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The peaceful life in and around ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villanous hordes, and Matthias, a young mouse, resolves to find a legendary sword which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.
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There's something wonderful in hearing an author read his or her own work. And when that work is an epic adventure with a mouse for a hero and a rat for a villain, it's also just plain fun. This entertaining fantasy opens with Matthias, a clumsy young mouse who has big dreams of becoming a warrior. "Poor Matthias, alas for your ambition," says the head mouse of the peaceful little group. "The day of the warrior is gone." But even as the words are spoken, that day is about to change. Led by the deliciously evil Cluny the Scourge, a savage army of rats is heading for Redwall, destroying anything in its way: "A farmhouse set alight ... piglets, an entire litter of them eaten alive." Matthias is about to get his wish--the only thing that can save the idyllic world of Redwall is a true warrior. But, as the little mouse quickly learns, that's a title that must be earned.
Yes, the characters are mice and rats (and a badger and a few birds), but there are no song-and-dance numbers here. These mammals take their quest seriously, and author Brian Jacques narrates his tale with all the drama and passion of an old-time storyteller. The full cast of talented but little-known actors rounds out the story and helps bring the memorable characters of Redwall to complete and vivid life. (Running time: 10 hours and 43 minutes, eight cassettes) --Sara NickersonFrom the Inside Flap:
Read by the author and a full cast
Three cassettes / 3 hours 5 mins.
When Redwall was published in 1987 it catipulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. Ans small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreath excapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.
That hero is Matthias, a young mouse who must rise above his fears and failures to save his friends at Redwall Abbey. The villain is Cluny the Scourage, one of the most deliciously despicable rats of all time. The unforgettable cast of supporting characters includes the stalwart badger Constance, an irrepressible hare named Basil Stag Hare, and the elderly wisemouse Brother Methuselah.
But most of all there is Matthias, seeking his true destiny in a journey that will lead through danger and despair to true wisdom.
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Book Description Listening Library, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1997. audio Book. Condition: Good. Eight audio cassettes from a private collection. In very nice presentable condition. A cut above in condition. Complete an unabridged on 8 cassettes. Seller Inventory # Laudio810100118
Book Description Listening Library,, Old Greenwich:, 1997. Plastic Case. Condition: Fine. Complete and unabridged (8 cassettes). A full-cast production narrated by the author. First edition thus. Fine in plastic case. Seller Inventory # 44052