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.
The Dispatcher is free until November 2, 2016.
©2016 John Scalzi (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Apart from being free; the storyline was quite well done and the premise was a good one
Realising what a dispatcher actually does
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
If they were a hardcore Scalzi or Quinto fan, I'd recommend it. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother.
The central conceit of the story - the dead coming back - is really quirky, but there isn't enough of a story to hang off of it. The author explored all the different ways that the concept could be exploited for good or evil, but the main plotline was really thin.
Maybe? He was okay with everything except the narration of the black female cop from Chicago, to whom he inexplicably gave a Southern accent.
No. It didn't even have enough story for this novella. It doesn't need more.
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.
Excellent narration, superb diction.
A very good story, keeps you interested until the end.
Sadly, the story is too short and leaves many questions in the plot unanswered.
If it were longer, I could easily see this transferred to the big screen.
I'll definitely check out other books by the same author.
"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.
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!!!
"Original Well Written & Narrated Short Story!"
This was my first listen written by John Scalzi and I was very impressed! For a short story, it was captivating, well written, and had a great pace!
Zachary Quinto's performance was fantastic!
Well worth the time!
"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.
"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
I really want to know where John Scalzi gets his ideas and/or live in the worlds he creates! The story premise was great, and ZQ is the perfect voice for the main character. I hope we'll be seeing more if Mr. Valdez!
Wow! I figured this would be a good book because of the author and Zachary Quinto as the narrator! (very cool by the way) I honestly didn't think it would be this good though since it was short and a free preorder. Excellent book!!!
"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.
"Great Concept And Fun Story!"
I love the concept for this story, and Zachary Quinto performs it phenomenally. If this isn't optioned for film in the near future, I will be incredibly surprised. Definitely recommended if you're a fan of Scalzi's.
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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