• The Law

  • A Dresden Files Novella (Dresden Files, Book 17.5)
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Jim Butcher
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,958 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Not every danger comes in the form of a mega-threat like a Titan. Some predators are a lot cozier...more personal.  

When one such creature threatens an independent tutor, Harry Dresden must shake off the blood and dirt of his most recent battles and rise to the occasion, even when it turns out that the new predator is far more dangerous and connected than first appearances would suggest.  

©2022 Jim Butcher (P)2022 Podium Audio

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meh, not worth the $30

I like Jim Butcher as the narrator for Marcone, but no one can beat James Marsters as Harry Dresden/Bob.

I strongly dislike the price point, how they believe a 3 hour book is worth the same price as a 15 hour book is way beyond me.

This was just a longer side story that while I'm glad we got *something* cause lord know it's gonna be another 3+ years before we get more Dresden, it didn't really move the story up whatsoever.

That bit in the beginning *SPOILER* about meeting with Lara Raith about terms of the first date had me thinking "Ok, at least we get something about that in here." but nope, we got baited.

All in all, if you can get this on sale it's a good listen to occupy a few car rides but other than that as much as I want to support Jim, I also know that I didn't get any value here.

I hope you all get more enjoyment than I have from this.

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Unpopular Opinion: I didn't like it.

James Marsters needs to re-record this. Maybe it was the jarring voices? The fact that Bob sounded like a pointlessly perverted cartoon, and that we couldn't pick an accent for the new, Nameless antagonist, couldn't distract from the badly written dialogue.

The stakes were low, the heavy hitters all made a Cameo, and I'm not really sure what got accomplished at the end. I have loved every Dresden book and short story... except this one.

Sorry, Jim. Still looking forward to the next book, though!

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Not really Dresden without James Marsters.

The short story was only okay. For them to release it with its own audio release, I expected something much more epic instead of something that could have been lumped into a collection later. And the fact that James Marsters wasn't part of this project makes it feel more like fan fiction in a real Dresden story, despite it having been read by Jim Butcher himself.

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Gotta be honest…Little bit disappointed

I’d waited n waited for the next book. I thought i’Its gonna be interesting to see just WHERE Harry could go after this’, ya know. I mean with a daughter, with Murphy gone!, Thomas virtually gone! and Lara Raith! Holy crap!
I’ve been a die hard Harry fan since the beginning. I absolutely loved his character, the banter with Murphy…I’d actually laugh out loud and could sometimes predict his responses.
For a while during Battleground I thought surely it was the end to the series. And was saddened.
So when I saw one was being released this month I was like ‘Ok, cool, that wasn’t the end…..then I was disappointed that James Marsters wasn’t narrating it but thought I should give it a chance.
Honestly it was like someone else wrote it, as well as read it. Harry wasn’t Harry, Bob wasn’t Bob, even Marcone was too different. Sorry, it was just too different.
If James Marsters doesn’t narrate the next one, I won’t buy it on audible. I’ll wait and read it myself so I’ll hear them the way they’re supposed to be.
I’ll reserve complete judgement on Harry’s personally, or lack of, due to events that had happened in #17. But just…this wasn’t a Dresden File.

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Back to your roots, but more original than ever.

Jim, ya done good. This is an intensely good detective story, not merely a Dresden novel, but a tight legal story easily on the level of John Grisham or similar style, with just enough magic to give it spice.

If you are looking to get into Dresden for the very first time, this is perfect. If you’re coming back after a long absence, this is perfect. If you just wanted MORE DRESDEN, this story is perfect.

Also, feel free to die laughing at the blooper reel included with the novel, I was on the floor.

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home run Butcher

great to see Harry back at it as a detective and even though Marsters wasn't narrating Jim did a great job! home run on the story line Butcher. and the bloopers reel was hilarious 😂

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Stinkeroo

Pretty bad, not even up to put Butchers lowest standards. Narration was overdramatized, very high school tryout level, and the writing was just plain awful.

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Harry's back, albeit so briefly

I loved it. Very much back to basic's with Harry and his PI business. Justice and all that's good Dresden style. I've missed Harry and even thou James isn't narrating it was excellent and very well done. Only thing missing was Maggie and Mouse but over all a wonderful short story with some good old Harry Magic once again.

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Epic

It was so fun to listen to Butcher reading his own work! I would love to play DND with him sometime. He did a great job with the voices. (Love the blooper real at the end)

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Best of old and new!

This story reads like one of the stories in the earlier parts of the series, but with the impact of the later one clearly visible. It is an excellent little story!
Jim is also an absolutely fantastic narrator, and if Marsters wasn't as good as he is, I'd call for Jim to take over narrating the series!

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  • David LEWIS
  • 07-10-22

Well done Jim but not James

Great to hear a story from the man himself. buuut, don't give up the day job..... please..... no, never..... I'm serious. keep writing forever. I COMPEL THEE......OK, with the odd food, sleep break, game night, etc...... OK OK, I compel thee to write but to maintain a good healthy work life balance... there. I feel better.

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  • Wilt
  • 07-12-22

I missed Masters, but it’s wonderful to hear Jim enjoying furthering the wonderful world of the Dresden files

While not my favourite instalment, this novella has come as a breath of fresh air! Bring on the next book Jim! And thanks again for creating your amazing works :)

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  • ninjab33z
  • 07-12-22

A solid story, surprisingly well read

I was surprised when I found out Jim Butcher read it himself and to be honest, he did really well at it. The only issues I had were tones and accents that sounded off when compared to Marsters' fantastic performances but it's unfair to compare the two. As for the story itself, it's solid. There were a few things that felt out of place at times, maybe repeated too often or the like, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Not the new best book in the series but certainly worth listening to.

