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©2005 John Flanagan; (P)2006 Recorded Books
"More absorbing, straight-arrow adventure set in the medieval, alternate-world kingdom of Araluen." (Kirkus Reviews)
Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.
Exhilarating. Compelling characters.
Horace does something unexpected near the end. Don't want to spoil it!
His narration is just amazing. The characters come to life, as well as the humor and poignancy. Halt and Gilan are especially good. I'd never heard this narrator before this series, and now I'm looking for his work.
The ending. Again, don't want to spoil anything. If you enjoy the relationship between Halt and Will, it is very meaningful.
I thought this was even better than the original, and was not a formula sequel at all. The relationships between the characters are so well done in the writing and in the narration, especially Halt, Gilan, Will and Horace, but also Alyss as well.
Book #2 of the series. I loved #1, The Ruins of Gorlan. Took a real interest in the young boys and the "careers" they would follow.
Book #2 has their careers decided and now how they are handling them. Unfortunately, this book is just about a lot of battles. I have no interest in war.
Didn't bother finishing.
Nv Native American, 1 room school house, hi school of 30, Raised 4-2& 2 ala Brady Bnch, lv audio books, home bound widow. M happy. Thnx AB.
There's no whoa to this book! There wasn't one of those myriad little sidebars that most authors create to make the book longer. From the beginning word, the characters, big and small, were moving to the conclusion of the book. The plot surprised, horrified, delighted, and moved me to tears at the books ending. And John Flanagan can add his name to the hero list in this series! He's my hero for creating it! If he has a narrator hero list, he'd better etch John Keating at the top. He certainly has earned it! Take it from a credit hoarder, it's well worth the credit so plunk it down. (But start at the beginning, you won't want to miss anything!)
I like the voice of this reader, it seems to fit the story. Now I need the next book.
The part where Horace kills Morgarath.
It is fun reading.
I want more.
Father and I were Ranchers.
Excellent accent and narrative style that captures the emotions and intensity of the plot.
Rewrite burning bridge scene and change who is sent to carry the message.
Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1, is 5 Stars and compelling even if the ending is a little weak.
Book 2 has implausible character behavior. It's as if Flanagan wanted a boy ranger and princess to be captured but didn't think out the plot sequence especially at the crucial turning points.
A apprentice knight of proven courage fails to take the risk crossing a bridge.. A ranger skilled in wood's lore, tries to relight a fire from scratch rather than just grabbing a burning brand.
The characters behavior is inconsistent with that of book 1.
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!
I recommend this book esp to families with preteens. It shows a young person starting road to development. His hesitation, then decisions are made logically with emotions and doubt coloring decisions.
He read the narrated the story excellently. It was easy to follow the story. He added the tension at the right spots.
I did not plan on listening at one sitting but....John Keatings voice kept me listening.
This is book 2 of series. I got it first then was motivated to get books 1 & 3 which led to me getting entire series.
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