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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.

©1982 Jack L. Chalker (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"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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Best Ever

Where does Midnight at the Well of Souls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

With the best of them.

What did you like best about this story?

One of the greatest Sci Fi series ever written. Years scince I have read them and still as good as ever - can't wait for the rest of the series to be on Audible. Great narrator hope he stays on for the rest of them.

Have you listened to any of Peter Macon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but will be looking him up to see what else he has read.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The grandest concept in sci fi for years - totally unique.

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  • Levi
  • Wilmington, ohio, United States
  • 05-11-13

Very Happy

What made the experience of listening to Midnight at the Well of Souls the most enjoyable?

This is the first book in the Well World series and has always been one of my favorites

What does Peter Macon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a great job of bringing the most out of the individual characters.

Any additional comments?

I'm so happy that Audible has decided to do the Well World series. I wrote about a year ago suggesting these books and here they are.

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I'd probably have enjoyed this in the 70s

When I was a teenager this would probably have been exciting. Not up to the standard of Larry Niven, but not bad. But I'm not 14 any more.

The story was hackneyed and the characters and the science were both laughable. Technology has moved on and left this book behind in many areas, in other ways the science is what it should be in SciFi... inexplicable.

In science fiction it is a mistake to try to explain how your science works, because your, most likely dumb, explanations don't bear any scrutiny and that breaks the scientifically inclined reader out of the story. The animal sex and the teenage boy like preoccupation with the sexual organs of anything female were really amusing in a pathetic sort of way. By the way, the bit on the outside is the vulva, the vagina is inside, and it's not a cavity, that's just a bad word for it. Did the author have no experience of anything female?

Anyway, there's a huge and nasty case of deus ex machina at the end, the sort of 'rocks fall, everybody dies' ending that authors despise.

The delivery was pretty wooden, like the reader couldn't believe he was reading this, any more than I could believe I paid money for it.

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Love it

Where is Nathan Brazil when we really need him? Learn more here. Hope for him.

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  • Crystal
  • ALBANY, NY, United States
  • 04-13-15

Decent Science Fiction

I found it a little hard to follow, maybe because of listening vs. reading. I didn't find myself getting sucked in to the story. The narrator did a good job but I found his deep voice to be distracting at times.

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Sci-fi or fantasy? Either way not great.

Struggled to finish this one. Too many characters I didn't care enough about to want to keep listening.

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Good engaging story with thoughtful end

This was a really good book and well worth the time. The story and characters are well written. The ending left you with something to think about. If you're considering it, it's worth the credit.

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Well Made Well World

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

I would recommend this to friends who are looking for something somewhere between Sci-Fi and Fantasy. It was enjoyable, with a whole lot of world building.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack L. Chalker? Why or why not?

I will continue the series at some point in the future. I enjoyed the themes presented, and it was interesting to hear what the author had to say about them.

Have you listened to any of Peter Macon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first experience of his voice. It was a great performance, and he had a variety of characters and provided a great distinction between them. They were all on the deep-side, but I appreciate that they felt natural ( with the exception of the computerized translator--which was quite apropos ).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I don't believe it was that kind of book. More of a journey and exploration with motes of existentialism.

Any additional comments?

There was a lot more fantasy mixed into here than I had originally hoped for, but it was still a worth while listen. Lots of interesting ideas that are executed in a real well done way.

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  • WarpKatt
  • Alamogordo, NM, United States
  • 01-29-14

Great Characters, Great Story

If you could sum up Midnight at the Well of Souls in three words, what would they be?

A joyous romp.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters kept me interested, the description of the well world reminds me of a Dyson Sphere as I have always seen one in my head and so makes the idea plausible.

Any additional comments?

I read the well world saga in my teens and have kept copies of them around me ever since. I love the characters and the seemingly infinite forms of life the well world contains.<br/>

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