The Dispatcher
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.

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The Dispatcher Reviews

  • Stevie Kincade
    Oct 25, 2016

    Stevie Kincade

    This is a free 2.5 hour audio novella available on Audible from the author of "Redshirts" and narrated by this guy:This is one of those books with a bizarre supernatural premise, it is not Science Fiction. It is a mystery built around a strange idea. The mystery will be solved, the str...

  • Amy
    Oct 22, 2016


    New John Scalzi narrated by Zach Quinto—for free! Just make sure to remove the Audible free trial from your cart! ...

  • Bark's Book Nonsense
    Oct 20, 2016

    Bark's Book Nonsense

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  • Deborah
    Oct 20, 2016


    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this audiobook, although it was much shorter than I expected and didn't last me the 6hr drive I needed it to... :-) The concept was intriguing - if difficult to comprehend (for we readers AND the dispatchers themselves). It was almost as if I neede...

  • The Behrg
    Oct 19, 2016

    The Behrg

    I'm a fairly new convert to the worlds of John Scalzi, but so far I've been impressed. No water turning to wine, mind you, but it'd be difficult to name another author who's blending sci-fi, speculative fiction, and crime thrillers into such a terrific mashup. For me, originality is so...

  • Karen
    Oct 19, 2016


    Really great concept!! Definitely enjoyed this one! Psst, audible is offering this for free for a limited time! Grab it while you can!! ...

  • Maice Duck
    Oct 19, 2016

    Maice Duck

    Imagine a world where if you were murdered there was a 999 times out of 1000 chance you would just wake up in your bed. That's the world John Scalzi created here for us in "The Dispatcher". A 'Dispatcher' is somebody hired by the government to kill someone when necessary to save their ...

  • Reanne
    Oct 18, 2016


    Crossposted from Reanne Reads.Interesting basic premise, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.Worldbuilding not adequately explained or explored. - If pushing someone down a flight of stairs counts as murder and the person comes back, why doesn't pushing them down accidentally?...

  • Michelle Only Wants to Read
    Oct 18, 2016

    Michelle Only Wants to Read

    Holy frijoles! This short novella is just phenomenal. Hats off to John Scalzi for packing in all the necessary elements to deliver what could have been an entire novel into a short story. That was absolutely amazing. Wowza! I got a free copy from Audible with no strings attached. Zacha...

  • Silvana
    Oct 17, 2016


    Loved this stuff. Interesting concept, almost flawless execution. More free stuff please, Scalzi! Preferably narrated by Zachary Quinto. ...