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.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
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.
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
I would strongly recommend this. It was one of our favorite listens as a family.
It reminds me of the excitement my son felt about the Percy Jackson series, though of course the setting is quite different. I first bought it because of the medieval setting -- we have been listening to other books set in that period at my 10 year old's request, such as Castle Corona and some books by Avi. It has familiar Hero's Journey elements found in many novels, and the theme of the talent found in the unexpected place (here a boy who is small for his age), such as found in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
The narration was one of the best aspects. He has a pleasing voice and voices the different characters clearly without going over the top. The differences are subtle but we always know who is speaking. The Irish accent for Halt is especially fitting and adds to that character's compelling qualities.
Yes if I could have!
A great book for tween boys, but this middle-aged mom is liking it as well as her son. I've now got the teenage older brother listening too.
I bought this to read for long road trips and was not disappointed. The characters are developed well enough to lure you into the story, and entice you to buy more. I began the book in mid-January, and one month later, I am on book 7. I have to agree with others who have reviewed the narration; the narrator is particularly good when he narratates the story line and is not trying to read as a character; but his narrations as characters are simply appalling. Sometimes you will hear what purports to be an Irish accent, or a Scandinavian or German accent, occasionally even a Southern accent; but the characters are not from particular countries, so their use is unnecessary. Yes, you could assume that the Skandians (I don't know if the the spelling is correct because I have only listened) could be Scandinavian, but don't assume and try to place them into real countries; it only makes the characters less real. The Southern accent is particularly horrendous, I believe he uses that for Halt. If you can get past this, the books are delightful.
Yes, excellent story line and characters. Really captures the interaction of a boy and his mentor.
When Horace rouses himself after a severe beating to protect his friend.
John Keating makes the story come alive.
Yes, I read the book the first time and listened to it the second time. I really enjoyed the reader and I particularly like how he knows how to pronounce all the words!!!
The story line is wonderful. I like the adventure and suspense mixed with the historical old world feel of kings and knights.
I like when Will realized that he doesn't want to be a knight.
No, it is much too long for that.
This is an awesome read for teen and pre-teen boys. I'm a teacher who is always looking for books to interest my boys!
Rescue of Will and Horace from the bullies
There isn't enough voice variation. It takes on a one note quality.