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The Outcasts

Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1
Written by: John Flanagan
Narrated by: John Keating
Series: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 and listeners 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 fans of Ranger's Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.

©2011 John Flanagan (P)2011 Penguin

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  • Jonathan
  • 2012-02-04

A great tale

As usual Flanagan has created a story that entertains and teaches at the same time. Bullys who wound through words and deeds, personal and interpersonal challenges (alcoholism, facing disabilities, etc) all addressed through the bonds of friendship and teamwork. Great for kids and something for adults too.

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  • CustomerX
  • 2014-01-20

Really Great Book

What made the experience of listening to The Outcasts the most enjoyable?

I really like this book. It is different then a lot of the other "super power" books right now and it was really fun to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the humor in this story and the constant bickering between the twins

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

No

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

Yes and I just sat down to buy some more by this author.

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  • Stacey
  • 2011-12-20

WANT MORE!

Where does The Outcasts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks in the top 3 (For my son, it's #1). I bought this audio book per the wishes of my 11 yr old son...as I was trying to get him to enjoy reading thru audio... (he hates to read).. I thought the audio book was going to be boring... BUT we both ended up LOVING it! Listening to the Narrator, John Keating, is also fun... you end up trying to say the words in the story with his accent....Loved how he said

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outcasts?

The whole book kept you wanting to listen to it every chance you had... Love when the outcasts become winners.... We loved listening to the part where Hal and his

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

When Hal find's out that Thorne wasn't always a drunk and that he was a

Any additional comments?

My son and I can't wait for the next book! We wanted more ...... we checked and it's May of 2012..... uggg...

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  • Karen
  • 2011-12-01

very well done

I never read the Ranger's Apprentice series, but watched it circulate heavily in my library. I chose to start with Brotherband Chronicles as I was browsing new releases in Audible for my commute (I hook my Kindle up) and decided it was time to see what the craze was about. I have to say the storytelling was great and I look forward to downloading the next one.

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  • Kent Jaeger
  • 2020-08-07

This is a great adventure story.

It is a good boy book on a Jr. high reading level. Good travel book!

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  • Mike J.
  • 2020-06-21

Great site and story

Love using audible. The brother band series is a great story. Can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • zayna korin
  • 2020-05-09

fan of John Flanagan books.

I'm a huge fan of this series and the ranger series even though I discovered them years later. The narrator did a good job with voicing the characters. I love the moments when the herons outsmart their challenges.

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  • D. McClain
  • 2020-02-06

It was awesome I really liked this book

I thought it was a great book 5 stars I liked everything about it and I liked Hal

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  • Kevin D. Peterson
  • 2020-01-01

Standard upper elementary adventure marred by glaring pronunciation issue

Not my cup of tea but tolerable and keeps the boys entertained on long drives. Writing the review to point out that the otherwise good narrator consistently pronounces ‘jarl’ with the j as in jail when even the Flanagan wikia gives the Scandinavian pronunciation of ‘yarl’. Grates on my ears every time I hear it. Nothing offensive or inappropriate for a ten year old.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-15

A New Adventure

this is just what I needed after I finished the last of the Rangers Apprentice series. An entirely new crew of characters and some old ones as well, makes for an exciting read or listening to! I'm on to book to in this series!!!!