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Samuel J. White

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  • Triss

  • By: Brian Jacques
  • Narrated by: Brian Jacques, Full Cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Long-time fans and newcomers alike will relish this animal fable from Brian Jacques, whose books, including Redwall and Mossflower, are best sellers on both children's and adult lists. In Triss, the hero is a spunky young squirrelmaid who escapes servitude and finds a new destiny as a warrior at Redwall Abbey.

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

  • By Lisa on 02-17-05

Cool ideas, mixed bag

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-13

There are some good ideas here and a good performance from the cast (and as often, amusing songs), but the story is kind of a mess that feels like Jaques had some story ideas, but wasn't quite sure how to tie them together (Runaway slaves! Friends on a journey! Pirates! Three serpents connected to be one!). Good pay off, but the trip there could've been smoother...

  • Outcast of Redwall

  • By: Brian Jacques
  • Narrated by: Brian Jacques, full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

In this stirring, sword-rattling chapter in New York Times best-selling author Brian Jacques' beloved series, questions of right and wrong do not have simple answers. Abandoned by his evil warlord father Swartt Sixclaw, the ferret Veil is raised at Redwall. But when he commits an unforgivable crime, he is banished forever. So when Swartt goes on a rampage, Veil must make a choice. He can either fight for the father who orphaned him, or for those who turned him away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Uneven, but still enjoyable

  • By Samuel J. White on 11-11-12

Uneven, but still enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-12

Like the its source material, the audiobook of "Outcast of Redwall" is very uneven. The original book suffers from being so drawn out, overcrowded (even by RW standards) and literally all over the place.But it's still a fun, exciting story with likable, memorable characters and actions scenes that feel like Lord of the Rings with animals.
Some performers are better to listen to than others. For example, Bryony & Sunflash sound real good while while Swartt varies from scene to scene and Veil is clearly voiced by someone too old (trying too hard to sound young) who misses the mark a lot, sounding better as a bad guy than when he's supposed to be good/sympathetic.
But the real fun is in the songs. Adapting the verses from the book could've been a drag, but having them fully orchestrated and sung often made them a hoot, especially when there's a chorus. First time I ever experienced a musical audiobook!
So while not the exactly the best audiobook in the Tales of Redwall, it can certainly be quite entertaining.

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