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Publisher's Summary

Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, evil that threatens to change Soren's life forever.

Soren is captured and taken to a dark and forbidding 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, find out that the orphanage is actually a training camp. Soren and Gylfie know that the only way out is up. To escape, they will need to do something these fledglings have never done before: fly. And so begins a magical journey. 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 unimaginable danger.

©2003 Kathryn Lasky; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Sweet

Where does The Capture rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good, top one third.

What other book might you compare The Capture to and why?

Eragon.<br/>Very imaginative fantasy world.

Have you listened to any of Pamela Garelick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I loved the different voices she uses for each owl. The singing of the owl songs I found charming, Thankfully it was not highly produced. Who knows how an owl, especially a baby owl, would sing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Owl Adventures

Any additional comments?

I needed to listen to something relaxing, which is why I choose a children's book. It took my mind off my worries and even made me laugh at times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Captivating

From the very start the simple yet immersive language, speaking from an older teen, was fantastic to listen to while biking to and from work. Will enjoy the continuation this summer.

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outstanding

good read for me. for me into the book wish all the voices didn't mesh though

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great book for kids I love the inspiration to kids

love to read the hole sirece I love the inspiration it brought my kids

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good story, ok narrator.

The story is well worth the read either in audio or in binding. The only issue I take with the audio was that the voice given to Gylphy (?) was shrill and hard to listen to. I appreciate when a narrator has special voices for each character, but it was difficult to listen when Gylphy spoke.

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Hopes dashed

This author is capable of better, and has done better (Elizabeth I). This story begins well, with the potential to impart--in story form--to both children and adults, all sorts of knowledge about birds and other natural life. The reader does well here also. But it rapidly deteriorates into a 3rd rate attempt to turn birds into evildoers vs good guys; and it fails even at that. Even a children's story should not insult the intelligence and should be believable as a fantasy world. Usually I listen to stories over and over again, even as most children like to do with favorites. I have deleted this one from my MP3 player as not worth even the first listening.
The second book in this series is--unbelievably--even worse. My grandhcildren will never hear this, if I can help it.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucy
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 08-13-13

So Slow

I usually enjoy children's and young adult literature, but this did nothing for me. At best it was slow start to what I imagine to be a mediocre series. The narrator is also more than a little grating.

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-03-17

Whole family loved it

We were all hooked from the first chapter and are looking forward to next book already. Characters all ages could be interested in.