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4.11371428571429 out of 54.11371428571429 out of 54.11371428571429 out of 54.11371428571429 out of 54.11371428571429 out of 5 4.11 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Butcher Narrator: James Marsters Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781101222317
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The first short story collection in the #1 New York Times- bestselling series-including brand-new Harry Dresden short stories! Download and start listening now!

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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.”

    Booklist

  • “[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 Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Jones | 1/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this. When I started I didn't like the style of the first story, but that shouldn't be uprising since it was the authors first short about Dresden. I found each story progressively more interesting, and the file short told from Karen's perspective is truly great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riju Ganguly | 1/16/2014

    " A solid collection of short stories and novellas that deal with the adventures (some may say shenanigans) of persons (esp. Harry Dresden, the wizard) belonging to the universe of the Dresden Files. Those stories where the comic undertone was strong were more enjoyable, while those with the noir-ish themes were rather dark and heavy. Nevertheless, i enjoyed the stories (esp. "Back Up"), and would revisit them from time-to-time. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corbett | 1/6/2014

    " I love short stories and I love Jim Butcher's stories (short or long). This book has all of his Dresden short stories from other anthologies plus a few new ones. The last one is Murphy's viewpoint of the 2 weeks after the end of Changes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Avila | 12/30/2013

    " Great Book, a must for Dresden fans "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Kugler | 12/17/2013

    " A wonderful little compilation of short stories usually told by characters that Jim Butcher does not usually speak through. The change of point of view adds depth to the characters many of us know through the Dresden Files. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherie Davis | 12/15/2013

    " Fun collection. It's only been a month since Cold Days and I'm already having Dresden withdrawals. This helped a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoDee | 12/12/2013

    " Every fan should read these-they fill in gaps in the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Anderson | 11/30/2013

    " I normally am not that into short stories. This was different, however, because it was about characters I've read over the various books of Dresden Files. I enjoyed it a heck of a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy | 11/4/2013

    " Fun! Can't wait until Dresden in July. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lena | 9/24/2013

    " I didn't like this as much as the regular novels. It was just hard for me to get into most of the stories. Overall I still enjoyed it. Reading about Harry is always fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Phule | 6/3/2013

    " The beginning of the book was slow and covered well know aspects of Dresden. The only value I found to this book is the two stories from the perspective of Murphy and Thomas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chester | 5/6/2013

    " I am such a whore for these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierra | 9/1/2012

    " Loved the different perspectives of Thomas and especially Murphy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Curtis | 8/7/2012

    " This was a neat little set of Dresden stories, but I am ready for the main line to come back. The cliff hanger at the end of Changes was not resolved in Side Stories. I love this series with a fiery passion. Excited to see what's next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Lindros | 3/18/2012

    " Cute, but not essential to the overall story line. Particularly enjoyed Thomas' story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 11/20/2011

    " Collection of short stories. Most of them I'd read before, but there is one brand new one (taking place right after the end of "Changes" that is alone worth getting a copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 10/20/2011

    " While the initial story is as Jim Butcher says, an amateur piece, it is still a delightful read and all of the stories are engaging and informative. Learning so much more of the background characters is a lovely thing and not to be slighted as a 'side job' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilene | 8/30/2011

    " A fun read. The usual Dresden snark and misadventures, in short story form. Definitely meant for readers who are already familiar with the Dresden Files cast of characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 6/10/2011

    " Fun stuff I enjoyed it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 5/21/2011

    " Great Book. All of the stories in this book are nice bridges between books in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 5/20/2011

    " Lovely narration by James Marsters...
    I had only read the 1st three books in the series but just listening to the short stories I can tell that the character of Harry Dresden has grown. Looking forward to getting back into the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 5/17/2011

    " I like that this book filled in a few gaps of the other books. Love Jim Butchers style, fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hawklan | 5/15/2011

    " nice collection of short stories in the world of Harry Dresden. Was an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 5/11/2011

    " The fact that I'm not overly fond of short stories and that I've been getting bored with this series, means that I didn't enjoy this one at all. I think I should stop reading this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 5/9/2011

    " I was so excited that there was a story that came right after the ending of the last book!! Sigh.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/1/2011

    " Collection of short stories from the Dresden files. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonas | 4/30/2011

    " I normally don't like short stories, but this is an exception. Butcher did an excellent job with this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Troy | 4/19/2011

    " Fun! Can't wait until Dresden in July. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/17/2011

    " I had read some of the stories contained in this book in other places, but it is a very nice collection filling in some of the holes in the Dresden universe. If you like the novels, add this to your collection. "

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About the Author
Author Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. He 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.

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.