• Against the Unweaving: Shader

  • First Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: D P Prior
  • Narrated by: Bob Neufeld
  • Series: Shader, Book 1-3
  • Length: 41 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-31-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: D.P. Prior
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

Regular price: $29.95

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Publisher's Summary

The entire epic fantasy trilogy in one volume and now including the totally restructured and revised book one, Sword of the Archon.

Plague strikes the city of Sarum, and the dead rise from their graves. The liche, Dr. Cadman, has discovered a long-hidden artifact and perverted its power for his own selfish ends. But an ancient evil from beyond the stars is drawn by its use and turns hungry eyes upon the Earth. These are the times of Unweaving, the times Deacon Shader has been prepared for since the day he was born. A man of prayer, deeply troubled by a contradictory faith, he is also the deadliest warrior of his generation. As events spiral out of control and creation itself hangs by a thread, the paradox at the heart of Shader's life may just be the last desperate hope of all the worlds.

©2014, 2015 D.P. Prior (P)2015 D.P. Prior

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Great world building of epic proportions

What made the experience of listening to Against the Unweaving: Shader the most enjoyable?

The different character viewpoints

What did you like best about this story?

How the characters are flawed but still good

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

The ending, but no spoilers!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Love this book

What made the experience of listening to Against the Unweaving: Shader the most enjoyable?

The narrator's characterization is first rate and the story is fantastic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cadman because he is so brutal with his thoughts

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

Yes, Nameless Dwarf. This is one is even better

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

Cadman's thoughts are hilarious

Any additional comments?

Wonderful book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Make Me Care

If I don't actively like at least one of the point of view characters, I won't like the book. The quickest way to make me walk away from a story is to ask me to spend a lot of time following the point of view of a character I actively dislike. And I discovered while trying to read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, that if you ever ask me to identify with the point of view of a rapist, I don't care what he thinks his excuse is, I will drop your book cold.

The first point-of-view character in this story was vaguely likable, but he was soon left behind to follow the point of view of a series of truly despicable characters. Spoiler alert: it was while following the third of these characters that I dropped the book cold.

Clearly, the author put a lot of time and thought into his world building. He cared a lot about his setting. But he didn't put any effort into making me care about the people in it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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just not my kind of book

i can't put my finger on it, but this one just doesn't do it for me. after 28 chapters, of which i slept through more than half of, i had to quit trying. the narrator isn't bad, the story could have been engaging, but it wasn't. this is my favorite genre, so that isn't the problem...but nothing about it held my attention.

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what a load of shite

just a diatribe of nonsensical garbage with a very weak story... made it a couple of hours in but cannot recommend unless you want to be bored to sleep!

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  • Magic Inc.
  • 02-20-17

Hu? who and the what now?

Would you try another book written by D P Prior or narrated by Bob Neufeld?

I would need some convincing. I don't really think im smart enough for this book. There is a lot going on with a lot of long and/or weird names. Its set in one of those stupid post-apocalyptic worlds where its midi-evil land but they have "ancient" modern day technology and given it stupid names. Didn't say anything about that in the blurb. Can't be doing with that cobblers. I got it because i thought it was about a fantasy zombie story. it wasn't.

Would you ever listen to anything by D P Prior again?

Again i would need some convincing. i was tempted by the dwarf stories but one of them shows up in this book and he's dull as dish water.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Bob Neufeld?

I haven't got a clue to be honest. I don't really know any off the top of my head. All i know is that this guy God bless him wasn't one i really enjoyed.

Could you see Against the Unweaving: Shader being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

I don't really see why not. There is i think a good base story there but a lot of it just didn't make a lot if sense to me. A religion based around undoing knots in a cord? really?

Any additional comments?

Please don't think I'm trashing this book. I have never written or had a book published. I have never narrated a book or nor i do not think i could have done a better job. i will not take anything away from the author or narrator. I am just saying i did not get invested into this story and the narrator making all the characters sound the same did not help me follow it. It is what it is.

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  • Mr. A. J. Gallagher
  • 05-22-18

May be harsh starring.

This may be harsh starring, but I dropped this set, and that isn't standard practice for myself.

I'm not massivley sure why I didn't gel well with the book, however I think it may have simply jumped around a bit to much and I didn't get a liking for any of the characters.