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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Bellatryx 07-25-14
    Bellatryx 07-25-14
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    "Great "old school" fantasy novel feel"
    What made the experience of listening to The Ruins of Gorlan the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give anything away, but the final two or three chapters really set the stage for the series.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mare 03-07-14
    Mare 03-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Start to a Great Series!"
    What did you love best about The Ruins of Gorlan?

    Flanagan has written a book that makes you care about the characters from the get go.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    Keating is the best at narrating these books. Only buy his versions!


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

    Yes, I almost did!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joscelyn Newton, TX, United States 02-21-14
    Joscelyn Newton, TX, United States 02-21-14
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    "Excellent start to a great series!"
    Would you listen to The Ruins of Gorlan again? Why?

    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.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    I love to listen to his voice! He does a great job on all of the books.


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

    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 :)


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-10-14

    Teacher, reader, listener! I am a southern lady with conservative views.

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    "Grabbed my attention, and didn't let go!"

    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!

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    Dustin Engelskind Los Angeles 01-04-14
    Dustin Engelskind Los Angeles 01-04-14
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    "Great Teen Book"
    Would you try another book from John Flanagan and/or John Keating?

    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!


    Could you see The Ruins of Gorlan being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is far too simple for the adult read in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey 11-26-13
    Jeffrey 11-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm hooked"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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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