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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,323 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: September 2004 ISBN: 9781428193741
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There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam. This roguish Highlander squirrel sets off for Mossflower Wood on a mercenary errand and loses his heart to the charms of Redwall Abbey. "Wild and wooly action... compelling performances... a powe Download and start listening now!

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  • “Performances by the author and a full cast are enthusiastic and intense as cast members enter into the spirit of the wild and woolly action…compelling …a powerful listening experience.”

    AudioFile

  • “Jacques’ tale of war and courage includes a cast of thousands that battle fiercely and relish their comradeship, most often through banquet and song.”

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  • “A heroic tale of friendship, valor, and a battle between good and evil…This fast-paced adventure will keep readers on their toes until the final battle…The colorful writing style, the strong cast of characters, and twisting plot will continue to delight fans.”

    School Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Worth | 2/10/2014

    " Fairly refreshing change of characters considering Gulo and his band are from a different continent somewhere across the see; also enjoyed the new menace of vermin who actually "feast" on the good guys, makes it seem much more harrowing than many of the other books. Riddle-type poems were lax however and the ending was rather disappointing...where's the epic feast, eh, wot wot? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Xu | 2/5/2014

    " Goood book, not having to the quest to find something, along with the warrior not someone from Redwall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hunter | 2/3/2014

    " Rakkety Tam MacBurl and his comrade-in-arms Wild Doogy Plumm (I don't like his Northern accent) venture to recapture the Standard of Igda Drayqueen from the wolverine warlord Gulo the Savage in this book. Meanwhile, Gulo has sailed south from the Land of Snow and Ice to recapture the Walking Stone, a tortoise that represented the wolverine kingship. Gulo's brother, Askor, had stolen the Stone (later called Rockbottom by Yoofus and Didjety Lightpaw the water voles) after the Savage One killed their father Dramz. Tam was accidentally captured by Brigadier Crumshaw's forces, the Long Patrol of Salamandastron Lady Melesme. They save the maidens Sister Armel (later Tam's wife) and the niece of Redwall's Skipper from the clutches of Shard, one of Gulo's captains and a white fox. Eventually, Tam recieves the Sword of Martin and goes to battle Gulo's forces at the Broadstream with the Guosim. At the same time another of Gulo's captains, Zerig, leads a charge against the Redwallers at their own home, but with the help of the Long Patrol (sadly resulting in Brigadier Crumshaw's death), they were driven off. Gulo was killed be beheading on Rakkety Tam's sharp-edged shield at a battle just outside Redwall Abbey (Matthias the Warrior's shield was sharp too. Coincidence?). Eventually, Tam married Sister Armel and they had a daughter: Melanda MacBurl. Rakkety Tam gave his claymore to Doogy, and they returned the Standard to King Araltum and Queen Igda, who abdicated and made the Araltum Groves a Republic (in the eyes of some readers). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/3/2014

    " This is one of my favorites in the later half of the Redwall series, mainly due to the author's choice of a villain, as the main character is a squirrel, which has occurred in several books. However, all of the characters are different, even within species, even if names in newer books are not as good as in the older books. The villain is a wolverine called Gulo, and out of the series is probably one of my favorite villains (Cluny the Scourge another). As with most Redwall series plots, Redwall is put in danger because two travelers go there and Gulo realizes it and heads there, intent on getting the Walking Stone back from his brother, who he assumes went to Redwall. Rakkety Tam and his friend leave after an attack on their home by Gulo and join the Long Patrol in tracking Gulo down. I enjoyed this story because the characters because, as usual, they were very well written and the story as well, because I kept reading it until I finished it. It's sad that there aren't going to be any more books, but I can still reread all of the Redwall series and not grow tired of it. I think the reason it is enjoyable to me is that all of the characters are animals with human characteristics, and it is old-fashioned, with swords and bows and the like and no advanced technology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake Prest | 1/31/2014

    " The always creative author Brian Jacques has written a fantastic novel that involves a Scottish-based warrior by the name of Rakkety Tam, an animal version of William Wallace. To sum it all up, the Long Patrol joins Redwall Abbey once again to protect the sacred area. jacques had a legacy second to none and by far, this is my favorite Redwall novel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Buike | 1/28/2014

