Bound to a wheelchair, young haremaid Martha Braebuck wonders if Loamhedge, the forgotten Abbey, may hold the key to her cure. To find out, Braggon the otter and Sarobando the squirrel head for Loamhedge on Martha's behalf. As soon as they are gone, Redwall Abbey is attacked by the ruthless searat Raga Bol and his villainous cronies. But what Raga Bol doesn't know is he is being pursued by a massive badger with a deadly bow, and a taste for revenge.
Whether you are a frequent visitor to this colorful world or this is your first expedition, Loamhedge will satisfy your thirst for sweeping adventure and a tale told well.
Don't miss any of Brian Jacques' Redwall series.
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"The action never lets up, the bad guys are satisfyingly evil, and the Abbeybeasts seem like old friends. The story is laced with humor, the feasts are mouth-watering, and the language is rich. Yep, it's another good yarn." (Booklist)
One of the better entries in Brian Jacques "Redwall" series.
The story begins near the seashore, where a pair of otters makes a shocking discovery - two badgers who have been attacked by the vermin hordes of Ragga Bol. One is dead. The other, Lonna Bowstripe, is badly injured. The otters take the great creature in and help him to recover. Lonna recovers, swearing revenge on Bol.
In the mean time, two of Redwall's prodigal "dibbuns" return home after a lifetime of wandering. Bragoon the otter and Saro the squirrel soon leave the abbey to find a cure for Martha, a young haremaid confined to a wheelchair. This cure can only be found at the ancient abbey at Loamhedge. They soon find themselves the unwilling teachers of Redwall's three current troublemakers, who have decided to join the adventure.
While Bragoon, Saro, and the others are off on their quest, Ragga Bol and crew attack the abbey, attempting to take it for their own, and enslave the peaceful creatures within. With the Otter crew gone for the season, and no warrior in residence, the residents of Redwall must rely on their own intellects to keep the vermin at bay until help arrives...
Brian Jacques once again transports us to the magical country of Mossflower and Redwall Abbey, with it's brave and wise beasts, and evil, marauding vermin. The story of Lonnar Boldstripe and his quest for revenge is interwoven with the quest of Briggoon and Sarabando to find a cure for the paralysed haremaid Martha. The two stories mesh togother nicely and the ending is both happy and bittersweet. The production values on the audio are first class, with a large cast investing the characters with individual voices and personalities.
Although this is ostensibly a book series for children, much of the action would be a little too violent for the young ones and could cause nightmares. It is one of the best audio interpetations I have ever listened to, no surprise, give the author's background in radio, and his involvement in the project as both narrator and executive producer. Well worth acquiring, whether you are a long time fan of the Redwall series or a first time listener.
The story is OK, but for an American listener the accents of some of the characters are so strong that it is difficult to understand them. This is not really conveyed in the excerpt that you can listen to. Also, the abundant songs that are mixed in with the story detract from it quite a bit in my opinion.
A better reading.
I cannot speak directly concerning the story, I have not managed to complete the book.
I don't know, maybe I can tell you once I've read the book.
I am a great fan of Brian Jaques works. I have found myself lost in the world of Mossflower on many occasions, and have been thoroughly entertained, so I had no reservations about purchasing two of these books. My mistake. I enjoy the way the books bring you into their environment and make the characters seem believable. The audio books, however, seem to be approached from the standpoint that the listener is listening in on a world much smaller and shriller than his/her own. I understand the concept, but believe it was a mistake. Imagine listening to hours and hours of a story where most of the characters have the voice of mickey mouse, or someone with a higher, more grating, sing-song voice. I have not been able to enjoy this story, as I cannot get past the nerve grating voices. I will go back to reading these wonderful books. Mr. Jaques' voice is pleasing enough, but the "full cast" has to go. I would reccomend that Mr. Jaques gets some pointers from, or better yet, hires....Jim Dale.
It's A great book! Full of adventures and Forest creatures are all there really,
And it's got different places like they are at Redwall for 10 to 30 minutes then they are with the Adventurers then 10 to 30 minutes later they are with a Vermin band,but dibbens will call them Vermints. And anyway it's a great book!
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