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The Ruins of Gorlan

Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1
Narrated by: William Zappa
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
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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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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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Great series, annoying music

Awesome series but the music in between chapters is not necessary and really annoying especially when listening to the book in a meditative state

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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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Great I love it!

No spoilers but it was amazing! Short and sweet or should i say SHARP. William Zappa does a great job of voicing everyone. First book in a great series!

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Family road trip book

Really enjoyed by all, suitable for 9 - 10yr olds, Great family road trip book series. Really good audio quality and voices. My son has now taken up archery lessons.

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slow but worthwhile

It was slow to begin with- as a book that had been recommended to me, I expected it to have a faster pace. Lots of character development. But very worth it by the end. Loved this book, will continue throughout the series.

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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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Awsome, as always

i jave already tated this but anyway. best series awsome love it worth the price. i would even pay more, so amazimg great charictures and storyline love the ideas amd ingenuity in this beutifuly created story, an amzing read or listen . great for any time your in the car, or any time your anywhere, if you love harry potter this is also a great book for you, its beutifuly wrighten, but its got charictures you feel you could actually meet and befriend, with faults and skills like the rest of us, i just wish i could join the ranger core and become an apprentice. i have read/listened to the whole series and the characters are real to me, i can always rely on there judgement and they have become my friends in away. its an amazing series and if you dont like it, your mad, as its expertly crafted and is extremely enjoyable.

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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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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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  • 17-05-2020

Brilliant Story

I am 10. When you get rid of the bullies things get better. I like the way Horace and Will became friends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-2019

really good

I normally hate books but this is great definitely a good buy. love this book

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  • Sarah
  • 31-08-2014

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
  • 29-04-2012

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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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  • Helen
  • 05-02-2011

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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  • Laura
  • 04-01-2019

So gave it ago and then ended up buying the second

I had been seeing this book a few times while out and about in charity shops. So when it came on sale on Audible, I thought why not? So gave it ago and then ended up buying the second book and the third book… So yeah.

You see them grow as people as well as skilled traders. Whether it be a cook to a knight in training. You see a range of different trades. It was great to see the message that you don’t have to be a knight to be a warrior. Warriors come in all different sizes and shapes. It’s what’s in the inside that matters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-2018

Good book

loved it read the paperback version before and I enjoyed it again. please support John Flanagan so he may bring more enjoyable books in the future.

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  • cookybuoy
  • 07-03-2019

Great introduction

Whilst this is a young adult book with a few clear messages on team building, bullying etc it is a very good book with some clever parts to it.

I look forward to the next in the series

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  • charlie
  • 23-10-2018

Brilliant.

Great story, terrifically read. Diving straight into the next one and I urge you to as well.

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  • Computerfan
  • 11-05-2018

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
  • 07-04-2018

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
  • 17-03-2018

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
  • 28-08-2016

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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  • Kristi
  • 26-10-2018

Safe and familiar fare

A simple enough story of a young hero finding his path. A nice, safe introduction for young readers to the fantasy genre, the characters, society and moral values are all familiar and conservative in a 1950’s Middle American sort of way. The plot has no real surprises and the world building is almost nonexistent - the usual medieval Europe trappings pasted onto post-Colonial American flora and fauna, with no mind paid to odd anachronistic references to light switches, refrigeration and non-alcoholic ginger beer - things the target reader would be familiar with, but a bit immersion-wrecking for more experienced readers. The author also periodically slips into head-hopping, with POVs switching about unexpectedly mid-conversation. The book is slow to get going, but the unskilled writing doesn’t detract from an engaging tale with lots of likeable characters.

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  • Kiki D
  • 08-04-2013

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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