Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Redwall Audio

Redwall Audio

Brian Jacques
For ages 12 and up
Unabridged audiobook (Digital)
Performed/read by: Stuart Blinder
Listening Library, 2007 

Matthias, a novice mouse at Redwall Abbey, cannot help dreaming of becoming a warrior like the great Redwall hero, Martin. Abbot Mortimer tells his young charge that the "day of the warrior is gone," and Matthias has to learn how to live a different, peaceful sort of life.  What the Abbot does not know is that as Redwall bakes in the warmth of the summer sun, Cluny the Scourge with his horde of rats arrives in Mossflower. As soon as Cluny sees Redwall, he decides that he must have the great abbey for himself. The Abbot and his Redwall creatures will soon discover that the need for warriors is not gone after all.

Suddenly, and with little time to prepare, the peaceful animals of Redwall have to learn a new way of life. They have to learn how to fight and how to scheme. They have to do everything that they can to protect Redwall so that they can keep the mice, squirrels and other creatures that live there safe from harm.

Matthias steps easily out of his role as bumbling novice and into a new role as champion of Redwall. As Cluny tries to find ways to get into Redwall, Matthias seeks the legendary sword of Martin, sure in his heart that once he has the sword he will truly be Martin's heir; then he will be able to protect his home and his friends.

Packed with gripping action, riddles and mysteries, and sprinkled with colorful characters, this first story in the Redwall series is sure to whet the appetite of the listener. There are moles who speak in their endearing dialect; a hare who eats more than anyone else imagines is possible; a sparrow who has great courage and ferocity; and a mouse who never gives up. These are just a few of the personalities who live in this fascinating tale.