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4.00002947504937 out of 54.00002947504937 out of 54.00002947504937 out of 54.00002947504937 out of 54.00002947504937 out of 5 4.00 (33,927 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Jacques Narrator: Brian Jacques, A Full Cast Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Redwall Series Release Date: November 1988 ISBN: 9781449813390
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Visit the magical animal world of Brian Jacques in this thrilling prequel to Redwall. Long before the abbey of Redwall is built, the land is known simply as Mossflower, a lush woodland and happy home to all. That is, until Tsarmina, a cruel wildcat queen who demands obedience and offers the castle’s dungeon to those who defy her, comes along. Brian Jacques’ tales of courageous heroes and deliciously hateful villains have captivated countless readers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb…truly captures the finest in storytelling tradition and combines it with the ultimate in upbeat, catch-your-breath adventure…Stunning landscapes, brilliant characterizations, masterly plots, and a wicked sense of humor unite this epic tale of derring-do and the triumph of good over evil, making it one of the most addictive and memorable books that anyone is ever likely to read.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Rousingly old-fashioned…More important than the outcome of the story, where good triumphs over evil, are the characters: baby hedgehogs Ferdy and Coggs, doing their valiant best to become warriors; the kindly Gingivere, who finds his heart’s joy as a farmer; Lady Amber, the squirrel Chief and her band of archers; Chibb, the robin who will spy for anyone as long as he is paid in candied chestnuts. Martin’s heroics pale in comparison to the acts of his fellow-fighters, so colorful are their escapades.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “All of the characters, good and evil alike, come fully alive. Jacques has the true fantasy writer’s ability to create a wholly new and believable world, down the last details of food, drink, and local dialect.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexie | 2/16/2014

    " The beggining of the Redwall legacy. Martin the Warrior comes to Mossflower. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 2/13/2014

    " This book is fun to re-read if you read it when you were young. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it. Nostalgia factor is important for liking the books as an adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niki | 2/1/2014

    " I recommend this book for much younger people. Children in grades 2-6 would probably be the right age to enjoy it. As a little aside, I just finished it and I must admit that the characters did grow on me. I enjoyed it as a bit of light reading before bed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yahya Han | 1/25/2014

    " This book is a very good book to help young children( especially 5th grade and lower preferably) learn how to read, if they are not already vivacious readers and if they are enjoyed to read animal fictions. The characters are realistic, and the plots are really enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 1/10/2014

    " I loved this book soooo much! It is my favorite Redwall book because it is funny and exciting! My favorite character is Gonff, he is soooo awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sutton bristol | 1/8/2014

    " I like the series red wall very much and i think that Mossflower is a great follow up to the first book in the series.I enjoy the plot and I like how in each book there are different characters then in the one before.I recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankie | 1/4/2014

    " I read all the Redwall books as a kid. I was pretty much obsessed. I loved the adventures taken by these small animals. They were so heroic and the stories were so detailed and imaginative. You get really attached to the characters and the storyline, which spans all the books. I tried to read the books as an adult and they just didn't hit me the same, which is why it only get a 4 star and not a 5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Kay | 12/27/2013

    " I Love This Book!!!!!!!! Read it and you will understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea | 12/18/2013

    " The gateway book for me. The one that got me into reading. I have severe nostalgia around this book. I'm giving it 5 stars for that nostalgia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grady | 12/14/2013

    " Going back to the childhood classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/8/2013

    " These are cute stories. They're meant for teens, but I found them entertaining as an adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jassjen | 11/28/2013

    " I told you I was a kiddy book junkie, I think this one was a newberry winner (that is the award for best youth book right?) Think Ratts of Nimh, which by the way is great too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicity/Rosestar | 11/23/2013

    " This book was really good. I didn't even read Redwall before this. It's action-packed (which is awesome) and there's many battle scenes (so cool). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/11/2013

    " It kind of threw me off to have the book go all the way back to the past like that. But, it was a cute story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JM | 7/17/2013

    " Another good book in the redwall series. This did, however, follow a very similar plot structure to redwall so I did not enjoy it as much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/15/2013

    " Not as good as Redwall, it is very apparent that the author intends to write more. He couldn't be more blunt about that intention unless he beat you over the head with the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haven | 12/12/2012

    " This is a true adventure story - well-written, intriguing and one of the very few children's books that doesn't pull any punches. I highly recommend this series to young adults (and older children) who enjoy adventure stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 10/9/2012

    " Very good book. Good quest book for YA or older children. Brian Jacques is a wonderful storyteller. Lots of lessons, chivalry, bravery, and humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan | 6/24/2012

    " Such a great read! I really enjoyed it as a kid, and even have re-read it and still found lots of great memories from the book. A must read for fantasy lovers. Mathias the Warrior! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade Murphy | 6/16/2012

    " One of the best books in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg712 | 12/5/2011

    " The journey was very exciting, but there were three different places where the story was going on, so I had to skip some chapters to get to the more exciting ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B. | 11/26/2011

    " It's an odd book in that it's the second book in the series, but it's also a prequel and goes back in time to before the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 11/22/2011

    " Such a wide variety of characters make Mossflower a wonderful story. I've read just about every book in this series, and I have loved them all. Read this before Redwall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 11/22/2011

    " One of the first books that when I first started to read I couldn't stop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriella | 6/13/2011

    " Mossflower was one of my favorite books in the Redwall series. It was very sad when good animals died but very happy when bad animals died.I would rate it 100 stars if I could... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 6/13/2011

    " My favorite of the series. I wish I could rate it more than five stars! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 6/13/2011

    " one of my favorit books by Brian Jacques. Gonff the mousetheif is a great caracter, Brian Jacques based gonff off his younger self. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/17/2011

    " I really liked this book. It's the first Jacques book that I read, I believe in 6th grade. It got me started on the saga's and interested in the characters. Definitely my favorite! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 5/3/2011

    " As a kid I watched the redwall cartoon series so it was interesting to see the back story. I also just really like the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 4/22/2011

    " Very good book. Good quest book for YA or older children. Brian Jacques is a wonderful storyteller. Lots of lessons, chivalry, bravery, and humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 4/18/2011

    " Stood up to the memory in a recent re-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 4/14/2011

    " More of a tale than Redwall, and really pretty interesting. Lots of echoes of LoTR. Despite all the reminders that we're talking about mice, shrews, moles, etc., you really do forget ... Martin is much, much bigger than a mouse in your mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rohan | 4/2/2011

    " good book the founders of redial, martin the warrior and abbess germane of loamhedge, are in it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 3/19/2011

    " Decent follow up to Redwall. Story was interesting, but a little drawn out at times. The antagonist never really seemed to be much of a threat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sixto | 3/8/2011

    " this book is full of action and adventure.
    this book is about woodland creatures who are fighting the evil queen who are trying make them slaves. when along comes martin the warrior to help them survive throw the fight. "

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About the Author
Author Brian Jacques

Brian Jacques has had many professions, including longshoreman, truck driver, and folk singer. In addition to the vast readership he has earned with his Redwall novels, Brian has earned a devoted army of listeners with his weekly radio program on BBC Merseyside. For this recording Brian himself leads a full cast of actors in bringing to life the adventures of the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey.