I originally read "Redwall" during a difficult period of my childhood. The animals of Mossflower gave me a second home to escape to as I struggled through life and a series of hospital visits. Matthias' strength and determination inspired me.
I've always enjoyed "full cast" readings, reminding me of the days of old radio dramas. I find them more engaging than just a standard reading, but a lot of audiobooks don't seem to do them anymore.
The fact that Brian Jacques reads his own work is a special treat for me, considering Mr. Jacques passed from this world in 2011. Having that small part of him linger on in connection with his work will continue to make this book and the entire Redwall series a special part of my life and my library.
Freshly graduated from college and working hard to figure out what my next step will be. Books and stories are my escape from the world.
Brain Jacques has given the world one of the best written and engaging tales of love, compassion and team work. The woodland creatures present an amazing set of morals within stories that can hold anyone's attention start to finish. The full production cast can throw you for a loop if you are used to a single reader but by the end of the story you will be well used to in and appreciate the entire production immensely! I am an avid reader and listener too many kinds of fiction on a daily basis and it all stems from reading these books as child with my parents. Every family should introduce these stories to their children as early as possible.
This book has tremendous value for young people thinking about the church today! Redwall will inspire children of all ages including adults to find their place in the church and defend the community from attackers! Terrific cast of characters, great humor, a sword quest, discovery, intrigue, battle-- it's all here!I actually cried when Matthias takes his stand!
The sense of discovery in finding the sword.
many of the characters are done to a T. Proper emphasis.
this book is very enjoyable for adults, but for young people between nine and 12--excellent!
Absolutely fantastic! I bought all the Redwall series books available for my Aunt who has Parkenson's disease and can no long hold a book to read. When I put the ear phoones in her ears and turned on the first book, the look on her face was priceless! Thanks to everyone responsible for making these books available on audible. We both enjoyed reading them in book form, many many times, and now my aunt can again enjoy them!
Excellent story with great characters. Was suprised by the level of violence so I would not recomend this for kids younger than twelve or so. Some of the voice actors in this audio book are exellent while others are more amateurish.
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.