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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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  • tstray1 llc
  • 10-09-2020

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
  • 11-09-2020

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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  • SLemay
  • 10-09-2020

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
  • 11-09-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-2020

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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  • Mcp
  • 11-09-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-2020

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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  • Cynthia R Phillips
  • 13-09-2020

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
  • 13-09-2020

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
  • 13-09-2020

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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  • M VENN
  • 21-10-2020

Nice short story.

if your a fan of scalzi, you will know that this is going to be fast paced and very very good. it flawlessly picks up where the characters left of last time without too much explanation and no cheese. The selection of zac to perform it is as usual flawless. I really love his work, from heroes to star trek and everything in between.

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  • Sharon Barron
  • 08-10-2020

Scalzi tells a good story

A poor idea told well is always better than a good idea told badly and that's where Scalzi scores. He's great at weaving a tale, but not so hot in the ideas department. If you accept the premise of people who are murdered coming back to life 99.9% of the time, then it's not a big jump to accepting a rash of people killing themselves because their loved ones are threatened. I'd argue that 99.9% of people wouldn't do it. Yet here we are with every supporting character threatened thus doing just that. It's a weakness in the story. The other weakness is it's a short novel. It took me a day to start and finish. Paradoxically, that's also a strength because Scalzi's writing is so good, I couldn't put it down. If you're already a fan, then this is a worthwhile read, otherwise there are better places to start the John Scalzi canon.

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  • Elmamaria
  • 19-09-2020

Finished much too soon!

Had to re-listen to The Dispatcher immediately followed by this and even so it all went by far too quickly. Love the characters and the narrator and could listen to their stories for a long long time! Another excellent story from John Scalzi

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