Midnight at the Well of Souls : Saga of the Well World

  • by Jack L. Chalker
  • Narrated by Peter Macon
  • Series: Saga of the Well World
  • 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the heart of a bizarre planet lay the goal of every being that had ever lived....
Below average in height and unprepossessing in appearance, Nathan Brazil is an unassuming if cynical starship owner, carrying passengers and cargo for a living - hardly the sort of person to hold the fate of the entire universe in his hands.
But when Nathan detours from his route to answer a distress call, a hidden stargate hurls him and his passengers to the Well World, the master control planet for the cosmos. Billions of years ago, a godlike race unlocked all the secrets of space and time and remade the universe according to their grand design. Then they vanished and left behind the Well World to maintain the pattern of the universe.
Now someone is searching for the planet's hidden control room - the Well of Souls - to seize control of the cosmos. Nathan must stop them, but this planet causes bizarre metamorphoses in visitors, changing them into centaurs, mermaids, and giant insects seemingly at random. As a result, Nathan no longer recognizes his friends, let alone his unknown enemies. His task seems hopeless - until his long-suppressed memories begin to return and he realizes who he really is.

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What the Critics Say

"A big, bold book that takes traditional science fiction and turns it upside down!" (Leigh Brackett, science fiction author and screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Hmmmm, different certainly

What disappointed you about Midnight at the Well of Souls?

It started well and I was interested but then it spent so long simply describing each different realm and creature. The story then got a bit lost in the descriptions.


What aspect of Peter Macon’s performance might you have changed?

The narration was fine.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Maybe it improves at the end - I didn't get that far, I did try to!


Any additional comments?

It is the first audio book I gave up on at just over half way. Guess I need a bit more action!

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- DMT

Finally! And gald it's unabridged

Would you listen to Midnight at the Well of Souls again? Why?

I am already on my third listen through of the best Jack L Chalker there is! I am so glad this is unabridged. While Peter Macon does an ok but uninspiring read, the drama of Chalker's original story comes through. Picking up a mix of mythology and new creatures Chalker manages to convey the mystery of a world where every country is ruled by different sentient beings and the main characters are transformed while still reflecting their innermost beings.


Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next installments.

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- Paul Conder

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.