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The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1 | [John Flanagan]

The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1

Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow.
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Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow. His life depends on his keen intelligence and quick reflexes, because evil is lurking - the Great Enemy, Morgarath, is plotting her revenge and return to power.

Listen to more in the Ranger's Apprentice series.

©2005 John Flanagan; (P)2006 Recorded Books

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    Gina Lincoln Nebraska United States 10-24-13
    Gina Lincoln Nebraska United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013

    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

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    "seventh son of seven"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ruins of Gorlan the most enjoyable?

    The story line was kept me interested. I think it was worth the listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Will and Halt.


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

    This was one of those stories where you love it when the cranky old teacher shows his pupil a glimpse of who he is


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 08-25-13
    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2010

    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!

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    "A really excellent 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary West Allis, WI, United States 07-10-13
    Mary West Allis, WI, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story. could leave out curse words."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Boston 06-26-13
    Anne Boston 06-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A tedious read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Naperville, IL, United States 06-25-13
    Jennifer Naperville, IL, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story! My Teenager & my 8 year old love it!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 06-12-13
    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "A YA thats worth it."
    If you could sum up The Ruins of Gorlan in three words, what would they be?

    Grown UP YA.


    What other book might you compare The Ruins of Gorlan to and why?

    Dammit .... circle of time. Robert Jorden. Its a good start.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    no complaints here.


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

    not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good basic story with lots of potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Goldsboro, NC, United States 02-19-13
    Kathy Goldsboro, NC, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

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    "great story,will compel you to read more"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-16-13
    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great character development and plot. Weak climax."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, excellent story line and characters. Really captures the interaction of a boy and his mentor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ruins of Gorlan?

    When Horace rouses himself after a severe beating to protect his friend.


    What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John Keating makes the story come alive.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent Read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Brown 06-12-12
    Stacy Brown 06-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Ranger's Apprentice is AWESOME!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ruins of Gorlan to be better than the print version?

    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!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is wonderful. I like the adventure and suspense mixed with the historical old world feel of kings and knights.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like when Will realized that he doesn't want to be a knight.


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

    No, it is much too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra SOUTH JORDAN, UTAH, United States 06-06-12
    Debra SOUTH JORDAN, UTAH, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Need reader improvement"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ruins of Gorlan to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ruins of Gorlan?

    Rescue of Will and Horace from the bullies


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There isn't enough voice variation. It takes on a one note quality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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