tolerance for violence, it is full of action) so it would work well for family trips. It might be a little intense for listeners under 10. I'll let my kids listen to it in a couple of years (mine are 6 and 8 right now) but I doubt they will really enjoy it until they are a bit older.
I have a hard time paying an Audible credit for each of these books less than 9 hours long when others are 3 times longer for the same price. At the same time, I've now plowed through the first 3 audiobooks and won't stop until I'm at the end. And I'm really enjoying it.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
The story line was kept me interested. I think it was worth the listen
The relationship between Will and Halt.
This was one of those stories where you love it when the cranky old teacher shows his pupil a glimpse of who he is