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The Dispatcher Audiobook

The Dispatcher

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Publisher's Summary

Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Original Work

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi.

One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.

Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher - a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death's crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge a supposed wrong.

It's a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it's too late...before not even a Dispatcher can save him.

©2016 John Scalzi (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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What the Critics Say

"Quinto has a perfect hardboiled noir manner, which is exactly what you’d want for Valdez." (Locus Magazine)

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    Jim "The Impatient" 10-05-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "IT'S HARD TO GET MYSTICAL ABOUT YOUR JOB"

    IT'S JUST TAX MONEY
    1. Those who love Scalzi's sense of humor, need to know that this has none of that.
    2. This is dark and serious
    3.This has none of the he said, she said, that seems to upset some people.
    4. There is not an iota of science in this.
    5. This is more of a paranormal, and seems to be a set up for a series similar to Harry Dresden.
    5. Nothing is ever explained as far as the phenomenon that leads to dispatchers. Dispatchers kill people just before they die of other causes. This makes them come back alive 999 times out of 1000.
    6. It is entertaining and worth your time.
    7. narrator is top notch

    145 of 161 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 11-09-16
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 11-09-16 Member Since 2013

    1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.

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    A phenomenal book, such that I don't believe John Scalzi is the author. I quite like Scalzi's works, but I think of them as highly entertaining mediocrity. First with Lock In and now this, I think he has grown to a new level.<br/><br/>Scalzi's standard humor that he is known for is absent in this book, but do not let that scare you off. It may be short, but there is a solid and strong story here that kept me riveted to the end. Then after I had finished it, I kept thinking about it long after the last words were spoken.<br/><br/>And spoken they were! Zachary Quinto is phenomenal!<br/><br/>Truly this is an easy recommendation to anyone who wants a thriller or a mystery with a clever spin.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Carter Madison, CT 04-28-17
    Daniel Carter Madison, CT 04-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    This was a great story. I was left wanting more and would definitely go for a sequel if there was one.

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    This story caught my attention right away. Enjoyed it very much. Great story line. Worth the read

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    mthasleem 04-27-17
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    "Great premise to an engrossing story"

    Quick book to finish; great narration and entertaining story with an intriguing premise. Highly recommended.

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    "I want more!"

    Love the concept.
    Scalzi made another masterpiece of a world.
    And Zachary Quinto is amazing. Who knew he would be so awesome at narration.
    As I said, I want more.

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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-13-16
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-13-16 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Mind blowing (in more ways than one)"

    This is my first outing for this author as sci-fi is a genre I visit only occasionally. This freebie from Audible was a very welcome surprise. The idea of the dead returning to life if their deaths were inflicted by another person is unique and just a bit mind blowing. The first scene in the hospital operating room was gripping, leading seamlessly into the primary action to come. Scalzi also shows that he has put a lot of thought into the social, psychological, ethical and religious ramifications of his concept, and where exploitation of the process can be used to illegally profitable purposes. The writing is crisp, the action moves quickly and the characters are vividly drawn. If this becomes a series I just hope Scalzi can maintain the freshness of his idea and his characters in a format longer than this short story gem.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 10-04-16
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    "sweet"

    Finally a good performance of female characters by a male performer. Almost every male performer gives females the most ridiculous falsetto and intonation. Quinto is calm and sounds like the voice in my head without the strain of most male actors. Plus it was a super fun story, although without Quinto I suspect it would have sucked.

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    Joshua Atkins HANOVER, PA, US 10-04-16
    Joshua Atkins HANOVER, PA, US 10-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!!!"

    This book was incredible! For a free book and a 2 hour ride this surely will fit perfectly for the part!! Only down side is there wasn't more!!!

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-04-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-04-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "No, he is not dispatching taxis!"

    This written for audio novella is superb. Only one with the imagination of John Scalzi could write such a book. The narration by Zachary Quinto is as good as the content of the novella.

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    "grabs you instantly"

    interesting idea for a story, love the way the author takes an odd concept and then builds an interesting story around it. excellent narration to

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
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    "really good story, unique perspective."

    I picked this up as it was a free book but it totally delivered. great plot, concept & characters. I hope this will be pulled out in to other books

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    "Great listen"

    Great story well read by Zachary, looking forward to listening to the work of more stories by John.

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  • Karolina Mierzwiak
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    "Good story but Great narration"

    Zachary Quinto's performance made this short story amazing, he's a great actor and it shows. I will definitely listen to another story by John Scalzi as he's a good author and hope I can find something else read by Quinto.

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    "Very good, interesting story, well presented."

    I got this as a freebie on Audible and thoroughly enjoyed it, would seek the author for further books!

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    "What a cracking story!"

    Terrific narration, super story. I laughed out loud at the lift shaft part. Read and you'll know the bit. Well worth a read

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    "Dark world even without murders"

    This was an interesting way to look at the world on it's kind. Short but long enough to fulfill the story.

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  • boni
    11/4/16
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    "Great book....one can't get enough of."

    Excellent stuff, an absolute unchartered minefield of overlapping ethics, science and spirituality. Outstanding narration by the voice artists, my only niche of a criticism is that the story could have been longer and more complex addressing the theology of life rather than just a speedy thrill fill. Much appreciated.

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    "different"

    it is a very short story. I was hoping for more. I did find the narrator a little mono tone

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ALP
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    1/27/17
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    "A lovely surprise!"

    I only grabbed this because it was free (why wouldn't you?), was highly sceptical and then had my expectations blown away! I loved the short story and immediately looked at the authors other works, I could quite happily listen to another book set in this world - it's very rare to come across an original idea handled so interestingly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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