[Quick Book Thoughts] The Dispatcher by John Scalzi (Audiobook)

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Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible FREEBIE
Listened: November 2016

Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts

I got this FREE audiobook from Audible after seeing Felicia’s review for it. And who doesn’t love a free audiobook? AND it was narrated by Zachary Quinto, who I love! Let’s talk narration first, because it was awesome. Lately I haven’t been a fan of celebrity narrators because while I find they’re good at acting on a screen, they tend to be boring with their narrating. Zachary Quinto, though? Totally not boring! I loved his narrating and I really want to see if he’s narrated anything else.

This really wasn’t the kind of book that I would’ve picked out on my own, but it was really good! It was a quick listen at just over 2 hours, but I loved the story. The whole premise of it, with the dispatcher role, was spooky and intriguing, and the mystery was spot on. I was shocked at the end! I definitely might have to check out more of John Scalzi’s books, too, if they’re all similar to this one.

So if you’re looking for a quick listen, try this one out! Not only will you love the story, but the narration will take it to the next level!

[Audiobook] Review: The Fifth Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1) by Rick Yancey

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the fifth waveTitle: The Fifth Wave
Series: The Fifth Wave, #1
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: Dystopian
Source: Purchased (Audiobook)

Length: 12 hours 41 minutes (Unabridged)
Narrated by: Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
Published by: Recorded Books

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The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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The Fifth Wave is one of those books that I hummed and hawed over getting. EVERYONE was talking about it, it was getting rave reviews, and that can usually mean one of two things — I’ll either really hate it, or I’ll really love it. But it could go EITHER way. Just because everyone else loves a book doesn’t mean (actually, it usually means) I’ll like it, too.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by this story when I started listening to it. I loved the dystopian aspect of it and the fact that it was about aliens. Maybe it’s just me, but there aren’t enough books about aliens these days! And the great thing about this one is that the aliens aren’t out there, front and center, but it’s almost like Courtney Summers’s This Is Not A Test and its zombies, where they’re mentioned a lot, we know they’re bad, and they add a super eerie feeling to the story. It also has elements of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, with the aliens of the story being inserted into their host bodies. That part didn’t seem all that original to me.

The characters were strong and determined and it was great to see a range of characters, from the bad guy to the possible romance to the siblings — everyone was quite different and I had a hard time picking a favourite character. I’m not entirely too sure about the romance in the story — it really didn’t seem necessary to have it and it almost made the story lag a bit, taking the focus away from what the story really was about. I was a little hesitant about the story being told from numerous points of view, especially since a lot of these characters’ stories take over great amounts of the book — I found myself wondering what was going on with the other characters as I listened to the story, but it was nice that everything started to tie together as the story reached the halfway point or so.

Another downfall I found with this story was that there were aspects that did seem quite predictable, from one certain relationship made early in the story, to an event later in the story, to the usual trusting of the people in charge — and that predictability really took away from the story. There was still plenty of suspense going on, enough so that I listened to the story within two days, but I wish there was more surprise. The other problem with the story is that it really doesn’t pick up until about halfway or so into the story. By the time I had about four hours left of listening, I didn’t want to stop, but a lot of the story in the beginning is more telling than showing.

I really liked the narration of the story and feel like the narrators are what really held my interest for most of the story. Both narrators had excellent pacing and suited the characters well. I wouldn’t say that this story stood out as much to me as it did for other people — I’m not entirely sure if I’m eager to listen to the next story in the series or not. The story is resolved in a way, which is nice, but there is plenty of potential for it to grow into quite the series. All I can recommend is to not go into it with too high of expectations.

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Review: The Elite (The Selection, #2) by Kiera Cass

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the eliteTitle: The Elite
Series: The Selection, #2
Author:
Kiera Cass
Genre:
YA dystopian
Source:
Purchased (Hardcover)

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The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever–and America is still struggling to decide where her own heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen, who she always thought was the one?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want–and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

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I have to admit — I never was going to read this book.

I had full intentions to just leave this series at book one, even though it ended without the resolution I was looking for. But then … the cover came out and I fell in love. Kiera Cass’s books seriously get the most GORGEOUS covers. I waited for months and then finally gave in. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the series — I really, really did! I remember watching The Bachelor with my mom and it was always so much fun. This book, just like the first one, still has that hint of The Bachelor. It also reminds me of something like The Hunger Games (because of the competition) by Suzanne Collins, as well as Wither (because of the dynamics between the girls) by Lauren DeStefano.

Almost instantly, I was back in the world of the competition and I loooooved it. I still really loved America, though she kind of irked me here and there since of COURSE there’s a love triangle and she was always back and forth, back and forth. Heck, by the end of the story I was still back and forth, though I still have my preference of how I want things to go. The funny thing is that I read my review for The Selection, the first book in the series, and I mentioned something about how the series better go the way I want it to go — since it was so long ago, I now have no idea what that way was! Maybe I had been on one side of the fence then? Or maybe the same side as now? Who knows. At any rate, I cannot wait to get my copy of The One so I can finally see how this all ends!

I know I just posted a discussion on Quality vs. Quantity and this one might seem more like a “quantity” book, but it really is fun. I thought I was completely over dystopians, but this one is a lot different from the other ones. Where other dystopians focus on a world in tatters and rebels and whatnot, this one focuses a little less on that. I think the next book might bring in more of the world outside of the competition — or at least, I kind of hope it does. I’m so nervous for it all, but I will say that no matter how the series ends, I know that the cover will make up for anything that doesn’t go the way I want it to.

Such a fun series and one that I’m very happy to have picked up! I’m a little mad that the bookstores in the city didn’t have the third one in hardcover, since I wanted to read it this weekend, but I guess I’ll keep living the high of this book and then I’ll really look forward to more of America, Maxon, and Aspen — not to mention the rest of the girls in the competition, the maids, the rebels … it’s going to be so good!

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