I read this book several years ago in print. I enjoyed it then. This audio version makes it come even more to life.
The characters are all believable and have personalities. They are not just some cardboard cutout. You forget at times that they are mice and rats and other woodland critters. It is a very heartwarming tale for young and old alike. A great family read or an enjoyable way to pass the time.
I loved listening to this selection. Having a massive cast, it was a lot of fun to hear the different dialects of each animal species. Brian Jacques, unlike many authors who read their own work, was a fantastic narrator! I'll definitely be getting the next in the series!
I was looking for something different after getting sick of Jordan's laboring Eye of the World series and stumbled blindly upon Redwall which I had never heard of before. Based off these reviews I gave it a shot and wasn't disappointed. While not the greatest acheivment in writing, it is very entertaining.
It does take a few minutes to get going though, I had to get past a few chapters before I was hooked. The main character Mathias was annoying at first, and the author's overly dramatic narration at the end of chapters: "Cluny was coming!", "Cluny had arrived!", "No one would escape Cluny the Scourge!" etc. was also a bit over the top, but I'm sure kids would appreciate it more.
The narration as a cast was done well. I had the hardest time with the author who does the bulk of the narrative, his "s" sounds sometimes were difficult. Also some of Cluny's rats were hard if not impossible to understand. There was one point where I listened to a section of dialog 5 times and I still don't know what was said. But generally the characters are very well read, Cluny, Constance, Basil, Asmodaos (SP?) and Methuselah stand out.
Overall a good read with some nice humorous moments. I hope the next books in the series do a little more character development.
Difficult to say - we only got 30 minutes into it and were all bored.
The performances just did not build empathy with the characters or any interest in finding out what would happen to them.
My kids love these books, so I thought I'd try listening to one. Sorry. It was so boring I quit after four hours. I could not bring myself to care what happened next. If you already love these stories you'll probably love the audiobook, but if you are completely unfamiliar with the animal world of Redwall, you might want to check out the book first and see if it grabs you before you pop for the audio version. Wish I hadn't bought it.
This book came highly recommended. I had attempted it in print a few years ago, but never made it through. I had a hard time in audio format, as well.
While one could make the excuse of it being a children's book, I felt that the characters were never truly tested. I never doubted that they would succeed, and instead felt that I was several steps ahead of the story.
My other problem was with the narrator. While the other voices were mostly clear, I sometimes had a hard time following the narration segments, because of the narrator's accent.
I had to stop listening. Fifty-three minutes in (I had to struggle to make it that far), I stopped the recording, because it is narrated so poorly. Jacques is a good writer, but the man can't perform his prose to save his life. One word: rushed. It felt like everyone was trying to perform as quickly as possible so they could go home. Instead of relishing words, he slips over them in sloshy sibilance. Too bad, I really wanted to listen to this.
I was appalled at the gruesome violence in this book. Even in an adult tale, I would probably fast forward through the graphic depictions of executions, horrid deaths, and a truly sadistic "bad guy." I would never recommend this for a child, nor any of my adult friends. Maybe the later books, if they don't include this character, are a better read, but I won't waste my time to find out. I found the main character, Matthias, to possess enough undesirable traits to make him not a particularly good role model or even a sympathetic character. I hate to sound like some kind of do-gooder, because I'm not, but this book hit all the wrong chords for me. I think this book, like Watership Down, uses cute woodland creatures to tell a very dark tale indeed.