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John Flanagan makes a spectacular return to the world of Ranger’s Apprentice with the revelation of a conspiracy that could end the Kingdom! 

John Flanagan returns to the world of Ranger’s Apprentice to find out what happens when Will’s apprentice, Maddie - the Royal Ranger - returns home to Castle Araluen. The Kingdom may have been at peace for a number of years, but there are always those who would commit treason to take power for themselves. When Maddie learns of a plot against the crown, she must go undercover to find out more - and hopefully stop it. But going undercover isn’t easy when you’re the princess - even if you’re trained as a Ranger.

Following on from Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger is a second book of Maddie's adventures. Princess by day, Ranger's apprentice by night, Maddie must keep her identity secret at all costs, for the sake of the Kingdom.

©2018 John Flanagan (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Not a great narrator

The story is great but unfortunately I found it very difficult to get into because of the narrator. I wish they had continued on with William Zapper as he was excellent!

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Bring back William Zappa

Where is William Zappa?! I love the story, I love John Flanagan's books and story telling, but the whole story is brought down by the narrator. Why does Gillian suddenly have a Scottish/Irish accent? He pronounces Alyss and Evelyn wrong and almost always sounds excited, their is no variation. John Keating does a great job at the Brotherband series but he just isn't right to the Rangers Apprentice series.

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Changing the narrator really threw me off the story and made it hard to be engaged by it

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Good book, shame about the narrator.

We've listened to all 13 Rangers Apprentice books over the years and my children, both the boys and the girls, have loved them. Unfortunately the narrator has changed for this book (to John Keating) and is simply not as engaging. He reads the book as though it's a set of lecture notes with dramatic pauses in odd places and an inability to build suspense in his story telling. Such a shame as the story is as good as the others.

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John Keating is great but totally wrong for this

If you have never listened to a John Flanagan audiobook, this recording work for you, if you are already a fan, it is just a bad fit

John Keating brought the brotherband world to life in our minds. When I listen to this book I feel like I am listening to the characters of the Brotherband. It gets confusing and it just does not work. If another recording is made with William Zappa , I would gladly pay for it again. The story is great so far, I am about 1 hr in, but cannot listen anymore. I am going to read it in text.

No offence to John Keating , his other work is great, but this casting is a failure

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Great story, terrible narration

Great story but the narration was terrible..Please bring back William zappa.. it was disjointed with a terrible range of accents..he made Halt sound like a garden gnome & Gillan is NOT SCOTTISH.....

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The Wrong Reader

Now don't get me wrong, I love listening to these books but I don't like having John Keating read them. Still in my mind it is William Zappa is who does the best version of Rangers Apprentice. John Keating is good at the Brother band books but no so much the Ranger ones.

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Narrator ruined the story...

The narrator was very hard to listen to. Couldn't finish this book, I don't recommend,

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William Zapper where are yooooou???

Terrific story, but despite the reader’s obvious energy and enthusiasm he is slave to a reading habit he seems to have developed that is tied to his own rhythm and actually ignores grammatical sense of the narrative and often lands on the completely wrong emphasis or pauses illogically. His choice of accents is at odds with the story also. Guillam is from noble stock and in Zapper’s interpretation sounded well spoken and neutral. The John Lennon sound alike chosen by Keating is not successful and grates.

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The narrator’s style does not suit these books

The narrator is terrible. His voices are not the characters. Please can you go back to the old narrator? Gillan particularly sounds like a simpleton. Can’t stand it.
The story is awesome. The audiobook is ruined by poor narration.

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  • John c
  • 30-10-2018

Disappointed

Sorry mr Flanagan, not your best work, narration performance leaves a lot to be desired, mr keating needs to take some lessons from mr zapppa,

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  • Martin izatt
  • 30-05-2019

So disappointed

Listened to the entire series and loved the charters and changing story lines, Zappa has brought them all to live then I’ve endured listening to keating systematically destroy each character with his terrible accents and complete inability to read properly. I’m begging you, change narrator, Keating couldn’t read a menu!!

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  • rhys banner
  • 14-09-2018

changed the voice actor

i dont understand why they would change from a perfectly good voice actor to a new one that cant do voices and just doesnt fit the story, he doesnt know how they sounds so he just does the same voice for all of them

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  • Peter Neill
  • 18-12-2018

What has happened to Halt

Somehow the stoic, calm and slow spoken Halt has started to speak like a cross between a dim Dubliner and a prepubescent Leprechaun. Otherwise the voicing is fine but the voice actor is letting himself and an excellent story down.

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  • Bill
  • 03-09-2019

Very poor narration

Story is good but the narrator is poor and spoils the story.
The previous narrator was good

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  • Bugeag Sebastian
  • 04-06-2019

only half a book , what the heck

I bought all of John Flanagan s books religiously because he's a good writer but now I see he is only after my money, I listened with pleasure the book and got very angry when the action started and the audiobooks ended. cheap trick for shame.

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  • CEH
  • 29-01-2019

Dreadful new narrator

Why change from an excellent narrator to one who can't do voices? It's an audiobook, the narrator is key!

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  • anderw deacon
  • 24-11-2020

not as good as the ones before this one

the change in readers wasn't the best choice and felt like the story was dragged out to make two book out of it explanations that where 10 to 20 mins long happened a couple of times and no second part book 3 is missing

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  • Lorraine Burrows
  • 21-03-2020

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Bring back William Zappa. This story was spoilt by the narrator.
Impersonating Jasper Carrot. Awful

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  • jason
  • 14-02-2020

Shame! I have upto now really enjoyed this series

I'm sure that this narrator would be great on other stories, but when you really enjoy a character, that's well established giving him a stupid accent and reading much faster than the original spoils it. So just lost a fan!! and future purchases.

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