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Author: John Flanagan Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice Series Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9780593106709
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The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaksand shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .

Here is the fantasy adventure that launched the Ranger's Apprentice series, an epic story of heroes and villains that has become an international phenomenon. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series.  Download and start listening now!

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  • The last few years have seen the publication of many fantasies, but few have the appeal of this original story. Rather than creating a host of strange creatures and magical powers, Flanigan concentrates on character, offering readers a young protagonist they will care about and relationships that develop believably over time.Readers will look forward to the next adventure in The Ruins of Gorlan series. Booklist, starred review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 2/17/2014

    " I don't read a ton of fantasy but this series grabbed me and took me on many fun adventures! The characters are very likeable and the plot keeps you wanting more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marco | 2/10/2014

    " I liked this book because it keeps you guessing. This series takes place during the medieval time. The main character,Will, is small for his age and has to find what craft he wants to learn. He has one crafts in mind battle school where he can learn to be a warrior. His father died a hero in the kingdom, which inspires him to become a warrior. Will he be accepted? If not which craft will accept him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 1/27/2014

    " Just OK. Fun but nothing special. The series is starting to drag... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/22/2014

    " I just loved this simple fantasy series that featured warm, friendly characters that you enjoyed rooting for and spending time with. Not as dark or cynical, these stories are perfect for any age. I think I have read the entire series at least twice - these are "comfort food" books for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 1/16/2014

    " This was one of the books that I picked up in a dusty old book shop (my mom jokingly said it looked like something I would read). Luckily, I agreed. To say I loved this book would be a grand understatement. The action was quick to pick up, and the characters had a great amount of mystery surrounding them. The mystery lasted for a few books. I love Halt. I had to put that in there, somewhere. 5/5 recommend for all ages "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 1/7/2014

    " A good adventure story for middle school readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelly | 12/31/2013

    " This book seemed to be all about character development. It didn't feel like a whole lot happened until the end, but I still really enjoyed it. I love the characters in this book. And there's, like, a million more books in the series for stuff to happen, so I guess I'll just have to keep reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reyer | 11/22/2013

    " a great fantasy novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 10/30/2013

    " Great, full of action, adventure, and suspense. If you are in to these kind of books, this is perfect for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 9/23/2013

    " Very delightful book to read. It was a bit predictable at parts and something about his writing style bugs me slightly though I can't figure out why. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and I think I'm really going to have fun reading this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ishan | 6/17/2013

    " It was a quick, well written read that I would recommend to those who like quick but still novel length books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 5/28/2013

    " Was reading this story with my daughter. Interesting world. We unfortunately never finished the entire series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/5/2013

    " 3.5 stars- was enjoyable :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earryt | 2/3/2013

    " Really good book. I read the English version but it was fun to read even though I knew what was to come. of course here and there a few mistakes but that does not matter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/8/2013

    " A wonderfully leisurely paced story with great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/12/2012

    " rad the series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregorio | 9/9/2012

    " As it has been said many times before book is probably targeting younger audience but i still liked it although i am not youngster anymore. It reminds of Harry Potter and I hope it will evolve and mature together with following books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denis | 8/5/2012

    " A fantastic series for anyone who enjoys a good straitlaced storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorelie | 5/29/2012

    " Great beginning to a series! Very enjoyable fantasy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annabel | 12/14/2011

    " I liked this book. However, it wasn't amazing. My sister, on the other hand, really enjoyed it so I'm giving it a four. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 11/22/2011

    " Love this series I have read all 10 books so I am just re-reading it for now. I would seriously recommend this to anyone who loves adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carter | 11/6/2011

    " I fludgeing loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/29/2011

    " not the best in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 10/16/2011

    " This is the second time I have read the book, and this time when I read it it was A LOT better. I actually liked it this time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 5/24/2011

    " This turned into quite a treat! I enjoyed this as much as Eragon, and anxious to get #2! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/24/2011

    " Very basic writing for young adults but surprisingly enjoyable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 5/23/2011

    " The story was a little dry and dragged on too long. They REALLY stretched out some parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 5/22/2011

    " awesome book for any and all people who love fantasy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacob | 5/22/2011

    " Too slow to start only one battle and it is not suspenseful and boring. Although the characters are colorful and there are laugh out loud jokes this book is really bad. I would only recommend it if you are starting the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/20/2011

    " Dang good book, now I have to read the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 5/16/2011

    " This was the second time I had listened to this book, read by John Keating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winona | 5/13/2011

    " a boy learns to accept who he is instead of trying to be someone else
    friendship
    great values
    a really nice pre-teen book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 5/12/2011

    " If I could give it 3.5 stars I would. I may have even given it 4 had I read it and not listened to it. The first fiction audiobook I think I've actually enjoyed. Started book 2 today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/12/2011

    " Get Series, lots of adventure! never a dull moment. This is a must read series!! "

About the Author

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 AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. 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.