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The Dispatcher Audiobook

The Dispatcher

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Keegan Sydney 08/11/2016
    Keegan Sydney 08/11/2016

    I'm a journalist who enjoys breakfast with the paper on a Sunday morning and fresh, crisp bed sheets. Always up for a great yarn.

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    "A very original crime story"

    The story worked so well, it was perfectly cinematic. Download this, buy it, and indulge in all the wonders of this gritty, imaginative and thrilling crime drama.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Kiem 05/11/2016
    Stephanie Kiem 05/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "very interesting idea for a story"

    this was a very enjoyable story it wasn't predictable and looks like a great prelude to more stories about the same character

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ros H. NSW Australia 05/11/2016
    Ros H. NSW Australia 05/11/2016
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    "Interesting Story"

    This was very much out of my comfort zone. But, I really enjoyed(not quite the right word) this book.
    Such an interesting premise and then with a mystery thrown in. Made for a book that I really had to listen to till the end.
    I think it would also make a good start for anotger book. I'd really love to know some more about the main characters Valdez (The Dispatcher) and the police lady .
    If you want to listen to something different I would highly recommend this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    maf1974 03/11/2016
    maf1974 03/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great short story, brilliant narration!"

    Zachary Quinto has done an AMAZING job narrating this very good story. His ability to craft individual voices for each character is phenomenal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 03/11/2016
    James 03/11/2016
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    "Very surprised by this one."

    I downloaded this book because it was free. one of the best I've listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reece 02/11/2016
    Reece 02/11/2016
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    "Interesting ideas in a quick read"

    A good listen and quite an original thought.
    Have to love Zachary Quinto impersonations and emotions as he reads.

    Felt like the story could have used a bit more meat, but as a short story it flows great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Edmonton, Australia 08/10/2016
    Katie Edmonton, Australia 08/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow"
    What made the experience of listening to FREE: The Dispatcher the most enjoyable?

    Everything -
    It was free (tick)
    The storyline was terrific (tick)
    The narration was great (tick)
    What more could you want?


    Any additional comments?

    The short novella was really great - surprised me!! I am not really into "detective" style mystery books, but this was spot on. And what a different storyline!! Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 14/03/2017
    Emma 14/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story and concept"

    An absolutely amazing story and the concept us such a cool idea. It challenges your thinking and I would totally recommend to everyone. The narration is top notch. Suits the story so well

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    Elizabeth 13/03/2017
    Elizabeth 13/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "I only wish it was longer"

    What the title said. A unique idea and very enjoyable. I would like to explore more of this world.

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    Amazon Customer 06/03/2017
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    "Need More"
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    Perfect, perfect pairing. The short was a little different from the Scalzi books I've read, and I loved it. Quinto is a perfect narrator. Loved it.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    5/10/16
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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

    53 of 65 people found this review helpful
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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.

    39 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Sugar Land, TX, United States
    13/10/16
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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.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Matthews, NC
    4/10/16
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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.

    30 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Little Rock, AR, United States
    9/11/16
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    "Good Grief This Was Good"
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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.

    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.

    And spoken they were! Zachary Quinto is phenomenal!

    Truly this is an easy recommendation to anyone who wants a thriller or a mystery with a clever spin.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua Atkins
    HANOVER, PA, US
    4/10/16
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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!!!

    19 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    4/10/16
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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.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Elisabeth Carey
    Lawrence, MA
    22/12/16
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    "An intriguing sf mystery"

    One day, the world changed, in a simple but far-reaching way. It's now nearly impossible to intentionally kill anyone.

    If you kill yourself, you're dead. If you die in an accident, or of natural causes, you're dead. Butif someone intentionally kills you, 999 out of a thousand, you come back. You wake up alive, naked, and in what you consider a safe place.

    Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher, a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch someone in immediate danger of death so that they have (999 times out of 1,000) a second chance at beating the cause of death. Dispatchers are, for instance, required to be present for all surgical operations by both the patient's and the hospital's insurance.

    But dispatchers can also take private jobs, some more legitimate than others. Tony doesn't like the "unofficial" work and doesn't do it.. He only does "official" jobs and some very select, wholly above-board private jobs now. An old friend of his, though, continued doing private jobs routinely--and has now disappeared.

    The police are looking for him. The missing friend's wife blames Tony. A rich, powerful old man who was the missing man's last client before he disappeared asks Tony whether it has ever happened that a dispatcher has "failed," i.e., had the dispatched person not return twice in succession.

    And a mobster who has supposedly gone legit has a lot of questions about Tony's interest in the case.

    I really like Tony, even though it gradually becomes clear he hasn't been entirely honest with us. The police detective on the case is also quite likable, though she and Tony find each other a pain in the posterior.

    Recommended.

    I got this on Audible while it was being offered free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony Doyle
    16/11/16
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    "Great story, great performance"
    If you could sum up The Dispatcher in three words, what would they be?

    Death's not forever


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is a mix of mystery and philosophy.


    Which character – as performed by Zachary Quinto – was your favorite?

    The main character, Tony Valdez, a man who is morally suspect but is overall a good person.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    He'll kill you to save your life.


    Any additional comments?

    Zachary freakin' Quinto! Scalzi meets Spock. Why didn't anyone think of this pairing before. I only wish it were longer. I hope Scalzi brings Tony Valdez back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William Law
    16/11/16
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    "Great short story that could expand easily."

    Scalzi created a universe which could easily be expanded upon to explain the intriguing notion of this immortality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • M O.
    24/10/16
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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
    Hamilton, United Kingdom
    23/10/16
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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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr T C Court
    23/10/16
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    "Great listen"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Karolina Mierzwiak
    22/10/16
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mr l z moore
    20/10/16
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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    8/11/16
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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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vidmantas
    8/11/16
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • boni
    4/11/16
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United Kingdom
    21/12/16
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    "Creepy"

    But excellent. Proper intelligent sci-fi story telling. the plot remains logical all the way through to the end.

    The narration is top notch.

    Imagine Philips Marlow played by bogart on the set of a doctor who story for adults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    25/10/16
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    "Unique story line well written"

    Obviously chose this book because it was free but I found it to be a unique story line.
    The whole idea of a dispatcher is bizarre but John Scalzi explains the career and the way it evolved reasonable quickly.
    Definitely a good short story and would consider buying further books should they be written.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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