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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Flanagan, John A. Flanagan Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Brotherband Chronicles Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781101538340
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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 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 readers of Ranger’s Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adela | 2/17/2014

    " Aside from the main character being named "Hal" (which is a little too similar to "Halt") and some raised eyebrows, this is a decent follow-up/semi-continuation to the Ranger's Apprentice series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Sterling | 1/27/2014

    " Fun adventure story set in Skandia about seafaring men and a group of teenage boys who are training to become warriors. Sets up well at the end to be part of a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci McMath-Hlavac | 1/26/2014

    " I love the Ranger Apprentice and Brotherband has much the same in action, heart and great characters, but I am just a wee bit tired of Flanagan taking us by the hand in every little thought and action. More often than not it is nice to discover subtleties between characters rather than have them spelled out for the reader. Never-the-less, I will read the next Brotherband, because I have to know if the "bad guys" are caught. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annelise | 1/25/2014

    " Ugh this book looks so good! But I tried reading the first few pages and was completely lost.... really hard to follow and understand... this book seems to get a lot of good ratings but I couldn't follow. Maybe you'll be able to understand it better then me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keeba Kee | 12/31/2013

    " Being a fan of Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series, I wasn't surprised that I liked this book. I like how you get a feel for Skandian lifestyles and this book constantly makes me laugh because I think Skandians are hilarious(When they aren't trying to take off your head with a battle axe...). I found Hal to be a great protaganist, who is similar to Will at the start, but soon turns out to be quite a different person, which is good. I love the cliffhanger ending too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/25/2013

    " This book was a great start to the new series. I enjoyed the brotherhood band training, but the end was so much of a cliffhanger!!!! I'm going to check out the next book asap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 11/25/2013

    " Same author as Rangers Apprentice. Got a fresh start with this seried. Pretty good start. Good teen book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie-kun | 10/31/2013

    " hal is awesome! i cant wait for the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/12/2013

    " I've been having good luck with books lately-- and this is another one! I will be looking forward to the next installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 9/8/2013

    " I loved this book and I can't wait for the next one!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 6/18/2013

    " Great story, just as good or better than the Ranger's Apprentice stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dru | 4/9/2013

    " A worthy companion to Ranger's Apprentice, Outcasts follows a group of boys through the Brotherband training. Characters are well defined and unique, and the story keeps moving at a steady pace. This is a complete story with a cliffhanger that will set up the future books to come. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 2/25/2013

    " I would have enjoyed this more if it had been read by an editor first. I had a hard time understanding it in several different points in the book. I found that I focused more on the typos then on the story itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darin | 1/9/2013

    " This was a fantastic book. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 11/19/2012

    " Flanagan continues to be one of my favorite authors. The story was compelling and I found myself rooting for the Herons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Shipp | 11/12/2012

    " I loved this book. I liked it better than Flanagan's ranger apprentice series, because after awhile I felt like it was getting reptant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jannell | 10/15/2012

    " Rolicking good youngster adventure, will read the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mae | 12/10/2011

    " A nice installment that ties into the old series but has a mind of its' own. I give this new series a thumbs up by John Flanagan... "

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About the Author
Author John Flanagan

John A. Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia hoping to be a writer. It wasn’t until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John’s assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting. After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years. John began writing the Ranger’s Apprentice series as a way to encourage his son, Michael, to enjoy reading. He currently lives in the suburb of Manly, Australia, with his wife.

About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and the winner of eight Earphones Awards for audio narration. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.