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Publisher's Summary

The entire Legends of the Nameless Dwarf Tetralogy in one set:

1. Carnifex: A Portent of Blood

"Gritty, tense, and brutally tragic. High quality storytelling with great characters and a relentless plot." - Mitchell Hogan, author of A Crucible of Souls and Aurealis Award winner

For more than a thousand years, the dwarves have hidden away from the world in their ravine city of Arx Gravis.

Governed by an inflexible council whose sole aim is to avoid the errors of the past, the defining virtue of their society is that nothing should ever change.

But when the Scriptorium is broken into, and Ravine Guard Carnifex Thane sees a homunculus fleeing the scene of the crime, events are set in motion that will ensure nothing will ever be the same again.

2. Geas of the Black Axe

"A dwarf with no name is a dwarf most shamed."

As the lands above the ravine city of Arx Gravis face their gravest peril, the last desperate hope of Creation lies in a dwarf with a grisly past:

The Nameless Dwarf - a pariah, untouchable, the most cursed of dwarven kind.

But in a world plagued by deception, where no action is free from risk, the road to salvation is shadowed with portents of blood.

3. Revenge of the Lich

The survivors of the slaughter at Arx Gravis flee their ravine city, leaving its walkways and canals awash with blood.

Convinced there can be no atonement for what he has done, the Nameless Dwarf joins forces with a whiskerless thief.

©2016 D. P. Prior (P)2017 D. P. Prior

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Best Yet From D. P. Prior

Not looking forward to a long period of car and plane travel, I looked for a long book to listen to and found this one. (55 hours for one credit!) I had read or listened to several of Prior’s books and enjoyed them. Bob Neufeld was the narrator of the first Nameless Dwarf book I listened to (the Chronicles) and had done a good job.

In my opinion, this new book (actually 4 in one) is the best so far. Prior incorporates and excels in many of the elements of this genre. He creates thought-provoking new worlds (at least 3 distinct ones in this), flawed characters doing heroic things, mostly against their wills and natural inclinations (a cold-blooded albino assassin saving the world!), creepy villains and epic, bloody battles. The title character, for example, is a fun guy who likes to sing bawdy songs while clearing the battlefield of enemies with his enormous axe. He also has a constant battle with depression and spends much of the book in heroic exploits to atone for the horrific crimes that lead to his name. (I’m trying to avoid any spoilers here.)

The need for redemption is a strong theme in this saga and Prior handles it well amid the nearly non-stop action. There are many who need redemption, which adds to the complexity of the plot and characters.

One characteristic that sets Prior apart is that, while the stakes are high (preventing the end of all things) and the action is fierce and fast, there is a welcome intimacy through most of it. For example, rather than battle scenes with thousands of fighters and piles of corpses, most of the fights involve just the small, outnumbered band of lead characters against the creepy villains and their minions.

Bob Neufeld’s narration is excellent, the best of his I’ve heard. It’s hard to imagine a better voice for the Nameless Dwarf, a low, vibrant rumble with the range to capture Nameless’ humor and melancholy and make him the clear leader of the main characters. (It reminds me a bit of Jonathan Rhys-Davies in Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings.)

He has also found convincing voices for most of Prior’s array of misfits and villains - the albino assassin, the slimy Lich Lord, Otto Blightey, and the hybrids, giants, mages, poisoners and petty criminals. I have quibbles with a few characterizations and accents, but that is mostly about personal taste. In a book this long and with so many characters, it’s to be expected.

All in all, a great choice for my long travel days and one I think most fans of the adventure fantasy genre will want to try. It’s surely worth the one credit.

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Great story. Terrible narration.

I loved the story, world, and characters. Unfortunately the narrator has one voice for everything.... He sounds like an old man talking with a mouth full of marbles. Kept drawing away from the story and creates confusion when its supposed to be a youthful character.

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Enjoyed the updated version!

I bought this book just after it came out last fall. Like a couple of other reviewers, I found some glitches in the early chapters. I really liked the story and characters, so I decided to temporarily put it down in the hope an updated version would be published. After listening to a few others, I went back to it and downloaded it again. I was right. It had been updated.

