First Test : Protector of the Small

  • by Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
  • Series: Protector of the Small
  • 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

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


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.
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- Karen

Great Story, Mediocre Narrator

I really love this book and series, but miss Full-Cast Audio just as much. The narrator does make voices terribly, I had trouble telling characters apart, and the 10 year old heroine has a deeper voice than many of the male characters, even older ones. However, she does read pretty smoothly, and I didn't notice any pronunciation problems.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2007
  • Publisher: Listening Library