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  • Lianne
  • 11-25-22

Brilliant

Loved this short story! You felt the sadness for those lost in the last book but also the old magic was definitely back

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  • cheryl
  • 11-20-22

Brilliant!

A lot of fun this one and for Harry,a getting back to basics again on the mean streets of Chicago. more than amply read by the man himself, a nice treat after the hell and fury of Battleground.

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  • Lorki
  • 11-07-22

Great audible voice

Brilliant story and performance
Really enjoyed this book. Good to be able to listen before the next instalment in the Harry Dresden books

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  • Becca
  • 10-20-22

Fantastic

Fantastic to hear the characters as the author intended them to sound. I was nervous about it not being James Marsters reading Dresden, but the is absolutely fantastic delivery that loses nothing. I can't decide if James Marsters is deliberately choosing to sound like Butcher in the other books, or if it's a happy accident. Regardless this is well worth a listen after the trauma of the last book! It felt like Harry getting back to his roots and being the Detective we fell in love with.

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  • ciara donovan
  • 10-09-22

Oh Jim, it's not you it's me!

OK, I'm really happy Jim that you got this out of your system but please please don't do it again!. You read very well but James Marsters is Harry Dresden now in my brain and anyone else reading his voice just sounds wrong to me. I didn't enjoy the novella at all and I can't even figure out if it's mainly because of my bias re voice or the story just didn't ring true. Mainly I think that while there was a little bit of sadness for Murphy at the start, I feel like I mourned her more than Dresden and that can't be right! Also the main bad guy in this story Trip, was just too unbelievably stupid to be believable and there were just so many easy solutions for the very normal, non supernatural issue at the centre of this story. I guess for years now I'm used to Harry having to overcome multiple seemingly unsolvable and overwhelming problems that in this case, when there was just one, relatively simple and very straightforward human problem the lengths he went to seemed unbelievable and the whole story didn't impress. This is the first time I've ever given an Jim Butcher book a 4 rather than a 5 though so I still love you Jim... Please please finish the series this decade! (And James Marsters is not paid enough!)

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  • k
  • 10-09-22

Not a Dresden file series, read fully before buy

I love the Harry Dresden series, love the narrator and the story. I feel cheated in this book: half a book, not part of the series in that the author not the usual narrator reads it. Jim reads reasonably well, but the voices, the intonation, the continuity of story and characters is lost in the change of narrator—-as if that narrator change is not enough this is a half a book spin off cheap shot at getting some extra money out of the core series and that was how I was left feeling. I should have read the whole review really carefully, but I didn’t expect to be misled or to have to have the review read within all the fine print as though I am a lawyer signing a contract. As far as the story goes it’s ok, a Jim butcher story so why wouldn’t it be ok….just not what it professed to be and the contents of the ‘tin’ not what it says on the tin….disappointing sales morals to say the least.

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  • c b baltray
  • 10-06-22

Top class entertainment as usual from Harry & Jim!

Harry dresden: wizard at law. Pretty good stuff and a worthy entry in the best urban fantasy series around.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-22

Jim doing Jim, so good!

I enjoy the James Masters reads of Dresden, but hearing Jim putting his voice behind the character he's been writing for most of my adult life is just something special.
Can't wait for the next novel in this series!

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  • Kaari Watkins
  • 11-20-22

Ended too abruptly.

I love Jim Butcher and the Dresden Files. It was fun to get to hear him read his own story, even if at times he started to sound like he was doing a John Wayne impersonation in his attempts to speak slowly and clearly. Narrarating is hard work, and for a first attempt it was pretty good.
I was however a bit disappointed in the ending. It felt like we were building up for something really big to happen, or for some big reveal or plot twist about the client or the bad guy, and then the author got tired and just quickly wrapped it all up in a little ribbon. The good guys won hurrah the end.

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  • Alexander
  • 11-13-22

This was fun

Great job Jim, on all counts. Can't wait for Twelve Months to come out.

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  • Ailie Connell
  • 11-11-22

good, but not James Marsters

sorry, loved story, but voices threw me out of it a bit. You understand.

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  • Dianne Munro
  • 11-08-22

My first Dresden audio book

A great addition to the Dresden-verse
Sad to experience Dresden pain in the aftermath of Battle Ground, but was happy to see Harry go back to his detective roots.
I seriously laughed out very very loud, and that was before the bloopers section.
A get read Mr Butcher, a joy to listen to 💜

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  • Michael Andrew Deadman
  • 10-19-22

So keen for the next book

At first I was supper disappointed about the change in voice actor, it just didn't feel like it was Harry. But after an hour I was adjusted and loved the story. Jim did a great job with the voice acting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-22

nothing less than I expected

It's completely understandable that Jim narrated this one. It was good to see Harry get back to his roots.
Jim if your reading this, I loved that you added the "bloopers". Adding the bloopers managed to add a perfect bit of something extra.
Thank you for the excellent stories.

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  • Ryan Hickmott
  • 09-15-22

yesss new Dresden

this gave me my Dresden fix and it had a great early series vibe to it
cant wait for more!

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  • Doug
  • 08-25-22

Missed Jim Butcher's work. Loved the book

Great short story, well written and performed while adding in details in the aftermath of the last. Looking forward to the next one

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  • miss jane
  • 08-13-22

Novella are too short...

Listening to Jim Butcher narrate his own work was interesting. Having listened to James Marsters for decades, it was odd! Especially listening to Bob's voice... Good story