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The Ranger's Apprentice origin story fans have been waiting for.

Before they became the most famous Ranger in the land and the hardworking Ranger Commandant, Halt and Crowley were young friends determined to change the world.

The scheming Baron Morgarath is drawing other power-hungry knights and barons to his banner. King Oswald is wasting away, and, if gossip can be believed, Prince Duncan is causing havoc in the north.

Halt and Crowley set out to find the prince, uncover the truth, and reform the weakened Ranger Corps. Once-loyal Rangers are scattered across the country, and it will take determination, skill, and leadership if they're to come together as one. Can the Rangers regain the trust of the Kingdom, or will the cunning Morgarath outwit them at every turn?

©2015 John Flanagan (P)2015 Bolinda

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The best of all.

Thank you John Flanagan for this amazing prequel to the Rangers’ Apprentice series. And your reader, Piers Wehner, is a gem. He did not detract from your exciting story one iota. Wish you had him read your Brotherband Books ... head and shoulders over that boring inept John Keating.

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Fantastic story

A really fantastic tale and I listened on audible - the reader, Piers Wehner was the best reader I’ve listened to ...ever. Wonderful narration of a great story.

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Just as good as Zappa!

The performance was so much better than that of the reader for the last two Royal Ranger books, of which I couldn't get past the first chapter, so I returned them.

The accents and voices are varied for each character, the reader gives the story life, he speaks with a normal rhythm, and keeps the listener interested all the way through. Even Halt's voice and Hibernian accent was so close to Zappa's, I was relieved!

So glad they found Piers to read these last books. He's not Zappa, but he's just as good!

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  • 11-10-2020

Brilliant! New narrator...

I loved the story! It was well written. It wasn't rushed, but enjoyable.

It took me a while to get used to the new narrator, I still prefer William Zappa though.

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  • 12-09-2020

Great books. Different narrators.

Although, I really enjoyed the voice of William Zappa from the other Rangers Apprentice series and was initially disappointed. I felt this reader did just as good once I hot used to it. My son and I live this series. Possibly me more than him 🙂

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