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.
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.
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.
this was a very enjoyable story it wasn't predictable and looks like a great prelude to more stories about the same character
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
Zachary Quinto has done an AMAZING job narrating this very good story. His ability to craft individual voices for each character is phenomenal.
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.
It was free (tick)
The storyline was terrific (tick)
The narration was great (tick)
What more could you want?
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.
John Scalzi built a fascinating world that kept my attention and intrigue every step of the way. I could not wait to know more about the different sides to the job of a Dispatcher. The narrator's work as the protagonist was the highlight for me, capturing Tony's sly, yet likeable demeanor perfectly.
Complex ideas about life, death, the role of doctors, medicine, presented in a little mystery story. A satisfying short read.
"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.
"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
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!!!
"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.
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.
"(Spoiler free) Serious with a hunt of mystery"
This review will be spoiler free, so I won't mention details (the book is just too short). The "phenomenon" was just plain intriguing. The setup of the story is what got me hooked. Just like it was in the other 4 Scalzi books I've listened to so far (think for example Lock In). The man really knows how to create interesting hooks and build a world and society around it.
This is a serious story, light on the science and thankfully without over the top comic relief (which personally I am not a fan of).
This book is short, and leaves many questions open - but thankfully none about the main plot. It just leaves you wanting to hear more stories from this particular setup, and maybe discover more about the phenomenon.
If you have finished this and liked the general style, give Lock In a try. The setup is obviously a different one, but it comes close in many other aspects.
The only Scalzi I've read is Redshirts, which is a comedy. So this is the first "serious" book of his I've read (heard).
Really clever premise, solidly followed through on. The story starts with one small idea and then wraps a tight mystery plot around it. I really enjoyed the entire ride, and I'm going to be keeping my eye out for such short mystery thrillers.
Zachary Quinto is very good. His dialogue delivery is very engaging. My only quibble is that his voice for the two main characters isn't different enough. So I occasionally lose the thread in a long back and forth dialogue sequence. It's not a big issue, because his accent for them is distinct, but it did make me trip up a couple of times when one character replies with just a single word before the other continues.
Loved this. Hope there is a complete book
to come with Zachary as the narrator
well thought out. well written. well performed. I enjoyed the concept with no need for explaining why.
"Quinto kills it"
Quinto killed it. I am mostly writing this to suggest he gets more narration work.
"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.
"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
"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
Great story well read by Zachary, looking forward to listening to the work of more stories by John.
"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.
"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!
"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
"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.
"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.
"A short but good novel."
The story is good, it is missing a plausible explanation on why things are happening as they are. It is very well narrated which makes it enjoyable to listener.
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