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Publisher's Summary

With millions of copies of his Redwall series in print, Brian Jacques is one of the most popular authors in the world. A New York Times best seller, Mariel of Redwall serves up generous helpings of everything Jacques' countless fans love: rousing escapades, mouthwatering feats, and endearing characters from deep in the woods of Mossflower country.

Mousemaid Mariel and her bellmaker father are besieged and tossed into the sea by vicious pirate rat Gabool and his thugs. Washed ashore, Mariel is taken in by the kind animals of Redwall Abbey. But Mariel cannot find her father and is certain he has lost his life. With a motley band of adventurers, she swears revenge and begins a perilous quest straight into the heart of Gabool's stronghold, where a few surprises await.

Longtime fans of the world Mossflower will find everything they love in this exhilarating tale, while newcomers will have no trouble jumping straight in and getting lost in a magical, marvelous world.

Don't miss any of Brian Jacques' Redwall series.
©1991 Redwall Abbey Company Ltd. (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

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"A satisfying ripsnorter of an adventure." (Kirkus Reviews)

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An Excellent Tale and Production

A wonderful telling of a classic tale of adventure and food. Redwall books are oft filled with adventures, battles, food, songs, and moments of peace. Mariel of Redwall is no exception to this and is a joy from start to finish.

The production brings this book to life in a wonderful way I was not expecting. All the characters are given rich voices that fit them. Even the songs within the book are sang and accompanied by instruments.

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Awesome!!

Best thing wot wot awesome awesome awesome The best part is when the rat died

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A great book in a great series

I have listed to this book and this series since I was 5. Very good book!

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mastery of the stock characters

of all the books in the redwall series, this one has the best selection of characters, villians, heroes and sidekicks. the story itself is not as exciting as some of the other titles, but there is still some good action and it is a wonderful excuse to go romping around Moss flower with old friends!

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Great Narration

Entertaining to listen to, cast, author, and music were all played well. Good story, looking forward to more.

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Great read

Good book lots of fun to read great story line full of action and suspense and lots of good characters

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great book; great quality

Great book. We have all of the reading books so far, and now we are working on the audio. The audio is really good. My only recommendation is to go with a 3 or 4 on download. Make it a 4 whenever possible. It is worth it.

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Decent, with a few caveats

This is not a bad book. I feel almost guilty rating the story so low but it feels like a tired effort on the author’s part with recycled stories with less relatable characters. Unlike Martin or Matthias or characters in previous books, Mariel lacks the development or complexity to actually make you feel invested in her or her quest. Characters are highlighted by their annoying attributes (a hare with a horrible high pitched laugh, petulant children, Mariel’s temper and short sightedness, yet another rat who loses his mind because of weird visions, etc) and lack the depth of previous characters. Oh and the songs…. The damn songs… the story is not well served by breaking into irritatingly long musical numbers that do nothing to develop the story.

I don’t regret listening to this, but if you’re expecting it to hold up to the preceding redwall books your money may be better spent elsewhere.

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Another amazing "Redwall" adventure.

Brian Jacques and the rest of the cast once again do not disappoint! it's very easy to get lost in the world he's created, its something you can hear while you're in a beautiful cabin in the forrest with the fireplace on, that alone can be an amazing vacation, thank you Brian for leaving us an amazing adventure, and the rest of the actors who are so wonderfully skilled at bringing it to life.

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easy to fall into mossflower

Always loved this series as a teen, still enjoy them as an adult. I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • 05-12-21

Very enjoyable

great to listen to the audiobook as an adult after reading this as a kid.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-20

A firm favourite given even more personality!

Always loved these books. Having them read to me was even better! A very versatile and talented cast, I was surprised to learn how many people voiced multiple characters, unbeknownst to me. Brian Jacques narrating was also very warm and comforting. It was really nice to hear music put to the songs and poems scattered throughout the book to boot!

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  • Alinda
  • 08-29-20

Love it!

I love these audiobooks. They really ad something extra to the story. The book is done with a full cast by the author himself. You hear all the types and accents as they are meant to be.
One minus point is that this book is not split into the chapters of the book but in chapters of around 1 hour.

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  • Martin and Sofia Carter
  • 12-27-19

Amazingly amazing spectacularly spectacular

Mariel of Redwall is amazing because it is really well thought through and they do a wonderful performance. The story is a good adventure a tale of a mouse maid who wants to find her father, a mouse who doesn't want to stay in a abbey also a lovesick hare and finally a hedgehog who wants to see something before settling down as a seller hog. The whole mixture of all the characters is so good. Though it can be sudden when changing betwee

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  • Black Phantom
  • 12-18-18

wonderful story!

Brilliant addicting story! definitely fell into the 'one more chapter' mind here! engaging characters and plot!

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  • Aria1978
  • 10-23-17

Love it

as always an excellent story, told in a wonderful manner. the voice actors involved are just wonderful

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  • JAYNE W
  • 12-19-14

Mariel

a truly delightful story for young or old the daring adventure of mariel and a true band of friends within the story of the great Joseph bell of red wall abbey
the cast and Brian jacques bring this story to life I have enjoyed listening to mariel and will now begin to listen to the bell maker.

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  • John
  • 06-30-13

Every child should read the Redwall Series.

What made the experience of listening to Mariel of Redwall the most enjoyable?

I have read and followed the Redwall series since I was young. Each book brings you new characters, and old ones too. By reading the series you become part of the characters lives and understand the history behind the magnificent Abbey of Redwall.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the character of Mariel "Gullwacker". She is a fun character, courageous, a good friend and companion, and a role model to all (both young and old).

Which character – as performed by Brian Jacques and a full cast – was your favourite?

There is no one particular character who could be your favourite. Although the hairs and their war cry make it difficult to remember all characters are important.

Any additional comments?

Read the series.

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  • Katharine
  • 05-14-20

A Great Book

Such wonder performances bring this book to life. The stories in this series are always rich with fun characters and adventures.