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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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    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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    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 05-22-12
    Annemichelle Grants Pass, OR, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT!"

    Listened to this book because my granddaughter (13 yrs.) told me how much she was enjoying reading it. Got me HOOKED on the series and am really BUMMED THAT AUDIBLE DOESN'T HAVE BOOKS 6 & 7 AVAILABLE! What's that about?? Anyway, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre.

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    Angela Woodland Park, CO, United States 05-19-12
    Angela Woodland Park, CO, United States 05-19-12
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    "Listen to this series, you won't be disappointed."
    Would you listen to The Ruins of Gorlan again? Why?

    It is just, awesome!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    He made the book come alive.


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

    This blows away the hunger games.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessamyn 04-27-12
    Jessamyn 04-27-12
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    "horrible narration"
    What didn’t you like about John Keating’s performance?

    Not a great range of voices, poor rhythm, missed the mark on timing way too often, and I kept hearing this strange muffled clicking, which I finally realized was John Keating swallowing between lines. Really poorly done production!


    Any additional comments?

    Luckily, the story kept me interested, despite John Keating's performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Anaheim Hills, CA, United States 03-19-12
    Christina Anaheim Hills, CA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "My son actually listened to it"
    Any additional comments?

    My 9 year old son had the book, but hadn't read it yet. I got the audio for him and he followed along. He read the entire book in about a week and was able to take and pass the quiz for the book. He's now on book 2 in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Saline, MI, United States 03-12-12
    Heather Saline, MI, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ranger's Apprentice is Amazing!"

    Wonderful story that pulls you and and you don't want to stop listening! John Flanagan is a genius!

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    Joshua United States 02-19-12
    Joshua United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Good, Unpretentious Story"

    The first of the Ranger's Apprentice series is exactly what the first book in a YA fantasy series should be: It introduces characters the reader can actually care about, and doesn't take too long to explain the world in which the action takes place. The story is engaging, although there are a couple of events (particularly the fighting sequences) that may strain the credulity of more mature readers. At 7 hours, it is a good listen for a weekend of chores.

    One of the most enjoyable aspects of this audiobook is the performance delivered by John Keating. His tone and delivery are just right for the action taking place. Above all he has a voice that could make a recitation of the yellow pages captivating.

    I'm looking forward to the remainder of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 12-12-11
    Joe 12-12-11
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    "Was a great pick for our road trip!"

    This was a great book for our road trip with two children 10 and 11. The adults liked it as well and we immediately chose the next book in the series for the trip home!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 12-11-11
    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 12-11-11

    Jeff Coyne

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    "Slow even for a children's book"

    Nothing in the Audible description suggests this series is written for the ten and under crowd. Yet, the style, pace and content of the book are clearly pointed to a very young audience. Significant portions of this work were devoted to how special it is to have a pony. Portions of the book were dedicated to dealing with bullies. Sadly, the conclusion on bullies is that you beat them bloody and take away their profession. The plot is slow and simplistic. The characters are shallow and predictable. The alternate, pre-technology universe is like every other such fantasy writer's universe only more boring. There is nothing here to recommend that any reader of any age spend their time or money on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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