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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,874 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Flanagan Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ranger’s Apprentice Series Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781440763656
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John Flanagan’s New York Times bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice series has enraptured young readers with its medieval swordplay and sorcery. Years have passed since Will led his people to victory in The Battle for Skandia, and now he oversees a peaceful fief in the south. Will’s quiet days come to a sudden end, however, when troubling news arrives from the north. The king has been poisoned, and Will’s abilities are desperately needed to track down the culprit—who’s rumored to be an evil wizard.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacquelin | 2/11/2014

    " AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will is all grown up!!!!!! but what the hay? Why isn't the guy there yet? Sorry, 'bout that, anyhow it was really good. btw be careful about the knight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 nikki | 2/10/2014

    " I'd almost give this 4 stars because it ends so abruptly when the story is just taking flight. Cliffhangers will be the death of me! Very fast paced story taking place 5 years after the 4th book. Delighted to see the story progress with maturity, plenty of adventure, and the same lovable characters. Look forward to book 6! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Bingham | 2/3/2014

    " I felt like this book was better written than any of the previous books, but the storyline wasn't horribly exciting. It was almost like is was a filler book that was written to prepare you for the next book in line. Having said that, this series always seems to provide books that are a fun, light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Ball | 2/1/2014

    " Ranger Bartell has retired, and Will is a newly commissioned Ranger with his first assignment: Ranger Bartell's old fief, Sea Cliff, in the southeastern corner of Araluen. Will arrives and finds an abused dog that he adopts and cares for, and he finds a creative way to handle a party of Skandian raiders without a fight, and deal with the man who abused the dog as well. Alyss arrives with a secret temporary assignment for Will: travel in disguise to the northernmost fief and discover what kind of "sorcery" is happenening at Castle Macindaw. The lord of the castle there has fallen ill with a bizarre ailment, and others are blaming a hundred-year-old sorcerer's curse. Is it real, or is there some plot to create an opening for an invasion from the north? Not all is as it seems, and Will finds surprises around every corner, leading to a cliffhanger ending... and now we wait for Book 6! Lots of action, adventure and mystery, with Flanagan's trademark fast-paced plotting and excellent descriptive writing. Grades 6 and up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Lee | 1/21/2014

    " This one, especially the beginning, was a bit disappointing, but the benefit is that such these are such quick reads, it went quickly. The ending was much better and stopped with a good hanger making me want to jump really quickly into the next one. Introduced some characters that could prove interesting as the series progresses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mollie | 1/21/2014

    " This ones a cliff hangar...may want to have #6 waiting in the wings...(: "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 1/15/2014

    " the back says captured, but i questioned the reason for it, he was not caught this time but his love, best friend and ally was captured so i guess it was true "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Fecteau | 1/15/2014

    " More character development here. I love how the characters learn and grow, just like "real" life. The adventure never ends for Will. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meaghan | 1/11/2014

    " this book was a great read and i really enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.S. | 1/9/2014

    " My least favorite of the series. Took a long time to get going and then ended abruptly. I have a feeling book 5 and 6 should have just been one book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/29/2013

    " I love this series! Action,suspense, wit, sarcasm, and a teensy bit of love? I'm in heaven! I feel like the middle part of the series got a little bogged down, but is picking back up again. "

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

    " John Flanagan's adventure storytelling in this book is top notch. If you are a fan of the Ranger's Apprentice series, this book won't disappoint you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shadallark | 12/25/2013

    " Another book in the series designed to setup the next book. Enjoyable and fun. Only question being are there no other apprentices? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zbehn | 11/27/2013

    " very interesting conflict, I really like the sorcerer because he uses science to keep people away and I respect that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Grove | 6/15/2013

    " Kind of a weak storyline compared to the rest, but still really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tigerclaw | 11/25/2012

    " Will has finally become a Ranger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JJ | 9/5/2012

    " This one wasn't as good as the last one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia Merrill | 8/5/2012

    " You won't be disappointed. Love his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 8/6/2011

    " i love the series. books 1-4 were amazing. but even though i havent finished 5 yet, i feel it hasnt been as good as the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 8/4/2011

    " While this one jumped ahead to Will being a Ranger, I still loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 3/30/2011

    " This one had a good adventure plot in it. I read it again, and I still say that. After reading it again, I kind of think it was more than 4 stars, but less than 5. Kind of like 4 and 3/4, sort of. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 12/7/2010

    " Great books, I have read all books thru # 9 and can't wait for # 10 to come out this spring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 9/16/2010

    " A great addition to the marvelous series but the ending is a little sudden and disappointing... I suppose we'll find out with the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vashta | 8/23/2010

    " I have to wait 'till Christmas to read this one :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Stiles | 11/6/2009

    " This was the best one I've read since the first. The story was captivating and the characters (old and new) were enjoyable. "

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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.