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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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  • JustaNIceDude
  • 06-08-2018

Pleasantly Surprised!

First of all, I was amazed in the realization that the original book was published 41 years ago! Wow, that puts into perspective how Jack L Chalker was so advanced in his way of thinking and storytelling for that matter. I will not go into detail or even mention any of the characters, as these are what the audiobook makes it very interesting. Just immersed yourself into the Well World, and forgive the sometimes simplicity of scientific explanations of why this and that transformations or whatever. I did enjoy this audiobook, I'm in the 2nd audiobook of the series and plan to listen to all of them!

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  • Gonzalo
  • 20-06-2018

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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  • Chris
  • 05-09-2017

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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  • Stephen Orf
  • 26-08-2021

Still an interesting ride

I’ve read the Midnight at the Well of Souls before this so a lot of the wow factor I feel like is gone because all things seem to lead back there. This was still a good read and would recommend it to anyone looking to get closer to the conclusion. 6/10

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  • Gregory James Rhem
  • 14-04-2021

Super Intriguing, but Not as Good as MIDNIGHT AT THE WELL OF SOULS

There’s a whole lot going on in this 2nd novel. Possibly too much!

Then again, I haven’t read the 3rd book, QUEST FOR THE WELL OF SOULS, yet.

Maybe that book will make EXILES feel more complete.

I’m compelled enough by the writing, the characters, and overall story to see what happens next...

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  • D. Barnas
  • 03-01-2021

Very good

Binged listened. Read the book when it first came out. Good to revisit the Well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-2020

liked

this book was good except it wasn't as good as the first book. and the ending needing book 3 to finish the story line unlike the first one that was in and of itself a stand alone book. and it says you don't need to listen to the first book and you really don't but it does help out with some of the things going on. I believe I didn't like it as much because I liked Nathan Brazil (main character in book one) the most. but still a good book. and glad I listened to it.

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  • Michael Spence
  • 08-09-2020

Another great adventure!

A great reread from my teenage years. Chalker never disappoints. Perfect character development on display.

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  • Pushkaraj
  • 27-07-2018

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the story is just about alright. but the narration was like computer read it out

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  • Richard
  • 30-06-2018

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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