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The Ruins of Gorlan

Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1
Written by: John Flanagan
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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The international best-selling series with over FIVE million copies sold in the US alone!

They have always scared him in the past - the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and 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.

©2006 John Flanagan (P)2019 Listening Library

What the critics say

"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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  • Michael
  • 2019-06-12

great book for preteen and teenagers.

story enticing enough for adults to listen as well. I really enjoyed this book with my 11 year old. we listened to it on a road trip and found it difficult to turn off.

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  • M Stauffer
  • 2019-05-29

Super Audio

I really enjoyed this first book. It kept you interested all though the telling. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Nolan W Morris
  • 2019-05-18

Cant wait for more!

I loved this book! Lots of details and kept you at the edge of your seat.

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  • ralph j.
  • 2019-05-12

Fantastic

Is a fantastic book! From the beginning and in the middle to the end just kept you totally engaged. Highly recommended!

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  • Eric Gutierrez
  • 2019-05-11

Enjoyable listen

The character development in this beginning book was very good. It made you care about the them and there interactions. I also like that the focus was on the good guys and not the bad. The bad guys did have a back story but that was not the focus. A story that makes you want to do what's right, stand up for others, and find your place in the world and do your best at it, is a story worth the hearing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-20

Wonderful story and narrator.

I already loved this story. I read it myself, then my dad read it to me, and then I began college and ran out of time. This recording is very well done and allows me to continue reliving one of my all time favorite stories.

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