Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son, Irwin, is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He's a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.
In the three novellas that make up Working for Bigfoot, collected together here for the first time, listeners encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career and in Irwin's life. As a middle schooler in B Is for Bigfoot, Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and, when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in I Was a Teenage Bigfoot, Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it's not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up - and has a grown up's typical problems - as a freshman in college in Bigfoot on Campus, or would if "typical" included vampires.
New York Times best seller Jim Butcher explores the responsibilities of fatherhood and the difficulties of growing up with the elements Dresden Files fans crave - detection, adventure, humor, and magic.
©2015 Jim Butcher (P)2015 Penguin Audio
This collection is best read before Skin Game as it answers many of the questions that book caused to the reader; unfortunately this book raises as many more. These three stories introduce the Bigfoot race and specifically River Shoulders to the Dresden Files universe.
In the first story, Harry is hired to travel to Wisconsin and paid a gold nugget the size of a golf ball by River Shoulders to protect his half human son. Without getting too deep into the story, this story is my second favorite of the three because it also deals with the Svartalfar.
The second story, although the most comedic of the three of them, Irving, River Shoulder's son, is now attending an exclusive honors high school and horror of horrors, he caught mono. As his father's heritage should have made this impossible, Harry is hired to investigate.
The third story, Bigfoot on Campus, Harry is directed to a college in Oklahoma where Irving has a walk on scholarship on the football team because River Shoulders had a vision of his son's immanent demise. This is definitely the best of the three stories as it takes place between Turn Coat and Changes, so Harry has his gear, including the now defunct Blue Beetle. It is also interesting that, although it is a left field solution, there is now a third possibility for the scions of the White Court who have yet to awaken their hunger.
Now, to the author, we need one more story in this collection. What happened to Irving and his girlfriend after A Bigfoot on Campus? Additionally, as Harry claims to have worked with, not just for, River Shoulders, I'd like to see one or more stories dealing with this, perhaps involving Listens to Wind.
Overall, well done.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
I enjoyed this Working With Bigfoot. Narrated and written well. Won't disappoint Jim Butcher fans.
while not exactly what I want from a Dresden adventure (s), any excuse to hear James Marsters perform as Harry Dresden is more than worthwhile.
great to finally get some details on Harrys dealings with the forest folk and have it be so lighthearted. Only complaint is that it's so short being only 3 stories for what I'd normally get an entire regular book from the series. still worth it in my opinion. thanks again Jim Butcher. can't wait for Peace Talks.
These stories have appeared in other books. Fifteen dollars was way too much for three hours of entertainment. Waste of money if you've bought other collections containing Jim Butcher's stories.
More Harry Dresden please. :)
Ready for the next adventure with Harry, I enjoyed River Shoulders and Irwin. I hope they join Harry in a future book.
He must be cackling at his typewriter when he writes these short stories. I feel like a kid again when I listen to them. James Marsters's narration is top notch and gives an extra flavor to the story. My only complaint was it was too short. I eagerly await the next Dresden tale.
I really enjoy Harry Dresden, these books just satisfy my desire for wizards, vampires and just plain fantasy .... Nobody else compares to the Dresden Files....I cannot comepare Jim Butchers character to others.
Harry Dresden ... I just love his humor and smart mouthed responses.
I liked the 1st story in this short story collection
Another set of stories set in the Dresden universe. These short stories fill in story lines that were hinted at but never explained in the series.
An absolutely fabulous job reading by Marsters as usual, and fans will be thrilled as Harry overcomes the obstacles arrayed against him!
"short but sweet"
love all the Dresden Files. the short stories are welcome while waiting for the next full book. wish someone would make a good film out of this great series.
Jim Butcher and James Masters do it again. You'll get more out of this if you're a Dresden Files fan who has listened to the series, as I'm sure most people who are going to buy this are. There's nothing I didn't like about this collection and it's a treat that you usually don't get with shorts, to see the character progression as the years go by between each story. Masters brings the whole thing to life in a way few other narrators can and with the low price for those who buy 24 credits all at once like me, this is a steal because you'll want to relisten to it again and again over the years. Also the length makes it ideal for a quiet evening in or long return journey. If, on the other hand, you are in the one credit a month group and don't have the inclination/available listening time to change that, you might want to wait. So far most of the Dresden Files audios have come to the UK and while there is no audio date that i'm aware of, this collection has been confirmed as forming part of the next short story anthology for the series.
Really good 3 store read by James Masters, who is brilliant.You do not need to have read any other Harry Dresden books to enjoy this one. Recommended. Side Jobs would be a good book too.
Having only listened to the audio version, I am unable to give a comparison to the print version
It was a fun story I just sat back and enjoyed the ride
Love the Dresden stories and the narration is fantastic. I recommend to all sci-fi fans
"consummate storytelling and narration"
James Master smashes it again with his reliably excellent voice acting. Jim Butcher proves he's as skilled in short form as he is in long, with Dresden's characteristic dry wit and penchant for getting in too deep wholly present.
These stories stand alone without any prior knowledge of the Dresden universe, but the experience is definitely enriched and all the inside jokes caught if you're a long time Dresden fan.
"More of the best"
Small story in a big univers. Now I just want to read them all over again.
"I loved it"
these short stories are really fabulous. And I love how it is performed. if you love the Dresden files. you will love this
I Love listening to James Masters read the best series I have ever read/ heard.😊
"Three great short stories from the Dresden world"
James Marsters is just perfect for Harry, a great narrator, setting the right pace and atmosphere. A real treat to listen to.
Three short stories that can be listened to at any point of your journey in the world of Harry Dresden.
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