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.
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
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
If your looking for a good, wholly entertaining series, you've found it! The characters are deep and engaging, the narration is fantastic and the story is well thought out. No swearing and in-depth description of blood and gore meant I could listen in the car with my 10 year old, and honesty, its really great to have a story strong enough to not need the extra violent fluff. You'll love this book - and the next 10 too!
I really did like the story. Was looking at it for my 9yr old. Untill the few curse words that were in it. Only 2 words used 3 times. Not something I need my 9yr old to read. She was not happy about it due to being excited about reading it. I even bought the first three books in the series for her. Now I'll see if I can turn them in for something else. Other than that it was a really good story and series.
Fantasy comic artist/writer (by night!) and video game developer (by day!) who thrives on audiobooks while working on her latest project.
I was excited to read this one because of all the positive reviews it got. However, I found that the author just spent the whole book writing lists of what was going on, rather than trying to engage me in a story. It was all "Will was a good listener. Will was clever", but I was never SHOWN this, just told over and over. The characters were dry and I just didn't find any reason to care about them. I also could not stand the voice used for the Ranger.
I read these books a couple of years ago and when I found the Audible app for my phone I had to download them to listen in my car. My teenage son enjoyed it so much that when his brother and I got ahead of him and had moved onto book 2, I had him load the app onto his phone so that he could catch up. This series is great for young and old alike and John Keating does a great job reading it.
Grown UP YA.
Dammit .... circle of time. Robert Jorden. Its a good start.
no complaints here.
Its a good basic story with lots of potential.