Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Audiobook Review: Redwall

Redwall by Brian Jacques
Publisher: Listening Library
Release Date: October 31st 2006
Format: Full cast audiobook
My Rating: ★★1/2

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In the glorious tradition of Watership Down comes a powerful tale of fantasy, courage, and epic adventure—the heart-soaring story of a wondrous quest to recover a legendary lost weapon…and of a bumbling young apprentice monk named Matthias, mouse-kind's most unlikely hero.

War erupts in the Summer of the Late Rose, shattering the peace that had reigned in Mossflower since the magnificent mouse, Martin the Warrior, laid down his mighty sword generations earlier. Now a dark cloud of doom and despair hangs over the ancient stone abbey of Redwall. Cluny the Scourge—the one-eyed embodiment of evil, the most savage bilge rat that ever jumped from a ship to shore—has arrived with his rodent horde to conquer…and to destroy.
I initially was interested in reading this book because I kept seeing things on Tumblr about it. I saw the audio was available through my library’s overdrive system so I gave it a shot. I literally knew nothing about the plot, which is sometimes it's nice to go into a story blind.

One thing I will say, is that I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. It’s one of the few I have listened to that is a full cast audiobook, so I found it made me way more invested in the story. I love full cast audios, because they are almost like those old timey radio shows that we don’t have much anymore in America (Podcasts excluded). They also really help to distinguish who is who, especially in a book like this one where there are just way too many characters!

The plot of the novel is a basic quest/adventure story. Our protagonist Matthias, an anthropomorphic mouse goes on a quest to find the warrior mouse Martin’s sword so he can protect the Abbey where he lives from the dangerous Kluny the Scourge (an anthropomorphic rat pirate). I kind of loved the idea of mice and rats fighting each other, and how the gross rats are the evils ones. I particularly loved the dude that did the dialogue for Kluny. He sounded straight up evil, so I totally felt like he was the worst person in this world.

This book is technically a children’s book so at times I did feel like I wasn’t the target audience. It wasn’t written dumbed down for children, but I just felt like with my age I had a hard time getting into it completely. I’m glad I listened to the audiobook, because I suspect I would have had a harder time reading the text version.

If you are thinking about this novel, I would highly recommend trying the audio. I found it really enjoyable, and made it easy to distinguish between the different characters.

Happy Reads Everyone!