Alchemaster's Apprentice: A Culinary Tale from Zamonia by Optimus Yarnspinner

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Walter Moers

Narrated By: Bronson Pinchot

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2011

Duration: 13 hours 54 minutes

Summary:

Malaisea, the unhealthiest town in the whole of Zamonia, is home to Echo the Crat, a multitalented creature resembling a cat in appearance but capable of speaking any language under the sun, human or animal. When his mistress dies, Echo finds himself out on the street. Dying of starvation, he is compelled to sign a contract with Ghoolion the Alchemaster, Malaisea's evil alchemist-in-chief.

This fateful document gives Ghoolion the right to kill Echo at the next full moon and render him down for his fat, with which he hopes to brew an alchemical concoction that will make him immortal. In return, he promises to regale the little Crat with the most exquisite gastronomic delicacies until his time is up. But Ghoolion has reckoned without Echo's talent for survival and his ability to make new friends. These include the Leathermice, the Cogitating Eggs, the Golden Squirrel, the Cooked Ghost, Theodore T. Theodore the one-eyed Tuwituwu, and above all, Izanuela Anazazi, the last Uggly in Malaisea.

Walter Moers' magnificent translation of Optimus Yarnspinner's novel introduces us to yet another of Zamonia's hotbeds of adventure: Malaisea, a place where sick is healthy, up is down, right is wrong, and Ghoolion the Alchemaster reigns supreme—until Echo crosses his path.

"Cheerfully insane…Remains lively and inventive right through the final heroic battle between good and evil."—New York Times Book Review

Translated by John Brownjohn

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  • William Wright

    Love the book but not as good as Rumo or the 13 1/2 lives of captain blue bear

  • Shelly

    Very misleading title and description. This is a boring story that drags along. It's so hard to follow and so uninteresting, I couldn't get even half-way through it.