I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.
Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.
A+ Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A- Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+ Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B- Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+ Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C- Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish
updated July 9, 2015
I picked up The Dispatcher as a freebie from Audible after a reading a favorable review. I found myself in between books recently, so I popped in my earbuds and gave it a go. What an excellent surprise!
Mr. Scalzi weaves a gripping whodunit set in a world where murder is nearly impossible. In fact, only one out of one thousand murder victims actually dies; the other 999 end up naked and alive back in their own homes. This gave rise to the Dispatchers, those hired to humanly kill people who are about to die from accidents and natural causes, so that they can avoid death.
The story focuses on locating a missing Dispatcher as a fellow Dispatcher and police detective as they unravel a series of clues. The pace of the tale is quick and the impact is fierce. But it's the dialogue surrounding the moral and religious impacts of the Dispatcher profession that makes the title really stand out. Throw in a few good twists and you've got a real winner.
Narration by Zachary Quinto is wonderful. Although his voice is highly recognizable, I found myself never once thinking of his famous characters from TV and movies. His even temperament and soothing tones drew me into the story. He reaches a wide range of female and male voices, each well suited to the character.
Regardless if The Dispatcher is still a freebie, I highly recommend picking it up and given it a listen.