The Sable Quean

The Sable Quean

Audiobook CD - 2010
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The courageous Redwall creatures band together as Vilaya, the evil Sable Quean, and her horde of vermin attempt to make off with the young animals of the Abbey.
Alternative Title: Sable Queen [sound recording]
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781440742484
1440742480
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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OtteryStCatchpole
Mar 14, 2018

This audio book is brilliant, to sum it up. Though now some years passed to us, as a voice from the past author Brian Jacques reads us his final story. Accompanied by a cast of extraordinary actors, it is easy to enjoy the tale and immerse ourselves again in the world of Redwall in the Mossflower Woods.

The story follows two very charming heroes, Buck and Diggs, rabbits of the Long Patrol on their journey to Redwall. Where of course they run into victims of Zwilt the shade, a henchsable of the Sable Quean herself Vilaya. Suffice to say the plot involves kidnapping dibbuns, the young animal babes of the residents of the Mossflower Woods and Redwall and the inevitable attempt to take Redwall all of which is thwarted by the quick thinking and brave actions of the warriors of Redwall, and the Long Patrol and friends they make along the way.

If you've never read a Redwall book, I feel you can pick any one up, though this is the last one. And while the audio book doesn't have the beautiful illustrations that accompany the print book, it makes up for it with a beautiful audio reading by the author, wonderful acting by a very talented cast and beautiful music. It is more like a production being acted than a book being read, the songs Jacques filled his books with sung so marvelously. It is a very different experience than merely reading the book and I highly recommend it.

Though the story begins to drag once the main adventure ends, and the journey of the dibbuns seems wholly unnecessary to the overall tale, it is a good adventure tale and it is thoroughly enjoyable. Perhaps not his best Redwall novel, it is still a good adventure story, and it features a wonderful cast of interesting characters. At times heartbreaking, not all of our heroes make it through unscathed or alive, it is a great adventure, and easily worth a listen.

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