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Publisher's Summary

Will is an orphan and a ward of the castle. He hopes to someday become a great hero. But he is a small boy, and only the biggest and toughest are selected as warriors. He has other talents though, and they catch the attention of the mysterious Ranger Halt. Will soon masters stealth and accuracy with the bow. His life depends on his keen intelligence and quick reflexes, because evil is lurking - the Great Enemy, Morgarath, is plotting her revenge and return to power.
Listen to more in the Ranger's Apprentice series.
©2005 John Flanagan; (P)2006 Recorded Books

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YA?

For those uninformed as I was...YA book, means Young Adult Book. Well Duh! Can you tell I don't text either?
I am not a young adult (55 yrs old), but I really enjoyed this book.
Do you want to be a Ranger or be the over glorified Warrior with the potential of being Knighted? At first look, most boys would choose the Knight.
This book is about each group. How the boys train, mature and learn life's lessons.
In the end we realize how they differ, but are each equally as important and respectable.
Actions speak louder than words (Titles).
No sex, no romance, but kept me interested the through out the whole book. I look forward to listening to the next in the series.

37 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Katja
  • Tampa, FL, United States
  • 10-29-09

I really liked this book!!

I used to work in a bookstore and was in charge of the kid's section, so I've been looking at this one for a while. When the last sale came up, I got it and it was great! The action is good, the characters believable and the villian is really bad, as all villians should be.
While I realize this is a kids' book, I enjoyed it and would recommend to everyone for a fun read.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

Highly recommend this series of books. Great reader. Story really grabs your attention and holds it fast.
Looking forward to the next one.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Terri
  • Peru, IN, United States
  • 04-21-11

Love these books!

I have read and listened to this series many times. I now have others reading them as well. I don't like the reader for the 'Sorcerer of the north', although I do for the rest of them. I really wish 'Erak's Ransom' would become available on Audible.com. I'm 55 and love these. As do, several people in their 30's. While it is written for a much younger age group. Adults will like them as well.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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loved by librarian

I have read all the books in this series available in the US so far. John Keating is by far my favorite narrator for the series. This is a series for young adults, and my boys at school (grades 4-6) love these books too.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • Corvallis, OR, United States
  • 04-13-13

Enjoyed it and didn't even realize it's YA

I purchased and downloaded this so long ago that I didn't remember anything about it, I just hit 'play' and began listening. I was enjoying it, although I thought the plot line and character development were not particularly sophisticated and the echoes of traditional fantasy literature genre were strong. Then my 9yo daughter overheard part of it and insisted on listening to the rest of the story together with me. She loved it, as did the 7yo who joined in as well. It wasn't until after we'd listened to the climactic scene - with me trepidatious lest it be too intense for the girls - that I finally realized that the book was actually written for a youth audience. Then I further discover that it's a large series and has been quite popular for several years. Duh. Anyway, I've already purchased the second and third book in the series and we're off to listen to them now. I would recommend them to any youth 8-78 interested in a lightweight (at least the first book is not too intense, I can't speak for subsequent stories) fantasy/hero/action/touching story. I also liked John Keating as the narrator. I saw that there are editions with a different narrator, and listened to a sample of the other one, but decided to stick with this narrator.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Doesn't quite connect

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting aspect of the story would be non-existent. The world is rather straightforward, the crafts/professions are fairly standard and to tie in with the least interesting aspect is the premise that a small skinny boy who is talented in climbing trees, moving unseen, and general theft and mischief has any belief in being a knight (full plate armor and heavy weaponry) but is forced into being a ranger (who fits his talents quite well).

Any additional comments?

The book never really gave Will any challenge, his training was skimmed through and appeared to be quite easy. The drama and suspense of the fighting never really drew me into it and Will didn't appear to really develop particularly compared to Horace. The characters are stereotypical and bland.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Emily
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 04-29-13

Exciting for both kids and their parents

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

I would strongly recommend this. It was one of our favorite listens as a family.

What other book might you compare The Ruins of Gorlan to and why?

It reminds me of the excitement my son felt about the Percy Jackson series, though of course the setting is quite different. I first bought it because of the medieval setting -- we have been listening to other books set in that period at my 10 year old's request, such as Castle Corona and some books by Avi. It has familiar Hero's Journey elements found in many novels, and the theme of the talent found in the unexpected place (here a boy who is small for his age), such as found in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

The narration was one of the best aspects. He has a pleasing voice and voices the different characters clearly without going over the top. The differences are subtle but we always know who is speaking. The Irish accent for Halt is especially fitting and adds to that character's compelling qualities.

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

Yes if I could have!

Any additional comments?

A great book for tween boys, but this middle-aged mom is liking it as well as her son. I've now got the teenage older brother listening too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • steve
  • Marshall, MI, United States
  • 01-16-12

Excellent Beginning to Series

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

This is an entertaining story that will appeal to all -- not just

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • Surfside Beach, SC 29575
  • 11-08-09

The Ruins of Gorlan

Ecellent book. It was simple but had enough excitment to keep you into the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful