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

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The narrator kept changing the pronunciation of the names. By the end she got it right.
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- Tabitha Foster


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.

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- Vincent

Book Details

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