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The Burning Bridge: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 2 | [John Flanagan]

The Burning Bridge: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 2

Will, a promising Ranger apprentice, will need every ounce of his courage to thwart the evil lord Morgarath. With the help of his Battleschool friend, Horace, he pursues a desperate plan to save the Kingdom of Araluen.
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Publisher's Summary

Will, a promising Ranger apprentice, will need every ounce of his courage to thwart the evil lord Morgarath. With the help of his Battleschool friend, Horace, he pursues a desperate plan to save the Kingdom of Araluen.

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©2005 John Flanagan; (P)2006 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"More absorbing, straight-arrow adventure set in the medieval, alternate-world kingdom of Araluen." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-29-13
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Sequel even better than the FIrst Installment"
    If you could sum up The Burning Bridge in three words, what would they be?

    Exhilarating. Compelling characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Burning Bridge?

    Horace does something unexpected near the end. Don't want to spoil it!


    What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending. Again, don't want to spoil anything. If you enjoy the relationship between Halt and Will, it is very meaningful.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Robert GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 03-25-13
    Robert GRANTS PASS, OR, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I like this book."
    What did you love best about The Burning Bridge?

    I like the voice of this reader, it seems to fit the story. Now I need the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where Horace kills Morgarath.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is fun reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I want more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Livingston, TX, United States 03-11-13
    Deborah Livingston, TX, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2001
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    "For the boys"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-16-13
    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Implausible plot and characters."
    Would you try another book from John Flanagan and/or John Keating?

    Maybe.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Father and I were Ranchers.


    What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent accent and narrative style that captures the emotions and intensity of the plot.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Burning Bridge?

    Rewrite burning bridge scene and change who is sent to carry the message.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 09-15-12
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2011

    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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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    He read the narrated the story excellently. It was easy to follow the story. He added the tension at the right spots.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not plan on listening at one sitting but....John Keatings voice kept me listening.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven M. Bradley MADERA, CA, United States 08-21-12
    Steven M. Bradley MADERA, CA, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Second chapter to this saga"
    Where does The Burning Bridge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good Story well read .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't chose all four of the main charaters are awsome


    What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    brilliant accents for the charaters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When will is being Drag away and there is nothing his mentor can do about it.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good stroy can't wait to get the next one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    courtney south burlington, VT, United States 05-21-12
    courtney south burlington, VT, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "good but a little boring"

    After listening to Harry Potter, it is hard for anyone to live up to Jim Dale, but this reader does not hold my attention. Aside from that, it is a good family book to listen to together if your kids really like books on tape like mine do.

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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 03-23-12
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 03-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "First book good ... Second book Blah"

    I we extremely disappointed in Burning Bridge. I can set aside disbelief for mythical creatures and strange powers. But it is difficult to remain involved in a story where the characters just behave stupidly. I can't explain without spoilers ... but its really not worth the time to find out what I mean.

    I enjoyed the first book and like the characters. I hope the third book is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Penny VANSANT, VIRGINIA, United States 01-10-12
    Penny VANSANT, VIRGINIA, United States 01-10-12
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    "wonderfullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Burning Bridge to be better than the print version?

    well I have the printed version as well and the audio is true to the print it was vary vary well performed.the performance took a great book and made it better its unbelievable.wonderful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked all the ranger series I started getting the audio books at the library then I found I could not get them all. so I came here for the remainder. I usually read the books then listen but this one I did the opposit. truely enjoyed the audio and reading the books so much so I bought the whole series to send to my father who is avid reader. I am tring to get him listening to the audio books but he set in his ways and wont even try it. I will send him the books but these are books that anyone from the youngest to the oldest can enjoy and I listen to them with my grandson, hes 5 and he was really into them especially the one with the boat ride. I was amazed at how much of the story he was picking up.The performance even captured his attention as well as mine and My husband. Now My father I truly will get him to listen because this performance really adds to the book and makes it better. I believe if I had read it first I would not have enjoyed it quite as much. not to put the book down as it is vary well written.


    Any additional comments?

    all ages enjoyed this performance from ages 5 to 75

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 12-15-08
    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 12-15-08 Member Since 2004
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    "The Burning Question"

    Flanagan does it again in this tidy little continuation to his Ranger's Apprentice sequence, begun in The Ruins of Gorlan. Once again, the need to get information back to the king leaves the young Ranger apprentice Will and his companions Horace, and a lady's maid named Evanlyn alone in their attempts to save the country of Aranluan from the deadly plans of Morgarath.

    The final question, as always in a sequence of this energy and excitement: what will happen to Will next?

    The Ranger's Apprentice sequence is a wonderful example of the best type of Apprentice stories - both grounded in adventure and also the ordinary details of practice and learning necessary to become masterful at a given craft. Readers who enjoy Flanagan may also enjoy the Spook's Apprentice series and the Skullduggery Pleasant books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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