    " What could be much cuter than roguish squirrels with broad highland accents? Not much! This installment of the Redwall series is filled with irrepressible characters and fun accents. It introduces a new type of villain - a cannibalistic wolverine - guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. This is yet another brilliant work of art by Brian Jacques! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/23/2014

    " An addicting series you just cannot put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/23/2014

    " This was not one of my favorites in the Redwall series. I started listening to it on audio but I had such a hard time hearing/understanding the different accents that I ended up checking it out from the library and reading it. That probably has a lot to do with my less that stellar opinion. I just felt like this one was quite as dynamic as some of the other ones have been. But I still love Redwall and I'll keep reading them as long as he keeps writing them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade Murphy | 1/18/2014

    " My all time favorite Redwall book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Major | 1/3/2014

    " Scottish squirrel with a claymore and kilt. And people say Brian Jacques was running out of ideas! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 12/21/2013

    " I read Redwall and enjoyed it. Picked this up randomly and couldn't finish it cuz it felt like a remake of Redwall but with diff animals. I do like how the hero has so much honor, not to break an oath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zbro | 12/15/2013

    " i Liked the wolverine it's like a bad guy badger(cept not as cool) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logan Casey | 12/13/2013

    " i realy enjoyed this book it had somuch action! i was very happy with the way it turnd out in the end.i deffinetly think any one who likes to read books with fights wars and humor a very good choice to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Yu | 12/5/2013

    " awesome, lacks a few details "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/23/2013

    " you can never get enough brian jacques "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanner | 11/19/2013

    " a very good redwall book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 9/2/2013

    " A great book with noble and brave heros and dreadful villian, a good continuation of Redwall saga. However, this book more cruel then other Redwall books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beaureader | 7/13/2013

    " I love listening to the accents, especially on the digital books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerald | 7/4/2013

    " This is a great good vs. evil scenario, the villian is truly cruel, the meanest of the mean in the series. Once you get into it, I highly recommend this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 7/2/2013

    " This is another masterpiece from the Redwall series, but this time with a Scottish twist. Yay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/28/2012

    " This is a great addition to the Redwall series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 10/26/2011

    " Rakkey Tam was one of the more interesting protagonists, although he turns fairly cookie-cutter as the story progresses. I enjoyed it, despite the usual formulaic plot-line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 7/28/2011

    " Started off really strong, then I lost interest the last 100 pages and started skimming past the battles. Definitely the most "gory" Brian Jacques novel. Is a good read if you enjoy Redwall tales. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TaNaZ | 5/13/2011

    " again....the plot wasn't that original "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanner | 4/28/2011

    " a very good redwall book
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 2/8/2011

    " Goood book, not having to the quest to find something, along with the warrior not someone from Redwall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gatorgal21 | 12/22/2010

    " See Redwall for my complete review of this series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 zoe | 12/15/2010

    " If I were a redwall animal, I wonder what I would be- maybe a mouse? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/19/2010

    " A great Redwall book, perhaps a bit cruel - most of other Redwall books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephel | 9/27/2010

    " I’d give this a 3.5, but I’ll round it up. The food Brian Jacques writes about always sounds so good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 9/7/2010

    " this was a good, yet hard to read at points, book. I love the action, the war strategy, and the entir plot! It is a great book for lovers of the medieval(< may be misspelled) day, in a form of fiction! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Logan | 8/31/2010

    " i realy enjoyed this book it had somuch action! i was very happy with the way it turnd out in the end.i deffinetly think any one who likes to read books with fights wars and humor a very good choice to read!
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 8/15/2010

    " Another very enjoyable adventure from mr. brian jacques. I especially liked the final fight between Tam and Gulo. It was exciting and kept my attention throughout. I also enjoyed the main character. Rakkety Tam may be the coolest hero of Redwall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anajoy-rusticgirl | 2/24/2010

    " One of my favorite books in the Redwall Series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/20/2010

    " An addicting series you just cannot put down. "

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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.