• The Outcasts

  • The Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: John Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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By: John Flanagan
Narrated by: John Keating
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Publisher's Summary

In Skandia, there is only one way to become a warrior. Boys are chosen for teams called brotherbands and must endure three months of gruelling training in seamanship, weapons and battle tactics. It's brotherband against brotherband, fighting it out in a series of challenges. There can be only one winner. When Hal Mikkelson finds himself the unwilling leader of a brotherband made up of outcasts, he must step up to the challenge. The Heron brotherband might not have the strength and numbers of the other two teams, but with inventiveness, ingenuity and courage on their side, they might just surprise everyone.

©2011 John Flanagan (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Having sold millions of his Ranger's Apprentice books all over the world, John Flanagan now has a new series on offer and it is just as swashbuckling and adventurous as his last. Brotherband is set in Skandia - a cold, Viking-inspired country that many of his Rangers' fans know well, but this time with new characters who are just as intriguing." (Deborah Abela, ABC Radio Canberra Drive Show with Louise Maher)
"Ranger fans will lap up this series. There are similarities between Will and Halt relationship and Hal’s connection with his mentor Thorn. No one does adventure like Flanagan, the non-stop action and tension of Brotherband will leave readers wanting more." ( Buzz Word Books)

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Could've used a younger narraror

I've read this book physically and decided to listen to it now, the narrator could've been Hal's age and then set a deeper tone for the older characters rather than the other way around but overall not a bad listen, definently recommend especially if you like the rangers series.

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proper

enjoyable book, though predictable at times. nevertheless I enjoyed it thoroughly and it is easily bingable.

Narrator is very expressive and has a nice pace.

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An excellent adventure

Hal and his Heron Brotherband are trainee Skandian warriors, together they learn to work as a team to win the right to be the honour guard for the Andomal, a precious treasure that is venerated by the Skandians. It is an excellent adventure story for young readers. John Keating gives a pretty good performance of the book. John Flanagan is the author of the highly popular series Ranger's Apprentice. The Brotherband Chronicles is the follow on series focusing mostly on Skandians and not Araluen as in Ranger' s Apprentice.

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  • J Mac
  • 01-19-19

Good story, not sure about the performance.

Having listened to The Rangers Apprentice series read buy William Zappa I had high expectations. I was used to John Keating around the half way point but I never quite got into it.
little things like pronouncing the Oberjarls name "Ah-rak" as opposed to "Eh-rak" in the way i got used to in Zappa's RA readings.
it's mostly a preference thing I guess. for me, good story, slightly distracting performance.

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  • Amy
  • 06-28-21

Terribly read.

Extremely disappointed with the reading of this book. someone teach this dude how to read in sentences 🤦🏻‍♀️

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  • bedawin
  • 06-29-22

Amazing

I love the books of bother band it’s so fun to listen to and I am so excited for the next book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-21

Narrator to narrator

Listening to a narrator that has a different voice for each character, changes voices depending on the scene being described etc… is hard to jump to a narrator that is just reading the words right upside down as they are written, you lose a lot of the immersion that way…
Other than that I love this series, but better read them yourself or find a different narrator…

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-15-20

The narration left me cold.

The children and I were huge fans of The Ranger's Apprentice series. We loved William Zappa's lively narration. Unfortunately, this narrator bored me to tears. He gives no indication that he appreciated the sentence structure or story line by his tone and pace. Yawn! That will teach me to forget to listen to a sample.....

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  • Rich
  • 10-14-19

Great story shame about the narration

the Narration is just not a fluid or as engaging as the previous Rangers Apprentice

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  • Bugi344
  • 07-18-17

first book in brotherband saga is amazing

john flanagan maintains a funny and exciting journey in the mediaval world full of rangers and misting creatures.

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  • Yogi
  • 08-07-14

How to train a dragon minus the dragon

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

This story is a feel good adventure for the underdog. You really come to like the characters and although ultimately predictable, it's a great tale.

What did you like best about this story?

As a mum, I liked the lessons the boys learn along the way and the way they solve each problem that arises. I also liked the frequent humor that peppers the story.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

While some of the accents are a bit questionable, John maintains the characters consistently. He has an easy listening voice and takes you into the story so you forget it is being read to you.

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

Corny as it may be, it was the moment Hal makes his mum proud!

Any additional comments?

If you liked " the Ranger's Apprentice" or "How to train your Dragon" you will also like this book.

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  • mrsvee
  • 10-18-19

Mr keating MUST GO!

This Australian Author has grabbed a whole generation of youth, and their parents with his Rangers Apprentice books, and now with the Brotherband series ... BUT ... this reader, Keating, is a disaster. He reading has a Sing songey sound to it; his misplaced emphases make my jaws ache, and as for his pronunciations, which are like ——— ,(sorry, but I feel like swearing). The PARTICULAR word that has me boiling is “buoy”! Put ‘pronounce buoy’ in your google or safari or whatever and you will get “boy” as in “toy” ... not booie, as in gooie ... and that word comes up in the story many many times

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  • Zephyr Vega-chistie
  • 10-29-17

Distracted

John Flanagan once again gives us another thrilling story, however the narrative can be distracting at times. John Keating does a good job giving each character their individuality however he reads with so much attention to punctuation that it becomes distracting and at times stops were there is no punctuation. Because of this the story is lost a little.

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  • Jacalyn
  • 11-29-21

Really disappointed by the narrator

The narration is jilted and awkward, and over the top. It sounds like a pantomime narrator and makes it difficult to get into the story. William Zappa did the whole of the original story, and it felt like he became the characters, but John Keating is obviously just reading from a page. It’s very difficult to listen to.

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  • Isabella
  • 09-30-20

Book is great but narration is boring

The narration isn’t it for me. There’s too much up and down of tone and no real character distinctions. I feel like I can’t focus on the audio nor relax and let it flow. Absolutely love the book, have read it several times, and the series itself, but yeah this narration ain’t it.

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  • Sam
  • 05-25-20

Brilliant

Another excellent series by John Flanagan

And in response to a MrsVee on the second book, I completely disagree with your opinion on John Keating. He is the only good reader I’ve found that uses good range of voices and doesn’t sound mono tonal the whole time. He takes on the character, I think he’s brilliant. Halt took on a whole new level when I listened to the audiobooks, and I’ve READ the RA series at the very least 15 times.

I digress


John Flanagan might be my favourite Author of all time.! There’s a lot more it than just a ‘teen series’

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  • Kevin
  • 11-05-19

Enjoyable

A nice story to bring a band of misfits and the runts of the pack together and start a journey ...who knows where.

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  • Adrianne
  • 10-06-19

A great start to an Exceptional Series!

I read this text years ago.... Now I have the complete Brotherband Series as audio books - I recommend as great reads to people of all ages.

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  • Kieran
  • 06-10-19

A great story.

An exciting and interesting story. It was the best book I've ever read and listened to. With a cliffhanger like that, im garenteed to get the next one.

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  • mai
  • 05-17-17

good

I liked this book. It had a good story line and the natrator suited this book

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