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Summary

Magic. It can get a guy killed. 

Return to the world of the Dresden Files with Harry Dresden (the only wizard in the Chicago phone book) and friends as they solve supernatural mysteries, protect the helpless and fight evil. 

Brief Cases is a new collection of Dresden Files stories which includes an original novella, from international best seller Jim Butcher. 

Stories included in this collection: 'Curses', 'AAAA Wizardry', 'Even Hand', 'B Is for Bigfoot', 'I Was a Teenage Bigfoot', 'Bigfoot on Campus', 'Bombshells', 'Jury Duty', 'Cold Case', 'Day One', 'A Fistful of Warlocks' and 'Zoo Day' (original novella taking place between Skin Game and Peace Talks).

©2018 Jim Butcher (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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A small number of new stories

Excellent writing as always from Jim Butcher. Also, God level narration by James Masters. My only complaint was that way too many of these stories were from other compilations and locations. Overall this was not a worthwhile purchase for me. But Butters story and the last story were exceptional. One way or another I think we all need those two accounts. And, I hunger for 'Peace Talks' now more than ever.

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Short stories to tide us over till next novel

How highly you rate this book probably comes down to how many of the short stories you have already read elsewhere, for me the number was very low so I found this a great read, particularly with so many of them focusing on other characters than Harry, who do not always get the spotlight let alone being able to relate a tale from their perspective, particularly the last one with Maggie and Mouse.

One crucial point to make about this book, once you have it, do not buy working for bigfoot by the same author since the stories from there are reproduced in this newer edition.

As always James Marsters does a great job with this book, although for once we get to hear more than just him reading parts of it.

Overall, a great listen if you haven't heard many of them before, think more carefully about it if you have though.

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Great collection but one warning

Unsurprisingly, this is a great collection of short stories. The only thing to be aware of (as per the summary) is it that it does include the three stories from Working for Bigfoot.

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A mix of old and new stories, worth the buy

A couple of new stories in here, and a number of stories I have read before. I ended up listening to the old ones as well, and appreciated them. The author's commentary I found really interesting.

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really short stories!!! not what I expected.

very short stories, not worth getting into, it was a waste of a credit in my case.
Can't say it was badly done just so short.

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  • 09-06-18

Wish there were more original stories,

Wish there were more original stories, without the repeats though I do Iove the Dresden Files I was hoping for more fresh stories.

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Amazing, with only one tiny thing..

I loved this book. The only thing that stood out was that the Welsh fey sounded a bit Irish. Other, this was great!!

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wonderful and left wanting more

I love the Dresden files and the characters are so well created that each could be a star of book series of there own especially Molly and Maggie

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So good, the last story is the best

I loved this book so much! And the last story... Well played sir! I love how this fleshes out the characters and the world alike.

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Worth it for Zoo Day

I won't go into massive detail on the issues I have with some of these collections as it's rather redundant, but suffice it to say I don't like the idea of having collected groups of Dresden Novellas put together and to then have multiples of each in every one, its why I won't buy these when I know there's a double or 2 in them, I get why its done but its not my thing.

As for this, each of the Dresden Files novellas in this are decent enough, I liked A fistful of Warlocks and would like to see more from Anastasia's perspective, didn't much like Bombshells (and seeing who edited it I know why), AAAA Wizardry...eh its difficult.

But all in all it's okay, a definite C- for the series.

That's where Zoo Days comes in, the plot for it - featuring 3 different perspectives of the same day - and having each of them caring about others and each other enough to want to do things to help others and each other, that's perfection. It's worth it for that plot alone and it's why I bought this collection.

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  • Daniel P Hickling
  • 15-06-18

Great stories, varying the narrators was annoying

Any fan of the Dresdenverse will love these stories and it was awesome to hear the authors comments on each. One of the things I love about Dresden is how well the story world holds together and these stories fit that. One thing that I found affected my enjoyment negatively was not having James Marsters as the narrator for all the stories. I felt the other narrators did a great job but the voices in the Dresdenverse are well established and it jarred for me to hear them read by other narrators

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  • 26-07-20

contains previous short stories too

as always amazing tales with intros by Jim. also contains the working with bigfoot stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-05-19

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Riveting right from the start. Brilliant narration and performance. Please write more. Your stories are thoroughly entertaining and the narrators always well matched with perfect cadence and perfection in pitch, pauses and accents. Perfectly edited. Always make me smile and the stories keep me pinned.
MORE, please. Thank you for such wonderful entertainment. Can’t get enough.

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  • Awali
  • 17-04-19

Dresden reigns

Awesome , enjoyable. Loved the different perspective of Harry’s family and friends.
Luv Luv Loved it.
Cannot wait for the next outing with Harry Dresden and co.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-08-18

Fantastic and enjoyable read.

Can't wait to to the next book In the series. Wonderful reading by the narrator.