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Go Behind the Scenes of Murder by Other Means

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About the Creator

New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi is celebrated for his sharp, whip-smart sci-fi. With novels such as Lock In, Head On, The Collapsing Empire, and Agent to the Stars, Scalzi’s uncanny ability to craft new worlds and technologies have earned him three Hugo Awards, the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, and the Audie Award for Original Work. His works have been translated into over 20 languages. In addition to his long-form fiction triumphs, Scalzi acted as a creative consultant on the Stargate: Universe television series and as a writer for the video game Midnight Star. From 2010 to 2013, Scalzi served as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and in 2016, he received the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. He currently resides in Bradford, Ohio with his wife and (several) pets.

About the Performer

Zachary Quinto hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Carnegie Mellon where he received a BFA in Acting. In 2007 he was cast as Sylar on the hit NBC series Heroes. That same year, he was cast as Spock in the JJ Abrams directed reboot of the Star Trek franchise. He starred in the first season of American Horror Story in 2011, and won a Critic’s Choice Award and Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal on American Horror Story: Asylum. More recently, Zachary hosted the unscripted show In Search Of on the History Channel, and starred in the AMC series NOS4A2.
Quinto appeared in the 2010 Signature revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels In America, for which he won a Theater World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination. He made his Broadway debut in the 2013 Tony Award winning production of the Glass Menagerie. He was also seen in MCC’s production of Noah Haidle's Smokefall and in the Tony Award winning revival of The Boys in the Band. He stars in the film version of The Boys In The Band, which will be released on Netflix this fall. Quinto began his production company Before the Door Pictures in 2008 and produced such films as Margin Call, All Is Lost, A Most Violent Year, and Aardvark. Before The Door Pictures currently has first-look deals at AMC & Spoke Studios.

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Scalzi and & Qui Deliver on 2nd Dispatcher book!!

Great continuation and fervent wish to see more from John Scalzi and his 'Dispatcher'. Will be a great plus to be able to hear Zachary Quinto continue on as narrator. There are so many possibilities for the story line. It's been delightful to listen to. May there be more short stories (or longer).

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Scalzi + Quinto, for the WIN!

I am a Scalzi fan. I am a Quinto fan. Together, they deliver.

Not a typical Scalzi but then his imagination is so “out there” that I’m not sure “typical” should ever be applied to him. Some are calling this series darker” but I’m not getting that vibe. It’s perhaps “quieter” in a weird way - the 1st person narrator is a very calm guy, and though he finds himself in bizarrely violent situations, he remains calm and soothing. That brings us to Zachary Quinto’s voice: so smooth that you want to go hang out with the Dispatcher just to put your mind at ease.

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awesome

I loved the first dispatcher and I loved this one just as much. I live everything about the universe that Scalzi created. I hope this continues

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Delightful Mystery

When I listened to The Dispatcher in 2016 I was disappointed. I wanted more. A novel would have been nice, but there was no mention of a sequel or even a series of stories. Now out of the blue - the sequel is here! All the pieces come together in another tale of a world where murder isn't usually permanent. I hope rumors of a third story are true.

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This book

I will let the reader’s come up with there own conclusion, But this book was very good it had me on pins and needles.

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Good follow up

Enjoyed the first installment of this titled The Dispatcher. Interesting idea of murders being almost impossible and things not being always what they seem. I enjoyed the narrator as well.

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Interesting short story.

Quinto is a wonderful narrator and the story will likely suck you in right away. I highly recommend.

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Scalzi and Quinto - perfect together

...good writing, believable dialogue between interesting characters and a story that keeps me interested from beginning to end. I enjoyed Dispatcher and was very pleased to see this follow up...more please.

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Great Read!

Another good one bites the dust! Scalzi does it everytime! Waiting for the next in the series.

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so so great!

Loved the first one and this one is just as good! The story & performance were both well done in my opinion. I can't wait for the third! ;)

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  • 03-28-21

interesting but not very exciting

Interesting premise but it's not a very exciting book and the monotone delivery of the narrator doesn't help.
The narrator also can't pull of voices. most sound exactly same so lots of dialogue sections get confusing.
he tried to pull of some voices and accents but only some of the time but then that same character reverts to the normal.monotone voice.

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  • KiddoGirl
  • 01-30-21

Enjoyable and not too long

Really good crime story in the interesting settings, drawing on great classics such as Raymond Chandler’s and Phillip Dick (at least I hear the echo of their writing).

It’s my second one in the series- a perfect choice for compact and satisfying entertainment. Can be listened to in one go.

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  • M VENN
  • 10-21-20

Nice short story.

if your a fan of scalzi, you will know that this is going to be fast paced and very very good. it flawlessly picks up where the characters left of last time without too much explanation and no cheese.
The selection of zac to perform it is as usual flawless. I really love his work, from heroes to star trek and everything in between.

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  • Sharon Barron
  • 10-08-20

Scalzi tells a good story

A poor idea told well is always better than a good idea told badly and that's where Scalzi scores. He's great at weaving a tale, but not so hot in the ideas department. If you accept the premise of people who are murdered coming back to life 99.9% of the time, then it's not a big jump to accepting a rash of people killing themselves because their loved ones are threatened. I'd argue that 99.9% of people wouldn't do it. Yet here we are with every supporting character threatened thus doing just that. It's a weakness in the story. The other weakness is it's a short novel. It took me a day to start and finish. Paradoxically, that's also a strength because Scalzi's writing is so good, I couldn't put it down. If you're already a fan, then this is a worthwhile read, otherwise there are better places to start the John Scalzi canon.

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  • Elmamaria
  • 09-19-20

Finished much too soon!

Had to re-listen to The Dispatcher immediately followed by this and even so it all went by far too quickly. Love the characters and the narrator and could listen to their stories for a long long time! Another excellent story from John Scalzi

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  • JuddMan
  • 07-28-21

A good listen

This was a very good listen. Not a very long story but a good one. My main complaint is that the protagonist doesn't clue into a few things that seemed immediately obvious to the reader.