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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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    Jennifer 01-29-15
    Jennifer 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Glenn 10-05-14
    Glenn 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lakhi 04-25-14
    lakhi 04-25-14
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    "Love All The Redwall Books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Redwall to be better than the print version?

    My granddaughter introduced me to the books years ago and when I found them on audio, I was thrilled. I love Brian Jacques narration and the cast does wonderful voice work creating each character.
    I think there is something in these books for all ages!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of the characters but especially Matthias who found out that he had an inner warrior that he never knew about


    What does Brian Jacques and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brian Jacques and the cast bring the characters to life. I can see Matthias, Methuselah, Warbeak and of course, Cluny the Scourge among many others when I hear their voices.


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

    Methuselah's death was so sad.


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    Kris 11-07-13
    Kris 11-07-13
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    "Great story to listen to"
    If you could sum up Redwall in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, exciting, imaginative


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were very well voiced.


    What does Brian Jacques and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing it brings more of a life like quality to the characters, helping immerse the reader into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    From reading these books years ago as a kid, listening to them again has been a great pastime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 04-25-13
    Mary 04-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A VERY, VERY GOOD BOOK."
    Would you listen to Redwall again? Why?

    Yes,i would. The narrators are so good and there is a lot of action.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Matthias is so brave agenst cluny the scourge.


    What does Brian Jacques and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is easy to understand the different people and it is fun to listen to the their voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When Basil stag hair tricked the rats I laughed so hard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cleveland, TX, United States 12-02-12
    Amazon Customer Cleveland, TX, United States 12-02-12
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    "Warm and Heartfelt Memories"

    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.

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    Nick Bozeman, MT 11-06-12
    Nick Bozeman, MT 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good"

    I was worried about the full cast, but it really enhanced the experience. Brian Jacques as the narrator was superb.

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    Heinen Spokane, WA, United States 09-25-12
    Heinen Spokane, WA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "A children's classic"

    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.

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    Michael Groton, NY, United States 03-05-12
    Michael Groton, NY, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Courage! Epic Sword Quest! seamless full cast!"
    What did you love best about Redwall?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redwall?

    The sense of discovery in finding the sword.


    What does Brian Jacques and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    many of the characters are done to a T. Proper emphasis.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    this book is very enjoyable for adults, but for young people between nine and 12--excellent!

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    Jerris Middleburg, FL, United States 09-28-11
    Jerris Middleburg, FL, United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Redwall, Books 1 & 2"

    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!

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