• 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 (3,250 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • Jørgen Ø. Vik-Strandli
  • 08-18-22

Great listen

Good hearing Jims version of Harry again, although a bit flatter than the early chapters of Skin Game. Great story, and the extra part nearly had me off the road laughing

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  • dead goat
  • 08-15-22

rubber baby buggy bumpers

I remember reading reviews where somebody didn't like the way Jim Butcher was reading this novella for me it's a great insight into a way the author reads his lines when editing the text.
Another great story, loved it.
Listen to the very end to hear the out takes very amusing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-22

Good but not great.

It is a decent enough story, if you want some Dresden action until the next book.
Regarding the plot line, not very thick, just something to keep things going. I don't think it's going to add any signifcant change to the main plot.
The interpretation was not bad, you could really feel that Jim put alot of effort into creating this thing, but I for one am used with Masters work, and I'd like for him to come back for the main books.(I know that Jim said he will).
Overall, i enjoyed listening to the story, and the way Jim sees and heara the characters in his head.

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  • Elliot Barker
  • 08-07-22

Great.

Not a Marsters production, but I didn't expect it to be. I really enjoyed his enthusiasm and the outakes at the end are hilarious. You can clearly hear the zeal and pride he puts into his work. Genuinely nice to hear from the man behind the mind. Thanks, Jim. You crazy sod.

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  • BatmanFan
  • 08-07-22

A classic Dresden short story

Fun short story set after Battle Ground, it feels like a classic Dresden private investigation case with some new characters introduced who may well appear in a future books. It has some nice world building post the attack on Chicago with expositional updates on main characters and settings, overall The Law was a satisfying buffer until the next full title releases.

Jim Butcher narrates this story and does a great job, I would barely notice the difference between his reading style and that of James Marsters so the transition wasn’t an issue. I probably on balance prefer the narration by Marsters but there was no jarring change in tone which I’ve noticed can happen with the rotation of narrator in other series on Audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-22

i like...

... the authers comments and notes but let marsters be dresden when possible:)

otherwise fun story goo work butcher:)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-05-22

Another Jim Butcher marval

Loved it . Another masterpiece of comedy mixed with magic and gangsters. Thought I'd miss James Marsters narrating but Jim provides the same standard of character interpretations that matched James' usual amazing and amusing performances. Can't wait for the next full instalment .

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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

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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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  • Amanda
  • 07-24-22

The man himself

I loved hearing this in Jim Butcher's own voice. James Masters is brilliant but it's great to hear the story as Jim imagined it to sound as he wrote it

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  • Taras Voevodin
  • 07-22-22

Butcher at his best!

Really enjoyable novella! A taste of Dresden that initially slaked the thirst but will not relieve it fully. Given the closeness of the previous two books it is a light snack, but hopefully the next book is being readied for publication!

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  • Adm TeKnoMan
  • 07-20-22

Not your typical Dresden File

The Dresden Files are masterfully crafted. The story felt rushed and missing that usual substance and intellect that Harry wields. It's a plain damsel in distress stretched to fill time. Even brief cases had more character depth than this talks to. Jim writes amazing stories but he was not a match for James Masters vocal talent. I hope this was a fun interlude and we get the real Harry back for the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-22

worth a listen for any Dresden fan

a quick and fun Dresden romp, including some of the regular Dresden gang doing what they do best to this short story also includes a more than decent performance by Jim Butcher reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-22

to short

nice to get some new dresden but it was way to short.
not a bad job at narration Jim.

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  • Sanaz
  • 07-15-22

good story, need little more character building

Good to hear Jim's voice however the performance did lack diversity of characters. Most male characters were voiced similarly. But as always love the stories.

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  • Jeff Northam
  • 07-14-22

classic butcher

book was worth it if only to hear Jim do the blooders at the end..
that said, great book also.

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  • Richard
  • 07-11-22

Representative of everything good about Jim's work

This is really wonderful writing and performance. Remember though Jim, Bob might be your character but James Marsters made him British. Bob is British. British people have a British accent 😂.
I enjoyed Jim's "Dresden voice" being more John Wayne-esque. This was a great little interlude and really got me in the feels at the end when you realised the healing process has finally started for Harry after all he's lost and sacrificed.
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