Brian Jacques
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Brian Jacques

A well-known radio personality in his native Liverpool--as well as an actor, stand-up comic, and playwright--Brian Jacques (1939-2011) was the host of "Jakestown" on BBC Radio Merseyside. Ever the performer, Jacques was well-known for applying his acting and entertainment background to his lively presentations to legions of young fans at schools across the United States and England. Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact. He grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks. His interest in adventure stories began at an early age with reading the books of: Daniel Defoe, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Thomas Malory, Robert Michael Ballantyne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Kenneth Grahame. He attended St. John's School, an inner city school that had its playground on the roof. On his first day at St. John's, at the age of ten, he had an experience that marked his potential as a writer. When given an assignment of writing a story about animals, he wrote about the bird that cleaned a crocodile's teeth. The teacher could not, and would not, believe that a ten year old could write that well. When young Brian refused to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was caned as "a liar". He had always loved to write, but it was only then, that he realized that he had a talent for writing. "My favourite teacher was Mr. Austin Thomas. He looked like Lee Marvin. Big Man. A Captain in World War II. He came to school on a big bush bike with the haversack on back. He was a man's man. Always fair. I was fourteen at the time when Mr. Thomas introduced the class to poetry and Greek literature. (Because of him, I saved seven shillings and sixpence to buy The Iliad and The Odyssey at this dusty used book shop.)" This interest in poetry extended to Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Goldsmith. It was also at St. John's that Brian met a teacher, Alan Durband (who also taught two Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison), who, more than thirty years later would bring about a major change in his life. After Brian finished school at fifteen, he set out to find adventure as a merchant seaman. He travelled to many far away ports, including New York, Valparaiso, San Francisco, and Yokohama. Tiring of the lonely life of a sailor, he returned to Liverpool where he worked as a railway fireman, a longshoreman, a long-distance truck driver, a bus driver, a boxer, a bobby (Police Constable 216D), a postmaster, and a stand-up comic. Jacques passed away in February of 2011 at the age of 71.

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    • Redwall

    • Redwall, Book 1
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    • Narrated by: Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Jonathan on 03-21-04

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    • Mossflower

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    • Narrated by: Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 894
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Laura on 04-18-05

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    • Mattimeo

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    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
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    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 472
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      5 out of 5 stars 364
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    Mattimeo should have been named "trouble"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Kindle Customer on 07-22-05

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    • Mariel of Redwall

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    Mousemaid Mariel and her bellmaker father are besieged and tossed into the sea by vicious pirate rat Gabool and his thugs....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Excellent Tale and Production

    • By Joshua M. on 09-01-16

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    • Martin the Warrior

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    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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    • Overall
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    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 326
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    A shadow has fallen on the shore of the Eastern sea, a shadow called Marshank. In this cold stone fortress, a stoat named Badrang holds dozens of innocent creatures as slaves....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Fireside Tale for all Ages

    • By Diane on 01-08-13

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    • Salamandastron

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    • Narrated by: Full Cast
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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    While the good creatures of Redwall Abbey relax during the hot summer, the mountain stronghold of Salamandastron is under siege....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • All thats missing is Brian Jaques

    • By Grace on 12-14-08

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    • The Bellmaker

    • By: Brian Jacques
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    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 206
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    Joseph the Bellmaker is troubled. It has been four seasons since his warrior-mouse daughter, Mariel, and her companion, Dandin, set off from Redwall to fight evil in Mossflower....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Excellent Work

    • By Joshua M. on 07-20-17

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    • Loamhedge

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    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
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    • Overall
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    New York Times best-selling author Brian Jacques is one of the most popular storytellers in the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Adventure Unlimited

    • By Susan on 10-11-04

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    • Triss

    • By: Brian Jacques
    • Narrated by: Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
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      5 out of 5 stars 162
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    Long-time fans and newcomers alike will relish this animal fable from Brian Jacques....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved the book!

    • By Lisa on 02-17-05

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    • Rakkety Tam

    • By: Brian Jacques
    • Narrated by: Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
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    • Story
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    New York Times best-selling author Brian Jacques has millions of copies of his phenomenally popular Redwall series in print....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Took me back to Story Time back when I was a Kid

    • By Craig on 02-03-05

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