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Publisher's Summary

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, part of his scheme to build an empire where he will rule as unquestioned tyrant.  

Among those slaves is a mouse named Martin who has a warrior's heart and a burning desire for freedom: freedom not only for himself, but for all of Badrang's victims. There is no risk he will not take, no battle he will not fight, to end the stoat's evil reign, and in the process regain the sword of his father, Luke the Warrior: the sword that Badrang stole from him when he was but a lad.

Once again master storyteller Brian Jacques has crafted an epic adventure and filled it to the bursting point with unforgettable characters, including villains so hilariously evil you'll barely be able to keep from hissing at them and loveable woodland creatures so brave you'll want to stand and cheer as they fight for their freedom.

©1999 The Redwall Abbey Company Ltd (P)1999 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

Praise for the Redwall series

“Brian Jacques has the true fantasy writer’s ability to create a wholly new and believable world.” (School Library Journal)

“Redwall is both an incredible and ingratiating place, one to which readers will doubtless cheerfully return.” (New York Times Book Review)

“An excellent adventure with an enlightened conscience. Brilliantly complex. With vibrant and distinct animal characters, Jacques’s classically inspired plot-weaving achieves virtuosity.” (Publishers Weekly)

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A Fireside Tale for all Ages

The tales of Redwall narrated by the author Brian Jacques with his thick brog and a full cast of voices are a ticket to the unique theater of the mind. Reminiscent of radio drama mixed with the delightful fantasy of a JRR Tolkien Hobbit tale and the satisfaction and pleasure we all felt the first time we watched The Princess Bride. These books are filled with swashbuckling mice, evil stoats and weasels, heros and champions, romance and families, all spun together by a master storyteller who paints pictures of the world of forrest creatures so vivid that I could smell the oatmeal scones with maple cream.
Delightful!

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Return to Childhood, with a Smile

An old favorite, I've always loved this story in book form. But now that I've listened to it in audio form, I've found new love for a childhood staple. A large cast contributes to a rich voice of characters, with the narration read by none other than the author himself. A must-listen to any fans of the Redwall-verse, and a beautifully-crafted piece of art to any connoisseur.

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Excellent Book

Once again Brian Jacques delivers a spellbinding story that grips you and doesn't let go until the end.

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very funny adventure

I listened to redwall before hearing this book, and this book was very funny. the rabbit in each book sounded and acted far to similarly, but everything else was quite different. the story was very well thought out. the actor's brought the characters to life. the plot was a little forced, but it worked out in the end. the jokes were very cute, and it made the redwall book sound boring in comparison. a great listen for adults and children. however, the person reading the chapter numbers was distracting... I was honestly waiting to see if she would crock it the middle of announcing a chapter.

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Another masterpiece.

In this epic tale of love and war, Martin's true backstory is revealed. It shows the events set before the book of Mossflower, and reveals how Martin became the solitary warrior that he is. Narrated by the author, the setting, characters, and plot are all exceptional. Can't recommend this entire series enough.

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phenomenal

Loved it just as much as I did when I first read it 10 years ago.

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Okay book for kids but was not interesting enough

I read Redwall books as a kid, but I tried listening to Martin the Warrior and found it not interesting enough to get through. The characters are pretty one-dimensional in my opinion, the good guys being good because they just are and the bad guys bad because well that's what the writer told them to be like. The bad guys could have more complex motivations, but this is a kid's book I guess. The narration was also hard to understand at times, since for me the narrator had a strong British accent and kept changing voices/accents based on the character. I didn't particularly enjoy the narration and thought especially Martin's voice was too annoying and whiny. British people probably will enjoy the narration better. Overall, it's a good book but I think I'm past listening to Redwall now.

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Awesome

This book is amazing !! T he author is very gifted so is the cast!!!!
I will listen to this again !!

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Brilliant

It is so brilliant to have a full cast to record an audio book. I first started The Redwall Series in 5th grade with his first book 'Redwall' and immediately fell in love. Brian Jacques is a rare writer who makes you feel as his characters do. For a work of fiction to make you feel anything is a great feat, Jacques understands this and creates characters that all deserve their own tale. This is a great series to read and an even better one to listen to

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Awesome!

Hard to put down at times like many of the books in the redwall series.