This is a good book. The characters are endearing and John Flanagan writes in a way that will keep you interested. The only issue I have is the length of the book. These short stories that are being passed off as novels and still costing a full credit just has to stop. This reflects more on Audible then it does the author. If he wants to write a short story then so be it... Audible needs to stop charging a full credit for them though...
This really felt like a classic fantasy novel. I really enjoyed how the author details and explains everything. He makes sure you understand the important details that the reader might otherwise miss.
When Will and halt are traveling near the flutes across the baron grassy plains. The author described the scene so well. That entire sequence leading up to the events at the ruins was awesome.
I don't want to give anything away, but the final two or three chapters really set the stage for the series.
The book has its low points that I felt drag on and parts that I felt were a bit childish (given its target audience I understand why). That being said I always wanted to see what adventure or challenge was next.
Even though this book is intended for younger readers I found it enjoyable as an older reader. There are parts that it is clear the author is trying to make sure the reader understands life lessons....which I find somewhat annoying, but I understand why he does it. I felt that the authors writing style grew stronger as the book progressed.
I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a classic fantasy novel. I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.
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!
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!
Teacher, reader, listener! I am a southern lady with conservative views.
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.
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.