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The Tournament at Gorlan

Ranger's Apprentice: Early Years, Book 1
Written by: John A. Flanagan
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne.

Yet when Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they discover just how close Morgarath's scheme is to success. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the prince and alienate him from his father. At the same time, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the trust and admiration of the Council of Barons to further his plan. If the young Rangers are to prevent the coup from succeeding, they will have to tread a dangerous path, which leads them to a thrilling climax at the annual tournament at Gorlan, where a series of bitter duels must be fought and won.

This origin story brings listeners to a time before Will was an apprentice and lays the groundwork for the epic battles that will culminate with The Ruins of Gorlan and The Burning Bridge - books 1 and 2 of the Ranger's Apprentice series.

©2015 John A. Flanagan (P)2015 Listening Libarary

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  • Harry
  • 2015-10-11

Another Great Book!

A great listen for any fans of John Flanagan, as good as any of his other books. In regards to the extra audio between chapters 5 and 6 that others have commented on, Audible have been contacted and made aware of the issue. There is nothing missing from John's book and it is likely Audible will just contact the publisher for a corrected version very soon.

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  • K. Pelletier
  • 2015-10-10

Mistake in recording

This would have 5 stars from me, but there seems to be a mistake in the recording somewhere around chapter 6.

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Our family loves John Flanagan's books, and this new series promises to be just as beloved. I'm enjoying getting to know a young Crowly, and my 12 yo says Flanagan's descriptions of dinners make him hungry.

John Keating is one of my favorite readers and is an excellent fit for Flanagan's style.

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  • Patricia W.
  • 2015-10-10

great story as always, but why is there 9 minutes of another story and narrator?

fans of John Flanagan's ranger's apprentice series will love going back to the beginning to discover how the Lord of rain and night came to be. My niece got me into reading Flanagan's work a few years ago. the stories focus upon issues of growing up and becoming a person of strong integrity and character in a world that rarely rewards such traits. I do highly recommend this story and all other books by this author. although, I must state in my audio copy there was about 9 minutes between chapter 5 an chapter6 that was from a completely different book and narrater that had no connection to this book. Audible please fix this error. despite this technical problem, I would recommend this book as a great family long drive listen. this is a clean story an parents just might find the story more engrossing than the kids do.

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  • Mikayla Kelly
  • 2019-04-06

Very Well Done!

I've read and loved these books for a very long time. John Keating's narration is fantastic, adding just another layer of depth and enjoyment to a young adult masterpiece.

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  • Bethany
  • 2019-03-30

great story with lovable characters

this is a book I would want on my shelf which is saying something as I don't have much room on my bookshelves.

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  • Rayisa
  • 2018-12-23

MOST OF THE SERIES HAS NO AUDIOBOOK

Warning: many of the books in this series are not available on audible. the story is worth listening to/ reading but just know that much of the series is unavailable.

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  • Mark B.
  • 2018-12-14

Every spare minute I had, I had to listen.

I was captivatied each moment of the story. I could not stop listening to it. the story had amazing character development, along with the amazing voice actor, which really help the story be brought to life.

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  • josephturpin
  • 2018-08-27

great

great book finished and in 2 days. Love that ever love to purchase the book from my collection

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  • Jeremy
  • 2018-07-08

I love these books!!

the whole series has been exciting and fun to read. they make great books for all ages.

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  • Raymond L. Johnson
  • 2018-05-25

A First

My first from this author. Very pleased with the story line. I think Keating does an excellent job of communication.