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Peace Talks

The Dresden Files, Book 16
Narrated by: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 16
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (283 ratings)

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Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) wizard PI. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. 

But he's forgotten his own golden rule: magic - it can get a guy killed.

©2020 Jim Butcher (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Less than what I expected.

This novel is certainly different from the previous instalments of the Dresden Files. I personally found it to be more "Emotional" which rather annoyed me. You'll find little resolution within this book, questions shall be raised and go unanswered. I do trust that these will undoubtedly be addressed in the next book. Peace Talks had a great deal of... talking. There are two, perhaps three critical scenes. The rest could have been reduced, potentially. This book is no "Skin Game" I suspect it is a filler to get you familiar with the characters once more. the narrations differs as well. Certain characters no longer sound the same, namely Carlos, otherwise it's alright. You may call me out for this rather unflattering review, what can I say. I expected more from such a long wait. I truly do love this series, I am looking forward to the next instalment of the series, thankfully not such a long wait. tl:dr: Go into this book with either low expectations or with a different mind set one usually uses for the Dresden Files.

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Good build up, but let down by being part 1 of 2

Like most Dresden files books you get a big build up, with a half time break that Random House decided to turn into a second book. Wait for Battleground before listening.

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The bad half of a book

Clearly a book cut in half. It also appears to have been given half the editing. The first 20 chapters rush through events in an uncohesive jumble. Disappointing.

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Loved it!

I've been waiting years for this one to come out and it does not disappoint!

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A good part 1

it was a good addition to the dresden universe but production wise there were some weird audio spikes in the narration.

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Its a Dresden novel.

It's a Dresden novel. There's nothing else that needs to be said. If your new to them start with Storm Front and loose yourself in the world of Harry Dresden.

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Felt a bit like half a book

As ways, Marsden was great as a narrator. As a story though, this was the first in the Dresden series to feel like half of a book. The end felt very abrupt, and caught me by surprise.

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Harry Dresden just keeps getting better

James Marsters IS Harry Dresden. I've only ever listened to the Harry Dresden books and the narration has already been such a wonderful part of that experience. This is yet another brilliant installment in The Dresden files. Lots of great detail about characters that we know and love along with new ones. Can't wait for the next installment but unfortunately I will have to.

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disappointed

for the first time it feels more like a short story than a novel. it's more like it's laying down a foundation for the future events. waited so long just to be disappointed

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Really great story

A worthy member of the series. Starts off too slow in the first two chapters; barring one or two bits of necessary information the story could have started at chapter three. But it takes off after that and more than makes up for the slow start. Another classic. What I love about Jim Butcher’s characters is their humanity and goodness - his books warm the heart and remind me of Tolkien and CS Lewis. They don’t leave the reader empty like some modern fantasy I’ve read and listened to, in which the protagonists are all soulless, selfish, nasty people. Jim Butcher’s characters are trying hard to do the right thing and are warm-hearted people with realistic relationships and battles. There is also a tacet acknowledgment of God’s goodness in these books. Well worth listening to.

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  • Antonie
  • 05-08-2020

Half a book

It's the first half of a book. It introduces the dilemma, then abruptly stops. Great narration from Marsters, but this feels like a cash grab from the publisher. Wait for the complete book.

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  • Wac
  • 23-07-2020

Dresden is back! Hooray!

I love this series. I only have one thing to say about this book - it is too short! I won’t give away any of the plot, but Harry is up to his neck in trouble - again. Or still. Whatever. James Marsters is brilliant as usual, bringing each character to life, instilling such emotion at times it could make you weep. Please, Jim Butcher, don’t make us wait too long for the next book!

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  • SionnachOghma
  • 15-07-2020

Titanic Throwdown Threatening

I enjoyed the latest Dresden Files so much I couldn't even be angry about the cliffhanger ending - though I'd probably feel different if the next entry was more than a few months away. An attempt to forge peace between the ascendant Fomor and other signatories of the Unseelie Accords was never going to be a simple thing, but thanks to blackmail, dirty dealing and the ceaseless idiocy of the White Council, even Harry soon finds himself surprised by how dire the situation becomes. Add to that the return of a power-hungry, bloodthirsty major player that nobody was expecting, and the board is being set for not only a battle, but a war like the supernatural world has never seen, against more than one foe they never thought to face. A lot of questions are asked and left unanswered for the time being, but the arrival of the latest Big Bad hints at answers to questions readers have been asking for some time. Are we finally starting to see the power behind the Black Council? What exactly does being "starborn" mean for Harry in the coming conflict? Is Karrin Murphy finally starting to grow on me? The Dresden Files has been my favourite series for a long time, and James Marsters' reading is among my favourites, right up there with Stephen Fry. I can't wait so see what happens next. Thankfully I won't have to wait too long.

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  • Tracey Quigley
  • 21-10-2020

It just ends

I waited years for the new chapter and I was worried that the bar had been set too high. To start with I found small incongruities in this story. But I am a Dresden fiend, having read most books twice. I got over these niggles quickly. If I hadn't known there was a follow-up book I would have been pissed off. But I did know and the book was pure Harry and I really enjoyed it as part one of a bigger story. James is Harry so the narration was perfect. that said, the inflection in Mabs voice makes her sound haggish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-2020

short story. previous and this book should have be

short story. previous and this book should have be. but exept that it was good as usual

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-2020

Awesome! Can't wait for the next one.

