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Publisher's Summary

It began as a dream, a quest for the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a mythic place where each night an order of owls rises to perform noble deeds. There Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger hope to find inspiration to fight the evil that dwells in the owl kingdom.

The journey is long and harrowing. When Soren and his friends finally arrive at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, they will be tested in ways they never dreamed and face challenges they never imagined. If they can learn from their leaders and from one another, they will soon become true Ga'Hoolian owls, honest and brave, wise and true.

©2003 Kathryn Lasky (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Fantasy [lover]s will enjoy the adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

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10 year old approves

my 10 year old has loved this series, the characters are interesting and mystical

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Didn't finish it.

I couldn't finish this one. It's in a series and I got through book 1 but found that beyond that, the story just seemed to go nowhere.
If you can manage to stay interested enough to listen to all 9? books in the series, you have more staying power than me.

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  • 19-08-2021

Good listen

2nd book in series. Age group: 10yrs to adult. Mild thriller: drama; war,; community; family; communism. Clean values/language.

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Had a good time

I genuinely had a great time listening to this audiobook, the narrator did a really good job. I have some pretty minor complaints, Gilfies voice was sometimes a touch on the annoying side. It wasn't terrible and didn't put me off listening, it was sometimes just a bit annoying when Gilfie would have a long passage of speaking. Also the songs in this were....interesting to listen to. I can't blame the narrator as I don't think anyone could pull off a crowd of emotionally dead owls singing.

I do have some criticism on some aspects of the plot, there were some extreme conveniences that happened, most can be excused with the fact of it being an unknown world so the author can use the lore to allow these conveniences, feing it in their gizzards was a common one. But a couple were a bit ridiculous, the ending in particular.

Overall I enjoyed it immensely, despite my criticisms and plan to continue on with the series.

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Developing a world, feeling so much like a sequel.

This whole story felt much like a "chapter 2". It was enchanting to hear more from familiar characters but the whole thing felt like a glorified training montage. This is a good continuation of the story told so far, but does not stand well by itself. It is easy to see how our little band, from this part of the story onward, develop their own speciality skills, as they start to grow out of their adolescence into fully fledged adults. If this were a roleplaying game, our characters just started their specialisations, and have been grinding a bit, to level up their new skills. The whole story so far leaves me feeling the anticipation of what will happen when they come together to augment each other, and to overcome their great challenges. It seems I need to develop that patience that has been spoken of by their teachers!

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A Great Kids Series

The series is really well written, has an interesting plot and the narrator has a lovely voice with nearly a musical sound.

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Could they not find someone who could sing

I am having a jod distinguishing between her voices. They are ALL squeaky and her singing voice is terrible. The story is slow but it is not helped by the poor narration.
Shame because the kids like the story but are confused by the poor voices.

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Amazing 😉

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-2019

One of the best audiobooks ever

I read the first book as a physical book. This one was even better and exciting. I loved the narrator. Actually hearing the owl's songs added something great to the experience. Makes you fall in love with owls!

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  • Blackwidow442
  • 20-02-2022

Loving theses book.

The performance is vary good. Seen the movie years ago with my son , wish I would of knew this was a book back then I would of read them to my so.

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  • Emlyn
  • 02-09-2021

Wonderful book and excellent reader!

I highly recommend this creative story. So many details and a beautifully ever changing timeline of events.

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  • Jason Everett Hayes
  • 09-03-2021

A Light and Enjoyable Read

It has it's dark moments, but overall, it's and entertaining tale. I like how it doesn't completely remove the universe of birds--or even animals--from the human world. No humans are ever present, but they are vaguely mentioned in the story, showing how these two worlds are contemporary. I am curious to see how the story continues.

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  • mathew thompson
  • 10-01-2021

The calm before the storm.

If you were hoping the first book was really building up to something, you wil be disappointed. The second book is just about the characters hanging out at one location and learning new skills.

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  • HABIBTI JASMIN SINGH
  • 09-01-2021

lov the movie & the book as well 👍🏻

love this ch. start from book 1 . now going to my nx book . been good so far

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2020

Great Story

This book is fun to listen to in the series. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-2016

Journey -Guardians

Story line was good. I liked the narrator. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Joyce
  • 20-06-2012

Great story

Would you consider the audio edition of The Journey to be better than the print version?

I have no time for printed books, but use audio books to pass time while commuting. I truely enjoyed the story line and will probably get all the books for my grandson.

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

The journey is a wonderfully done good guys and bad guys book.

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  • Busy Momma
  • 28-07-2017

Great Glaux!

Amazing book even better than the first book, narrator is amazing (I love her Ms. P voice the best) the only complaint I have is that there are other sentient animals that are minuscule to the story (puffins, eagles, and foxes) but then I guess it would be too much like Redwall.


More action than the moonblinking of the first book and more owls on the right side.

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