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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.

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©2005 John Flanagan; (P)2006 Recorded Books

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    Karen saluda, SC, United States 09-05-11
    Karen saluda, SC, United States 09-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good read!"

    great book excited to read the others now.Love the relationship between Halt and Will. This book takes you to another place and time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Brandon, MS, United States 08-14-11
    Joan Brandon, MS, United States 08-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan"

    This is a very good book both in print and on discs. Morality and goal-setting are expressed as highly important even in the face of danger. The young hero has all the excellent qualities that we would like to see in all our children. My grandsons (9 & 11) eagerly listened to this and book 2 in the series. Good stories for any age!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie North Little Rock, AR, United States 08-06-11
    Leslie North Little Rock, AR, United States 08-06-11
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    "Pretty good book"

    This book is pretty good, it does have only one problem. It is written more in a screenplay format or at least that is what I gather from the audible books, which makes it a little hard to follow at times. I do recommend this series for a great story line, a very strong plot, strong Characters, and a strong world. I have read 1 and 8, and have heard the audio books of 1 and 8, fixing to hear book 2 today.

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    Shane Smiths Falls, ON, Canada 06-09-11
    Shane Smiths Falls, ON, Canada 06-09-11
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    "Engaging storytelling"

    Perfect for a dad and two boys, ages 9 and 11, on our driving trips. Kept all three of us interested and engaged. We are looking forward to the next book in the series!

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    daniel orzechowski 11-20-10
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    "a good filler book"

    This is a good book. it has an interesting cast and dose a good job of showing the different styles of fighting, making them believable and interesting. it even does a good job with his life training playing with tension as much as can be done with ranger school. the only real problem is it doesn't try to do any more. will has very little personal drama to deal with other then his training. even when the climax comes it is generic bad guys who he defeats and not anyone connected to him personally. i misses the normal present extra element, but it is still a good book. it doesn't try to take on more and be a great book but not every book can be one of the best by the very definition of the phrase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 05-29-10
    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 05-29-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Good Story...Bad Narration"

    Good story but the constant swallowing and lip smacking of the narrator makes me cringe.

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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 07-31-09
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 07-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A short novel for adolescents"

    As a short novel for adolescents, the book is pretty good. If that is what it is intended for then I should have given it a higher score. But for an adult book it was pretty predictable. I enjoyed listening to it mostly, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again.

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    Gina The Woodlands, TX, United States 07-12-13
    Gina The Woodlands, TX, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Overwhelmingly British"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    British accent coupled with British terms (privy, sullies, fitter, kit, etc.) made the listening experience too unnatural to mentally immerse myself in the story. An undesirable amount of background and monarchal history only added to the British flair of the entire experience. It would have been 4-5 stars if (a) I was British or (b) the book wasn't. Yes, I looked it up & now know that the author is Australian.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unknown yet.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Keating’s performances?

    Not likely.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in my own ability to enjoy anything British (including their attempts at humor). Time for a spot of coffee...


    Any additional comments?

    Not at this time. Thank you.

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    Tasha Gilbert, AZ, United States 02-15-12
    Tasha Gilbert, AZ, United States 02-15-12
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    "Great story. Not a great reader"

    I love these books. My kids and I have read All of them, so I thought we could share them on Audible, but we cannot. The reader breathing into the microphone was so bad that I had to listen in small chunks to get through the story. And my son deciced it just was not worth it. He is not the worst reader I have encountered here, but I will definitely NOT download anything else he reads. I sincerely hope that the Brotherband series are read by someone else.

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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 02-12-09
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 02-12-09 Member Since 2008

    Listen to books....much easier on the eyes!

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    "Not bad"

    Not a bad start for a series. I hope that it does pick up a bit though. Good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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