The title covers it: the story is fantastic, but many of the voices in the cast are supremely irritating. Abbot Mortimer sounds like a bad imitation of John Cleese's Nearly Headless Nick. Matthias isn't bad, but he has a tendency to put pauses in bizarre places, which gets old. As he is the main character, this wears quickly.
It's a pretty generic hero story, with the minor exception that the hero's a mouse. It has a lot of the same feel as Star Wars (innocent hero embracing an unexpected destiny, gaining friends and learning his own identity in the process).
NOPE. It was one of my favorite books as a child, I still re-read it occasionally as an adult, and I couldn't STAND the audio version past Chapter 3. I tried, but argh.
But hey, I listened to those three chapters in one sitting. Does that count?
I liked this book as a child, but when I got the audible version, the performance of the voice actors was distracting. The thick, fake accents and the overly dramatic utterances made it difficult. It's better in book form.
Redwall is an interesting story. Many of the elements to be present in the rest of the series started here... But unrefined. Things vanish with no warning, and cultures are refined. Still, this is a good listen if you want to see where it all started, and if only for Cluny the Scourge. Jason Mulhearn takes what could be considered a villainous rasp, or deep rumble, and turns it into a smooth accented cadence all his own. He gave Cluny a clever voice, one full of guile. For all the flaws of this prototype of a book, he more than made up for them with such a unique villain's voice.
Hindsight is 20/20, and in this case, it is hard to say. This started the series I fell in love with years ago, but it is flawed. Rather than ask would I change it, I ask should I? After all, it is interesting to see a story evolve, and few series claim such an evolution.
I have, and it ranks high on the list. The voice sound natural for the characters, and have very little forcing behind them. The voices fit and the author's Narrative chops work well.
Not really, this is better taken in small bites than all in one go.
I am happy to have listened to the Story of Redwall. I am sorry for the death of my favorite author, bit happy to see that his books still hold meaning.
Nothing is better than print.
Yes. Great story for 5th graders and older - even for adults.
Fun, well performed, enjoyable.
This isn't just a rat infestation - it's a battle.
The chapters are off - says 9 but there are many more chapters than this. Hard to follow along in the book (as I have my 11 year old daughter do). Is this the app on my iPhone 5s? Would love to have chapters working properly.
My granddaughter introduced me to the books years ago and when I found them on audio, I was thrilled. I love Brian Jacques narration and the cast does wonderful voice work creating each character.
I think there is something in these books for all ages!
I loved all of the characters but especially Matthias who found out that he had an inner warrior that he never knew about
Brian Jacques and the cast bring the characters to life. I can see Matthias, Methuselah, Warbeak and of course, Cluny the Scourge among many others when I hear their voices.
Methuselah's death was so sad.