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Publisher's Summary

The first short-story collection in the number-one New York Times- best-selling series - including brand-new Harry Dresden short stories!

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan, as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago's only professional wizard.

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©2010 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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More meat added to a good cast of characters

we hear how long friends first met, find out more about an enigmatic character, and hear stories from the perspective of long running characters. I recommend this for any Dresden fan that has read books 1-12.

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Amazing

James Marsters does it again with this narration. Most impressive is how he narrates the stories that are from a different characters perspective with the inflection of that person's voice. Glad I got it and will listen to it again.

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Good for true fans!

This was kind of short for the money. It was interesting to here from Thomas point of view.

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Decent Dresden Romp to Sate Your Appetite

Is there anything you would change about this book?

As a collection of short stories, don't expect terribly detailed or nuanced narratives here. Some of the stories are interesting in a TV-episode sort of way, while others are simply too short to be terribly interesting.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting part in this collection is Butcher's first Dresden story. It's a little unpolished and a little simple, but it provides a delightful look into that first time Harry met Murphy.If you're looking for another taste of the Dresden-verse while you wait for the next book, then give this book a go for the variety of characters Butcher explores throughout the collection. If you're looking for significant narrative meat to the overall story, however, maybe look elsewhere.

What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

James Marsters continues to elevate this series from interesting and fun to something truly great. His impeccable narration continues to drive the Dresden universe forwards.

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  • Jenny
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 03-08-16

First in series

Technically this is the first book in the series. If you are an avid series reader I would read this one first.

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Spectacular

I am never dissapointed with authors work. The story grabs you and never let's go.

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Awesome book.... Awesome Series..

What made the experience of listening to Side Jobs the most enjoyable?

Great story, great narration, and awesome characters! One of my all time favorite series.

What did you like best about this story?

Another great story... please write more books!

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

Good, he is one of my top 5.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Dresden's back

Any additional comments?

Buy the whole series.

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good book

IIs a book that shows all storries that were inbetween the main storyline in order

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  • Luc
  • Eastman, QC, Canada
  • 02-08-16

awesome pefomance

Mr. Masters was a great narrator and i will be looking for other titles he might have done. he truly brought Dresden to life me.

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Good, but uneven

All of the short stories are enjoyable but there are a few that need polish.