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
"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)
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not really, this is better taken in small bites than all in one go.
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.
Nothing is better than print.
Yes. Great story for 5th graders and older - even for adults.
Fun, well performed, enjoyable.
This isn't just a rat infestation - it's a battle.
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.
"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.
"Strong accents but lack of sincerity"
Plot-line is engaging, but unconvincing narration. It lacks sincerity.
Animals as characters, but anthromorphism doesn't seem right for this story.
WIth my 9 year old daughter, perhaps
Maybe after I finished the series.
I loved the funny voices for some characters and the accent of the author.
"brilliant story well told"
a brilliantly crafted and narrated story not just for kids discriptive and exiting story
one for all the family
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