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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20,313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheila Burnford Narrator: Megan Follows Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750386
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Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier, and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian wilderness. Separately, they would soon have died. But, together, the three house pets faced starvation, exposure, and wild forest animals to make their way home to the family they love. The Incredible Journey is one of the great children’s stories of all time—and has been popular ever since its debut in 1961.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1963 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clacie | 2/3/2014

    " Great story. I really liked it. I remember watching the movie when I was a kid. From what I remember of it, the book was quite different. Maybe I'll rewatch it with my kids. I love a good animal book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/1/2014

    " I read this in grade nine. I still remember it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fenixbird SandS | 1/31/2014

    " I believe this amazing tale was read to me in my very early primary grades. loved the risk & adventer of the animals' great long trip to reconnect with lost owners..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tolin | 1/25/2014

    " Instinct told them that the way home was to the west. And so the young Labrador retriever, the bull terrier and the Siamese set out through the Canadian wilderness. Separately, they would soon have died. But, together, the three house pets faced starvation, exposure, and wild forest animals to make their way home to the family they love. The Incredible Journey is one of the great children's stories of all time--and has been popular ever since its debut in 1961. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ainma | 1/21/2014

    " It was very good with interesting turns throughtout. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirse | 1/18/2014

    " This was one of my two favorite books as a kid. (I was really into dogs.) I have read it countless times, and my throat still closes up at the end... :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/13/2014

    " First read this many years ago, and a few times since then. It is a wonderful YA book, and it's great for adults as well. It's an easy read, but I'm always teary-eyed at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/11/2014

    " One of my favorite books when I was younger. A story told with simplicity and restraint from the animal point of view. Much, much better than the Disney movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 1/11/2014

    " don't know what to say. when i was 20 for two nights i couldn't get to sleep. i had just moved back in to my mom's house for the second time and found this next to other books i hadn't read. and for the next two nights i read it. wasn't bad. as i finished the dawn was barly breaking. very peaceful. very warm. i set it down, done. and about ten minutes later everyone in the world stopped breathing. how was anyone to know it would be september the eleventh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacque | 1/2/2014

    " Very well written with beautiful prose but not very much character development. I'm not sure if the view point being third person omniscient was for the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/31/2013

    " I loved the movie when I was little, so when I saw this book on sale, I had to pick it up. What I liked most was that the animals do not actually talk with each other, that made it more 'real', and it was almost like a documentary, with all the descriptions of nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/30/2013

    " This is probably a 4th or 5th grade reading level book and it's the sweetest story of loyalty, friendship, and perseverance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack-jack | 12/27/2013

    " This was an amazing book! I loved the characters especially the cat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 12/10/2013

    " Before books on tape and CD, there were books on LP. I had this one. I liked it when I was a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 12/6/2013

    " My friend's family moved and they couldn't find their cat, Butterfly. They searched and searched for her but finally they had to give up and go to their new house in a totally far away town on Long Island. A few weeks later she showed up AT THEIR NEW HOUSE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/11/2013

    " My 10 year old son thinks this books contains too much description, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! The third person narrative added a fresh perspective. It wasn't the cheesy dog-talking-to-another-dog-or-cat novel that I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 9/15/2013

    " Beautifully written book and delightful story. This wasn't a children's book, but the kids enjoyed listening to it with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mhgerber | 9/28/2012

    " One of my favorite books from childhood "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rin | 9/16/2012

    " It was very good with interesting turns throughtout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skybirdsmom | 8/19/2012

    " One of my favorite books--read many years ago and loved it. Would like to read it again one of these days. The tales of the animals are sometimes harrowing but always interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 6/25/2012

    " A little slow, but really good. I cried at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 4/23/2012

    " I loved this book when I was young and a few years ago read it out loud to my daughter, which was a real struggle at the very end: tear-jerker! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devin Parrett | 1/7/2012

    " it was a good book lots of de. full of adventers.a must read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carina | 12/30/2011

    " I really did'n like this book because it is really wordy and the animals in the story talk through out the book. It is boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 9/17/2011

    " Just a wonderful story, far, far, far above the movie made later of the same name. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannon Karoly | 9/4/2011

    " good for animal lovers. not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisbeth Solberg | 8/14/2011

    " Read the book! Neither movie version captures it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob | 6/25/2011

    " This was a good book. It is a book where a cat and 2 dogs go off to the woods and well just if you want to know the rest then read the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/15/2011

    " I had a copy of this growing up. Read it several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzie | 4/27/2011

    " Yes, I had to read this book for schoolwork and chose it because I knew I could get done with it fast! If you like animal tales you'll love this book! (I didn't but that's just my opinion.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/24/2011

    " A story that I read in childhood about the travels of these three characters to find their way home. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 4/8/2011

    " I give this a 2.5 stars. Idk I just wasn't to excited about this book. The ending was cute but other than that it was just OK. "

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

    " A sweet book. The fact that the animals did not talk to each other (at least not in English) made the story seem more mature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wolfje | 4/5/2011

    " Still a great book to curl up with. Adorable and easily written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/19/2011

    " I loved the Disney movie and did not realize that there was a book. The book, however, is a little different from the movie. I really liked it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred D | 3/13/2011

    " I read this book back when I was in middle school, required reading for an English class. Pretty good. An amazing story, quite suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 3/10/2011

    " It was very good with interesting turns throughtout.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Little E | 2/15/2011

    " da cats in da cradle and two weird dogs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/15/2011

    " One of my favorite books when I was younger. A story told with simplicity and restraint from the animal point of view. Much, much better than the Disney movie! "

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About the Author

Shelia Burnford (1918–1984), a Scottish-born Canadian author, wrote books of fiction and nonfiction for both children and adults. In World War II she was an ambulance driver. Her most famous work was the children’s classic The Incredible Journey.

About the Narrator

Megan Follows is a Canadian actress who comes from a showbiz family. She has done many commercials and has appeared theatrical productions of Romeo and Juliet, Seven Lears: The Pursuit of the Good, and others. She has won two Gemini Awards for her work.