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First Test Audiobook

First Test: Book 1 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

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Publisher's Summary

In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan (known as Kel) is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood. Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock: Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He is absolutely against girls becoming knights. So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has ever had to endure and one that separates the good-natured Kel even more from her fellow trainees during the tough first year. But Kel is not a girl to underestimate, as everyone is about to find out.

©1999 Tamora Pierce; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"A splendidly rousing feast." (Booklist)
"This is smooth storytelling and a satisfying read." (School Library Journal)

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    Karen 07-23-12
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    "Loved it"

    I loved all the charactors in the book. Found myself listening to it twice because I tend to miss areas while working. I purchased the second in the series as soon as I was done, and I'm now on the forth in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration does not fit the story"

    If you've never read the books, the narration might not be too bad. If you have read the books, her depiction of Kel is jarring. She almost makes Kel sound whiny, which is far from how Tamora Pierce portrays the character. I love this story, hate the narration.

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    Benjamin 04-10-16
    Benjamin 04-10-16
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    "must read for all youthf"

    This is a wonderful take of a smart, strong. wonderful young girl who doesn't give up and is rewarded for her stick-to-it-ness. great example for both girls and boys! My boys, 8,10,14 loved it!

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    Katelyn Ward 03-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "First Test"

    I usually hate these kinds of stories, but this one is really fantastic. It mixes in realism and fantasy perfectly. The performance was great and I can't wait to start on the next one in the series.

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    "Wonderful"

    I listened to this (having already read it years ago) after hearing about the two women who graduated from Ranger school, and that the Seals had opened the doors long, long after G.I. Jane was made. Keel is a role model that any woman soldier can be proud to follow.

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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 07-03-15
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 07-03-15 Member Since 2016

    I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

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    "Not bad"

    I enjoyed the book. A female is trying to fit into what is considered a male setting. This goes on today. The hazing as described is all to real in real life. This adds a realistic feel to the book despite its fantasy setting. My biggest complaint is the reader's voice is a little to old for the characters involved. It detracts little from the story but takes a little getting used too.

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    William beaverton, OR, United States 06-15-15
    William beaverton, OR, United States 06-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    Loved this book since I was in grade school and the performance from the reader was well done

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    Antigone Arizona 05-06-15
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    "Amazing Book!"

    A lovable yet strong protagonist, a serious plot dealing with modern day sexism, and a more-than-decent narrator. What more could you want?

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    Beth 01-26-15
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    "Solid Entry in Another Series"

    This book is another great entry in the Tortall Universe. The story is a great intro, but not the best. It does an awesome job of establishing and developing new characters who grow with the story. If you like any of Tamora Pierce's other books then you will love this one!

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    Danyelle 01-07-15
    Danyelle 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "this book got me hooked on reading!"

    Growing up I was more into outside games so when we moved to Montana where it was freezing cold I found myself inside with nothing to do. A friend gave me this book and I have loved it ever since.

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  • Fiona
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    11/5/09
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    "Great book"

    Tamora Pierce continues to be fantastic reading for pre-teen and teen girls everywhere. Bernadette Dunn has an American accent but is clear to listen to. Can we have more of the back catalogue of Pierce's books soon, please?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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