The first of the Ranger's Apprentice series is exactly what the first book in a YA fantasy series should be: It introduces characters the reader can actually care about, and doesn't take too long to explain the world in which the action takes place. The story is engaging, although there are a couple of events (particularly the fighting sequences) that may strain the credulity of more mature readers. At 7 hours, it is a good listen for a weekend of chores.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this audiobook is the performance delivered by John Keating. His tone and delivery are just right for the action taking place. Above all he has a voice that could make a recitation of the yellow pages captivating.
I'm looking forward to the remainder of the series.
This was a great book for our road trip with two children 10 and 11. The adults liked it as well and we immediately chose the next book in the series for the trip home!
Nothing in the Audible description suggests this series is written for the ten and under crowd. Yet, the style, pace and content of the book are clearly pointed to a very young audience. Significant portions of this work were devoted to how special it is to have a pony. Portions of the book were dedicated to dealing with bullies. Sadly, the conclusion on bullies is that you beat them bloody and take away their profession. The plot is slow and simplistic. The characters are shallow and predictable. The alternate, pre-technology universe is like every other such fantasy writer's universe only more boring. There is nothing here to recommend that any reader of any age spend their time or money on this book.
great book excited to read the others now.Love the relationship between Halt and Will. This book takes you to another place and time.
This is a very good book both in print and on discs. Morality and goal-setting are expressed as highly important even in the face of danger. The young hero has all the excellent qualities that we would like to see in all our children. My grandsons (9 & 11) eagerly listened to this and book 2 in the series. Good stories for any age!!
This book is pretty good, it does have only one problem. It is written more in a screenplay format or at least that is what I gather from the audible books, which makes it a little hard to follow at times. I do recommend this series for a great story line, a very strong plot, strong Characters, and a strong world. I have read 1 and 8, and have heard the audio books of 1 and 8, fixing to hear book 2 today.
Perfect for a dad and two boys, ages 9 and 11, on our driving trips. Kept all three of us interested and engaged. We are looking forward to the next book in the series!
This is a good book. it has an interesting cast and dose a good job of showing the different styles of fighting, making them believable and interesting. it even does a good job with his life training playing with tension as much as can be done with ranger school. the only real problem is it doesn't try to do any more. will has very little personal drama to deal with other then his training. even when the climax comes it is generic bad guys who he defeats and not anyone connected to him personally. i misses the normal present extra element, but it is still a good book. it doesn't try to take on more and be a great book but not every book can be one of the best by the very definition of the phrase.
Good story but the constant swallowing and lip smacking of the narrator makes me cringe.