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The Sorcerer of the North: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 5 | [John Flanagan]

The Sorcerer of the North: Ranger's Apprentice, Book 5

Time has passed since the apprentice and his master, Will and Halt, led the Araluens to victory against invaders, and Will is now a full-fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after. The fief seems sleepy - boring, even - until the king is poisoned. Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is thrown headfirst into an extraordinary adventure propelled by fears of sorcery, and must determine who is trustworthy to the king and who is trying to take his throne.
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Publisher's Summary

Time has passed since the apprentice and his master, Will and Halt, led the Araluens to victory against invaders, and Will is now a full-fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after. The fief seems sleepy - boring, even - until the king is poisoned. Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is thrown headfirst into an extraordinary adventure propelled by fears of sorcery, and must determine who is trustworthy to the king and who is trying to take his throne.

Will and Alyss must battle growing hysteria, traitors, and most of all, time. The king is fading, but when Alyss is taken hostage, Will is forced to make a desperate choice between loyalty to his mission and loyalty to his friend.

Adventure abounds in this absorbing installment of the New York Times best-selling series.

Listen to more in the Ranger's Apprentice series.

©2008 John Flanagan; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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    Wayne pensacola, FL, United States 07-04-09
    Wayne pensacola, FL, United States 07-04-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Buy the other book"

    This is a great book ruined by bad reading. I am sure he is good at other books but he just is not as good as John Keating. Buy the Other one; you will not regret it and you will not have to spend money twice on the same book. I gave this 3 stars for the book only.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    05-27-10
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    "Go with John Keating!"

    Books are excellent - story is really good - narrator BAD. Sounds like he's trying to make Will into a guy from England with a messed up John Wayne accent. What a joke. Get the one with Keating - don't bother with this one...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    tyler knoxville, TN, United States 10-27-10
    tyler knoxville, TN, United States 10-27-10
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    "Why are books 6 & 7 missing in audible?"

    I love these books and am very displeased that two seem to be missing. I will buy the book ofcourse. I just wondered why this is?

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Myra Crystal Springs, FL, United States 08-24-10
    Myra Crystal Springs, FL, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Just not the same"

    The storyline was quite good. John Flanagan is still quite on his game. The characters develop more throughout each book. Will is really coming into his own, and it is interesting watching him develop throughout the series. However, as others have stated, the narrator just did not work for this story. Maybe it is because I am so used to hearing John Keating read the story. Stuart Blinder may have work quite well for other stories. He has a voice more for classical or romances. His voice was just too mellow and sleepy to narrate an adventure. I had a hard time making it through this reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brigid Illinois, USA 04-21-12
    Brigid Illinois, USA 04-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "bad choice of narrator for this piece"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Great story wrong narrator in Stuart. The story is good however it leaves so many years blank. Lost opportunities of showing us all the unique skills Will would have learned and the ever growing relationship with Halt.Other than that it is another great and interesting story. You will learn more of Will and his friends. Previous characters are developed more in this bookThe narrator, though good was totally the wrong accent for this story and especially following John Keating. I had to rebuy this book with the original narrator. You don't think it would matter, but it does.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sorcerer of the North?

    So many, I was drawn in with the discovery of the dog. I laughed at the reaction Will had to the pretty girl in the Inn. I loved how Will decided to deal with the Skandians, so creative. I enjoyed his meeting with Alice and his resourcefulness with the thug. I enjoyed when Will and Halt were reunited in order to get his assignment. I enjoyed the description of Will's performance in the last Inn with his dog. I was on the edge of my seat while Will entered and proceeded into the woods with all the fog and menacing voices and lights. The meeting with the Sorcerer was titillating. Great story because these and more events are sprinkled through the whole story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stuart Blinder???s performances?

    Maybe, it depends on the book. He was good just not right for this book and not after listening and getting use to the voices of the original. I hate when you don't stick with the same narrator all the way through. Just like another of your series where the second narrator said the names differently, aggghhh I hate that.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes!!!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun1475 06-28-11
    Shaun1475 06-28-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the same...."

    The change in narrator totally threw me off. I could not get into the story. Had to force myself to listen to the entire book so that I could move on to the next one, just to find out that Audible doesn't even have books 6 or 7.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Clinton, IL, United States 01-01-11
    James Clinton, IL, United States 01-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "They need to redo the book"

    The series continues with another great book. Unfortunately they substituted it with a sub standard narrator. Everytime it seems that when they switch the voice of the book it gets screwed up. They need to redo this book with John Keating as narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    hillthoir 03-03-15
    hillthoir 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great book...not so great narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sorcerer of the North the most enjoyable?

    The story was great. We love the characters and their adventures.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The guy they have narrating this book make all the women characters sound the same like old, stuck up, nasty people. I understand that the role Alice is playing is that way but she sounded that way even when she was herself. So glad this is the only one I have with this guy narrating. I don't think I could do any more.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be redone by the John Keating.

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    Amazon Customer 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    Really great book just not my favorite with the others I would recommend to anyone looking for a good book.

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    Joel Langenfeld 01-13-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Sold into slavery?!"

    My family has generally enjoyed the listening to this series on car trips, etc. The dialogue can be shaky and the plot often has some glaring holes, but the story and characters are usually more than enough to compensate.

    However, I was shocked when Will casually sold an inconvenient adversary into slavery. This is something a hero does not do. I haven't finished the book yet, so I do not know there will be significant consequences. I can only hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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