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Redwall [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Brian Jacques
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)

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Dec 31 1999
Redwall Abbey is the tranquil home of a community of mice which are threatened by Cluny the Scourge - the evil one-eyed rat warlord - and his battle-hardened horde of predators. This book won the West Australian Young Reader's Award.

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As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious Summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem. Cluny the Scourge, the evil one-eyed rat warlord, is hell-bent on destroying the tranquility as he prepares to fight a bloody battle for the ownership of Redwall. This dazzling story in the Redwall series is packed with all the wit, wisdom, humor, and blood-curdling adventure of the other books in the collection, but has the added bonus of taking the reader right back to the heart and soul of Redwall Abbey and the characters who live there.

Magical, mystical, and the stuff of legends, this stunning tale of good battling with--and ultimately triumphing over--evil takes the reader on a roller-coaster adventure that barely draws breath from the first page to the very last. Brian Jacques is a true master of his craft. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Only the lost sword of Martin the Warrior can save Redwall Abbey from the evil rat Cluny and his greedy horde. The young mouse Matthias (formerly Redwall's most awkward novice) vows to recover the legendary weapon. In the course of his quest, Matthias forges strong ties with various local animals. As much as the magic of the sword, it is the help of these new friends that enables Matthias to defeat Cluny once and for all. Jacques's clever use of detail creates an animal world as compelling as that of The Wind in the Willows. From the beginning, each of Redwall's characters is endowed with a unerringly distinct personality: there is a powerful badger named Constance; a mute squirrel named Silent Sam, who knows the forest better than anyone; and his mother Jess, a champion climber who leads a splendid rescue of a piece of the abbey's tapestry. This epic adventure contains elements of all grand quests, with heroic archetypes that will keep fans of Tolkein and King Arthur tales engaged to the final battle. Illustrations not seen by PW. All ages.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well . . . Feb. 6 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book because I heard that the series was pretty good. I remember the first page where the mouse says, "I tripped on my abbot, father habit." I absolutely loved that part, and still do. But as I got further, my mind told me that this was going to be another one of those predictable fantasy novels. I had no doubt in my mind that the good guy was going to win because the good guys were so pure and good and the bad guys were so stupid that they couldn't possibly win anyway. As far as the storyline goes, it was okay and kinda original. The artwork was very good, I thought. Bottom line: If you want something simple and pleasant, this is good fantasy. If you want something darker and more complex, more like hardcore fantasy read something else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful children's book Sept. 29 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A fantasy novel that is only lightly touched with obvious magic. Redwall maintains its charm in telling a sort of medieval fairy tale...but with animals as your main cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Aug. 9 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Exactly what I wanted and sooner than expected delivery. I will be back.I loved these books as kid and now my son is excited to read them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia attack July 23 2013
By Dan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read the books and loved the show as a child, so I re-read amongst waves of nostalgia, probably coloring my perception. I'd say it's great for kids and well enough written for adults to get some legitimate entertainment out of it as well.
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Format:Hardcover
Good triumphs over evil...that is the resounding lesson that a reader will learn in this creative, free-spirited book. Despite the fact that disgusting rats run rampant throughout Mossflower and are trying desperately to claim Redwall as their own (under the leadership of the nastiest, most evil rat of all, Cluny the Scourge), the mice and woodland creatures of the Abbey work together providing support, hard-work, humor and love to triumph. There are plenty of reviews that will delve into the plot a little more and will give you an overview of what to expect. What I'd like to explore is the difference between this and other books on the market today....
This book gives the reader a sense that, if one sets their mind to it, one can accomplish anything. Also, working closely with loved ones, having a brave heart and never doubting oneself will always make one a winner. Matthias, the mouse warrior, is the perfect role model for children and adults alike. He thinks not of himself and how he will benefit from a difficult decision, but how he can help everyone around him...even those he just met and may not be too fond of after first meeting (think of the Sparras and the Guerilla Union of Shrews). Lastly, Jacques keeps the gore and blood out of the book...he has an uncanny knack of describing the scenes (including death and defeat) without being overly descriptive of flying body parts or oozing blood.
There are so many fun and interesting characters, too. From Sam the paw-sucking squirrel to Basil Stag Hare the eccentric warrior with the insatiable appetite, you'll find yourself rooting on the side of good and having a jolly good time at it.
The language of the book is written in formal English...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fantasy/childrens book March 26 2004
Format:Paperback
The comparisons between Brian Jaques' world of Redwall and Mossflower Woods and Tolkein's Middle Earth masterpieces are inevitable, as both authors create full worlds of cultures, languages and races. But there are definite advantages to the "Redwall" series, especially this first offering. Jaques writes with more precise description, and does not manage to bore the readers with endless exposition on the different creatures that the readers encounter, without sacrificing what we need to know about the rats, stoats, mice, badgers and hedgehogs.
"Redwall" is the story of a peaceful abbey in the middle of Mossflower forest until it is invaded by the menacing rat Cluny the Scourge. One young mouse inside the abbey, Matthias, begins his quest to find the sword of the legendary Martin the Warrior, the sworn protector of Redwall and its inhabitants. As the peace-loving and caring citizens of Redwall defend their land against the rat horde, Matthias heads out into the world to find the sword, encountering numerous adventures along the way. This novel is a page turner, and the 400+ pages absolutely fly by. It is easy to become engrossed in the world that Jaques has created, and to appreciate the harmony within the abbey walls and the disorder in the cuthroat rat army.
There are great adventures here, comparable to Frodo's journey to Mordor with the one ring. Perhaps this series is meant for the younger crowd, but there is plenty here to engross any fans of fantasy literature, and "Redwall" is only the tip of the iceberg, as this series has spawned a dozen or so books. Brian Jaques and his more accesible writing style make this an unmissable book for readers young or old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome fantasy/adventure story May 26 2010
By Frances L. Arsenault TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I should tell you that I started reading this series with the 9th novel The Pearls of Lutra. After a few other novels from the series, I had read the novel that start the series, and it became my favorite out of the series. As people who read the novel knows what it is about: This is the story of the young novice mouse Matthias, and his quest for the fabled sword of legendary Martin the Warrior, and save the only home he had known his whole life, Redwall Abbey from the rat Cluny and his army.

