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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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    Jeff Moncton, NB, Canada 07-07-11
    Jeff Moncton, NB, Canada 07-07-11
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    "Quite Enjoyable"

    Excellent story with great characters. Was suprised by the level of violence so I would not recomend this for kids younger than twelve or so. Some of the voice actors in this audio book are exellent while others are more amateurish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela COLUMBIA, NJ, United States 06-04-11
    Pamela COLUMBIA, NJ, United States 06-04-11
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    "Completely wonderful"

    Granted this is a child's book - but I found it thoroughly engaging to listen to as I drove to/from work.

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    Debbie Quakertown, PA, USA 06-09-06
    Debbie Quakertown, PA, USA 06-09-06
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    "A fun story"

    I read this book several years ago in print. I enjoyed it then. This audio version makes it come even more to life.
    The characters are all believable and have personalities. They are not just some cardboard cutout. You forget at times that they are mice and rats and other woodland critters. It is a very heartwarming tale for young and old alike. A great family read or an enjoyable way to pass the time.

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    Joshua Astoria, NY, USA 05-22-06
    Joshua Astoria, NY, USA 05-22-06
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    "The full cast makes it GREAT!"

    I loved listening to this selection. Having a massive cast, it was a lot of fun to hear the different dialects of each animal species. Brian Jacques, unlike many authors who read their own work, was a fantastic narrator! I'll definitely be getting the next in the series!

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    Josh South Haven, MN, USA 10-06-05
    Josh South Haven, MN, USA 10-06-05 Member Since 2014
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    "A pleasant surprise"

    I was looking for something different after getting sick of Jordan's laboring Eye of the World series and stumbled blindly upon Redwall which I had never heard of before. Based off these reviews I gave it a shot and wasn't disappointed. While not the greatest acheivment in writing, it is very entertaining.

    It does take a few minutes to get going though, I had to get past a few chapters before I was hooked. The main character Mathias was annoying at first, and the author's overly dramatic narration at the end of chapters: "Cluny was coming!", "Cluny had arrived!", "No one would escape Cluny the Scourge!" etc. was also a bit over the top, but I'm sure kids would appreciate it more.

    The narration as a cast was done well. I had the hardest time with the author who does the bulk of the narrative, his "s" sounds sometimes were difficult. Also some of Cluny's rats were hard if not impossible to understand. There was one point where I listened to a section of dialog 5 times and I still don't know what was said. But generally the characters are very well read, Cluny, Constance, Basil, Asmodaos (SP?) and Methuselah stand out.

    Overall a good read with some nice humorous moments. I hope the next books in the series do a little more character development.

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    Jesus Mercedes, TX, USA 10-29-04
    Jesus Mercedes, TX, USA 10-29-04 Member Since 2003
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    "A Cartoon for your ears"

    The Characters are wonderful and the cast is truly top notch.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Helena, MT, United States 11-04-10
    Kris Helena, MT, United States 11-04-10 Member Since 2011

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    "The Worst Reading In The History of Narration"

    I had to stop listening. Fifty-three minutes in (I had to struggle to make it that far), I stopped the recording, because it is narrated so poorly. Jacques is a good writer, but the man can't perform his prose to save his life. One word: rushed. It felt like everyone was trying to perform as quickly as possible so they could go home. Instead of relishing words, he slips over them in sloshy sibilance. Too bad, I really wanted to listen to this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa L. Hilton 05-03-05 Member Since 2007
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    "Not engaging and hard to understand"

    This book came highly recommended. I had attempted it in print a few years ago, but never made it through. I had a hard time in audio format, as well.

    While one could make the excuse of it being a children's book, I felt that the characters were never truly tested. I never doubted that they would succeed, and instead felt that I was several steps ahead of the story.

    My other problem was with the narrator. While the other voices were mostly clear, I sometimes had a hard time following the narration segments, because of the narrator's accent.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    hfrances California usa 06-06-12
    hfrances California usa 06-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Just could not keep listening"
    What would have made Redwall better?

    Difficult to say - we only got 30 minutes into it and were all bored.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Harry Potter


    What didn’t you like about Brian Jacques and Full Cast ’s performance?

    The performances just did not build empathy with the characters or any interest in finding out what would happen to them.


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    Kristine Hibbing, MN, USA 11-29-07
    Kristine Hibbing, MN, USA 11-29-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Talking Critters Didn't Do It For Me"

    My kids love these books, so I thought I'd try listening to one. Sorry. It was so boring I quit after four hours. I could not bring myself to care what happened next. If you already love these stories you'll probably love the audiobook, but if you are completely unfamiliar with the animal world of Redwall, you might want to check out the book first and see if it grabs you before you pop for the audio version. Wish I hadn't bought it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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