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Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son, Irwin, is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He's a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.

In the three novellas that make up Working for Bigfoot, collected together here for the first time, listeners encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career and in Irwin's life. As a middle schooler in B Is for Bigfoot, Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and, when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in I Was a Teenage Bigfoot, Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it's not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up - and has a grown up's typical problems - as a freshman in college in Bigfoot on Campus, or would if "typical" included vampires.

New York Times best seller Jim Butcher explores the responsibilities of fatherhood and the difficulties of growing up with the elements Dresden Files fans crave - detection, adventure, humor, and magic.

©2015 Jim Butcher (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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short but sweet

love all the Dresden Files. the short stories are welcome while waiting for the next full book. wish someone would make a good film out of this great series.

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Fun stories but included in 15.5 'Brief cases'

Great short stories as you would expect from a Dresden listen but these 3 stories are included in Book 15.5 'Brief cases' so don't waste your credit on these alone.

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Great Story

Really good 3 store read by James Masters, who is brilliant.You do not need to have read any other Harry Dresden books to enjoy this one. Recommended. Side Jobs would be a good book too.

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Enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of Working for Bigfoot to be better than the print version?

Having only listened to the audio version, I am unable to give a comparison to the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Working for Bigfoot?

It was a fun story I just sat back and enjoyed the ride

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Three great short stories from the Dresden world

James Marsters is just perfect for Harry, a great narrator, setting the right pace and atmosphere. A real treat to listen to.

Three short stories that can be listened to at any point of your journey in the world of Harry Dresden.

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Narrator seems about 30% interested in the story & makes Dresden sound arrogant without the charm.

Seeing as WFB as an actual book is currently overpriced due to scarcity I decided to try the audio book for my favourite series by my favourite author, as I Jones for Dresden tales worse than a heroin addict.

I wished I'd waited for the Brief Cases short stories compliation (side job 2) and read it myself in 2018.

The story is good, Dresden files 10/10 good, but the narration really takes you out of the story. The narrator pauses at odd times and has a drony voice that annoyed me.

Wait for the brief cases book and get a dozen stories for less than the cost of this audio book.

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We loved it!

The narration is acerbically cynical, and yet believably human and humorous. The short stories are amusingly anecdotal to the series, but developed and varied. Dresden is, as ever, compassionate, strangely courteous, and witty, while also being wise, irritating and wizardly too.

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consummate storytelling and narration

James Master smashes it again with his reliably excellent voice acting. Jim Butcher proves he's as skilled in short form as he is in long, with Dresden's characteristic dry wit and penchant for getting in too deep wholly present.
These stories stand alone without any prior knowledge of the Dresden universe, but the experience is definitely enriched and all the inside jokes caught if you're a long time Dresden fan.

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More of the best

Small story in a big univers. Now I just want to read them all over again.

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I loved it

these short stories are really fabulous. And I love how it is performed. if you love the Dresden files. you will love this

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  • Lee G. Morrow
  • 27-09-19

included in another offer

was included within briefcase but audible didnt say anything about it being the same stories.

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  • Acro LCL
  • 23-05-19

3 short stories are in "Brief cases" as well...

I did not realize these stories would also be in Brief cases. shouldn't have spent money on this short book.

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  • Phillip
  • 05-08-15

So That's Who River Shoulders Is!

This collection is best read before Skin Game as it answers many of the questions that book caused to the reader; unfortunately this book raises as many more. These three stories introduce the Bigfoot race and specifically River Shoulders to the Dresden Files universe.

In the first story, Harry is hired to travel to Wisconsin and paid a gold nugget the size of a golf ball by River Shoulders to protect his half human son. Without getting too deep into the story, this story is my second favorite of the three because it also deals with the Svartalfar.

The second story, although the most comedic of the three of them, Irving, River Shoulder's son, is now attending an exclusive honors high school and horror of horrors, he caught mono. As his father's heritage should have made this impossible, Harry is hired to investigate.

The third story, Bigfoot on Campus, Harry is directed to a college in Oklahoma where Irving has a walk on scholarship on the football team because River Shoulders had a vision of his son's immanent demise. This is definitely the best of the three stories as it takes place between Turn Coat and Changes, so Harry has his gear, including the now defunct Blue Beetle. It is also interesting that, although it is a left field solution, there is now a third possibility for the scions of the White Court who have yet to awaken their hunger.

Now, to the author, we need one more story in this collection. What happened to Irving and his girlfriend after A Bigfoot on Campus? Additionally, as Harry claims to have worked with, not just for, River Shoulders, I'd like to see one or more stories dealing with this, perhaps involving Listens to Wind.

Overall, well done.

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  • Jason Abbadon
  • 04-10-15

Filler stories from anthology editions- but fun.

while not exactly what I want from a Dresden adventure (s), any excuse to hear James Marsters perform as Harry Dresden is more than worthwhile.

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  • Walter W. Chu
  • 12-07-19

A Little Disappointed

It’s all my own fault. Didn’t pay attention and downloaded the story, only to discover these stories are already in Brief Cases. Should have paid more attention. I thought these were something new. They are still good and I like them. Of all of the other portrayals of Big Foot I find I prefer this concept.

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  • colleen
  • 12-08-15

Should have been a full length novel.

I enjoyed this Working With Bigfoot. Narrated and written well. Won't disappoint Jim Butcher fans.

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  • davidcbarnard
  • 11-08-15

Marketing comes to the Dresden Files

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

These stories have appeared in other books. Fifteen dollars was way too much for three hours of entertainment. Waste of money if you've bought other collections containing Jim Butcher's stories.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 23-01-18

Big Bore

I got this because I love Harry Dresden, but I have to admit that this set of three tales bored me to death and I had to force myself to get through them. Sure, Marsters is fantastic, but overall I'd say tis entire premise was a dud.

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  • John A. Saloiye
  • 17-10-16

Short Story

This has been a very short story to be a stand alone book. I very much enjoyed what there is. I thought this was the next novel in the Dresden Series.

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  • Luke
  • 11-04-16

mildly entertaining not worth the credit

I love Dresden, but it seems like Jim is just phoning it in on the short stories. there are some flashes here and there but it left me rather unsatisfied.

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