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The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 | [John Flanagan]

The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1

They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field - especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing.
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Publisher's Summary

They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field - especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing.

John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers and listeners around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill fans of Ranger's Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.

©2011 John Flanagan (P)2011 Penguin

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    Clem Morton Chetwynd, Candada 06-06-14
    Clem Morton Chetwynd, Candada 06-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Student at Canadian University College

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    "Quite an enjoying listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. Enjoying listen. Quite a rich world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it ties up some nice bits of the story of the other series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene that is funny.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Join the adventure as a young boy learn what it takes to be a man.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, it is written for a younger audience. It's violent but not so badly that I would not let kids listen to it. It has lots of lessons in it about what it takes to be a good person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Hingham, Ma, United States 02-04-12
    Jonathan Hingham, Ma, United States 02-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great tale"

    As usual Flanagan has created a story that entertains and teaches at the same time. Bullys who wound through words and deeds, personal and interpersonal challenges (alcoholism, facing disabilities, etc) all addressed through the bonds of friendship and teamwork. Great for kids and something for adults too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kaisa NEW IPSWICH, NH, United States 01-20-14
    Kaisa NEW IPSWICH, NH, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Really Great Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Outcasts the most enjoyable?

    I really like this book. It is different then a lot of the other "super power" books right now and it was really fun to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the humor in this story and the constant bickering between the twins


    Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I just sat down to buy some more by this author.


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    Kenya 05-21-13
    Kenya 05-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful listen"

    For a kids book I greatly enjoyed the book and the reader. The since of pride and joy the boys go though in the book has you going "YEAH, you tell'um!" Even while you do the dishes. I can't even say that I have anything bad to say about it. This book was a great joy and even though nothing truly ever bad happens (no true drama like someone dyeing in battle) you don't have to worry about falling in love with a character only to have them die.

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    Ken Leaf River, IL, United States 12-21-12
    Ken Leaf River, IL, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Quality Entertainment for all ages."

    This series was very enjoyable. The narrator was exceptionally consistent in voice for the various characters, making the book come to life. I had purchased this for my boys (ages 10 - 22) to listen to on long trips. As they would play over the car stereo, I got interested and even my wife has been excited to share this adventure with our boys. Another success for John Flanagan.

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    Trevor fort worth, TX, United States 07-29-12
    Trevor fort worth, TX, United States 07-29-12
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    "BEST SERIES EVER!!!"
    What did you love best about The Outcasts?

    How its written it is such a masterpiece,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    stig or thorn. i love the way they are and what they do!!


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    he did a masterful job at reading this book. thank you.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    it was so inspiring and so wonderful!


    Any additional comments?

    i cant wait for the next book to come out oct 30th!!! please audible come out with it then!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey LEXINGTON, SC, United States 12-20-11
    Stacey LEXINGTON, SC, United States 12-20-11

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    Where does The Outcasts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 3 (For my son, it's #1). I bought this audio book per the wishes of my 11 yr old son...as I was trying to get him to enjoy reading thru audio... (he hates to read).. I thought the audio book was going to be boring... BUT we both ended up LOVING it! Listening to the Narrator, John Keating, is also fun... you end up trying to say the words in the story with his accent....Loved how he said


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outcasts?

    The whole book kept you wanting to listen to it every chance you had... Love when the outcasts become winners.... We loved listening to the part where Hal and his


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Hal find's out that Thorne wasn't always a drunk and that he was a


    Any additional comments?

    My son and I can't wait for the next book! We wanted more ...... we checked and it's May of 2012..... uggg...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 12-01-11
    Karen United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "very well done"

    I never read the Ranger's Apprentice series, but watched it circulate heavily in my library. I chose to start with Brotherband Chronicles as I was browsing new releases in Audible for my commute (I hook my Kindle up) and decided it was time to see what the craze was about. I have to say the storytelling was great and I look forward to downloading the next one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kevin zion, IL, United States 11-11-11
    kevin zion, IL, United States 11-11-11
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    "disapointing"

    i was disapointed i read online that it was about 2 brothers that were half araluen and half skandian running away on some quest not some kids that stand out going to some kind of contest sailing ships for there lives this was just disapointing i suggest if you like rangers apprentice dont get this book.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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