Surprised to read some reviews saying it's not a full book. It absolutely had a storyline that concluded and had a climactic scene. And it sets it up perfectly for Battleground, which will no doubt be epic! Amazing job from Jim and James - what a duo!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2020

Dresden Fan

As always, Loved it, but i feel a bit cheated, it felt a little unfinished.

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  • Daniël Oosthuizen
  • 23-08-2020

It's half a book.

I suppose it ran too long so they decided to split it into two books, but this book has no climax. I'm very excited for the rest of the story though, it started off really well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-08-2020

The next merlin

Yet another "binding" book. I have to say just as think you know Harry he comes with a surprise. It's on edge and a fantastic read/listen. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Tulandra
  • 29-07-2020

good but VERY very slow at times

to mutch feelings and boring talk. Dresden gets trampled on alot and that makes him seem like weakling.

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  • 16-07-2020

Half a story

Narration is up to the usual good standard, but the story is not. It has very obviously been split in half, just like many Hollywood films. When you get to the end it is a surprise and a great disappointment. There is no conclusion to the story. The overarching plot goes nowhere, the sub plot also goes nowhere, questions raised in the book are left unanswered. More powerful enemies are introduced, but add very little. In fact as a plot device the idea seem worn out. There are many references that will only add meaning to those that have recently read the entire catalogue, including short stories. The meta references that used to be part of the franchise do not seem as frequent or fun. There is little added to scene settings - as there used to be in earlier books, also lacking is the way that many plot threads were interwoven, like a detective/mystery genre. After waiting years for this story this is disappointing. Too much effort is spent on Dresdenverse and not enough on developing an interesting story.

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  • Scottish_Legend
  • 17-07-2020

6 years for half a story?

I love the Dresden Books, I have read them many many times but this was so not worth the 6 years wait since Skin Game. Its half a story it's too busy setting up the next one to be concerned with an interesting overall story. I am very disappointed and I would be angry if it wasn't for the fact the next book has been confirmed for September. I am just disappointed

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-2020

short changed

Disappointed that after all this time we only get half a story. Marster's performance was very depressed though the story was laboured in nature we could have had a variety other than the melancholy that it was. oh how I was looking forward to a developing of the relationship with him and his daughters but not to be. Makings of a good episode but do feel cheated. God I feel depressed now, think ill have to replay bobiverse just to clear me up.

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  • Miran Amin
  • 15-07-2020

This book was bad guys.

I love the series. However, this should not have been a stand alone. Awful decision.

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  • Dean L.
  • 23-07-2020

Finally! Oh wait, not finally.

I am a big fan of Dresden and have been waiting years for this book. I was really excited to get into Peace Talks, and was enjoying James Marsters performance. However, having reached the end, I am hugely disappointed to find that it has been patently spliced in two (just look at the duration compared with previous instalments). I am back to waiting again, only this time I am waiting for an ending! Cunning strategy given the book is not half the price! Jim has been widely criticised previously for abandoning his fans in favour or LARPing and board games, now I feel exploited too.

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  • Robin
  • 17-07-2020

Good but…

This was very good but… even though it’s a two-parter it could of done with a better closing, I would say you are probably best waiting two months for the next part and getting them both at once.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-2020

half a book

I realise that the given reason for splitting peace talks into 2 books was the length and scope the developed during the writing. However I can't help but feel that the split was the wrong editorial decision. Without the option of immediately moving on the Battle Ground, Peace Talks is left just feeling like a glorified, unsatisfying prologue. I'm looking forward to the next part but not with the sheer excitement of the build into Peace Talks, but in the sincere hope it will help me shake the feeling that I've wasted 10 hours of my life. I've often debated which Dresden Files novel is the best/weakest. There's always been some variety in the debate and I've been able to others points of view. Now I know hands down which would be my answer as the weakest.

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  • MR MR BREWER
  • 16-07-2020

Long awaited, fell slightly short of expectation.

Love the series. I prepared myself for this book by re-reading previous works and just found this story not quite as enthralling. Maybe its just me and the anticipation built too high a level of expectation. Still enjoyable, just not what I had hoped for...

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  • Alexis
  • 24-07-2020

was it worth the wait ......Nope

Worth the wait - probably not. It reads/sounds like a YA novel and a bad one at that. I am only on Chapter 16 and am losing the will to live. What is it with James Marsters - world weary or what. I'm also getting a bit fed up of Harrys need to save everyone, like they could'nt do anything without him. Even the fight scenes just go through the motions. I see the reviews talk of half a novel with the rest in September and the last of the books. I will no doubt finish this dreadful Book 16 but not sure about the next one. Jim Butcher has obviously lost total interest with Harry Dresden ( who can blame him) and has moved on. That is a wise decision in my opinion.

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  • Ginnyb
  • 21-07-2020

Not worth the wait!!!!!

Does the narrative flow really slow? Yes with less intriguing bites than usual. The story flowed like it was written by a third party. What’s going on here? No real drama except the fight between grandson and grandfather. I felt robbed of the unexpected and thinking something will come to light in the next chapter. Disappointment after disappointment.

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