When to Start listening to Dresden to be ready for Peace Talks

TLDR – When do you need to start listening to the Dresden Files books to finish them all before Peace Talks comes out. For me, I listen at 2.5x speed for about 110 minutes 4 days a week on my commute; The date is April 21, 2020. For someone who listens at normal speed and has the same 110-minute commute 4 days a week you needed to start December 31, 2019; OUCH too late!


How long are the Dresden books

I recently read the next Harry Dresden book, Peace Talks, comes out on July 14, 2020. Then I got to thinking, when do I need to start listening to all of the books to make sure I have them all fresh in my head before Peace Talks comes out. To answer that question I needed to work out how long all of the books were and do some math. Looking online I did not find anyone who had already completed this math project so I figured I’d do the math.

From Audible, I filled out the below table with the book numbers, names, and total run time in minutes. With all of the items it was simple to add a cell (=sum(b2:b16) and work out the total run time of the published books.
Total Run time for the published books 1-15 is 12,501 minutes
or about 209 hours
or 8, almost 9 days

From here it was a matter of math. For me the math looks like the following:

  • Commute_Time110 minutes–  I take 40-55 minutes to ride my bike each way to work every day. I listen a bit longer after I get to work while I shower and walking to the office; call it 110 minutes a day average.
  • Days_a_week4 days – I work from home one to two days a week depending on what is going on. Four days a week sounds like a good average work week
  • Listening_Speed2.5x – I listen to books between 2.5 times and 3.5 times speed depending on the narrator. Dresden books are perfect at 2.5x speed for me.
(((Commute_Time)/(Listening_Speed))/(Commute_Time)/(Days_a_WeeK) = (Total_Weeks)
(((12,501 / 2.5) /110) /4) = 11.4 (round up) 12 weeks to finish the series

July 14, 2020 minus 12 weeks means I should start around April 21, 2020 to finish the books in time. Do you own math and start getting ready!!

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