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[Audible] Free audio book, The Dispatcher by John Scalzi read by Zachary Quinto (must have an Audible.com account, but free to get)

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Last Edited by annie930ny October 4, 2016 at 08:06 PM
http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-...B01KKPH1VA

(placing in HotDeals for I assume it has value, and the author's post said it would be on Audible for about a month for free. )
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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.
The Dispatcher is free until November 2, 2016.
(C)2016 John Scalzi (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Last Edited by annie930ny October 4, 2016 at 08:07 PM
Users can also sign up for a free 30-day Audible trial [amazon.com] and get one free audiobook of their choosing.

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John Scalzi fan here. fuzzy nation was wonderfull.
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Never heard of the author, but Quinto is great, so thanks!
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John Scalzi fan here. fuzzy nation was wonderfull.
Loved that story, but every Scalzi book I've read or gotten through Audible so far has completely overused the word "said". I'd gladly pay for this book if it breaks that pattern.
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Quote from morpheus282 View Post :
Loved that story, but every Scalzi book I've read or gotten through Audible so far has completely overused the word "said". I'd gladly pay for this book if it breaks that pattern.
I have not listened to it yet, but I think this was written with the intent for it to be an audio book. (not sure if it gets rid of some of the 'said'.)


Shows up on Amazon as Audible audio also for free:

https://www.amazon.com/FREE-The-D...B01KKPH1NI
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Quote from luckygecko View Post :
I have not listened to it yet, but I think this was written with the intent for it to be an audio book. (not sure if it gets rid of some of the 'said'.)
I really hope so. Scalzi is a great story teller but his overuse of that one word drives me nuts.

In case anyone thinks I'm exaggerating, I've attached a screenshot of the Amazon preview for chapter 1 of Redshirts with the word "said" highlighted. It's just a bit excessive for one page and there were 132 instances found in the preview. For comparison, "is" was used 58 times and "I" was used 72 times in the same selection. I've heard the story is great but I don't think I could get through it without it driving me completely insane.
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Credit, rep and TU goes to the OP of the original pre-order topic.

https://slickdeals.net/f/9050431-free-pre-order-of-the-dispatcher-by-john-scalzi-on-audible
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I really hope so. Scalzi is a great story teller but his overuse of that one word drives me nuts.

In case anyone thinks I'm exaggerating, I've attached a screenshot of the Amazon preview for chapter 1 of Redshirts with the word "said" highlighted. It's just a bit excessive for one page and there were 132 instances found in the preview. For comparison, "is" was used 58 times and "I" was used 72 times in the same selection. I've heard the story is great but I don't think I could get through it without it driving me completely insane.
I agree Scalzi on audiobook is a bit annoying. After listening to Agent to the Stars (Wil Wheaton) and Lock In (Amber Benson), the "saids" really did get on my nerves. I chose to read the Old Man's war series rather than listen and I think I've enjoyed it more because of that. I gave audio a try again with Redshirts (Wil Wheaton) and I'm just glad it is a short book. It also doesn't help that Wheaton doesn't do character voices. I don't think I could handle 20+ hours of it like most of the other novels I've been listening to on Audible.

I didn't really have an issue with Wheaton narrating Ready Player One by Earnest Cline (which I highly recommend to any 80's kids), so I have to attribute the annoyances to Scalzi, not Wheaton. I also have Fuzzy Nation yet to listen to, so hopefully I can deal with that as well.

just adding some stats for comparison

The End of All Things - 1913
The Human Division - over 3000 (app stopped counting)
The Ghost Brigades - 2040
The Last Colony - 2571
Zoe's Tale - 2299
Old Man's War - ? I don't have this on my tablet, and kindle lists max search results of 500

As a point of comparison, the end of all things is 384 pages with 1913 "saids" -- I think all of the Old Man's War books are under 400 pages.

Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan is 480 pages with only 449 saids.

I don't think there is any way to directly compar two different authors easily. I think the Takshi Kovacs novels by Richard K. Morgan are more narrative driven vs dialogue, but still, 4-5x as many saids?
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I don't think there is any way to directly compare two different authors easily. I think the Takshi Kovacs novels by Richard K. Morgan are more narrative driven vs dialogue, but still, 4-5x as many saids?
Agreed, two writing styles are impossible to effectively compare. One may overuse a completely different word while telling a completely different style of story. I really liked Fuzzy Nation and I think Scalzi did a great job with retelling that story. Android's Dream was also a great story. Both of them were narrated by Wheaton though, and they both severely overused his favorite word. It might just be Wheaton's narration that caused me to notice it so badly. I think I listened to Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes (or one of the sequels) right after one of the Scalzi novels though, and he uses a vastly different style when it comes to writing dialog that isn't nearly as repetitive.
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