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Zachary Quinto narrates free John Scalzi audiobook

You most likely know Zachary Quinto in his role as Spock in the current "Star Trek" film franchise. He first came to the notice of many genre fans as the power-stealing Sylar in NBC's "Heroes."

He's adding another credit that may impress sci-fi fans: he's the narrator of a new audio novella from John Scalzi.  The audiobook, "The Dispatcher," is free on Audible through Nov. 3. 

Here's the description from Audible:

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 on Audible until November 3, 2016. There is no print counterpart to this novella, so don't miss out on this audio performance.

Brief review: This sci-fi/urban fantasy/mystery is well-performed by Quinto, and interestingly crafted by Scalzi. While at 2 hours and 19 minutes, it's just a taste of this very intriguing world, it's a fascinating dip into a noir-like near future.

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