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Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has dreamed of becoming a great knight like the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont's Battleschool. Instead he is apprenticed to Halt, the mysterious Ranger whose uncanny ability to move unseen is thought to be the result of black magic. Reluctantly, Will learns to use a Ranger's secret weapons: a bow and arrow, a mottled cloak and a stubborn little pony. It may not be the sword and battlehorse he longs for, but when Will and Halt set out on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King, Will finds that a Ranger's weapons are not so useless after all....

©2010 John Flanagan (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Sarah
  • Mount Annan, Australia
  • 08-31-14

Most enjoyable

Listened to this book on the way to school every morning with 2 boys aged 7yrs and 12yrs. They were absolutely riveted and QUIET (yay!!). We could not miss a morning without the Ranger's.

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Keith's Review

Enjoyed this story as it unfolded. It painted a clear picture of the characters and how they developed along the way. Left me keen to delve deeper into the series.

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Hoping the rest will be available at Audible

Thoroughly enjoyed what is apparently the first in a series and hoping the rest are available soon.
Instead of the "child without parents" story focusing on parentage, Will has to deal with the day-to-day challenges of being without patronage in a world I would like to know more about.

More, please?

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  • Kiki D
  • 04-08-13

Perfect Motivation for pre-teen readers

I've been trying to get my pre-teen son to read this series having bought it for my now teenage son ... this helped get past the sometimes difficult phase of "Getting into" the story.he listened wrapped to the first 8 chapters and then grabbed the book off the shelf!!! 24 hours later and he's reading the second bookl in the series!!



Joyful news for any parent trying to encourage young boys to give up their games consoles!

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  • Computerfan
  • 05-11-18

Brought it to life

Loved this series for ages, felt like reading it again for the first time hearing it narrated - wonderful job :)

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  • Ms Rosemary Dunstan
  • 04-07-18

A fantastic story for anyone of any age<br />

I discovered John Flanagan's junior books by accident - one of the best accidents I've ever had. I'm spreading the excitement of the Ranger's Apprentice series to anyone who will listen!

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  • J Mac
  • 03-17-18

Great book, great characters.

I loved this book, especially since both my kids loved it to. the characters are great, funny and inspiring for the kids.
Good clean, exciting, fun!

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  • Miss
  • 08-28-16

Best story ever

Great story. Very exciting and a great start to a brilliant series.
Great characters.
Excellent performance, such variance of voices for the different characters.

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  • Zephyr Vega-chistie
  • 06-03-17

Ranger's Apprentice

What did you like most about The Ruins of Gorlan?

No matter how many times I read this it draws me in. The story flows well. The characters are well developed. II's for a young audience but well written enough to grab anyone of any age.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Halt was an interesting character. He has more heart than he shows. Halt doesn't really say much and because of this when he does speack it means a lot. John Flanagan and William Zappa executed the emotions perfectly in my opinion.

What about William Zappa’s performance did you like?

William Zappa's performance was very good, very natural

Any additional comments?

The book starts slow, introducing all the characters, building the plot. You seem to land in the middle before you realise it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-18

My New Favourite Series

At first it's a slow start but as you read on it only gets better. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-18

So Discriptive

This has to be one of the most descriptive book i have ever listened to!! Great story line. Recommend for any teens looking for a good book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-18

awsome

um, like duh! of course its awsome,
jeez,
i meen its JON FLANAGAN were talkin about. not pio polts

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  • Paul
  • 07-17-18

Greatly crafted story

I found this book very well written and it grew more engaging as it continued. It finished well, leaving me very satisfied, as well as quite looking forward to the next book.
I want sure about the narrating as it started, but it turned out to be fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-18

john Keating is a better narrator

John Keating is a better narrator but still a good book. would reconmend it a

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-09-18

A family favourite

loved by 5 of our kids who have heard it, eagerly anticipated by the ones who are still too young. fantastic for a long trip, or a stormy day.

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  • Jesse Rees
  • 03-05-18

Wonderful book

This book has captured my mind, I had first heard it read aloud in a primary school class, however never was able to finish it. I am glad I did as it’s story and narrator seemed to paint the finest picture in my minds eye

The book itself does seem to be targeted towards the age group of myself first hearing it in primary school so I would recommend it to anyone that age... or even above.

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  • Armand Burggraaf
  • 02-28-18

Best book

Love it best book I say I can't wait to hear the other ones

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-17

Great Book

William Zappa provides an excellent performance with a smooth narrating voice and interesting accents for the characters.
The story by John Flanagan is one of my favourites and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in medieval fantasy.
A brilliant audiobook.