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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,463 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathryn Lasky Narrator: Pamela Garelick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Guardians of Ga’Hoole Series Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781455193394
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Soren and his band are sent to the mysterious Northern Kingdoms to gather allies and learn the art of war in preparation for the coming cataclysmic battle against the sinister Pure Ones. Meanwhile, in the Southern Kingdoms, St. Aggie’s has fallen to the Pure Ones, and they are using its resources to plan a final invasion of the Great Ga’Hoole Tree. With the future of all Owldom in the balance, the parliament of Ga’Hoole must decide whether or not to join forces with the brutal Skench and Spoorn and the scattered remnants of St. Aggie’s who remain faithful to them. The coming conflagration will demand wisdom, bravery, and sacrifice from all the owls of the great tree and, from Soren and the band, nothing less than heroism.

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  • “Pamela Garelick has created a rich collection of voices and gives a spirited narration.”

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  • “Fantasy buffs will be entranced by this final installment that shows the value of courage, wisdom, and [the] importance of home.”

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  • “The book culminates in another epic battle…The Burning continues to examine the questions of conscience broached in the previous books.”

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  • “This moving good-versus-evil tale is sure to please fans of this exceptional series…New characters and unexpected twists in the plot make The Burning a gripping story.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 2/18/2014

    " This book, sequel to The Shattering by Kathryn Lasky, is a definite page-turner. After witnissing what the powerful flecks can do to owls, and hereing news that the Pure Ones, a group ow owls who believe that Barn Owls are the best type of owl, have taken over Saint Aggies, where the largest known supply of flecks is stored, the Guardians know that the Pure Ones must be stopped. But how? Otulissa, one of the Guardians, has the solution: invasion. Invasion of Saint Aggies canyons. But can they win? Not without the help of the troops from the Northern Kingdoms. So Soren and the Chaw of Chaws are dispatched to the Northern Kindoms to see if they can raise troops from the Northern Kingdoms to help them. But will they? And even if they can, will they be too late to stop them? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BJ | 2/18/2014

    " I read this book in three hours, It ended before I was ready to put the book down. Went right on to book 7. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 May | 2/13/2014

    " Well, this is the first book I have finished since I signed up. I love owls and these books are the reason. I read them in second or third grade, and they were great. After the movie came out I wanted to reread them. They are as good as I remember! They are for a younger age but have lots of information and good vocabulary. Any one can read them! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 2/12/2014

    " Worst series of books I have ever read. I read to this point and gave up after that. Just too unrealistic for my tastes, even though I read them at a younger age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/7/2014

    " Another great book. Loving this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayla | 1/12/2014

    " this book has some awesome action and then some. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/8/2014

    " Another book down. Good series. Cute plot. I love owls :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/8/2014

    " Very good book, i love the series more and more as i read along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Gurri | 12/11/2013

    " Its a nice series that deals with some serious issues and plot twists. However, I must admit that by book 6 I'm enjoying Colin's company and discussions about the books more than the books themselves. Lasky is eliciting some deep thinking from an almost 8 year old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 12/4/2013

    " Oh my goodness, I just flew through this book. Some story lines finished, but new ones started. So exciting that I could hardly put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jagatha | 11/3/2013

    " I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona | 10/16/2013

    " it made me cry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 8/27/2013

    " This book kind of ended a little part in the Guardians' series, kind of like a season finale in Avatar. It just totally changes everything. For a while after i read this, I thought the series was over. Until I went over to Elsie's house and she had book 7. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 1/3/2013

    " I always read books before I let my children read them. . .I'm really enjoying this series. I grew up in a birding family and we lived across from a field of burrowing owls. What fun it is to get into the minds of these fictional owls! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karilyn | 12/7/2012

    " This books takes us away from the main characters that we have been following into the world of their myths or the history of Ga'Hoole. It was harder for me to get into, but I did like the book. I am done reading the series for awhile. I need some adult books after reading this!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Codfish | 8/5/2012

    " my fav of series......so far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 7/23/2012

    " AMAZING, I LOVED IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 5/21/2012

    " The Pure Ones have take over St. Aggie's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olesya | 3/11/2012

    " Another great installment. The only criticism I have is that the final battle seemed a bit rushed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/7/2012

    " Great (of course) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi | 2/1/2012

    " The sixth book in the epic series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 12/26/2011

    " This is one of the best books in the series! This book is very sad but everyone good is fine in the end. These books have sort of gory title but they are MUST READS! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 9/29/2011

    " My favorite of the first 6, this ends with a mighty battle; awesome book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Peng | 9/15/2011

    " this is a great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 7/27/2011

    " I still like this series, though this book felt a little bit scattered in terms of plot and character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mellodi Parks | 7/27/2011

    " Wow. Yet another piece of the bigger story has fallen in to place. I cannot wait to read the rest of these. If you've never read this series, give it a read! You may even enjoy it, even if it's geared towards younger readers. On to the next book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared Dunn | 6/19/2011

    " A big battle! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/5/2011

    " My 8-year-old gives this 5 stars. My 3 felt a little generous for portions, just because there were plot holes, again, and a fairly anticlimactic end to one story line that had carried over several books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/14/2011

    " Its a nice series that deals with some serious issues and plot twists. However, I must admit that by book 6 I'm enjoying Colin's company and discussions about the books more than the books themselves. Lasky is eliciting some deep thinking from an almost 8 year old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek | 1/11/2011

    " Worst series of books I have ever read. I read to this point and gave up after that. Just too unrealistic for my tastes, even though I read them at a younger age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/9/2011

    " I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/6/2011

    " Another great book. Loving this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 12/10/2010

    " This is one of the best books in the series! This book is very sad but everyone good is fine in the end. These books have sort of gory title but they are MUST READS!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tama | 12/5/2010

    " Just finished book 5 and I started reading this one - good series so far.

    Great ending to this one. I understand the DVD comes out soon and I can't wait to see it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karilyn | 10/29/2010

    " This books takes us away from the main characters that we have been following into the world of their myths or the history of Ga'Hoole. It was harder for me to get into, but I did like the book. I am done reading the series for awhile. I need some adult books after reading this!! "

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About the Author
Author Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky has written many books. Among her works of fiction are The Night Journey, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and Beyond the Burning Time, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Her nonfiction has won the Newbery Honor, among other awards. She and her husband (and frequent nonfiction collaborator), photographer Christopher Knight, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Pamela Garelick was born in England. She acted in fringe theater there before coming to the United States, where she has worked as a voice-over artist in television and radio and as an audiobook narrator. Now living and working in Greece, she records, translates, and edits voice-overs from all over the world as well as narrating audiobooks in a small studio in her Mediterranean garden. She also paints silk clothing, bakes for the local cafés, and teaches newcomers the Greek language.