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Summary

With more than 20 million books sold, Brian Jacques’ acclaimed Redwall series has become the stuff of legend. In this 21st swashbuckling entry, Vilaya the Sable Quean and her henchman Zwilt the Shade set their evil sights on Redwall Abbey. But also headed toward the abbey is Buckler, Blademaster of the Long Patrol—a brave hare perfectly suited to hero status.

©2009 Brian Jacques (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic reviews

“… the master shows no signs of letting up or slowing down the action of his sweeping sagas that play out in the lives of the gentle critters of Mossflower Wood.” ( VOYA)

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  • Clare
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • 17-01-11

Amazing... as always

How Brian Jacques continues to pull this off I will never know. This book had me tense and angry one moment, then feeling all warm and mushy the next, only to have me on the point of tears the next and in-between this rollercoaster of emotion I was frequently left laughing myself silly.

From heroes you love to vileness you just love to hate, not to mention the plethora of other characters ?The Sable Queen? is a story that will have you gripped from the off set. And is filled with a cast whose exploits you can?t help but want to follow. With fights between good and evil, evil and evil there is more than enough intrigue to keep anyone happy. Not to mention the odd fight between good and good, there?s nothing quite like the relationship between father and daughter.

Yet another terrific Redwall book that will delight, both, fans and newcomers alike.

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  • Ellie
  • ELSDON, United Kingdom
  • 23-09-11

Beyond reproach

This is a fabulous recording which has occupied us for many a car journey and had us laughing out loud and fully captivated.

A real bonus is the music, which sounds like a folk band in general but is a regular re-grouping of different instruments to suit the context. When reading the other books in the series, I have never really enjoyed the verses much - although I appreciated why they were there - but this was my first Jacques audiobook and the rendition of the ditties brings such a magic to the story that I can't praise their inclusion enough. I'm hoping the tracks are available somewhere on a CD.

The cast do their accents brilliantly, so if you love a rip-roaring tale, go for it.

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  • Douglas Stone
  • 26-08-18

one of the best in the series

memorable characters, good pace to the story, and some of the best songs I've heard so far

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  • K. Wheaton
  • 04-06-18

Great story

My son is 13 and he loves redwall. He says it is great fire a sic day

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-18

loving the sable queen! another great redwall

this story was nothing more than what you'd expect from Redwall and Brian Jacques. I love the action, the rabbits and the cast

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  • John R Severs
  • 07-01-18

Not the most tightly written Redwall story.

Charming characters and a strong villain, but suffers from several unnecessary plot threads that could have been cut out with no loss.

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  • Jess Montana
  • 07-09-17

wonderful naration

great naration by author and full cast, can't believe these aren't more popular. this isn't my favorite of his books, but the narration added a lot, especially to the songs, which I usually skip when reading the actual text

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  • Carl
  • 23-10-16

A wonderful book!

The Redwall series has always been a staple for me in literature and this twenty-first in the series was just as good as the first. I'll never stop wishing that Mark Jacques will take his father's place are the new author so that one day we might read more tales of the abbey and Mossflower country. Though one is always welcome to revisit the stories of old or share them so that others may make new friends and hear of great triumphs over evil and adversity. After all, the doors to Redwall Abbey are always open to good and gentle creatures..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-07-16

Wonderful book, I love love love this series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. It was a great story, told from the author's mind with his voice giving life to the story. AMAZING!!! There is one negative though as the last few minutes of the book simply didn't exist in the recording. BIG problem.

Who was your favorite character and why?

favorite character? Seriously? hmmm I suppose IF I had to choose only one I might choose Mumzy.

Any additional comments?

My only negative, which is a pretty BIG negative. The last three minutes of the book were not there!!! I would have been beyond ticked off if I didn't have the physical book here with me, but having the physical book and NEEDING to look up the end totally negates the point of an audiobook, doesn't it?????

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  • josiah
  • 03-03-15

different voice actors

took some getting used to the new characters- different voice actors- but all great as usual

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  • D. Born
  • 01-07-14

Love all Redwall series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

some people say that his books are redundant in plot. Maybe so, but the characters make up for all and the audiobooks are just fantastic. We listen while we drive on vacation and it makes the hours fly.

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  • Jason
  • 22-10-10

Another win

Brian Jacques's full cast of narrated stories are so fun to listen to. Took on my trip to Florida and back to Tennessee - and it passed the time wonderfully. All the trademark Redwall aspects were there: adventure, kindness, bad-guys, and descriptions of food that make you want to visit - but what exactly is 'dandelion cordial'? Not sure, but it sounds fantastic.

I have noticed, though, that the general religious outlook of the characters is more of an almost Tribal/Indian approach - where all are good naturally, and that they do good things because nature, the earth, calls for it.

4 stars for a good book.

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