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Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,056 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Butcher Narrator: James Marsters Publisher: Penguin Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling 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 the 2010 novel Changes.

This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan—and a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This entry is the collection’s strongest, full of powerful emotion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Butcher has not only given the genesis of each story but also indicates where each fits chronologically among the novels. Anyone who likes the Harry Dresden long works probably thinks it’s high time this collection came out.”


  • “[Side Jobs] is...witty, fast-moving, and well worked-out. Butcher’s yarns go along with the standard supernatural repertory while providing enough twists to keep things fresh and intriguing.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Die-hard fans who can’t wait for next year’s Ghost Story will want to rush to the final novella, “Aftermath,” starring Harry’s friend Karrin Murphy, but there are many others here worth reading, like “Day Off” from the comic collection Blood Lite, “The Warrior,” from Mean Streets, and an early tale, “Vignette.” Adding value to this title are Butcher’s introductions to each story, filling the reader in on its place in the Dresden-verse time line and offering insight into the author’s intentions.”

    Library Journal

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Sheree Ross | 2/5/2014

    " Good collection of shorts about Dresden,,,,anything I can read about my fav wizard is good to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Malia | 1/31/2014

    " Several Side Jobs, were interesting, I really think I'm getting to like this series as I go along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Leigh | 1/29/2014

    " Not really a Harry Dresden fan but I loved these short stories. Fast paced and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Gail Ann | 1/19/2014

    " Jim Butcher is a master of exposition, explaining just enough of his complex urban-fantasy world to keep the reader informed without ever slowing the action. All except one of these stories were published independently in magazines or anthologies, so familiarity with the Dresden Files series isn't needed. You might find yourself hooked, though! "

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About the Author
Author Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old—The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight, he’d added the rest of the Narnia books, the Chronicles of Prydain, every book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels, and The Lord of the Rings to his count. He was pretty much doomed from the start. Love of fantasy drew him toward a fairly eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding, archery, martial arts, costuming, music, and theater. He played a lot of role-playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and eventually got into live-action role-play. He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until, just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every piece of her advice. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways. The result was the Dresden Files. She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on writing. Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. He has plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one. He lives in Missouri with his wife, romantic suspense and paranormal romance writer Shannon K. Butcher, his son, and a ferocious guard dog.

About the Narrator

James Marsters graduated from Davis High School and attended Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre. After spending ten years doing stage work, he finally moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. He got his big break as Spike in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is also a talented musician; his band Ghost of the Robot has released three albums: Mad Brilliant, B-Sider, and Murphy’s Law.