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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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Amazing and Engaging.

I have always loved listening to this series since first I came across it! Listen to them all!!!

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-11-16

I look forward to the next book of this series.

I love the story. I feel a pacing was really good and the characters very interesting. I didn't really like the voice actor but it was easy to get past that and enjoy the story.

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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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  • Robert
  • 2019-11-17

awesome

can't wait to read the next one. story was good, narration excellent. I'll be watching this author and narrator.

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  • tim
  • 2019-10-17

revisited it.

loved this book when I read it, now listening to it, tottaly the same feeling as before. voices could use some work as it makes me feel like it's a child playing all the types of characters. But over all good experience.

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  • kody
  • 2019-09-18

Loved it

this story was amazingly riveting and filled with great character development and I look forward to listening to more

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  • Becky
  • 2019-09-17

Now I know why the books were never on the shelf as a kid!

I was always so bummed out when I went to the library at school and couldn’t get the first book, it was always checked out! I now know why! The book keeps you on the edge of your seat and is engaging.

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  • Jeanette Williams
  • 2019-09-15

Outstanding Read!

The book had a appealing storyline. Nice flow and some surprises along the way. Looking forward to the next in the series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-05

Amazing!!

This book is so good, feels like I'm in it! This books story is so good too. One of the best books I've listened to!

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  • Mark
  • 2019-08-25

Good listen!

I had been looking at this series for a long time but never gave it a chance. I had an extra credit so I was like, ok I'll go it. I should have gotten this a long time ago! it's a great book and a great narrator! definitely getting to rest of the series!

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  • swag
  • 2019-08-06

love the book and the author i got the next three

love the book and the author i got the next three Audio books to read