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First Test Audiobook

First Test: Book 1 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

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Publisher's Summary

In the medieval and fantastic realm of Tortall, Keladry of Mindelan (known as Kel) is the first girl to take advantage of the decree that permits females to train for knighthood. Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces only one real roadblock: Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He is absolutely against girls becoming knights. So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on probation for one year. It is a trial period that no male page has ever had to endure and one that separates the good-natured Kel even more from her fellow trainees during the tough first year. But Kel is not a girl to underestimate, as everyone is about to find out.

©1999 Tamora Pierce; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"A splendidly rousing feast." (Booklist)
"This is smooth storytelling and a satisfying read." (School Library Journal)

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    Fiona CROYDON, United Kingdom 05/11/2009
    Fiona CROYDON, United Kingdom 05/11/2009 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book"

    Tamora Pierce continues to be fantastic reading for pre-teen and teen girls everywhere. Bernadette Dunn has an American accent but is clear to listen to. Can we have more of the back catalogue of Pierce's books soon, please?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Cait Murphy
    19/10/16
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    "interesting story"

    The story itself was very well written.

    but having read the book before it took me a while to get used to the narrators voice for the characters, especially Kel's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    24/08/16
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    "Narration does not fit the story"

    If you've never read the books, the narration might not be too bad. If you have read the books, her depiction of Kel is jarring. She almost makes Kel sound whiny, which is far from how Tamora Pierce portrays the character. I love this story, hate the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Garrison, ND, USA
    23/07/12
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    "Loved it"

    I loved all the charactors in the book. Found myself listening to it twice because I tend to miss areas while working. I purchased the second in the series as soon as I was done, and I'm now on the forth in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vincent
    20/11/16
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    "Bernadette"
    If you could sum up First Test in three words, what would they be?


    Where does First Test rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
    This story is a wonderful contribution to the Tortall universe, and an amazing call back to my still beloved Alanna series. However I have to say Bernadette doesn't do it justice. Numair and many other "adult" characters either have a raspy voice, or a full blown "old man" croak. all the boys speak in the came voice, and Kel herself sounds exactly like one of the extra boy voices. TL;DR: Bernadette has ONE voice, and it's her own. Long live Trini Avarado.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bernadette Dunne?


    Unfortunately she does this entire quartlet. so I kind of have to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Lynn Erikson
    New England
    12/10/16
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    "Another incredible series"

    I loved the Song of The Lioness series and the Wild Magic series and this looks to be the start of another incredible series by Tamara Pierce. Deep issues are tackled with grace, and there's never a dull moment. Go Kel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    27/08/16
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    "for all daughters"

    one of our favorite writers. great story and strong characters. Recommend you give it a try.

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  • Jenn
    10/04/16
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    "must read for all youthf"

    This is a wonderful take of a smart, strong. wonderful young girl who doesn't give up and is rewarded for her stick-to-it-ness. great example for both girls and boys! My boys, 8,10,14 loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katelyn Ward
    21/03/16
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    "First Test"

    I usually hate these kinds of stories, but this one is really fantastic. It mixes in realism and fantasy perfectly. The performance was great and I can't wait to start on the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Variable Statistic
    Connecticut, USA
    23/08/15
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    "Wonderful"

    I listened to this (having already read it years ago) after hearing about the two women who graduated from Ranger school, and that the Seals had opened the doors long, long after G.I. Jane was made. Keel is a role model that any woman soldier can be proud to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    San Antonio, TX, United States
    03/07/15
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    "Not bad"

    I enjoyed the book. A female is trying to fit into what is considered a male setting. This goes on today. The hazing as described is all to real in real life. This adds a realistic feel to the book despite its fantasy setting. My biggest complaint is the reader's voice is a little to old for the characters involved. It detracts little from the story but takes a little getting used too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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