Overall this novel is an awesome fantasy/adventure story and Brian is my one of my favorite authors. I should also tell you, I like mice (not rats) is that well...they are the "goodbeasts" from the series; also from "Mrs Frisby and The Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O'Brien - well those rats in that book are good, so I could accept that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written
This book isn't bad actually. I stayed up for an entire night reading it! =) Not really an "addictive" novel but still worthy of reading if you enjoy Jacques' writing.
Published on July 18 2005 by FreeToRhyme
5.0 out of 5 stars Redwall!
An enchanting tale about a young mouse (Matthias) who finds out who he really is when evil arrives at Redwall. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Series of All Time
Forget Harry Potter! Martin, Matthias, Mattimeo, and all the Redwall heros are the ORIGINAL adventure books for people of all ages. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by E. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Transition for Young Readers
'Redwall' is an exciting adventure that never slows, never bores, and never disappoints the reader. You could say it's a simple "good vs. Read more
Published on July 29 2003 by A. Wolverton
5.0 out of 5 stars Redwall
I think that this book is really good because it explains everything in detail and does not leave you hanging and confused.
Published on June 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FIRST NOVEL FOR YOUNG READERS
Finally a book the parent can enjoy with the child. My 11 year old and I both had lots of fun reading this - trading off a few chapters at a time. Read more
Published on June 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I Ever Read!
This was the best series of books ever. I love them so much that I start one, finish it and then go right away+read another one. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Redwall review
This book is much like the the animated series on PBS. The Redwall mice struggle to stop Cluny the Scourge (a rat) from leading his army of rats, stoats, weasels, and ferrets into... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002
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