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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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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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Fantastic!

Love these books and this performance was well done!! Can't wait to hear the next book!

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spellbinding

The characters are verify and we'll developed. As always John Keating is a wonderful reader, giving each chapter his own voice.

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Great For Young Adventures

This is a great book for everyone who has a sense of adventure. If you like Divergent, or the Hunger Games you’ll like this book series. Great for a starter series for kids getting into bigger books

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Excellent!

John Flanagan is a great author for young adults. I don’t have anything bad to say about this book or about John Keating’s performance. 5 stars all around.

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I’m a fan

This was another great beginning of Mr. Flannigan‘s Wonderful world of youth coming of age. I love his attention to detail both of Tasks and characters. This is a perfect divergence from the excellent Rangers Apprentice.

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Great!

Rangers Apprentice fans will love this 1st book. looking forward to the rest of the series :)