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The Invaders

Brotherband Chronicles, Book 2
Written by: John Flanagan
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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The adventure continues in the Ranger's Apprentice companion trilogy!

Hal and the Herons have done the impossible. This group of outsiders has beaten out the strongest, most skilled young warriors in all of Skandia to win the Brotherband competition. But their celebration comes to an abrupt end when the Skandians' most sacred artifact, the Andomal, is stolen - and the Herons are to blame.

To find redemption they must track down the thief, Zavac, and recover the Andomal. But that means traversing stormy seas, surviving a bitter winter, and battling a group of deadly pirates willing to protect their prize at all costs. Even Brotherband training and the help of Skandia's greatest warrior may not be enough to ensure that Hal and his friends return home with the Andomal - or their lives.

©2012 John A. Flanagan (P)2012 Penguin

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  • Clem Morton
  • 2014-06-06

First battle for the young Brotherband

What did you love best about The Invaders?

The inventive side of the young boys.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The old one armed man, as he is so talented.

Have you listened to any of John Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not bad, he did a good job. He is one of my favorite voice actors.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yeah when the young boy got hit by an arrow in the boat. It was very predictable that it would happen but it was also a scene that had to happen in one way or another to move the character development forwards.

Any additional comments?

Good book. Listened to the whole thing in one shot. Love the inventive side of the characters. The story line is quite predictable it however still holds my attention.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012-06-01

Great story - Want more

Would you listen to The Invaders again? Why?

Yes, The story keeps you enthralled and gives the story a realistic approach.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hal, He uses his brains while others just use their brawn. By doing this, he helps others find their own abilities.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

Consistency in levels

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, However I took many to complete

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  • Elaine
  • 2012-09-24

Brotherband

Would you listen to The Invaders again? Why?

John Keating does an amazing job of narrating. I've enjoyed listening to him narrate The Ranger's Apprentice Series also.

Which character – as performed by John Keating – was your favorite?

John Keating performs all the characters' voices.

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  • mary
  • 2012-06-28

The Invaders

Would you recommend The Invaders to your friends? Why or why not?

I enjoyed this book but... It did not measure up to Book 1; THE OUTCASTS. This book had the feel of an incomplete series of short and shorter stories. My listening wasn't good since I had to listen over too many times. I felt like I kept missing something and tried figuring out and where it was. The characters didn't measure to book one. New characters seemed to 'just appear' from nowhere. I will wait and check out the next book (if any) before recommending this book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was what saved the book. He did a good job reading.

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  • Ryan
  • 2012-05-08

waste of time wait for book 3

What would have made The Invaders better?

having the rest of the book would be nice. the storie is great but it leaves one feeling cheated by cuting it so short and ending so crudely. i feel like i just got cheated out of my money on this book.

Have you listened to any of John Keating???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

most excellent

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  • Tyler
  • 2012-05-02

Don't buy! Not whole book.

What would have made The Invaders better?

Don't buy this book when it is only 6 hrs 54 mins long. It is not the whole book. It ends at page 243 on a 400+ page book. I re-downloaded it to see if I was mistaken, but I am not. All of his other books are 12+ hours. The parts that were done were incredible. Will be a great book as soon as they get the second part to it.

What could John Flanagan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Get the rest of the BOOK

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Good

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger that it wasn't all included.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-12-01

Fantastic adventures that many of my students and grandchildren love

John Flanagan does a wonderful job of capturing and holding your interest. Only problem, when I recommend his books, they seem to disappear - can’t remember how many times I’ve had to replace them.

Set in a medieval world with knights, lords, etc. Characters are well developed, action is engaging.

If you like adventure, you’ll love all of these books. Currently two series: Ranger’s Apprentice and Brotherband.

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  • Greta Camenzind
  • 2019-03-22

fun for trips!

My kids got very involved in this audio book during a roadtrip. lots of fun!

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  • Dave
  • 2018-11-02

Great Story, Wonderful Imagery, OK Reading Style

We as a family love the Ranger books. The story is superb, and if you listen carefully you will pick out wonderful historical insights. I was the narration were better. Don't me wrong, the reading is fluid and well done, but to my ear, sometimes it is hard to hear the switch between characters. The narrator uses similar inflaction and tone for many characters which flattens the story a bit. Still, this book in audible form is highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-24

Love it!

great listen for book number 2. Rangers apprentice fan and now a brother and chronicles fan too