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Publisher's Summary

They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field - especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing.

John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger's Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers and listeners around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill fans of Ranger's Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.

©2011 John Flanagan (P)2011 Penguin

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  • CustomerX
  • NEW IPSWICH, NH, United States
  • 01-20-14

Really Great Book

What made the experience of listening to The Outcasts the most enjoyable?

I really like this book. It is different then a lot of the other "super power" books right now and it was really fun to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the humor in this story and the constant bickering between the twins

Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

Yes and I just sat down to buy some more by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jonathan
  • Hingham, Ma, United States
  • 02-04-12

A great tale

As usual Flanagan has created a story that entertains and teaches at the same time. Bullys who wound through words and deeds, personal and interpersonal challenges (alcoholism, facing disabilities, etc) all addressed through the bonds of friendship and teamwork. Great for kids and something for adults too.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Stacey
  • LEXINGTON, SC, United States
  • 12-20-11

WANT MORE!

Where does The Outcasts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks in the top 3 (For my son, it's #1). I bought this audio book per the wishes of my 11 yr old son...as I was trying to get him to enjoy reading thru audio... (he hates to read).. I thought the audio book was going to be boring... BUT we both ended up LOVING it! Listening to the Narrator, John Keating, is also fun... you end up trying to say the words in the story with his accent....Loved how he said

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outcasts?

The whole book kept you wanting to listen to it every chance you had... Love when the outcasts become winners.... We loved listening to the part where Hal and his

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

When Hal find's out that Thorne wasn't always a drunk and that he was a

Any additional comments?

My son and I can't wait for the next book! We wanted more ...... we checked and it's May of 2012..... uggg...

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  • Karen
  • United States
  • 12-01-11

very well done

I never read the Ranger's Apprentice series, but watched it circulate heavily in my library. I chose to start with Brotherband Chronicles as I was browsing new releases in Audible for my commute (I hook my Kindle up) and decided it was time to see what the craze was about. I have to say the storytelling was great and I look forward to downloading the next one.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Another wonderful John Flanagan series!

John Flanagan is one of a kind! Great series and amazing narrator! They really go so well together!! A must read, just like Rangers Apprentice.

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Read the Book.

I've read the book and loved it. Tho the story is great I am not a fan of this narrator. The voice does not match the gruffness that would come from the area that is described at least to my opinion.

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i think that it would have been cool to have different voices for different characters.

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Expected More. Hope for more.

With the apprentice series, I really liked the author's real life with consequences stories for youths. It was a real world that he painted and I believe he taught great lessons on the way, in an entertaining fashion.

Though I generally thought this series start fun, I felt that his conflicts were contrived and the ending disappointing. The last point was a departure from what I liked about the first series, consequences. I'll give the series one more go.

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surprisingly good for a listen with my teenage son

the story is subtle, dark and twisty enough to satisfy dad. at the same time my 13 year old and my 16 year old got a story written to them. the performance was very good too.

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O the Sea!

Maybe I it's the draw of the open ocean! Though both are different, this series rivals the ranger series... Keating has hit his stride with this series!