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Harry is the best and technically the 'only' at what he does, being the lone professional wizard PI in the Chicago phonebook. So when the Chicago PD has cases that transcend mortal capabilities, they come to him for answers.

For the 'everyday' world is actually full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. Yet despite his precautions, Harry tends to stumble from crisis to drama in his dealings with the supernatural world - call it an occupational hazard.

Here, he unfailingly manages to get on the wrong side of werewolf, fae, and vampires alike. And that's where his own rather special powers come into play....

These bite-sized stories are tremendously entertaining and will leave you itching to explore more of Harry Dresden's world. And as well as eight short stories, this collection includes an all-new Dresden Files novella.

©2010 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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Great!

Awesome stories that will take you deeper into the Dresden universe.
James Marsters does a terrific job portraying stories from other characters perspective than Dresden.

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  • 12-15-13

Good for filling in time

If you could sum up Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files in three words, what would they be?

snippets of Harry.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files?

seeing the world through Thomas the Vampires eyes and learning about the oblivion war. I'm hoping more of the oblivion war will be introduced in future Dresden novels. I enjoy the character Thomas in the main novel, but having a story told in Thomas's voice help show where his loyalties lie and how he feels about his family, his demon, and Harry.

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

James Marsters brings all the characters to life, and help emulate their actions and intentions though his performance. In my eyes, or should i say ears, James Masters' version of Harry Dresden is Harry Dresden.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It is difficult to say as the book is a compilation of many stories and i don't want to give anything away.

Any additional comments?

This is a must read after Changes and before Ghost Story, as it contains the novella 'Aftermath' which shows the few hours after Changes. I made the mistake of reading Ghost Story before this book and felt that I had missed something from the beginning. <br/>Also this book brings together a lot of Jim Butchers short stories and Novellas which are contained in other Anthologies, so its good to have them all in one place.

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  • David Gregory
  • 12-13-14

An indispensable part of the Dresden canon.

I recently re-listened to all the Dresden novels but missed out Side Jobs. Error. Despite the difference in format, Butcher pours all his characteristic wit and skill into every sentence - moreover, there are nuggets of Dresdenverse knowledge in here that no fan will want to miss. Indispensable stuff from the master of 21st Century Wizard Noir. Probably not for those new to Dresden, sadly - just bite the bullet and buy Storm Front.

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  • Philip
  • 07-31-14

A MUST for Dresden fans

Quite often in the Dresden books there are references to little things that have happened in Harry's past, and if you're like me, you think "it'd be interesting to know about that", well, THIS is the book that lets you know about those things

The book opens with the first job that Harry did with his old mentor, and goes on from there, including stories with Thomas or Karrin (listening you'd think it's "Karen", but it's not), but knowing about the little back-stories that happen before or between jobs is just FANTASTIC

I wasn't sure what this would be like, but was pleasantly surprised, this book of short stories really made me smile!

If you take Jim Butcher's brilliant writing, James Masters' amazing reading, and stories that fill in gaps, you end up with Side Jobs - not only a good addition to the series, but something that all fans should read

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  • Hilary T.
  • 05-17-14

Quite superb entertainment

I don't often bother to review books, but I enjoyed this one so much that I felt that I had to encourage others not to miss out on such great entertainment. This is a series of short stories whereby Jim Butcher provides some back info. about some of the regular characters in the Dresden files - Murphy; Dresden's brother, Thomas; Billy and Georgia, the werewolves and others. I don't normally like short stories because I am just getting caught up in the plot and atmosphere and then it is over, but these anecdotes are different. Each comfortably stands alone and there is no sense of let down at the end. James Masters exceeds even his normal superb performance and really brings the characters to life. I have already listened to the stories several times and found something new each time. This is a compilation I will be able to listen to again and again without getting bored. 5*? I would give it 10.

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  • Mrspink
  • 09-26-17

Weak short stories

A lot of the ideas behind the shorts stories are great but they felt flat and under developed. The author even admits that the first ones where very early work. I feel that instead of having a selection of novelas the author could have developed each idea a little further.
It's easy to listen. There are two different stories where Dresden isn't the narrator which gives a little insight of how Karen and Thomas think.
Overall I wish those shorts stories where just added to the end of each book as they relate chronologic as extras. I don't feel it should be a separate book.

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  • jessiemillar
  • 09-01-17

side job review

absolutely amazing - authors notes before each story. well worth the money as each story is placed in book order

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  • Leonidas
  • 03-23-17

Even better in this short form.

I never buy books of short stories, having listened to Side Jobs I see I will have to be more open minded in future.

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  • Lisa
  • 11-14-16

I am now a Karen Murphy fan

these were all amazing. gripping funny and as entertaining as you would expect any dresden story would be. the last was mind blowing amazing heart wrenching and can't wait to start the next.

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  • K. Gibbens
  • 10-20-16

excellent bite sized chunks

fantastic insight into the wider dresden world. alot of fleshing out done and easy to digest.

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  • 09-21-16

Interesting side stories

A chance to go first person with alternative characters and some short stories. Liked it