Charming stories that gave great exposure for characters that didn't get the limelight in the full novels. Having read all of Butcher's full novels I had a frame of reference for what was going on and before each story he states when on the timeline it occurs, but after SO many novels it was still a little hard to remember when exactly between book 10 & 11 was.
I was captivated and became totally absorbed in the book. It was interesting having the short storues fill gaps between the books. I will miss Dresden and the crew....but i will listen to them all again
*Book source ~ Local library
This anthology contains 11 short stories from before Storm Front to just after Changes.
While everyone agreed that it was nice to have a bunch of short stories in one volume, when I mentioned that they aren’t *all* in here the consensus was that there should be a one-stop read (or listen) for all the shorts. At least up to a certain point and then start a new one for any more that follow. Because, you know, the series isn’t over yet.
I’m not sure if my title numbering system is correct because I can’t seem to find more than one list with matching numbers, so don’t take the numbers as gospel. And someone needs to clean that shizzle up. Seriously. It’s annoying to fans to not have books/shorts numbered properly.
Restoration of Faith, #0.5 ~ Everyone enjoyed seeing how Harry and Murphy met.
Vignette, #5.5 ~ Short and meh. Least favorite.
Something Borrowed, #7.5 ~ Jenny Greenteeth. lol
It’s My Birthday, #9.2 ~ That teaches Harry to leave home without his wizarding toys. Liked seeing the cobbler elves. Cobbler not Keebler. hehe
Heorot, #9.5 ~ A story with Gard. Nice!
Day Off, #10.3 ~ Very funny! A favorite with everyone.
Backup, #10.4 ~ Thomas tells this story. A & T prefer Harry’s POV though K & I liked this one.
The Warrior, #10.5 ~ A’s favorite since she loves Michael, but everyone else really liked it, too.
Last Call, #10.6 ~ Third least favorite, but at least Mac is in it.
Love Hurts, #11.5 ~ Second least favorite.
Aftermath, #12.6 ~ Told from Murphy’s POV immediately following Changes, T didn’t like it because Harry’s not in it at all. Everyone else enjoyed it.
In the author's own words these are his early works so you have to take them in that context. But I am such a Dresden junkie that I enjoyed every word.
James Marsters is a master of reader's theater. I will look for others where he is the narrator.
Fun and enjoyable.
This is the best book series I have ever read ! Hands down best stories and most intriguing paranormal books I have read.
This is a collection of short stories... some are great some are just OKAY.... It adds some depth to stories I'd already read.
This book fills in holes about what is going on in the series. I can't compare it because it's not like anything else in the series.
This guy gets it.... He is in the top grade of voice actors.
It's interesting to see what characters are doing after Harry *spoilers* got shot at the end of the last book.
It's hard to listen to Ghost STory without James narrating it. .. I have permanently associated his voice with Harry Dresden and more over Bob the Skull.
absolutely intrigued with Harry Dresden. Love the series. Wish it would never end. Make me want to go to Chicago and walk the streets that are named in the books. I love how the books pull me into my imagination. can't wait for the next book/s.
This book allows us to take a peek into the larger world of Harry Dresden. Not only that, but it also allows us to peek into the world of Jim Butcher as a writer. we get to read a story that was written before he wrote Storm Front, the first book in the Dresden Files, and our trip ends with a story that was written specifically for this book. We see his writing grow as the series does.
I loved every story in this book. They give us insight into the characters and events of the series which weren't present in the books, although I didn't realize those insights were missing until… well… until they weren't. We get stories which couldn't have taken place in the books because they're outside of Dresden's point of view. All in all, this is a must-read for fans of the Dresden files.
As for narration, what can I say? James Marsters it's the ball right out of the park as always. When it comes to narrating books in the Dresden Files series, as Highlander puts it, there can be only one.
In the most satisfying way possible, this book left me wanting more. Sadly for me, I read it after I read Skin Game, the most recent book in the series. So now, I have quite a wait on my hands.