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From Hugo and Audie Award-winning author John Scalzi comes an exciting sequel to the New York Times best-selling, number one Audible hit The Dispatcher, performed by the incomparable Zachary Quinto.

Welcome to the new world, in which murder is all but a thing of the past. Because when someone kills you, 999 times out of 1,000, you instantly come back to life. In this world, there are dispatchers - licensed killers who step in when you’re at risk of a natural or unintentional death. They kill you - so you can live.

Tony Valdez is used to working his job as a dispatcher within the rules of the law and the state. But times are tough, and more and more Tony finds himself riding the line between what’s legal and what will pay his bills. After one of these shady gigs and after being a witness to a crime gone horribly wrong, Tony discovers that people around him are dying, for reasons that make no sense...and which just may implicate him.

Tony is running out of time: to solve the mystery of these deaths, to keep others from dying, and to keep himself from being a victim of what looks like murder, by other means.

©2020 John Scalzi (P)2020 2020 Audible Originals, LLC

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Scalzi knows what the people want

This is a very good pop culture mystery, well read by Zac Quinto and a nice bonus from Amazon. It’s a smart story from a very clever storyteller who knows how to give the people what they want

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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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loved it , story line completely different from the normal murder mystery. Shame it wasnt longer,
Read the first and second and look forward to thd third

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excellent!

thought the performance was excellent, story was good.
looking to see if there are any more, quite enjoyed the characters.

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First book ok, but this is better.

Liked this book even more than first. Narration not brilliant as narrator struggles to change between different characters, and choice of tone for each character is questionable, but not enough to stop listening as the story is strong enough.

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More enthralling than the first

Really enjoyed this development in the world. Made me realise that I'd greatly enjoy following this series if there were more installments. They're also very consumable length stories. You don't need to have read the first to enjoy this book but it's worth it.

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Another great take on an interesting idea

I find the idea that death is only final when it's of natural causes or by your own hand - a murdered person's body disappears and reappers at home, alive and in the same condition as just before death. However, there's 1 in 1000 chance that it doesn't happen that way and is terminal... Scalzi once again uses this idea in a great way, and finding out the how's and why's behind this plot kept me entertained.

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book 1 was 5 out of 5, this was in even better

there are very few amount of books that are better than the original chapter 1. this book blew my mind. amazing story line.
i really missed some romance and slight actions, also I felt sometimes dialogues are too much narrative. and voice work was better in book 1.

but story wise this book is way better. loved it.

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Safe bet

Enjoyable if a bit predictable. A very relaxing listen. I would definitely listen to more set in this world.

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great series

great book most enjoyable
absorbing tale well read
and free with membership! I loved it

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  • 10-09-20

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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  • Susan
  • 11-09-20

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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  • 10-09-20

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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  • Jody
  • 11-09-20

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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  • 11-09-20

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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  • 11-09-20

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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  • Mcp
  • 11-09-20

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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  • Cynthia R Phillips
  • 13-09-20

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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  • Lady Jay
  • 13-09-20

Great Read!

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

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  • hey.j0
  • 13-09-20

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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