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The war of the Well World has begun.

Antor Trellig, head of a ruthless interstellar syndicate, has seized a supercomputer with godlike powers that could make him omnipotent. The Council offers master criminal Mavra Chang any reward she desires if she can stop Trellig - and horrible, lingering death if she fails. But neither Trellig nor Mavra has taken the Well World into consideration. Built by the ancient Markovians, the Well World controls the design of the cosmos. When the opponents are drawn across space to the mysterious planet, they find themselves in new, alien bodies and in the middle of a battle where strange races fight desperately - with the control of the entire universe as the prize.

©1980 Jack L. Chalker (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Better Than the First?

I found myself missing the main characters we grew to love in the first book, only to find the new characters just as interesting. New mysteries and new puzzles of the well world are presented and solved here in a very entertaining fashion.

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Just bizarre but...

Great characters in this very imaginative and strange story just make it very entertaining. I’m hooked on the characters Maurva and Obie and just excited to go get the next book to see what happened. The reading and production are excellent also. A great choice for a sci-fi-fantasy fan. Or just as something different to read (listen to).

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this is great story.

This is a must if you like a good continuing story. I have truly enjoyed this and the 1st book. Getting ready to start the 3rd.

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  • Gonzalo
  • MIAMI, FL, United States
  • 06-20-18

Overly complicated and slow plot.

One of those classic sci fi series that seems a bit dated due to very obvious anti technology attitudes. The series is very imaginative in terms of world building but the story is not centered enough to follow. Too many characters, too many comboluted subplots, and the complex nature of the setting means that the book has to stop often to describe extensively different species, places and the most pointedly unnecessary aspects of life (like how different species have sex, eat, sleep go to the bathroom...). it gets boring. I'm done with this series with this one.

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Good but...

The story lacked depth and felt rushed. I enjoyed it but definitely expected more. I hope the next book in the series is better.

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Excellent performance

I loved the performance of this book and can't wait to start the next one.

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Stellar! Chalker is a true Master!!

This is an unparalleled series of books by Jack Chalker, whom I consider to be the BEST Sci-fi writer of all time!! I know that's an extraordinarily BOLD statement but I believe it to be true!

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Solid Sequel

This sequel doesn't really add anything new to the mix, but it clearly sets the stage for books to come. Overall it was well read and written. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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A great classic

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

Yes, I would recommend this book! The Well World is a childhood favorite that I am so happy to revisit. Its a timeless classic that really combines sci-fi and fantasy, heavy on the fantasy. The morals of the tale are rooted in a fear of collectivism allowing a few to rule over millions for their own benefit and how technology might change society for the worse. Still very much relevant. The fantasy aspect is fantastic. We are introduced to so many different types of characters with different natures.

What other book might you compare Exiles at the Well of Souls to and why?

Its part of the series that compares well to other books in the series, otherwise its unique as far as I know.

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

always

Any additional comments?

I've been waiting for this classic to hit Audible. I sure the rest of the books in the series are on the way

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Not a compelling sequel.

What would have made Exiles at the Well of Souls better?

It is half a story at best. It was slower moving than book 1 and did not resolve in any way. I feel like it is just setting up for the "real story," but I am not overly motivated to get the next book at this point.

Would you recommend Exiles at the Well of Souls to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I like the narration and the main character is well developed, but not worth the time at this time. If I read book 3, and it pulls this together, I may need to change my review, but at this time I am not motivated to continue the series.

Which character – as performed by Peter Macon – was your favorite?

Mavra Chang (protagonist) and Trellig (Antagonist) were both well performed. I enjoy him as a narrator. He has a deep and masculine voice, but changes with characters and does female characters convincingly with no trouble. I will look for him as a narrator in the future.

What character would you cut from Exiles at the Well of Souls?

None

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