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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
4.9 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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A fantastic book with tears

First off James Marsters is and always will be the voice of the Dresden Files, he brings Mr Butcher's world to life. I have seen a few people complain that this should have been apart of Peace Talks but I understood why Mr Butcher need to break it into two books; gravitas. What happened in this book would have smoothered the impact of the previous book. Harry has grown to be the hero what Chicago deserves but not the one they swiped on Tinder. (Damn I love this line, it is so Harry Dresden!)

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Battle Ground Blown Away!

utterly epic, gut wrenching, seat of my pants amazing book! Butcher and Masters are the dream team. I howled with laughter and ugly cried. Utterly brilliant

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Could not put this one down

Well that was seriously harrowing. What a fantastic and gripping read. I don't remember sobbing so hard while listening to a book for a long time. And gasping with eyes wide open. Wonderful and bold writing. Thanks Jim and James 😊

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Damn

Hot damn that was a ride. James Marsters once again nails the reading and Jim just keep getting better.

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Great Performance Great Battle Troubling Trope

Great Performance by James Marsters as the narrator & Butcher's build towards this battle across multiple books is paid off by the overall quality of the writing. However, in the midpoint of the book he leans on a trope previously used in this series to motivate the character through the second half of the story, continuing a troubling trend. I wish he'd have faith in his own writing that his long-running characters are interestingly layered enough irrespective of gender. Butcher's writing shows there's more than one way to motivate Dresden - here's hoping future entries eschew the most cliched motivation for a protagonist and use the more innovative nuance Butcher's capable of.

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Absolutely Brilliant

My favourite one so far, brilliantly written, engaging, so many emotions. Jim's narration is spot on, it has come so far from the first books and is really just an amazing performance. I wanted to applaud at the end of the book. Just wow. James, your are a brilliant writer. The way you have built up Harry's character, even his supporting characters, shows a rare talent. This is easily one of the best series I've had the pleasure to read. Well done and keep up the great work. I can't wait for the next one.

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thanks

after peace talks left a somewhat sour taste in my mouth this was a fantastic follow up

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Excellent

Another awesome book by Jim butcher. Another awesome performance by James masters. Loved every minute

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Amazing

a great installation in a great series full of twists, turns and character development

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wow.... OMG and WOW

I have loved the Dresden files since I first picked them up in about 2008 .... wow what a book so much happens. thankyou Jim and James and the short at the end was the perfect way to give me warm Fuzzy's after a barrage of emotions during the main story

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  • Pete K.
  • 09-10-2020

total Chaos

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-2020

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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  • James
  • 23-10-2020

Just so good

I laughed, I cried. Literally. Moments had me bawling my eyes out others had me laughing with excitement. Marsters has built this role and doesn’t disappoint

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  • Alpha
  • 19-10-2020

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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  • Aleksandra Popovic
  • 05-10-2020

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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  • Alex sage
  • 01-10-2020

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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  • Johnbuchanan54
  • 23-10-2020

great book and story

I've listened to all the dresden files and can't wait for more plz be more

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-10-2020

fantastic

great story, i wont spoil it but there are some really powerful moments. loved it so much i forgive you dor Peacetalks

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  • Nathan R.
  • 23-10-2020

Best dresden files book yet

I laughed, I cried and I freaking loved this book! Jim Butcher has done it again, this is an amazing story of love, hate, and badass wizards and monsters. I cant wait for the next one.

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  • Claudia
  • 22-10-2020

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 :-(