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The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning

Ranger's Apprentice, Book 12
Written by: John Flanagan
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
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The story that brings the Ranger's Apprentice arc full-circle!

Will Treaty has come a long way from the small boy with dreams of knighthood. Life had other plans for him, and as an apprentice Ranger under Halt, he grew into a legend - the finest Ranger the kingdom has ever known. Yet Will is facing a tragic battle that has left him grim and alone. To add to his problems, the time has come to take on an apprentice of his own, and it's the last person he ever would have expected. Fighting his personal demons, Will has to win the trust and respect of his difficult new companion - a task that at times seems almost impossible.

John Flanagan returns for one final bow to the series that has conquered millions of listeners worldwide with this pulse-pounding adventure that brings one era to a close, and ushers in the next....

©2013 Jon Flanagan (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2013-12-09

great ending and better begining

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, It gave a sense of closure to one story but left it open hopefully for another to begin.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the feeling of full circle but at the same time a new begining.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

Awesome , played the roles perfectly.

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

yes

Any additional comments?

I hope it's the begining to a new rangers apprentice series.

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  • Stephen
  • 2016-05-04

wish this wasn't the end

I've grown close to these characters and this book was bitter sweet as I knew it was the end. throughout the series I kept dreaming of living in their world. being a ranger like Will and Halt and living a life like theirs. so I'll say this in closing if they do make the movie series it has a lot to live up to.

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  • Cat D.
  • 2019-05-07

loved it

This is the best series. Great narrator, excellent story line. My son and I love listening to all books on this series... we have listened to them repeatedly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-09-28

Best one yet

I have been a fan of the Rangers Apprentice books for a long time, and I love this RA book. The story is compelling, and even with a mostly-new cast of characters, it captures my attention easily. This is easily my favorite in the series

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  • Pat Alderson
  • 2015-04-04

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

BOYS WILL LOVE THIS SERIES AS WELL AS OTHERS WHO ENJOY THIS PERIOD OF TIME STORIES. VERY WELL WRITTEN AND NARRATED

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  • Jason
  • 2014-01-04

Saying goodbye to old friends

John Flanagan had originally picked Lost Stories to tell the end of Will Treaty's tale. It did that, but we fans almost felt cheated as it was a collection of short stories. This book, set about 20 years after the events of the last full length story brings things to an end. It gives us the opportunity to meet a new generation. He has tied down most of our original adventurers in ways that prevent continuations of the old stories, but this story offers a lot of the same excitement we saw in earlier books with Will in a slightly different role. I don't give up all hope of seeing another Will Treaty book, as Flanagan has released books that take place between already published books before.

The story is a compelling one. It dealt with darker plots than we had seen since Icebound Land, but managed to keep things lighter than that story. Introducing a new generation was Flannagn's way to say, "I'm done with this series, but I'm leaving my options open for more stories in this realm." There were several sub-plots to keep the story moving and offer character development. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed any of the books in this series. I wouldn't recommend it as a first book to read as it would provide spoilers for just about every book in the series.

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  • shirley
  • 2013-11-10

Lovely, Satisfying, excited about coming work

I don't want to give anything away but plan to laugh, cry, worry and in the end be satisfied with the conclusion of one generation's stories and the beginning of another. Tug and Will offer laugh out loud moments. Flanagan's wit is quick and sharp so pay attention. Keating delivers a great performance, as always.

One of my favorite lines goes something like this...Maddie said something, Will snorted, Tug broke wind... Flanagan's prose sometimes just sneaks up on you like that and you find yourself laughing out loud in the grocery store when reaching for a gallon of milk.

There are moments of angst and concern for the characters. There are moments of revenge, moments of heroism and moments of growth. I loved watching Maddie grow from a spoiled princess into a young responsible woman and the first female Ranger Apprentice.

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  • Glenda
  • 2020-04-11

PC ruined a perfectly great series!!

It's sad that the author (whose books I have truly enjoyed in the past) feels the need to create a female character with male attributes. This story spends too much time making an unlikable character likable because it puts a male body into a female skin. While it shows the female characters as being strong and self-possessed, it shows the male characters subservient and emotionally weak. For example, sweet cook Jenni is more interested in her "career" than getting married, meanwhile, her rejected suitor Gilan grovels after her hoping, praying, that someday she will change her mind . . . and he's supposed to be the Core Commandant! Really?? The book needs a lot more balance. I won't be reading the additional series.

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  • justen
  • 2019-08-03

Flanagan does it again

So good. RA is my favorite and he found a way to bring it back

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-17

The BEST book ever

I love these books soooo much and they are definitely a story that my mom was mad at me for not doing any thing else but listening to. I could not stop reading these books! All of the books have excellent stories and are so interesting! I would definitely tell anyone to read this book!