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Extended Audio Sample The Alchemaster’s Apprentice: A Culinary Tale from Zamonia by Optimus Yarnspinner, by Walter Moers Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,704 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Moers Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Zamonia Series Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cheerfully insane…Remains lively and inventive right through the final heroic battle between good and evil.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Moers’ creative mind is like J. K. Rowling’s on ecstasy; his book reads like a collision between The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Brothers Grimm…What a delightful book.”

    Detroit News and Free Press

  • “Elegantly written…Secrets are revealed, old bodies unearthed and strange allies made in this entrancing tale of darkness, determined survival, and incredibly luxurious cuisine.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Relentlessly whimsical.”

    Library Journal

  • “Fascinating…Moers has created an absolutely charming world populated by lovable characters, and the well-paced stories he tells about it are informed by fairy-tale morality.”


  • “Cross The Lord of the Rings with Yellow Submarine, throw in dashes of Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Shrek, and The Princess Bride…That’s the sort of alchemy in which this sprawling novel trades.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In faraway Zamonia, the creepy Ghoolion lives in his creepy castle in Malaisea, where he creates culinary masterpieces. Echo, a crat (a kind of talking cat), makes a deal with Ghoolion, who agrees to feed him for a month and teach him all his secrets. In return, Echo will be killed and rendered into fat for Ghoolion’s experiments. Bronson Pinchot gives a fantastical narration of this fantasy for children of all ages. Pinchot captures the essence of Echo, an intriguing little fellow. Pinchot’s quick banter and zany presentation provide laugh-aloud moments and general fun. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by surfmadpig | 2/10/2014

    " Not as amazing as Captain Bluebear, but still really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tati Dengo | 2/4/2014

    " Intricately illustrated, as are all works by Walter Moers. 3 stars since the story didn't delve as much into Zamonia as previous books, which is a big part of their charm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nadeen | 1/17/2014

    " I haven't finished the book yet so this is my mid- listen review. Let me start by saying I just put the other 3 books in my rental queue. That is high praise. The book is a fantasy filled comic horror ride. However, as entertaining as it is, Bronson Pinchot's reading elevates it to the stratosphere. I had to check twice to be sure his is really the only voice because each character is that unique. His voice for Ghoolion is creepy enough to send chills and Echo's voice is perfect. I wish I had found the series earlier and I am hoping that listening to the last one first won't spoil the other ones for me. Complete review to follow. Update: my mid- listen review stands. The book became a "driveway" book: one where you sit in the driveway to finish the chapter you are on. I give it a rare 5 stars. If you are looking to start listening to audio books, this is a great place to start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Punchingboob | 1/17/2014

    " Just as good as all the others--a slight change of pace in that it is not a huge sweeping ridiculous epic, but has the same nature and overwhelming imagination as the rest. "

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