The Well at the World's End, Book 1: The Road Unto Love

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(4 stars; 26 reviews)

The Well at the World's End is thought to be one of the first examples of an entirely fictional fantasy world, and has greatly influenced later fantasy writers such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The book follows the travels of Ralph, a prince of a tiny country, as he disobeys his fathers wishes and runs away from home to adventure in the world, and seek out the fabled Well at World's End, said to grant eternal youth to those who drink from it. (Summary by BumbleVee) (4 hr 59 min)


01 - The Sundering of the Ways 12:57 Read by BumbleVee
02 - Ralph Goeth Back Home to the High House 2:44 Read by BumbleVee
03 - Ralph Cometh to the Cheaping-Town 19:59 Read by BumbleVee
04 - Ralph Rideth the Downs 11:37 Read by BumbleVee
05 - Ralph Cometh to Higham-on-the-Way 19:00 Read by BumbleVee
06 - Ralph Goeth His Ways From the Abbey of St. Mary at Higham 8:21 Read by BumbleVee
07 - The Maiden of Bourton Abbas 11:04 Read by BumbleVee
08 - Ralph Cometh to the Wood Perilous. An Adventure Therein 8:40 Read by BumbleVee
09 - Another Adventure in the Wood Perilous 12:33 Read by BumbleVee
10 - A Meeting and a Parting in the Wood Perilous 6:45 Read by BumbleVee
11 - Now Must Ralph Ride For It 13:33 Read by BumbleVee
12 - Ralph Entereth Into the Burg of the Four Friths 16:12 Read by BumbleVee
13 - The Streets of the Burg of the Four Friths 13:51 Read by MaryA
14 - What Ralph Heard of the Matters of the Burg of the Four Friths 17:41 Read by MaryA
15 - How Ralph Departed From the Burg of the Four Friths 14:34 Read by MaryA
16 - Ralph Rideth the Wood Perilous Again 8:20 Read by Mike Pelton
17 - Ralph Cometh to the House of Abundance 9:08 Read by Michael Harrison
18 - Of Ralph in the Castle of Abundance 24:09 Read by genierose
19 - Ralph Readeth in a Book Concerning the Well at the World's End 3:41 Read by Cori Samuel
20 - Ralph Meeteth a Man in the Wood 13:20 Read by Grace
21 - Ralph Weareth Away Three Days Uneasily 8:29 Read by Grace
22 - An Adventure in the Wood 19:43 Read by Grace
23 - The Leechcraft of the Lady 9:57 Read by Grace
24 - Supper and Slumber in the Woodland Hall 13:38 Read by Patti Cunningham


(4 stars)

well read, but I wish the reader had pronounced some of the words correctly. Yea is pronounced yay and not yee and it took me a bit to figure out what she was saying. there were a couple of other words it sounded strange as well, and I ended up downloading a written copy of the book so I could get straight what she was saying. except for that, though, I liked her voice and her accent and the reading was well done. I believe I read this book before, years ago, and it was nice to revisit it and have it read to me.

Five stars to the reader

(3 stars)

I would give the reader five stars. The subject and old English was too hard for me to get into. Again, the reader was spot on and has a great voice.

Awesome reading!

(5 stars)

This was well done! I liked the readers voice, accent, cadence, and overall tone. Thank you so much!

a pleasing tale

(4 stars)

Thanks so much for the work of producing his volume. It really adds colour to my reading.