Not at all. If you haven't already read this story, it is absolutely worth investing the time into, but read it in physical format. The voice acting is completely over-the-top, and very strongly detracts from the story. For some reason, many of the voice actors felt the characters should only communicate by yelling at one another. Combined with overly-dramatic accents, it makes listening quite difficult and often annoying.
I first read this story almost 15 years ago, so it was great to read it again. It's a classic, fun good vs. evil story, but with rodents in place of humans. It's a very fun, lighthearted take on this type of story, and enjoyable for all ages.
The voice acting was very much overdone. Brian Jacques' performance as narrator was well done, but nearly every other character caused me to cringe after the first hour of listening. Many characters communicate only by yelling, which made listening a chore as I found myself constantly adjusting the volume down for 1 to 2 lines of dialogue. The accents and voices are also embarrassingly embellished, and don't add anything to the story.
If you have any interest in reading this novel, or any of the sequels/prequels, by all means do! They are great, fun stories for all ages. But please do not listen to this "Full Cast Performance." It was so painful I had to remember back to why I liked the book in the first place. Instead of listening, go out and get the physical book to read.
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