Sam Pagan - Audible Editor

AUDIBLE EDITOR

Sam Pagan

Nerdy. particular. curious. Sam is sci-fi obsessed — but she also enjoys a healthy dose of memoirs, thrillers, and true crime. Audiobooks are her crutch during complicated knitting patterns.

Sam's Recent Reviews

    • Far from the Tree

    • By: Robin Benway
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      400
    • Performance
      361
    • Story
      356

    Robin Benway's interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms - how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it....

    • Touching

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-10-18
    • By: Robin Benway
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 12-05-17
    • 400 ratings
    • An ode to beautiful, chaotic siblinghood
    • When I chose this book, I was mainly drawn in by the idea of listening to a YA novel narrated by one of my favorites: Julia Whelan, who performs young voices so well. And then it won the National Book Award, and I knew for sure I’d be in for a good listen. Far From the Tree is the story of three biological siblings getting to know one another for the first time. There’s the middle sibling, Grace, who recently had to give her own infant daughter up for adoption; the youngest, Maya, who feels like the lone sheep in her adoptive family; and the oldest, Joaquin, who has bounced from one foster home to another. Having seven (yes, seven) siblings of my own, I related with this story on such a visceral level. But, it’s about so much more than siblings and biological relationships: it’s about finding your own sense of family and home, in whatever form that may take. This is a gorgeous listen all around, made all the more powerful by Whelan’s warm, authentic performance.
    • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

    • By: Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Patrick Lawlor, Peter Berkrot, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      62
    • Performance
      53
    • Story
      55

    Though perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than 100 short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works....

    • I Enjoy P K

    • By Kindle Customer on 01-29-18
    • By: Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Patrick Lawlor, Peter Berkrot, Tanya Eby, Jeff Cummings
    • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 01-02-18
    • 62 ratings
    • The stories that inspired the series
    • I’ve long been a fan of Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi novels, but at risk of losing some of my cred, I must admit I haven’t delved much into his vast catalog of short stories before now. This collection seemed like the perfect excuse to start: it consists of the ten tales that served as the inspiration for the upcoming Prime Original anthology series Electric Dreams. Narrated by a top-notch cast narrators that includes Luke Daniels and Peter Berkrot, the stories are classic trippy, mind-bending, and just plain genius PKD—exploring themes that range from AI to politics to the nature of reality itself. Each is prefaced by an introduction written by one of the show’s writers or creators, which made me even more eager to see how the themes and plots play out in the series. Now I’m inspired to start exploring even more PKD short stories—many of which also inspired big-screen adaptations like Total Recall and The Minority Report.
    • Artemis

    • By: Andy Weir
    • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      38,144
    • Performance
      35,609
    • Story
      35,489

    Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire....

    • A ferrari with no motor

    • By will on 11-18-17
    • By: Andy Weir
    • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Release date: 11-14-17
    • 38,144 ratings
    • Rosario Dawson Is Perfectly Cast as the Feisty Heroine
    • Let’s get this out of the way: Artemis is not The Martian. And, in my opinion, that’s a very good thing. A high-stakes sci-fi thriller that takes place in Artemis, the lone city on the Moon, the novel follows Jazz Bashara—26, perpetually broke, and scraping by as a porter . . . when she’s not making a few illicit bucks smuggling goods onto the Moon. Lured in by the promise of fortune, Jazz finds herself in over her head as she is drawn into a scheme that goes much deeper than she could have anticipated. This novel is filled with plenty of the techy detail and sardonic humor that made its predecessor so unique—Weir makes you feel the claustrophobia of a cramped city on the moon with finite levels of oxygen, and Jazz could go head-to-head in a battle of cracking wise with Mark Watney any day—but the story stands on its own two legs. The best part: Rosario Dawson is perfectly cast as the feisty heroine; her performance is lively, witty, and animated, and she clearly brings her experience as an actress who has portrayed so many roles in the sci-fi, fantasy, and action genres.
    • The Butchering Art

    • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
    • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      463
    • Performance
      424
    • Story
      424

    In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation....

    • Highly Accessible Read of Medical History.

    • By Labor Lawyer on 11-13-17
    • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
    • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Release date: 10-31-17
    • 463 ratings
    • Great Macabre Fun
    • I fear that I might be gaining a reputation around here as the editor most likely to geek out over weird medical history books. But if all the books I listen to are as fascinating as this one, I think I might be okay with that. Sparing no gory detail, Lindsey Fitzharris chronicles the history of surgery in the 19th century—which, at the time, was viewed as a last resort, as it often resulted in infection and even death. That is, until a surgeon named Joseph Lister came along with a discovery that paved the way for the modern, safe surgery we have today. Ralph Lister sets the perfect dramatic tone for this story—and (fun fact) happens to count Joseph Lister among his ancestors!