Sam Pagan - Audible Editor

AUDIBLE EDITOR

Sam Pagan

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

Sam's Recent Reviews

    • If You Love Me

    • A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Opioid Addiction
    • By: Maureen Cavanagh
    • Narrated by: Maureen Cavanagh
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Maureen Cavanagh’s gripping audiobook memoir is the story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as her daughter battles - and ultimately reckons with - substance use disorder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Learned so much from this well written book

    • By Roberta Nuckels on 09-20-18
    • A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Opioid Addiction
    • By: Maureen Cavanagh
    • Narrated by: Maureen Cavanagh
    • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 09-04-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 1 rating
    • An urgent, personal battle cry
    • Many people in my life have struggled with substance use disorder, so perspectives like these always feel like must-listens for me as a further step towards understanding. Maureen Cavanagh’s account of her and her daughter Katie’s struggle through Katie’s opiate addiction transfixed me like no other memoir I had listened to before. Perhaps it was the author’s charmingly familiar Long Island accent (I’m from Brooklyn), her no-BS attitude, or the sheer passion she exuded through each and every personal word of this narration, but I found myself unable to stop listening—rooting for Katie in her struggle to get well, for Maureen’s mission to save her daughter and the countless other people afflicted by this disorder, and, by virtue, for all those struggling in this moment. After listening to such a devastating story, it feels strange to say I feel more uplifted and empowered, but it’s impossible to finish this one and not feel such admiration and hope for those fighting this battle, both inside and out.
    • Archangel

    • By: William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith
    • Narrated by: Josh Hurley, Victor Bevine, Elizabeth Jasicki, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 273
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 256
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 257

    The year is 2016. Not our 2016. Theirs. Earth is dying, the result of a worldwide nuclear holocaust caused by America’s dictatorial President-for-Life Lewis Henderson. And he's determined to escape to our Earth and rule it absolutely - again....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Performances All Around

    • By Brian on 08-26-18
    • By: William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith
    • Narrated by: Josh Hurley, Victor Bevine, Elizabeth Jasicki, Gabriel Vaughan, Inés del Castillo, Eric Yves Garcia, Graeme Malcolm, Jonathan Todd Ross, Neil Hellegers, Scott Aiello, Mark Boyett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 08-14-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 273 ratings
    • Listens like a movie
    • I have a confession to make: I’ve never really listened to an audiodrama before. But I figure what better excuse to wet my toes than a thrilling sci-fi drama from William Gibson and Michael St. John Smith?

      Archangel is an immersive experience that rivals some of the best genre films. What kicks off as a dystopian, post-apocalyptic tale quickly morphs into an all-out sci-fi thriller filled with espionage, political intrigue, and interdimensional travel. The twisty, high-stakes story is so well suited to the audiodrama format, which is a completely different experience from listening to an audiobook—I felt immersed in this dangerous, futuristic world every time I stepped into my car while listening, and the cast of talented narrators expertly set each scene.

      I realize I’m gushing here as if I’ve just discovered audio for the first time and haven’t been working as an editor here and listening incessantly for the past five years, but was so impressed by how much could be conveyed in this format without visuals—from the performances to the mood-setting sound design. I’m a convert.
    • The Strange Case of Dr. Couney

    • How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies
    • By: Dawn Raffel
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Was Martin Couney a charlatan or a good doctor? As Dawn Raffel artfully recounts, Dr. Couney figured out he could use incubators and careful nursing to keep previously doomed infants alive and at the same time make good money displaying these babies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Cindy Lange on 08-15-18
    • How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies
    • By: Dawn Raffel
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 07-31-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 42 ratings
    • A fascinating tale with a side(show) of science
    • Being from Brooklyn, I’ve been going to Coney Island my whole life, and I think I can trace at least some of my fascination with the macabre back to the sideshow advertisements I’d pass by on the way to the beach, games, and rides. So I was instantly drawn into this tale of Dr. Martin Couney (not his real name), an enigmatic, self-proclaimed doctor (another dubious claim) who saved thousands of premature infants via incubation in the sideshows of Coney Island, long before such life-saving technology was employed in actual hospitals. Author Dawn Raffel mingles science, mystery, humor, and biography, painting a portrait of Dr. Couney that is at once morally complex, often sympathetic, and unyieldingly fascinating. Erin Bennet’s performance places you among the bright lights, colors, and sounds of the exhibitions where this stranger-than-fiction story takes place, expertly channeling the author’s witty tone.