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Redwall: Redwall, Book 1 | [Brian Jacques]

Redwall: Redwall, Book 1

When Redwall was published in 1987 it catapulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. And small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.
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Publisher's Summary

When Redwall was published in 1987 it catapulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. And small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.

That hero is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey. The villain is Cluny the Scourge, one of the most deliciously despicable rats of all time. The unforgettable cast of supporting characters includes the stalwart badger Constance, an irrepressible hare named Basil Stag Hare, and the elderly wisemouse Brother Methuselah.

But most of all there is Matthias, seeking his true destiny in a journey that will lead through danger and despair to true wisdom.

Don't miss any of Brian Jacques' Redwall series.

©1995 The Redwall Abbey Company, Ltd. (P)1997 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"This epic adventure contains elements of all grand quests, with heroic archetypes that will keep fans of Tolkien and King Arthur tales engaged to the final battle." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ed 08-13-15
    Ed 08-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic tale"

    lots of action,adventure, laughs and plenty of evil rats! well worth the purchase. enjoy my friends!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mairead O'Sullivan Washington, DC United States 07-17-15
    Mairead O'Sullivan Washington, DC United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Annoying voice acting; great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Redwall to and why?

    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).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelid 07-09-15
    Kelid 07-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The fake accents were distracting."

    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.

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    Cathleen 06-13-15
    Cathleen 06-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "EPICNESS"

    The most epic epic that I have ever read It is so cool I just love it

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    FRich 05-16-15
    FRich 05-16-15
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    "Fun book."

    A great writer that makes it seem that you're right there in person. Great story for escaping the real world.

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    Joshua 05-01-15
    Joshua 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good book"

    book and auther both quite good. looking forward to more. the series has always stayed high in quality.

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    Kathryn Null 04-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Supercalafragilisticexpealodoshis"

    Super great there are no word the book can say to try to pull my love away from the book 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍love it .

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    Casey 02-14-15
    Casey 02-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The beginning of a Legend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Brian Jacques and Full Cast ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, this is better taken in small bites than all in one go.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 01-29-15
    Jennifer 01-29-15
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    "I grew up with the story of Redwall and pleased."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DadWithAPenDotCom 10-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoying the narration but Chapters are off?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Redwall to be better than the print version?

    Nothing is better than print.


    Would you recommend Redwall to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Great story for 5th graders and older - even for adults.


    What three words best describe Brian Jacques and Full Cast ’s performance?

    Fun, well performed, enjoyable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This isn't just a rat infestation - it's a battle.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Clare
    Stroud, United Kingdom
    1/13/11
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    "Hooked from the start"

    This was the first Redwall book (by Brian Jacques) that I ever listened to and I love it as much now as I did all those years ago. I'm thrilled that it's on audible as my tape copy died a long time ago from over use. A truly wonderful story that readers of all ages can listen to over and over again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andy Goodwin
    5/20/15
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    "Strong accents but lack of sincerity"
    What did you like best about Redwall? What did you like least?

    Plot-line is engaging, but unconvincing narration. It lacks sincerity.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Animals as characters, but anthromorphism doesn't seem right for this story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Jacques and Full Cast ’s performances?

    No


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    WIth my 9 year old daughter, perhaps


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Milo
    2/23/15
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    "Good audiobook"
    Would you listen to Redwall again? Why?

    Maybe after I finished the series.


    What other book might you compare Redwall to, and why?

    Narnia


    Have you listened to any of Brian Jacques and Full Cast ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the funny voices for some characters and the accent of the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BOLTON, United Kingdom
    5/21/13
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    "brilliant story well told"

    a brilliantly crafted and narrated story not just for kids discriptive and exiting story
    one for all the family

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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