This box set contains the first three books by Kathryn Lasky, which are the basis of the animated movie, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.
The Capture, Book One
Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, and Soren is captured and imprisoned in a dark canyon where there is a mysterious school. It’s called an orphanage, but Soren believes it’s something far worse. He and his new friend, the clever and scrappy Gylfie, know that the only way out is up. To escape, they will need to do something these fledglings have never done before - fly. Along the way, Soren and Gylfie meet Twilight and Digger. The four owls band together to seek the truth, be reunited with their families, and protect the owl world from a great danger.
The Journey, Book Two
It began as a dream, a quest for the Great Ga’Hoole Tree, a mythic place where an order of owls rises each night to perform noble deeds. There, Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger hope to find inspiration to fight the evil that dwells in the owl kingdom. When Soren and his friends finally arrive at the Great Ga’Hoole Tree, they face challenges they never imagined. If they can learn from their leaders and from one another, they will become true Ga’Hoolian owls: honest and brave, wise and true.
The Rescue, Book Three
Ever since Soren was kidnapped, he has longed to see his sister, Eglantine. Now, Eglantine is back in Soren’s life, but she’s been through an ordeal too terrible for words. At the same time, Soren’s mentor, Ezylryb, has mysteriously disappeared and may be in danger. Something deep within Soren tells him there is a connection between these mysterious events. To rescue Ezylryb, Soren must face a force more dangerous than anything that even the evil rulers of the owl orphanage could have devised.
©2003 Kathryn Lasky (P)2006 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“The story’s fast pace, menacing bad guys, and flashes of humor make this a good choice for reluctant readers, while the underlying message about the power of legends provides a unifying element and gives strong appeal for fantasy fans.” (School Library Journal)
“Broad themes related to the nature of personal choice, the need for fellowship based on love and trust, and sharing knowledge with one’s peers are presented compellingly and with swift grafting to the animal adventure story.” (Booklist)
“The fantasy’s strong believability and fascinating plot make this series a must-read for fantasy-lovers.” (Children’s Literature)
This is what people of all ages can relate to in our imaginations when we are really honest with ourselves. We all have this place in our minds that have the ability to become, to become someone outside our real life we can never be. But what a blast it is when we have someone to help us believe. Someone who has the power to be our guide to a beautiful world of another time and place. So we have great authors like Kathryn Lasky to fill that void for us, and for that I am very grateful. We live in a world that is so serious and uncaring to our neighbors, yet we are put to ease when a writer of her caliber is there for us to take away the unnatural way that this world would have us believe. This way we have somewhere to go and someone to be a hero for and to be able to care for others in that special way. Thank you Ms. Lasky and please except my humble appreciation.
This is a very, very, very long listen (understandably, since it is three children's books in one). Quick warning: this series, I learned, is actually FIFTEEN books long, so after the hours put in to this you'll still have barely scratched the surface of most of the story.
Perhaps it's because it's such a long read, but I've never encountered a professional audiobook with so many errors still in the final product. There are several stammers, halts, re-starts, and misplaced pauses. She does an excellent job of keeping track of the twenty or so different owl voices she affects, but darned if two-thirds of them aren't almost entirely unlistenable. Her main characters are obnoxious to listen to, especially Twilight. And while I give her major kudos for actually attempting to sing the songs in the book... the end result was risible.
Ultimately, it's a decent kids' book series with a unique premise that is almost entirely brought down by its distracting voice-acting.
Loved it. Definitely worth the time. Much like the Hobbit, actually, and even the names are quite similar, both will get and hold your interest quite well. Very vivid characters.
A better story
It never felt like a story line came to completion.
Maybe kids will enjoy it, was rather bleh to me. I just felt as though the stories never really went anywhere. The book just felt incomplete.
Overall this was a good story. I think the narrator struggled with a couple voices and at times I found one voice in particular to be a little shrill. Given she was voicing small owls it is understandable but still it detracted slightly. The story was innovative and fun but at times felt a little too expositional but this is easily forgiven. The characters were well written and interesting.
It was juvenile and lacked any substance nor an interesting storyline. I managed to listen to about 90 minutes and gave up.
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