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©2005 John Flanagan; (P)2006 Recorded Books
For those uninformed as I was...YA book, means Young Adult Book. Well Duh! Can you tell I don't text either?
I am not a young adult (55 yrs old), but I really enjoyed this book.
Do you want to be a Ranger or be the over glorified Warrior with the potential of being Knighted? At first look, most boys would choose the Knight.
This book is about each group. How the boys train, mature and learn life's lessons.
In the end we realize how they differ, but are each equally as important and respectable.
Actions speak louder than words (Titles).
No sex, no romance, but kept me interested the through out the whole book. I look forward to listening to the next in the series.
Highly recommend this series of books. Great reader. Story really grabs your attention and holds it fast.
Looking forward to the next one.
I used to work in a bookstore and was in charge of the kid's section, so I've been looking at this one for a while. When the last sale came up, I got it and it was great! The action is good, the characters believable and the villian is really bad, as all villians should be.
While I realize this is a kids' book, I enjoyed it and would recommend to everyone for a fun read.
I purchased and downloaded this so long ago that I didn't remember anything about it, I just hit 'play' and began listening. I was enjoying it, although I thought the plot line and character development were not particularly sophisticated and the echoes of traditional fantasy literature genre were strong. Then my 9yo daughter overheard part of it and insisted on listening to the rest of the story together with me. She loved it, as did the 7yo who joined in as well. It wasn't until after we'd listened to the climactic scene - with me trepidatious lest it be too intense for the girls - that I finally realized that the book was actually written for a youth audience. Then I further discover that it's a large series and has been quite popular for several years. Duh. Anyway, I've already purchased the second and third book in the series and we're off to listen to them now. I would recommend them to any youth 8-78 interested in a lightweight (at least the first book is not too intense, I can't speak for subsequent stories) fantasy/hero/action/touching story. I also liked John Keating as the narrator. I saw that there are editions with a different narrator, and listened to a sample of the other one, but decided to stick with this narrator.
I have read and listened to this series many times. I now have others reading them as well. I don't like the reader for the 'Sorcerer of the north', although I do for the rest of them. I really wish 'Erak's Ransom' would become available on Audible.com. I'm 55 and love these. As do, several people in their 30's. While it is written for a much younger age group. Adults will like them as well.
I have read all the books in this series available in the US so far. John Keating is by far my favorite narrator for the series. This is a series for young adults, and my boys at school (grades 4-6) love these books too.
Yes! The narrator is amazing and the storyline is a favorite. Wonderfully written!
When Horace and Wil become friends.
No, I'm kind of new to Audible.
If your sensitive to swearing, this book has a little bit.
This is an entertaining story that will appeal to all -- not just
in "On Writing," Stephen King describes adverbs as "dandelions" in the lawn of your writing, where one or two is pretty but too many turns your yard into a tangle of weeds.
In "Ruins of Gorlan," Flanagan uses adverbs in almost every dialogue attribution. Awkward ones, too. "She smiled brilliantly," "he said encouragingly," "he said cryptically," and my favorite, "he sighed resignedly."
If you don't mind that every earnest statement is said "earnestly" and every smile is done "winningly" or "prettily," you'll be okay.
We meet our hero Will on the day before his choosing day. Just like a hundred other YA books. All of his friends have painfully obvious vocations, all of their stereotyped talents aligned neatly in a row so that Will is the only character with teenage angst and confusion about his future.
Cooks are fat, warriors are strong, scribes are skinny and mouselike. Rangers are dark and mysterious. They enter the room "mysteriously."
This is that fantasy manuscript you tried to write when you were a sophomore in high school, where you gave up after you realized in chapter 4 that everything was a cliche and your writing was not refined enough yet.
In the choosing ceremony at the beginning, each craft master looks at a child "thoughtfully" and then accepts each child stereotyped to match their craft. The kids don't need to prove they have any particular type of skill, they're just picked, in grand regal ceremony, at a glance. Except for Will, because he's too small, and because he's the main character.
That's how far I made it: one hour. The story is probably charming and the characters might be likable, but I have to shrug my shoulders "resignedly," and shake my head "contemptuously," because the writing just isn't strong. It reads like a first draft.
In other news, Keating narrates this very "charmingly," and if you're looking for a stereotypical fantasy romp, this might be it.
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