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Battle Ground

The Dresden Files, Book 17
Narrated by: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 17
Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

Things are about to get serious for Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, in the next entry in the number one New York Times and number one Sunday Times best-selling Dresden Files.

Harry has faced terrible odds before. He has a long history of fighting enemies above his weight class. The Red Court of vampires. The fallen angels of the Order of the Blackened Denarius. The Outsiders.

But this time it's different. A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. And she's bringing an army. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way.

Harry's mission is simple but impossible: save the city by killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry's life, Chicago and the mortal world forever.

©2020 Jim Butcher (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Audiobook Gold

This review isn't about the book Battle Ground itself. This review is about the audio part of the audiobook. In my opinion so many people skip over the audio part of their reviews and focus 95% of the review on the book alone, I wanted to balance the scales a bit. This is more so an appreciation post for the unbelievably awe inspiring work of the narration done by James Marsters. Once again James Marsters shows just how talented he is. In the world of audiobooks their are not many narrators who can consistently deliver superb unique voices for both genders, accents and raw emotion. James Marsters can. James has the ability to REALLY sell the emotion of the text, the pain and horror, the joy and laughter of Jim's writing. He has the ability to make a listener smile in one sentence and make you feel like you've received a gut punch in the next. James has an uncanny ability when it comes to voicing the emotion a character is going through, he is in my opinion one of the best in the business at this. Narrators can make or kill an audiobook. These people have the ability to make a book awful and unlistenable, forcing you to instead buy a physical or kindle copy of said book. A mediocre narration will not really help or harm a book, at that point it will come down to the book itself as to if people enjoy it. But the few, the real good ones, the professional narrators who have the desire and talent to bring a book to life. Those are the people I have so much respect and gratitude for, they who have given me such enjoyment that I wouldn't have been able to receive without their help. James Marsters is now one of those few people. He now sits along side some of my favourites such as Steven Pacey, Peter Kenny, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. James is among his peers, surrounded by the greats of the narration world.

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Disappointed

Boring. Easy to figure out and simply too much power and not enough story. Have always been a big fan of the Dresden Files. Last couple of books have been hard to follow and this was the worst. Marsden was great as always and the only reason I simply didn't skip to the last chapters...

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Why?

Everything happens in a vacuum !? No scene setting, you reach half way through and the characters are floating somewhere, either Jim decided to go with this new type of character floating thing or the book was rushed and not finished. For all the audiobooks,books, comics and short stories of Dresden files I have read I have never felt like : where are all these things happening?!!!! The first thing I loved since book 1 was how descriptive and amazing work was put in for characters and environment/scenes alike. Disappointed much! James Marsters saved this for me! Exceptional as always! Thanks

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What a ride!

Exciting, heartbreaking, scary, funny, and all in all very emotionally investing story! If Peace Talks were a bit disappointing, BG more than makes it up for it!

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A Brilliant Performance, A Brilliant Ride.

The story was awesome, a thrill ride from the very start and an endijg that speaks to so much more left to cover. The overall arc of the piece, from the dynamics between characters, revelations and sides we see of these characters that we've known for years now, to the subtleties of what really matters to them and how they'll react when pushed into new territory. Battle Ground has been one of my favourite books so far, the kind I'd have to start on a Saturday morning because I know I wont press pause until the final line. The setting shows us most importabtly I believe how some of these characters have changed from when we first met them, while others have never been more themselves. Couldn't reccomemd any higher! But not until you've experienced the rest!

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Awful, no story to speak of

Never ever have I been anticipating a book SO much - only to be sadly disappointed :-( James Marsters, as always, was magnificent and the book's only redeeming feature. Jim Butcher just copied the basic story of each of his Furies of Calderon books (which was already becoming rather tedious by the 2nd repetition ) and transferred it to the Dresden Files. I get it, the battle is big, it's SO big, it's the biggest of all yet. Rolling my eyes, no doubt the next one will be bigger still, yawn. The opponents show up in ever more ludicrously overwhelming numbers, defying all logic as to any halfway realistic sustainability (they've got to come from somewhere & sustain themselves after all). Just a string of battles with one uninteresting & miraculously powerful foe after another and many unnecessary, silly deaths that remove the very soul from the Dresden Files. The first time I stopped in the middle of the book & decided to listen to something else instead because I couldn't bring myself to care anymore about how it was going to end. After maybe 2 weeks I did anyway. It didn't improve, though. Utterly foreseeable. And those greatly praised "twists" were just disappointing sellouts, cheapening previously great characters. Not sure I'll bother with the next installment unless it's ignoring Peace Talks & Battle Ground like Star Wars ignored the penultimate movie... ;-) Sorry, folks, this one was BAD :-(

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Thought it couldn’t get better but it has

A must read - had me hocked from the start with tears in my eyes and laughing out loud to the end Can’t wait for the next book Well done Jim

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Awesome. Heart-wrenching. Exhausting

This was so, so good. Both the writing and the performance are outstanding. There are so many shocks and surprises as Harry is put through the grinder again and again. I won’t say anything about the plot for fear of spoiling it for you. Just ... have a box of tissues handy. And enjoy. PS There is a little treat in store at the end. Chapter 39 in the recording index is a performance of the Christmas Eve short story which Butcher published on the internet a while back. Whilst it was enjoyable to read at the time it means so much more in its proper context - following the events of Battle Ground.

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The narrator is the dogs doodars

The book is awesome, the series spell binding But the narrator will have you enraptured, I’m a fifty year old 18 stone bruiser of a chap but James had me blubbing my eyes out Amazing

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Bring on book 18!

The Dresden Files is the best series I have ever read or listened to. I am very glad that I waited to listen to Peace Talks until I also had Battle Grounds in my library. As with all Dresden books I read/listen from the first book through to the latest each release. These two latest books really form one (in a similar way to Got) so having them both to read/listen to end to end made all the difference to me. I was worried that the titles sounded like the end of the story for Dresden BUT it is not. The whole twisting about of who is bad and who is good makes me crave the next book more than ever before. I have already listened through both books end to end 3 times. The death of significant characters has my mind imagining what JB has in store for us (and the characters) as I cannot believe that they are actually gone from the story arc..... ( as we know death is not always final in the Dresden-verse! ). I also want to applaud James Marsters for his narration, the emotion He imbues into the characters is excellent. As is the range of distinct voices He gives to the characters. BRING ON BOOK 18!!!

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  • Pete K.
  • 09-10-20

total Chaos

Jim, you mad @#$% , heart not thaw for days. Great work James. Harry, my deepest sympathies