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Mariel of Redwall

Written by: Brian Jacques
Narrated by: Brian Jacques,a full cast
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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.

©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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  • Joshua M.
  • 2016-09-01

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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  • T. Larson
  • 2006-01-15

Irritating voices

Brian Jaques is a great author and this series is fairly good, but get this one in text. If you listened to the previous novel, Mattimeo, you might remember an otter with an extremely annoying, goofy voice? That voice is back along with a woman with a horrible piercing laugh that is repeated over.... and over.... and over. WOOO-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO! The music that he has chosen for the beginning of each chapter is repetitive, loud, and irritating also. I really enjoyed the first three books, but this one was weaker. The story felt like bits and pieces of the previous books and all the little annoyances amounted to me refusing to get any more of the series simply to save my aching ears.

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  • booksupbottomsdown
  • 2016-08-08

Awesome!!

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

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  • Mr.Ua
  • 2016-05-30

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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  • Lisa
  • 2005-02-17

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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  • M. McNelley
  • 2021-11-01

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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  • Jeanelle
  • 2018-02-04

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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  • Kay
  • 2015-08-07

Great Narration

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

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  • Darrel
  • 2015-04-14

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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  • shanti
  • 2022-06-19

Too much drama

The only reason I gave it four stars was because I at least, think it has too much drama. I think it has too many battles and that the battles could have been a little more strategic. I would have liked more planning and more jokes, like in the rest of the books.