I mention that because this is a great listen. "Saga" is a good name for it. The action is fast and furious. The good guys are aren't always good and the bad guys are creepy and evil.

The narrator is good too. His voice is different than the typical narrator in this genre, but it works very well for this, especially the title character.

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The producer didn't do their job...

I couldn't get engaged. I felt like the narrator spoke too fast, but I wasn't sure... not until at the end of one of the chapters when i actually heard some one entering and leaving the sound room did i start to get an idea that this was either rushed through production or it was given a piss poor job. I believe that a great producer can make an audio book, adding small nuances that make the book easier to understand...like a small pause in narration.... This book didn't have it and it needed it.

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Narrator is terrible. Ruins a great story.

The narrator they chose for this is terrible. He sounds like his tongue is to big for his mouth, or it's gone numb. He is also very breathy. As if he is barely getting enough air. It makes it very difficult to follow, especially with his attempts at accents and tone changes for different characters and when unique words and names come up.

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definitely worth the credit. narrator grew on me

thoroughly enjoyed this story. nameless has become on of my favorite characters in fantasy laddy. narrator really grew on me and did a great job with different characters. the 2nd attack by the ravine butcher was overkill (pun intended), but really that is one of my few criticisms.

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Thouroghly Enjoyed!!!

A Fun AMD Fast Moving Story With More Twists A Turns Than Your Average Maze!!!!

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Huge saga with the perfect narrator

Where does Legends of the Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Saga rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The pacing of the narration and the timbre of the narrator's voice are ideally suited to this saga. Good voice work for the different characters and a strong element of dynamism.

What did you like best about this story?

A flawed hero, lots of setbacks, only to rise again, and a long, arduous push toward redemption and triumph.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the scene in book one, when the hero descends into the mines, which have been invaded by a mysterious creature.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Impossible, because it is so long. This is four novels in one audiobook. I preferred to listen to each section (novel) one at a time, take a break of a few days then move on to the next one.

Any additional comments?

Bob Neufeld is the perfect narrator for this story. His Nameless Dwarf voice is unsurpassable.

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Gripping and engaging

Would you listen to Legends of the Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Saga again? Why?

Yes. It was quite compelling. Really kept you listening.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions and alliteration. Really brought to life with Neufeld's narration.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Cordy smacked Carnifex in the face with Thumil's book. Haunting scene.

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

Takes you everywhere. Funny in parts. Horrific and tragic in others.

Any additional comments?

Don't want to give spoilers but stick with it. It isn't always sad.

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Unlistenable, horrible narration

The narrator sounds like he has asthma while reading, making the book unlistenable. Because of that I have no idea how good the story is.

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  • barry matthews
  • 10-06-17

Save your money

I could only listen for about 40 minutes and then had to turn it off. The Narration is truly awful. Imagine grandpa from the Simpsons reading you a story and doing it badly - that is as good as it gets - the written story may be OK but the terrible narration makes it inaccessible.

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  • Peter Fletcher
  • 04-04-18

Lasted 2 minutes

I literally could not understand the narrator. It's always going to be difficult at the start of a book like this (fictional, made up names and languages etc) so you really need someone that can actually speak clearly to help you get into it.

I wish I had read an early reviewer's comments before downloading - it really does sound like grandpa Simpson!

Returned it immediately I'm afraid.

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  • R. lea
  • 04-06-18

Fabulous narration and story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I got this book because of the long narration and fantasy aspect. I was unsure at the beginning, it is a dark story, but as the characters and storyline develops, as did my interest in the adventure. Humour is stabbed all the way through, the way the characters think and how they feel is amusing. Primarily, this is an adventure, and that is what the reader gets.

What did you like best about this story?

The humour

What does Bob Neufeld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The characters come alive, each voice is a good representation of how the reader would see the character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-14-18

incredible

the story was amazing the characters were all unique and had been thoroughly thought out the heros memrable and the villains are most vile yes theres a bit of an audio issue close to the end of the book but it is the most amazing story ive heard and i will listen to it again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-18

slow start but worth it

it was slow to hold me
but the second third and fourth where awesome !